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Friday, March 21, 2014

Eighteen first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Thursday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program or are revoked from it, then they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Rush Township continues its crackdown on past-due sewer bills.

At the end of 2013, the total owed on delinquent sewer and garbage bills was about $189,000, which included about $63,000 late garbage bills.

During a meeting Thursday, supervisors said past-due amounts in both categories have been reduced, with the total of late funds about $113,000, with the biggest chunk of that about $96,000 owed on sewer bills in the Hometown system.

Warning letters have been sent to those customers.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Defendants facing drug and drunken driving charges entered guilty pleas on Thursday in Carbon County court before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Child in car

Joseph Moyer, 30, of Beaver Meadows, pleaded in two pending cases to one count each of endangering the welfare of a child, driving under the influence, and receiving stolen property.

He was arrested on the DUI and endangering charge on June 30 by Lehighton police along First Street. He was found operating a vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance-heroin, and had a 5-year-old female in the vehicle with him.

Friday, March 21, 2014
Daffodils get a good start in the CCEEC's flower bed.

The snow is melting and we're

getting glimpses of spring. Above, a budding hyacinth rises from the ground in one of the Carbon County Environmental Education Center's flower beds.

Even though cardinals (left) and blue jays (middle) are here during the

winter, they seem to be chirping justa bit louder these days.

Bottom left, daffodils get a good start in the nature center's flower bed.

There's a chance of showers

Saturday, and Sunday will be sunny with a high near 41.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Tamaqua EMS personnel tend to a male suffering potential carbon monoxide poisoning Friday morning. Firefighters and ambulance personnel were dispatched to 317 W. Rowe St., Tamaqua, for a carbon monoxide investigation after a detector sounded an alarm, shortly before 8 a.m. Firefighters discovered a malfunctioning oil burnerat 319 W. Rowe St. and evacuated the homes at 315-317-319 after the deadly gas was foundin all three of the attached buildings.

Friday, March 21, 2014
MICHAEL A. HEERY Fourth-graders Dylan (second from left) and K.C. Wallace (pointing) proudly show their works of art to their parents, Karen and Dave, at the inaugural art show at Mahoning Elementary School. Under the direction of art teacher Adrienne Fedor, the event showcased the students' artistic talents.

It's been said that "Every child is an artist. The challenge is to remain an artist after you grow up."

To help celebrate children's artistic creations, an inaugural art show was held recently at both Mahoning and Shull-David Elementary schools in Lehighton.

The event was the brain child of art teacher Adrienne Fedor, who wanted to showcase the students' artistic talents.

"I was pleased to see that students' musical talents were celebrated through their winter and spring music concerts and that their athletic talents were celebrated through Olympic Day," Fedor said.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Several members of Boy Scout Troop 777 attended this month's Tamaqua Borough Council meeting. The Scouts are working toward fulfilling the requirements for their citizenship badge. Members of council, officials and Scouts attending the meeting include, front row, from left, Councilman Tom Cara, Jeremiah Behr, Owen Berezwick, Anthony DeAngelo, Isaac Miller and Nathan Steigerwalt; and back, Councilman David Mace, Councilman Justin Startzel, Council President Micah Gursky, Councilman Dan Evans, Fire Chief Tom Hartz, Mayor Christian Morrison and borough manager Kevin Steigerwalt.

Friday, March 21, 2014

These stars of the Daffodil Campaign were picked up from van Hoekelen Greenhouses, McAdoo, by Kevin Motroni of Guys Flowers, Hometown. Guys Flowers donated more than 100 vases for the daffodils. The flowers and vases were picked up Thursday by Ann Marie Calabrese, WMGH. Volunteers will assemble the "Bunch and a Vase" combinations anddistribute presale orders next week, and more will be available at various locations. Although the American Cancer Society opted to discontinue Daffodil Days, the localCarbon-Tamaqua ACS decided to continue the tradition.

Friday, March 21, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The Carbon County Commissioners are looking into the possibility of purchasing the Hooven building and the former Gulf gas station to create office space for county offices.

Carbon County officials are looking at possible opportunities to expand office space.

During the county commissioners' meeting Thursday, the board approved a proposal by Person Agency Inc. of Lehighton for appraisal services at 41 and 57 Susquehanna St. in Jim Thorpe at a cost of $1,500 for both appraisals. The two properties are the Hooven building, and the former Gulf gas station. The Hooven building is currently listed for $349,900, but the listing was not published for the gas station property.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Beginning next week, the North Central Highway Safety Network will be conducting a six-week slate of activities designed to combat aggressive driving.