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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The State Department of Labor and Industry reminds Pennsylvania employers a federal law goes into effect nationwide today raising the minimum hourly wage to $4.25.

The increase will affect an estimated 299,000 Pennsylvanians who currently earn less than $4.25 per hour, according to department analysts.

The minimum wage was last increased on April 1, 1990, to $3.80.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The 2014 telethon of the Carbon Schuylkill Chapter of the American Cancer Society will be held at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe from noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday.

Live broadcast of the telethon will be by Blue Ridge Communications TV-13.

Hosting the telethon on Saturday will be Joe Krushinsky, Bud Wychulis, Jerry Knowles, Maureen Donovan, Jacob Gursky and Jason DeMarco.

Sunday hosts will be Krushinsky, Wychulis, Donovan, Kim Bell, Demarco, Gursky and Ann Marie Calabrese.

The public is welcome to attend the telethon at any time at Penn's Peak.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Chestnuthill, Jackson, Eldred and Ross townships are moving closer to approving a CJER Regional Comprehensive Plan, after a hearing Thursday night at the West End Volunteer Fire Company in Brodheadsville.

A vote on the plan was delayed until May 1 after the CJER Regional Comprehensive Committee heard questions raised by committee members and the public.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Carbon County's Animal Response Team is trying to educate students about volunteer projects to help animals.

Recently, the volunteer organization began visiting area schools to do presentations to the junior and senior classes to introduce students to CART and what it has to offer the community; as well as possible community service and senior projects that are available.

"We are trying to encourage them to give CART a shot for projects and hope that they like it and will want to stay on after the project is completed," said Diane Sharpless, CART coordinator.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Half Marathon and Walk will take place Nov. 2. Registration is now open.

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is gearing up to make history by offering a run and walker-friendly half marathon.

Using the D&L Trail, the races start in Northampton and finish in Lehigh Gap, about two miles north of Slatington.

Runners and walkers will enjoy the fall foliage and stunning views along this historic transportation system where America was built.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Penn Kidder Library Center is hosting Money Smart programs from April 5-12. The programs are sponsored by Mauch Chunk Truck and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

All programs will be held at the Library Store at Pine Point Plaza at the intersection of Routes 903 and 534.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Tamaqua man sits in the Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville after leading local police on a high-speed chase in the North Ward section of Tamaqua on Monday afternoon.

Police were dispatched to 114 Washington St., Tamaqua, shortly before 5 p.m. Monday for a reported domestic incident.

According to the victim, John J. Roberts, 42, her estranged husband, assaulted her and was attempting to flee with their 8-year-old son.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Maureen Hirochek of Nesquehoning, lines up her shot as Victor Pituch, director of the Carbon County Senior Games, left; Francis O'Donnell of Jim Thorpe, center; and Lewis Hirochek look on. Carbon County seniors are excited for the upcoming Senior Games in May. Registration is now open for this year's event.

Carbon County seniors, listen up!

It's that time of year again to dust off your bowling shoes, loosen up your throwing arms and brush up on your card skills.

The 26th annual Carbon County Senior Games will be held May 6 through May 15. Last year, over 200 county residents took part in the games.

Registration is now open for all county residents ages 60 and older who want to meet new people, reminisce with old friends and compete to win a medal.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWSDespite a quick response from firefighters, a Newkirk home sustained extensive damage in an early Tuesday morning fire.

A fast-moving fire destroyed a Newkirk, Schuylkill Township, home this morning, despite a quick response from firefighters.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — The sister of a woman charged with her newlywed husband in the murder of a man they allegedly lured through Craigslist says her sister is making up the claim that she killed more than 20 people.

The Daily Item of Sunbury (http://bit.ly/1mHP3Qo ) reported Tuesday that Miranda Barbour's sister, Ashley Dean, called Barbour a "master at lying" who is drawing on the escapades of television serial killer "Dexter."

The 19-year-old Barbour is in Northumberland County court Tuesday for a pretrial hearing.