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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Bob Silliman, president of the Carbon County Fair, presents plans to use extra acreage for a fairgrounds and recreational complex.

A thorough review will be conducted to determine if an extra 46 acres of a 700-acre tract of land in Lower Towamensing Township may be used for a fairgrounds and recreational complex.

After over 2 1/2 hours of deliberation on Tuesday, the township's zoning hearing board ruled to refer the Carbon County Lions/Lioness Fair Association to the township's planning commission for its review.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mahoning Township supervisors are encountering a major stumbling block they did not anticipate concerning bid construction contracts for new buildings.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Polk Township Historical Society wants to repair the bake oven that was moved from the Jonas Hotel to the West End Fairgrounds. President Norman Burger asked at the March 5 meeting if anyone had ideas about the cost.

He said two professional masons offered to do the work but it would have to fit in between paid work.

Also, Burger has a lead for a cast iron part that is missing and should be suspended inside. The oven should have two but only one came with it.

The Society is also looking for a copper kettle to make apple butter. A paddle for stirring is available.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Contributed photo Bruce L. Krasley

A former Palmerton and Tamaqua high school principal has been charged with possession of child pornography.

Bruce L. Krasley, 61, of Allentown, who served as the principal at Catasauqua Area High School for six years, until retiring in 2006, was arraigned via video conference Tuesday before District Judge David M. Howells Jr. in Allentown.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

AMVETS Post 83, Lansford, has scheduled three upcoming meetings.

The Patty's Day Dance Committee will meet on Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. at the post home.

On Sunday, March 18, there will be two meetings. The post members will meet at 1 p.m. Commander Perry Shelton will be in charge of the session.

Squadron 83 (Sons of the AMVETS) will meet that night at 7 o'clock. Commander Bob Soltis will be in charge of that meeting.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

After decades of debate, a portion of Lower Towamensing Township is expected to hook up to Palmerton Borough's brand new wastewater treatment plant.

The board of supervisors on Tuesday unanimously agreed to adopt an agreement in principal to hook up the Weiner Trailer Court to the borough's treatment plant.

However, as part of their motion, supervisors would not sign the agreement until its Act 537 Plan is signed by the Department of Environmental Protection.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Guilty pleas were entered by 13 persons in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the pleas from the following:

Nesquehoning

incident

Two persons pleaded guilty to their part in a assault incident in Nesquehoning that occurred on Dec. 11, 2011.

Keith A. Johnson, 24, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count each of simple assault and criminal mischief.

Danielle Neff, 22, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded guilty to one count of simple assault.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The whereabouts of this car's driver was unknown as of this morning.

West Penn, New Tripoli and Germansville firefighters helped police close a six-mile stretch of SR309 from Snyders to New Tripoli just before 2 a.m. today for several hours after the unknown driver of a newer white sedan crashed into and toppled a pole and power line.

The crash resulted in power lines and road debris on the road. A short while after the crash, a tractor trailer was damaged after driving over strewn wires and debris. Another short time later, another car was also damaged after crashing into the scattered debris. That car had to be towed away.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

If you haven't submitted your recipes for this year's cookbook contest, you have until tonight at midnight. You will need to hurry if you want to be included in our 25th anniversary edition.

Categories are Main Dishes; Desserts; Salads and Side Dishes; Slow Cooker; Money Saving Meals; Salad Dressings, Sauces and Marinades; and Celebrations (which includes your favorite recipes for parties and entertaining).

Recipes must be created or modified by the person submitting the recipe or a member of that person's family.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Morgan Jones Jr., co-owner of the diner, digs through piles of debris. Jones said he found a couple old coins dating back to the mid-1800's.

A longtime landmark dating back to 1932 is coming down in West Penn Township.

Owners and contractors spent the last few days tearing down the last remnants of the devastating fire that destroyed the White Diner on September 18 of last year.

Current owners, Helen and Jim Fulmer, and Helen's brother, Morgan Jones Jr., stated they have worked hard to keep the restaurant operating and plan on continuing that tradition. They are planning a new, expanded version of the restaurant.