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Saturday, October 12, 2013

The week of Sept. 30, was a busy one in Harrisburg, with many discussions about the proper way to reform Pennsylvania's unfair school property tax system.

I don't need to tell people in our region about how severe this problem has become, as many of my constituents are living proof.Seniors are being forced to choose between paying their expensive school property taxes and paying for food or medicine.

Some are even losing their homes.

It is unjust that our valued senior citizens are being put in this situation.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A total of 12 defendants charged with driving under the influence and related counts entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Thursday.

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

Jill M. Brown, 38, of Albrightsville, was arrested on April 19 along Indian Drive in Lehighton by Lehighton police. Given a test, the result was .21BAC. She also pleaded to one count of driving under suspension-DUI related.

She was charged after she crashed her vehicle into a utility pole.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge everyone to get flu shots, especially those who:

Ÿ are aged 6 months through 4 years (59 months);

Ÿ are aged 50 years and older;

Ÿ have chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, neurologic, hematologic, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus);

Ÿ are immunosuppressed (including immunosuppression caused by medications or by human immunodeficiency virus);

Ÿ are or will be pregnant during the influenza season;

Saturday, October 12, 2013
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Diabetes Dash founder and organizer Carla Majczan, left, stands with the first runner to complete the annual run in Palmerton, John Vasko, 19.

Nearly 100 people took part in the sixth annual Palmerton Diabetes Dash, formerly known as the Palmerton 5k for Diabetes.

The event raised nearly $3,000 for the American Diabetes Association, whose goal is to find better treatments and a cure for diabetes, and to advocate for those currently affected by the disease. They also offer educational services to help prevent diabetes.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

At Slatington's regular meeting of council held Monday evening, Robin Schmall of Slatington said that she's been having severe issues with M.F. Ronca and Sons Inc. since Sept. 23. She said that sewer water has been coming out of her pipes and that raw sewage went into her family room in her basement because workers forgot to cap the line to her home.

Saturday, October 12, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Little League players stand in formation while in the infield are military veterans who were honored by the league recently. The veterans are, l-r, Al Van Osten, Al Helmer, Jack Kmetz, Francis O'Donnell, Joe McGorry, Tom Nanay, Robert Sluck, Richard Rhode, Kenneth Dorne, and Cliff Hurley.

Military veterans of Jim Thorpe were honored during a recent ceremony conducted by the Jim Thorpe Little League players.

Veteran Al Van Osten tossed out the first pitch of the little league game to catcher Chris Condly.

Condly then handed the ball to Van Osten.

There were 10 veterans who took part in the program. They are, besides Van Osten:

Al Helmer, Jack Kmetz, Francis O'Donnell, Joe McGorry, Tom Nanay, Robert Sluck, Richard Rhode, Kenneth Dorne, and Cliff Hurley.

Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko praised the Little League Association for the program.

Friday, October 11, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

A two-vehicle crash occurred shortly after 11 a.m. Friday in front of the TIMES NEWS building on Route 443 in Mahoning Township.

Three people were freed from the vehicles.

One man was airlifted to a Lehigh Valley hospital.

Two other patients were taken to Lehigh Valley-Cedar Crest by ambulance.

Emergency crews on scene includied Mahoning police; Lehighton, Palmerton and Mahoning ambulances; and Nesquehoning, Lehighton and Mahoning Valley fire crews.

Traffic began moving again on the highway after about an hour.

Friday, October 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteers Craig Bulger, left, and Kim Grant place pallets in preparation for the Tamaqua Community Center's Free Arts and Music Festival this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Volunteers with the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua, are in full swing as they prepare the center for this Sunday's free Community Arts and Music Festival, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event, which is held in conjunction with Tamaqua Historical Society's Heritage Festival, will involve hourly art and craft demonstrations, poetry readings, art displays and theater improvisation.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Carbon County will not respond to any dog calls in Mahoning Township until further notice, officials say.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board unanimously voted to cease all services to the township until the Mahoning Township supervisors pay the 2013 assessment fee for dog shelter operations.

Mahoning Township has not paid the $693 annual fee for either 2012 or 2013, Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard reported.

Friday, October 11, 2013

A public square Rosary Crusade will take place at noon on Saturday at the Lehighton Amphitheater in Lehighton.

Those gathering will join together to pray for our nation.