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Friday, September 14, 2012

After repeatedly pounding his gavel and calling for calm, Panther Valley School Board President Jeff Markovich on Thursday ordered a five-minute recess for tempers to cool.

The dust-up erupted after board member Irene Genther challenged an Aug. 23 vote by Michelle Markovich to settle a new $57,654.74 contract with Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Senior Instructor Kenneth Markovich, who is her brother-in-law.

Half of his salary is paid by the U.S. Army.

Friday, September 14, 2012

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mahoning Township has added two new monthly worship services to their schedule. Both are in the evening, to benefit people in the community who cannot always make Sunday mornings. "We find that so many have to work on Sunday, or their families are traveling, or the kids have mandatory events," explains Rev. Chris deForest, the church's pastor. "So once a month we now offer a Saturday evening and a Wednesday evening service."

Friday, September 14, 2012

Anticipating an emotionally-charged atmosphere at polling places in the Nov. 6 presidential election, Carbon County commissioners want election judges and constables trained to defuse any possible flare-ups.

Commissioners will meet with elections director Lisa R. Dart to discuss the training.

The matter surfaced at an Election Board meeting Thursday when Commissioner William O'Gurek expressed concern over the already contentious presidential race, coupled with new voter identification laws and the confusion that surrounds them.

Friday, September 14, 2012

In need of a 1990 dump truck? How about a used bus, or 1995 Crown Victoria?

Has Carbon County got a deal for you!

County commissioners on Thursday announced that a number of used vehicles, all valued at more than $1,000, are up for sale.

They include two 2004 Ford buses; three 2005 Ford buses; a 1993 GMC Jimmy; a 1995 Crown Victoria; a 2001 Crown Victoria; and a 1990 Ford F-350 dump truck.

The vehicles will be sold to the highest bidder. Bids should be submitted to the county Controller's office, P.O. Box 59, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229.

Friday, September 14, 2012

A four-hour AARPDriver Safety Course, for those 50 and older, will be offered at the Chestnuthill Park Building on Saturday, Sept. 22. The class will begin at 1 p.m. and is only for those who have already had the eight-hour class in the past three years.

No first-timers will be able to participate.

To register or for more information, call (570) 619-4006 or email

Friday, September 14, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Cub Scout Pack 41 of Palmerton delivered food from the Palmerton Community Festival to the delight of residents of the Palmerton High Rise. From left are, Claire Heiny; Cub Scout Zacary Reif, 9; Eric Reif, den leader; Kay Costenbader; Carrie Breiner; Jim Engle, assistant den leader and his grandson; Cub Scout Gage Zuberka, 7.

Everyone knows that Boy Scouts are loyal, trustworthy and helpful. A Boy Scout in training is called a Cub Scout. Cub Scouts may be a little younger, but they still follow the same creed.

That's why Cub Scout Pack 41 of Palmerton wanted to do a service outreach project during the Palmerton Community Festival. They came up with the idea to volunteer to fill food orders from the festival for the residents at the Palmerton High Rise on Saturday and Sunday.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Elderly folks in Carbon County will have a smoother road to travel between agencies and services thanks to a new federal program.

Commissioners on Thursday hired Julie Rovinsky-Mann of Jim Thorpe as the county's Link coordinator, retroactive to July 1. Her contract ends June 30, 2013. Rovinsky-Mann will be paid up to $18,000 a year, said commissioner Chairman Wayne Nothstein.

The money will come from a $40,000 federal grant.

Thursday, September 13, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Federal, State and local officials, as well as police officers from local police departments, were on hand during a press conference held yesterday afternoon at the Hazleton State Police Barracks to announce federal charges against two New Jersey suspects and to show appreciation to all the local departments that worked together to investigate and capture the suspects.

Local police departments were recognized yesterday at the Hazleton Police Barracks for their joint efforts that resulted in the capture and arrest of two 19-year old men suspected in a string of 11 robberies, stretching from late December to early February.

Thursday, September 13, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Gathered around the race car of sponsor Fairway Subaru of Hazleton prior to this weekend's Weatherly Hill Climb are, left to right : Wayne Gettig, Weatherly Hill Climb Association; Janet Gettig, Weatherly Hill Climb Association; Al Corazza, Fairway Subaru Sales Manager and driver; Ray Kochin, Weatherly Hill Climb Association and driver; Ed Grega, Weatherly Hill Climb Association and driver; and Joe Cyburt, Councilman and President of the Weatherly Hill Climb Association.

There will be something of interest to see and do for every member of the family during this busy upcoming weekend in Weatherly.

Residents of the borough and surrounding area will have the "Fairway Subaru Weatherly Hill Climb", the "Trainworks Festival", and the "Weatherly Area Museum" dedication to visit and enjoy.

The weekend will start off with a parade through downtown Weatherly at 6 p.m. followed by a meet-the-drivers at the hill climb pit area.

The public is welcome to come up and meet the drivers and ask questions about their cars and careers.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A tractor trailer carrying empty nitrous oxide containers overturned around 9 p.m. Wednesday while making the sharp curve on the on-ramp to US-81 southbound. The female driver suffered minor injuries, while her husband, who was in the back of the cab, was taken via McAdoo Ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital in Coaldale. The Texas couple was transporting the empty containers for Air Products to an unmentioned location. Hometown's Air Product's Emergency Response Team (ERT) also responded to scene.