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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Gov. Tom Corbett is encouraging Pennsylvania small-business owners to apply for DEP's Small Business Advantage Grant to finance pollution prevention and energy efficiency projects.

Businesses can apply for 50-percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures.

"Supporting projects that promote energy efficiency, especially in small businesses, will help keep Pennsylvania on the path to energy independence," Corbett said.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Yesterday morning, the first train passed over the new bridge of the Lehigh and New England RR at Lehigh Gap.

The train was carrying on it a party of leading officials who inspected every inch of the 32.1 mile extension from Danielsville to Tamaqua, including the fine bridge, and pronounced the job a first class one.

Last evening, the first coal train, made up of 25 50-ton cars, left Lansford and was delivered at Edgewater, N.J. It was an auspicious opening for the new road and the official party was very enthusiastic about the condition of the road.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Carbon County Fair monthly board will meet at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 at the fair grounds, Little Gap Road, Palmerton.

Any individual or organization interested in becoming a vendor at the 2013 fair is asked to call Bob Silliman at (570) 325-8685. Anyone who would like to become involved with the Fair is asked to contact Liz McElwee at lmcelwee2@msn.com. The fair will be held on Aug. 6-10.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Delano man was one of six defendant's who had their probations revoked by judges in Schuylkill County court.

Edward Francis Ostrowski, 36, of 722 Lakeside Avenue, was removed from the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin and the court ordered his status be evaluated for placement from the county's to the states IPP and pay additional costs for the evaluation.

Osrowski was placed in the county program last September to serve 60 months on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol in Tamaqua in March 2012.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Mahoning Township supervisors agreed to accept the settlement in a case brought against certain supervisors a few years ago by a police officer candidate who alleged a violation of labor regulations.

The supervisors also said they needed more information regarding the settlement of former Police Chief Kenneth Barnes, who was on medical leave for most of last year before resigning in December.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Madison Arner lost her life in a tragic fire last month and is being honored at a celebration of life event, Maddyfest, at the Lansford Little League Field on July 21.

Maddyfest, a celebration of life event honoring a seven-year-old girl who lost her life in a tragic fire last month, Madison Arner, will be hosted at the Lansford Little League Field on Sunday, July 21, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Proceeds of the event will go toward helping Madison's family cover funeral expenses.

Madison lost her life in an electrical fire that destroyed her residence in McAdoo last month and was the seven-year-old daughter of John Arner of Nesquehoning and Lorraine Searfoss of McAdoo.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tuscarora State Park naturalist will lead a basic kayaking source at the park. Kayaks, paddles and personal flotation devices will be provided. Maximum weight capacity is 275 pounds.

Classes will take place on July 26 at 5 p.m., Aug. 3 at 2 p.m., Aug. 10 at 5 p.m., Aug. 16 at 5 p.m., Aug. 24 at 2 p.m., and Aug. 30 at 5 p.m.

Space is limited. Registration is required by calling (570) 467-2506 or in person at the park office. There is a fee.

All classes are posted at dcnr.state.pa.us under the calendar of events for Tuscarora State Park.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A former Carbon County resident will now face murder charges after the victim of a brutal attack has died.

Dale Wakefield Jr., 21, of Bucks County, who spent time in the Carbon County prison for assaulting his mother when he resided in Penn Forest Township, will now be charged with criminal homicide for the stabbing and beating of a homeless man at a train station in Doylestown.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS Charred motorcycle lies along stone wall along Route 902 in Mahoning Township, Saturday. The driver, Terrence Roberts, 23, of Lehighton, told police the bike caught fire while he was riding it, resulting in the crash.

A motorcyclist who crashed his bike on Saturday afternoon - during which it burst into flames - and then allegedly fled the scene, was apprehended about a half hour later.

When he was taken into custody, police said he was in possession of 13 packs of heroin.

Terence Roberts, 23, of Lehighton, has charges pending including DUI of a controlled substance, said Mahoning Township police.

The charges are pending the results of a blood test, police said.

Roberts sustained burns in the crash and was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, for treatment.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

An urgent care center may be coming to the West End.

The Chestnuthill Township planning commission recommended that the supervisors approve the building plan by Pocono Health System for a facility to be built on Route 209 near Lake Mineola Road in Brodheadsville. There are still some minor issues that need to be addressed but the board will meet on Monday, July 15, and expect to approve the final plan.