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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and Carbon Builders Association will hold a Expo Business mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday April 27 at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall. The mixer offers everyone the opportunity to meet and network with the vendors and members of both organizations prior to the opening of the 2012 Carbon County Home Garden & Business Expo.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Lower Towamensing Township man must await word to see if he can operate a concrete contractor business from his home.

The township's Zoning Hearing Board on Tuesday chose not to take action on a request by Jason Phillips, who sought a variance/special exception to conduct a business at 1645 Little Gap Road as a home occupation in an Industrial zoning district.

Instead, Phillips must again appear before the zoners at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at which point they said a decision is likely to be rendered.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Sen. David G. Argall, and Rep. Jerry Knowles celebrate their primary election victories last night in Tamaqua with their respective wives, Beth Argall and Lorraine Knowles.

The Republican voters of the 29th State senatorial District rewarded state Sen. David G. Argall for all the services he had performed while serving in the state house by selecting him over a tough opponent, Brian Rich, a newcomer, to be the party's nominee in the general election in the fall, according to the unofficial returns from Tuesday's Primary Election.

The two candidates split the six counties that voted in the district, but Argall victories in Schuylkill, where the entire county voted, keyed his victory.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

First United Methodist Church, 124 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, is the place to be this Saturday if you're a fan of Italian sauce/gravy. The MOM group is sponsoring a competition between the Rev. James Cavallero and the Coccio family to determine who makes the best authentic sauce. The event will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 and is open to the public.

Dinner music will be provided by Luigi from La Dolce Casa.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS "Would you like your 8- or 9-year-old to walk Lehigh Street," asks Robert Fredericks at Tuesday's Tamaqua Area School Board meeting. Close to 100 local residents turned out to voice concerns about plans to eliminate busing and programs.

The president of the Tamaqua Area Board of Education says the district is on the edge of a financial cliff due to the commonwealth's unsustainable pension program and unless the state addresses the issue, all districts will face insolvency in the next few years.

The somber message came from Larry Wittig during Tuesday's school board meeting, a grueling three-hour-and-fifteen minute forum attended by close to 100 vocal, concerned residents. At times tempers flared as parties looked for answers.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The chairman of the Democratic Party of Carbon County was elected a delegate to the Democratic National Convention as part of the Primary Election voting process that took place in the 17th Congressional District.

William J. O'Gurek Jr., Summit Hill, will be a delegate to the national convention to be held in Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 3-6.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and the Carbon Builders Association will present the 2012 Carbon County Home, Garden and Business Expo at the Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall on the weekend of April 28-29.

The Expo will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Ronald J. Rabenold, center, stands with his wife, Kimberly, and son, Nate, in the Molly Maguires Pub in Jim Thorpe during his victory celebration in yesterday's Primary Election. Rabenold, a Democratic candidate for the 122nd Legislative District, defeated Gerald Strubinger in yesterday's polling. He will oppose incumbent Republican Doyle Heffley in November.

Although Republican State Rep. Doyle Heffley (122nd legislative district, Carbon County) was unopposed in yesterday's Primary Election, party voters rallied and gave him incredible support.

Of the 3,932 GOP electors who cast ballots, a whopping 99.48 percent of them (3,912) voted for Heffley.

Meanwhile, on the opposite ticket, Democrat Ronald J. Rabenold, a newcomer to the political arena, also got a superb showing from his party, winning by nearly a 2-1 margin over his opponent.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Touring under the name "Live on Stage, The Rain Forest", the non-profit group is holding shows every day this week in our area. The show consists of comedy routines and various types of live animals. Shows are being held today at the Lehighton Area Middle School at 6:30 p.m., Thursday at the Drums Elementary/Middle School at 7 p.m. and Friday at the S.S. Palmer Elementary School in Palmerton at 6:30 p.m. Children under 3 don't require donations. For more information, visit www.understandingwildlife.org. Show director Mike Kohlrieser opens the mouth of an alligator during a recent show.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Police were called to Our Family Mini Mart just after 6:30 a.m. today after the driver of an SUV lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the front wall and window of the store. In addition to large pieces of shattered glass, the impact caused major damage to the outside wall, as well as causing large inside shelves to fall over, just barely missing the clerk. Police identified the driver of the green Oldsmobile Bravada as Amado Rodriguez Rios, 38, of Reading. Police noted that Rios was driving without a valid driver's license. Officer Dane O'Brien is the investigating officer. No serious injuries were reported. Large pieces of shattered glass lie scattered around the pushed-in mason wall after the driver of an SUV crashed into it.

Tamaqua Police were called to Our Family Mini Mart just after 6:30 a.m. today after the driver of an SUV lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the front wall and window of the store. In addition to large pieces of shattered glass, the impact caused major damage to the outside wall, as well as causing large inside shelves to fall over, just barely missing the clerk. Police identified the driver of the green Oldsmobile Bravada as Amado Rodriguez Rios, 38, of Reading. Police noted that Rios was driving without a valid driver's license. Officer Dane O'Brien is the investigating officer.