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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Legislation sponsored by Carbon County Representative Joseph Semanoff, Lehighton Republican, would stipulate that all high schools in the state be required to incorporate a course in voting methods in the curriculum. It is directed in the legislation that satisfactory completion of the course be a requirement for graduation. The course, to be designed by the State Department of Education, would include essential phases of the state election laws, including eligibility to vote, registration, primary and general elections, and rights to voters at voting places.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Lehigh County resident, formerly of Carbon and Schuylkill counties, admitted to his part in a break-in of a Bowmanstown business on Tuesday afternoon in Carbon County court. He was one of four defendants to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Cigs and tickets

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Members and volunteers with the South Ward Playground Association are holding a free movie every Friday night in the summer lunch building at the playground. They will be playing two movies every Friday. The first will be for children and adults and will start at 7 p.m. The second movie will start at 8:30 p.m. and will have a PG rating.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Four area men were among 13 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin as follows:

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Lehigh County bicyclist was killed on Tuesday when his bike collided with a pickup truck. State police at Fogelsville said the accident occurred about 10:12 a.m. along Bogerstadt Road, at Valley Road, in Weisenberg Township.

Troopers said Andrew Price, 43, of Fogelsville, was operating a 10 speed Thompson Elite bicycle northbound when he failed to stop for a posted stop sign. He entered the intersection where his bike struck the front fender of a 1996 Ford Ranger truck operated by a male juvenile from Kutztown.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
More than 150 motorcycle and automobile riders took part in the third annual Ride for Tommy benefit bike ride, held recently at the Tuscarora Fire Company. The ride extended about 60 miles through the valley, and was held in memory of Tommy Coleman, who was killed in a car accident on Aug. 23, 2009. All the proceeds went to the family of Emma Hope Cipko, who was born with a heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot, which required open heart surgery shortly after her birth. Taking part in the Ride for Tommy benefit are Joel Farber of Newkirk, driving a 1969 Mach 1 Mustang; and Ronny Ziegler of Tamaqua and Amanda Ziegler trailing behind in a Jeep Wrangler.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lion Karl Jones, the Director of Development of the Northeast PA Lions Eye Bank, left, receives a check for $200 from the Western Pocono Lioness Club president, Virginia Lamendola.

Having so enjoyed the trip to the Northeast Eye Bank, the Western Pocono Lioness Club decided to donate another $200 to the Eye Bank.

On hand to receive that donation was Lion Karl Jones, the Director of Development, of the Northeast PA Lions Eye Bank.

Lion Jones presented the club with a video, the newest featuring the work of the eye bank, and explained that with this additional gift, the club has moved into the Director's Circle.

In addition to Jones, special guests were Western Pocono Lions Club president, Charles Rush, and his wife, Lion Joanne Rush.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
It's been a hot, dry summer

It's storming. Again.

Lately, it seems to be raining every week. But, according to the National Weather Service, so far this year most counties in Pennsylvania have gotten less precipitation than average.

It's been a hot, dry summer, weather experts say.

In our area, Schuylkill has gotten 25.5 inches of precipitation so far, about 4.4 inches below normal. Carbon County has logged 22.6 inches, 4.1 inches below normal, and Monroe County has gotten 20.8 inches, 6.2 inches below average, according to the National Weather Service.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Pennsylvania West Nile Control Program has announced that two more Carbon County mosquito samples have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The report, released Tuesday, explains that the samples were collected from Jim Thorpe and Lower Towamensing Township. These were the second and third positive results in the county this year.

A total of 17 mosquito samples were collected and 10 were tested to date.

This makes a total of 982 mosquitoes and 17 birds that have tested positive for West Nile virus across the state.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Lehigh Valley Chapter of American Society of Safety Engineers is celebrating its 50th anniversary during 2012. Every day millions of people go to work and leave injury and illness free to return home safely, due in part to the commitment of occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) practioners. These professionals work tirelessly to identify hazards and implement safety advances across all industries with the goal of reducing workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses.