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Friday, February 27, 2015

The Lansford Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the lower level meeting room of the American Legion Post on Ridge Street.

President Chris Ondrus will be in charge of the meeting. All committee members and all local and county candidates are invited to attend.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Carbon County officials want to make sure help is available for small businesses.

On Thursday, the commissioners voted to close out the small business loan fund in the amount of $71,066.12 and turn that money over to the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation to establish a small business loan program for Carbon County businesses that need assistance.

"It's been sitting there for a long time," Commissioner William O'Gurek said of the funds. "Now we're trying to help small businesses."

Friday, February 27, 2015

Jose Torres, 25, of Allentown, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Scranton by Senior U.S. District Judge Edwin M. Kosik to serve 78 months in prison on the charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, Torres previously pleaded guilty to distributing crack cocaine and powder cocaine in the Carbon County area between January 2011 and December 2012.

In addition to the prison term, Kosik also ordered that Torres be supervised by a probation officer for four years following his release from prison.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Pennsylvania State Police have begun targeting Route 903 in the northern portion of Carbon County, a rural two-lane highway, for increased enforcement programs.

A newly created task force heard about the increased police presence during a meeting at the Penn Forest Township Fire Company. Once dubbed the Highway to Adventure, Route 903 has become better known for its growing number of accidents, including eight fatalities in the past five years.

An estimated 80 people attended the organizational meeting.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Palmerton could save about $275,000 through the refinancing of a prior bond issue.

Zach Williard, Public Financial Management, met with borough council on Thursday to discuss bond refinancing.

Williard discussed refinancing the borough's existing 2011 bond issue, as well as new bonding for up to $2.5 million in street work.

"Interest rates are at historically low levels," Williard said.

Williard told council there is still $9.5 million outstanding from the borough's 2011 bond. The call date for that is Sept. 1, 2016, he said.

Friday, February 27, 2015
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  St. John Neumann Regional School fifth-grader Caitlyn Kratzer stands next to her science fair project themed Soccer Ball Distance Equipment.

One look at their finished products shows St. John Neumann Regional School students really had their imaginations put to the test.

Their continued pursuit of academic excellence was on full display during the school's Academic Bowl held recently at the school's Palmerton campus.

Caitlyn Kratzer, a fifth-grade student at the school's Palmerton campus, said she focused her project on a soccer ball distance experiment.

Caitlyn said she chose to do her project on that subject because she's played soccer since the age of 4.

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Navy Reserve will mark its centennial anniversary on Tuesday 3 with a series of events starting in Washington, D.C., and continuing at installations around the country during the year. The events will highlight the history of the Navy Reserve and the remarkable contributions Reserve sailors have made to the nation's security.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Count Palmerton among the area municipalities that have agreed to join the Carbon County Council of Governments.

Borough council on a 6-0 vote Thursday approved an agreement to become an active member in the county COG. Councilman Richard Nothstein was absent.

The COG is an informal, voluntary association of local government units joined together to improve cooperation, coordination and planning.

Councilman Kris Hoffner said the resolution is a year-to-year agreement that costs each municipality $50 per year.

Friday, February 27, 2015

A man wanted in connection with a kidnapping incident that began in Berks County and led into Schuylkill County earlier this month has been apprehended in Wyoming.

State police at Reading said the suspect, Marshall Glenn McGinty, 43, was arrested without incident by Casper, Wyoming, police, in a parked Honda Fit at the East Side Mall Walmart.

He was arrested on Wednesday. The Honda is the vehicle of the victim in the kidnapping incident.

Friday, February 27, 2015

A suspect has been arrested in the armed robbery of a Monroe County store that occurred earlier this week.

State police at Lehighton said John Joseph Myers III, 39, of Effort, has been charged in connection with the knifepoint robbery of Sunny's Express Mart, located at 458 Interchange Road in Kresgeville.

The robbery occurred about 2:52 p.m. on Tuesday.

At the time of the incident troopers said a white male entered the store and demanded money from the cashier while brandishing a knife. After receiving the money from the register, the man fled the store.