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Friday, January 17, 2014

Freedom Community Church invites the public to an evening of Candy Bar Bingo, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Lehighton Recreation Center.

Free hot dogs, soda, and hot chocolate will be served. This event is family friendly and all ages can play.

Admission fee is one candy bar per person.

For more info contact Pastor Mark at 610-714-9834 or go to www.freedomchurchpa.org.

Friday, January 17, 2014
TIMES NEWS file photo Dave Kurz, head of security, views the digital video-recording system that was installed at Blue Mountain Ski Area in 2012 in an effort to crack down on the number of thefts.

Once a hotbed for crooks, Blue Mountain Resort has seen a substantial downtick in the number of theft-related incidents.

The installation of a digital video-recording system to replace the former analog system has played a huge role in the reduction, according to Barb Green, president.

"It's definitely down," Green said. "We put cameras in everywhere."

Green noted that in 2012, Blue Mountain installed a new digital video-recording system to crack down on the number of thefts.

Friday, January 17, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Andy Harvan, assistant professor of math at Lehigh Carbon  Community College, teaches a class on Thursday in the new LCCC Carbon campus in Jim Thorpe.

The spring semester has started at the new Lehigh Carbon Community College campus and the verdict is favorable.

The site, located in the west wing of the Jim Thorpe Area High School, 1100 Center St., is now a hub for college students and provides more flexible space and opportunities for additional classes that weren't available before.

LCCC's Carbon campus moved from its former location along Locust Street in Nesquehoning, just after finals ended in December.

Friday, January 17, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Five people were displaced by this smoky fire on Jan. 10 in Rush Township. A fund has been established to help the family.

On Jan. 10, a fire displaced a family of five at 92 Ben Titus Road in Rush Township.

The fire claimed the lives of two pets and consumed most of the family's belongings, losses that are only partially covered by homeowner's insurance.

One of the occupants, Rose Mashak, was injured in the fire and transported to an area hospital for treatment of burns to her feet. The other fire victims include Megan Devlin, Aaron Gimbel and two children.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Lehighton Area School District has announced the names of its elementary Students of the Month for December.

East PennElementary School

Kindergarten: Mrs. Betz, Chloe Moyer and Mrs. Zehner, Collin Bird; first grade, Mrs. Bruch, Dante Ault and Mrs. Zerbe, Michael Tholen; second grade, Mrs. Bonser, Elizabeth Zelinsky and Mrs. Haupt, Evan McGowan; third grade, Mrs. Barilla, Sophia Wentz and Miss Grasso, Rachael Carr; and fourth grade, Mrs. Breiner, Hailey Miller.

FranklinElementary School

Friday, January 17, 2014

Twelve defendants in pending driving under the influence (DUI) cases entered guilty pleas on Thursday in Carbon County court.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas from the following:

Roseann M. Izuka, 27, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to two counts of DUI in two separate incidents.

She pleaded to an incident on May 26, 2013, along Bankway in Lehighton, filed by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.

Friday, January 17, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Miller Park in Hometown, already developed as abaseball field and multiuse soccer field, will soon be home to an assortment of playground equipment, thanks to a $40,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Departmentof Conservation and Natural Resources. The grant was secured through the efforts of the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission.

Friday, January 17, 2014

State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) is announcing his veterans outreach hours for the remaining weeks of January.

The Mobile Veterans Center will visit the American Legion in Lehighton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, weather permitting. The legion is located at 314 Veterans Ave.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Several area high schools are among over 300 taking part in the statewide mock trial competition sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

The local teams participating are:

Carbon County

Palmerton Area High School.

Schuylkill County

Marian Catholic High School, Blue Mountain High School, Schuylkill Haven High School and Williams Valley High School.

Luzerne County

Hazleton High School and MMI Preparatory School, Freeland.

The competition began this month for 338 teams from 284 schools across the state.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Permission was granted by the Schuylkill County Planning Commission for construction of a medical center building in Girardville.

The action was taken at its monthly meeting Wednesday in Pottsville.

The building will be operated by the Girardville Area Medical and Professional Center and will be located along Third St.

Extension of time to allow Eagle Rock Resorts Company, with office in Hazle Township, Luzerne County, to complete its plans for two new subdivisions, Hidden Forest Phase 1 and 2 under development in East Union Township, was granted.