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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Cigarette sales in Pennsylvania have been dropping like a hot ash onto a carpet. But at the same time, tax revenues generated by cigarette sales are rising like a stream of smoke.

According to figures compiled by the state Department of Health, the numbers of packs of cigarettes sold dropped from 1.064 billion in 2002 to 719 million in 2010, a 32 percent decrease.

The annual gross cigarette excise tax collected, however, grew from $313 million in 2002 to $1.09 billion in 2010.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

A Carbon County official wants to clarify that there is only one dog shelter in the county.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard said that he wanted to set the record straight with a few rumors circulating about the Carbon County Animal Shelter, which is located on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning.

"The only shelter housing dogs in the county is the Carbon County Animal Shelter," he said. "Any other organization using the county's name is in no way affiliated with the shelter."

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Lehighton AMVETS will meet at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at the Lehighton V.F.W.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Weissport Recreation Committee and Weissport School Reunion committee have combined to bring Music in the Park to the borough today.

This afternoon, from 2-5 p.m, there will be children's activities.

After that, there will be an evening of music performed by the Lehighton Band, under the direction of Paul Smith.

The band will play beginning at 6 o'clock. You can always expect to hear the band play marches, nostalgia favorites, and surprise selections.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a Safe Sitter course for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. The class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2 in the community room on the ground floor of the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Local and state officials were hoping they'd dig up new jobs in Walnutport and Lehigh Township as they plunged gold-colored shovels into the earth Monday morning during a groundbreaking for a new Kmart store in Walnutport.

Kmart officials slung the dirt in hopes of profit.

Monday's groundbreaking will bring a vast new 120,000-square-foot Kmart store to replace its 55,000-square-foot store at 550 Main St., Walnutport.

Saturday, July 20, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/ SPECIAL TO THETIMES NEWS Directed by Brad Cressley, members of Zion Opera Workshop performed their inaugural Broadway Revue on Thursday evening at the Lehighton Park Amphitheater. An impressive crowd of several hundred attended.

A touch of Broadway came to the Lehighton Park Amphitheater on Thursday evening as Zion Opera Workshop presented their inaugural "Broadway Revue."

According to Director Brad Cressley, the show came about because members from the 2013 Zion Opera Workshop production all worked together so well and really enjoyed being around each other, they did not want the experience to end.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Reaction to the proposal by State Rep. Mario Scavello to place more restrictions on public smoking is varied.

Dan Hugos, president of the Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency, believes Scavello is on the right track.

"At a minimum, financial common sense says we have to reduce the amount of money spent by the public on healthcare, so we have to face the issues fair and square. In the case of second-hand smoke, as taxpayers we pay for public exposure to someone else's unhealthy habit, and that costs the government untold billions," he said.

Saturday, July 20, 2013
special to the TIMES NEWS Nesquehoning firefighters work with portable reservoirs during a certification program held at the KME plant in Nesquehoning on July 13 and 14. Eleven firefighters completed skill stations testing.

The firefighters in Nesquehoning took some heat last weekend and attended a weekend training program at KME in Nesquehoning.

With high humidity and soaring temperatures the volunteers braved the elements.

In 2012, KME was certified by the PA State Fire Academy as an approved certification testing facility. Nesquehoning is on their way for National Certification once again.

On Saturday, an HACC local level Instructor presented a review program providing an overview of the required skills necessary to successfully complete the driver\operator\ pumper state certification.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Kaitlin Fronheiser, 21, of 10 W. Tenth St., Jim Thorpe, was cited by Lehighton police for public drunkenness on July 11 after a concerned citizen contacted police at 1:45 p.m. about an unresponsive woman lying on the sidewalk in the 100 block of South First Street.