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Monday, May 16, 2011

Four first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

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, the commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Those placed were:

Monday, May 16, 2011
Christina Gibson/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Photos show a bus, which was transporting Jim Thorpe Area High School history students to a Gettysburg battlefield, engulfed in fire yesterday morning. Nobody was hurt in the incident.

An overnight camping trip by Jim Thorpe Area High School history students ended abruptly on Sunday when their bus caught fire and was destroyed by the flames.

About 25 students and four adults – two advisors and two chaperones – were en route to Gettysburg and were planning to camp on the Gettysburg Battlefield overnight last night.

At about 10:30 a.m. along Route 15 in Dillsburg, York County, a smell of smoke was detected on the bus and the vehicle began slowing down.

Monday, May 16, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

St Jerome students stand in front of the Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center's May Flora tree as they present members of the center with a donation of $150 they raised during their mini-walk they held recently outside their school. Pictured from back left are St Jerome principal Mary Ann Mansell, center director Philip Koles and mission director Mary Dakosty. Students pictured from front left are Andrew Pollack, 6, Blaise Gigli, 5, Emma Morgans, 6, and Gabrielle Blasko, 5.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Carbon County voters will have the chance to make their choice known with regard to who they want to serve on the Court of Common Pleas when the county's Primary Election is held on Tuesday, May 17, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in each of the 51 election districts.

The voters are scheduled to elect a third judge for a 10-year term.

There are two candidates, James Lavelle and Joseph Matika.

The candidates have many similarities.

Monday, May 16, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Grande Pizza Restaurant owners Hien Do and his wife Cam, in back, get a pizza order ready for a customer. The Dos were part of a widespread rumor that started on an open online forum.

Hein Do, owner of Grande Pizza in Tamaqua, wife Cam and son Donny, were suprised Saturday night to find out that they were the victims of an online libel attack that started a false fast-moving and widespread rumor which stated that one of them had passed away and was found under a Tamaqua bridge.

Monday, May 16, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

The Recycling Racoons from L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe took the first place prize during the 2011 fourth and fifth grade (Explorers division) Envirothon, held at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill on Tuesday. Members of the Recycling Racoons are standing on rock, from left, Jackie Condly; Alexa Romanchik; Emelyn Shirley, team captain; Jordan Waselus; and Heather Locke. With the team are, sitting on rock, Susan Gallagher, CCEEC chief naturalist; L.B.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Democratic and Republican nominations for Carbon County Commissioner and the Democratic nomination for Carbon County Coroner are at stake in the 2011 Primary Election which will be held on Tuesday, May 17.

Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the county's 23 municipalities and/or 51 election districts.

Commissioners' race

Monday, May 16, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

The Palmerton 1 team from Palmerton Area High School took first place during the 2011 high school Envirothon on Thursday. The team scored 401. Members of Palmerton 1 are, front on rock, Jeanne Knepper, teacher and adviser, second from left; Collin Green, Blake Campbell, team captain; Brandon Scherer; and Alex Miller. Second row, on rock, Aleksander Everett. Accompanying the team are Lion Ed Dudley, past district governor, left; Audrey Wargo, district secretary for the Carbon County Conservation District, second row, second from right; and Lion Judy Dudley, past district governor.

Monday, May 16, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Family members thank the crowd for supporting their brother, Richard "Digger" Bloom at the "Jamming for Digger" concert held April 9 at Andreas Sporting Hall. From left are, Gerry Berger, Roxanne Berger, Robin Diehl, Rob Bloom and Ronnie Bloom.

For the friends, family and loved ones of Richard "Digger" Bloom, the April 9, "Jamming for Digger" concert at Andreas Sporting Hall was an outstanding jammin' time for all involved. Kelly Fisher assisted with securing the use of the hall for free the evening of the event.

Bloom, 44, was injured July 23 in a swimming pool accident in his backyard - an injury that broke his neck causing him to become paralyzed below his neck. While Digger can't move from his chest down, he feels gratitude, love and pride that his family and friends put on a great show in his honor.

Monday, May 16, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Work is done to enlarge the grass area around the inside of the Palmerton Memorial Pool.

Upgrades to Palmerton Memorial Pool should be completed in time for opening day.

Larry Arner, pool manager, said eight trees have been planted to ensure more shade, the grass area around the inside of the pool will be enlarged, and a sand volleyball court will replace the macadam volleyball court.

Arner said that while the original plan called for all the work to be finished by now, the weather has backed things up.

"We hope to have it ready for the start," he said. "The weather is starting to cooperate a little."