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Monday, March 19, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – For the first time in more than 30 years, there's a chance that Republicans in Pennsylvania will have a hand in deciding who will be the party's presidential nominee.

But it may not necessarily happen by pushing a button beside the name of Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul in a polling booth.

That's because Pennsylvania is in a select group of states where party rules allow convention delegates to cast their vote on the convention floor for whomever they want, regardless of who wins the state's presidential primary election.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Thirteen area residents were among 74 who were arraigned Monday morning at the Schuylkill County courthouse before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon on criminal charges and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested jury trials.

Kyle J. Delpas, 26, of 314 Mine St., Brockton, Schuylkill Township, was charged by Saint Clair Patrolman Chad H. Seitzinger, last Dec. 10 with endangering welfare of a child, criminal mischief by smashing a window at 134 N. Mill St. and disorderly conduct.

Monday, March 19, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Cathy Frankenberg brought a map of the proposed Highlands trail network.

A group of organizations interested in the environment met at the Lehigh Gap Nature on March 10 to compare notes on what is going on in their respective groups.

The goal of the meeting was to raise awareness of the trails and the need to preserve them, said Paul Schubert of the Philadelphia Hiking Club and Appalachian Trail Club, who welcomed everyone to the annual gathering.

Monday, March 19, 2012

An art contest is underway to find an official township emblem for Rush Township.

Participants aged 8 - 18, who are residents of the township, are eligible to submit their ideas to the board of supervisors. Supervisors stressed that the submissions should incorporate the township as a whole, embodying elements of its past, present and/or future.

The winner will be awarded a cash prize of $200. Deadline for entries is June 1.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Franklin Township supervisors have sent out the annual garbage bills. Any residents who have not received a bill are asked to contact the township office.

Monday, March 19, 2012

A free community dinner will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., on Sunday, March 25, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe. The dinner will be a Easter ham meal.

For more information, call (570) 325-2241.

Monday, March 19, 2012
Chris Parker/Times News Tracking down the mortgage owner of the property at 6 Leisenring St. in Lansford is an ongoing battle.

Jay Gallagher, who lives in an immaculate, well-kept home at 8 Leisenring St. in Lansford, has been looking forward to sitting on his back porch these warm evenings.

But, Gallagher told borough council on Wednesday, the stench from open bags of trash stacked on the back porch of the attached vacant house next door at 6 Leisenring makes that impossible.

"Something's got to be done," he said. "It's getting warm and I'd like to sit on my porch."

Monday, March 19, 2012

In the spirit of community collaboration and teamwork taught through youth sports, Rentschler Chevrolet is supporting Northern Lehigh Softball through the Chevy Youth Baseball and Softball Program.

This sponsorship will include both monetary and equipment donations during the Spring 2012 youth baseball season.

Monday, March 19, 2012
BILL O'GUREK/Times News Gene Binder, second from left, accepts the Shamrock Award from Panther Valley Irish-American Association President Tim Hoben, second from right. Also celebrating the presentation are Binder's fiancee, Karen Sabol, and former Speaker of the House Keith McCall, who was the toastmaster for the 65th Annual Banquet held on St. Patrick's Day, Saturday, in Lansford.

A "roasted" and "toasted" Gene Binder – the Panther Valley Irish-American Association's Citizen of the Year for 2012 – was the guest of honor during the association's 65th Annual Dinner Program held last Saturday in The Grand Ballroom of Kelly's Irish Pub in Lansford.

Binder, who was cited for his civic and community involvement, primarily as a Catholic Youth Organization basketball coach for nearly four decades, received the Shamrock Award from PVIAA President Tim Hoben.

Monday, March 19, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A fundraiser and dart tournament was hosted recently at the East End Fire Company in Tamaqua by the Notre Dame Club of Schuylkill County to raise funds for Dudefest. Dudefest was founded to benefit suicide awareness in memory of Cory McCarroll who took his own life on June 28, 2009. The event raised $500 and the winners were Craig and Jess from Trescow. The 4th Annual Dudefest will be held on August 18 at the West Penn Rod and Gun Club. For more information about Dudefest contact founder and mother Tara at (570) 527-4965.