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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Join naturalist Robin Tracey of Tuscarora State Park, on the Crow, Lake View, and Spirit Trails at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. The hike is 8 miles long and moderate in difficulty. This hike combines the best of the trails in Tuscarora State Park. Meet at Crow Trail parking lot off Tuscarora Mountain Road,

Call Tracey at 570-467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information or weather conditions. This is a dog friendly hike, but all pets must be leashed and get along with pets and people. Shine only.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Two Carbon County residents were sentenced to county prison terms on Tuesday in the county court on drug dealing related charges after previously entering guilty pleas.

The two were sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Palmerton incident

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Fleetwood

The West End Park and Open Space Commission will hold the first Annual Dave Fleetwood Memorial Trail Run/Walk at the West End Regional Park at 9 a.m. Sunday. The 3.1-mile race and walk honors the late Dave Fleetwood, a Chestnuthill Township supervisor who was killed during a public meeting on Aug. 5, 2013, at the Ross Township Municipal Building in Saylorsburg.

"Dave was a dedicated public servant and worked diligently for the community," says Bernie Kozen, executive director of WEPOSC.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Police Chief Rick Weaver, left, and Schuylkill County District Attorney Christine Holman were honored with certificates of appreciation from the Tamaqua Borough Council for their roles in a large drug bust in Tamaqua earlier this year. Councilman Justin Startzel, center, made the presentation during Tuesday night's council meeting.

Tamaqua's Halloween traditions will continue as always.

Mayor Christian Morrison announced trick or treat night will be on Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31. The Tamaqua Lions Club also submitted a request to hold their annual parade on Oct. 28, with a rain date of Oct. 29. Council approved the request.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

State representatives and senators are elected to research and propose laws and amendments to laws.

They also help constituents with matters involving government agencies, including helping people apply for money to help heat their homes, and senior citizens seeking rent or property tax rebates.

Your state lawmaker can help you obtain birth or death certificates or food stamps, apply to open a business or obtain a driver's license or enroll a child in the state's health insurance program for low-income families.

Here's a list of state legislators covering your area.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

An "Evening of Harmony" featuring a barbershop chorus concert will be held Sept. 28 at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua. The evening will also include dinner, catered by the M and I Deli of Tamaqua, as well as performances by the Coalcracker Chorus, the Ring Leaders and the Ches-Mont Jubilaires Barbershop Chorus.

Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. and the music will begin at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited and advance reservations are required.

For more information or tickets, call 570-668-1192. Proceeds will benefit the art center.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Carbon Countyman was sentenced to a year in jail on a driving under the influence charge. He was one of five defendants who previously pleaded guilty to drunken driving counts who were sentenced by Carbon Judge Steven R. Serfass on Tuesday.

Third offense

Christopher Michael Jany, 33, of Palmerton, was sentenced to the term of one to five years for his third DUI offense within a 10-year period.

He was arrested on Oct. 24, 2012, by state police at Lehighton along Route 209 in Lehighton. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
File photo Franklin Township supervisors have considered disbanding the police department.

About 20 Franklin Township residents onTuesday nightasked supervisors to take the issue of disbanding the Franklin Township police department off the table.

Several residents spoke up in support of their community police department. Many said that they moved to Franklin Township because the crime rate is low because the community haslocal police and fire departments.

Resident JonathanGula asked supervisors why they brought up disbanding the police department in May and didn't make any movement with the decision for four months.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The staff at Pathstone Head Start in Coaldale observed World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10 by wearing the color purple.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Grace-St. Paul's United Methodist Church will host a free community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The meal will include baked meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy dinner.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information call the church at 570-325-9151.