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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The following defendants entered pleas before Carbon County Judge Joseph J. Matika Tuesday.

Jessica M. Boyd, 37, and Jesse K. Boyd, 33, both of Tennessee, pleaded guilty for an incident in Kidder Township.

Jessica Boyd pleaded to four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia while her husband, Jesse, pleaded to five counts of criminal conspiracy-possession of a controlled substance. The two faced over 40 drug counts after they were arrested on July 27, 2012, by township police in the area of Jack Frost Mountain Ski area.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

During the winter months, many students are most focused on their reading skills when checking the list of school cancellations running at the bottom of the television screen.

Students may shriek with joy and go straight back to bed. Meanwhile, school administrators groan.

At about this same time last winter, Tamaqua's school schedule got as dicey to navigate as an ice-covered parking lot. Traditionally, the school district's last day of school falls on a Friday, and graduation ceremonies and an all-night party for seniors are held the same day.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Three defendants in pending driving under the influence cases entered guilty pleas Tuesday in Carbon County court before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Francis Xavier Franklin Jr., 52, of Bensalem, Bucks County, was arrested on Aug. 3, 2014, along Route 903 in Kidder Township by state police at Fern Ridge. A test showed 0.14 BAC.

A first offense, Franklin was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300, render 25 hours of community service, pay court costs of about $1,500, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Many first-time buyers of Pennsylvania hunting or furtaker licenses have a new, convenient option for completing the required certification course.

A new online-only Hunter-Trapper Education course is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The course, which can be completed online in about six to eight hours, is available to students ages 16 and older. Students can use any computer, smartphone, tablet or e-reader to take the course, providing flexibility to take it anywhere at any time, said Andy Hueser, a hunter-education specialist for the Game Commission.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
AP Photo/Copyright Twentieth Century Fox, Atsushi Nishijima, File This file photo released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Michael Keaton, left, as Riggan in a scene from the film 'Birdman, or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance' directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

And the Oscar goes to ... ? Here are predictions for the 87th Academy Awards.

Best picture

"American Sniper"

"Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"

"Boyhood"

"The Grand Budapest Hotel"

"The Imitation Game"

"Selma"

"The Theory of Everything"

"Whiplash"

And the winner is: "Birdman." Its Producers Guild and Directors Guild awards give it a momentum that will be hard for another movie to overcome.

Director

Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Alejandro G. Inarritu, "Birdman"

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Grace-St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, will host a free community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The meal will be a baked meatloaf and mashed potato dinner.

The church is located just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information, call the church at 570-325-9151.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Eight first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their record will be wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it 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.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

HARRISBURG (AP) A party-line vote in the Pennsylvania Senate on Tuesday advanced a proposed constitutional amendment closer to a statewide vote and a potentially acrimonious campaign leading up to the November election between the interests of nonprofit institutions and financially struggling cities.

The vote, 30-19, in the Republican-controlled Senate gave the chamber's final approval to a resolution to change the Pennsylvania Constitution to let lawmakers, not courts, decide which organizations qualify as charities and can escape paying certain taxes.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The next Carbon County Animal Response Team meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, 1264 Emergency Lane in Nesquehoning.

The group will receive instructions on handling abandoned and orphaned kittens.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ending the contract dispute between teachers and the Jim Thorpe Area School Board is like undertaking a cease-fire: Both sides are reluctant to be the first to lay down their weapons.

The teachers have been working without a contract since July 1, 2013. The last contract was a five-year pact extending from July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2013.

According to comments made during a meeting of the Jim Thorpe Area School Board on Tuesday by both the teachers' union and the board, a new contract is virtually a done deal. It just needs approval by the two parties.