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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Epifanio Garcia-Rivas

Police believe the former boyfriend of the owner of a Mahoning Township nail salon that burned in December started the fire.

Township police have issued an arrest warrant for Epifanio Garcia-Rivas, 41, whose last known address was Allentown. He faces felony charges of arson, burglary and risking a catastrophe.

An investigation revealed that multiple fires had been set on Dec. 15, 2013, in Beverly Hills Nails in the Carbon Plaza along Route 443, Mahoning Police Chief Audie Mertz said in a press release early Tuesday.

The fire caused an estimated $67,000 in damage.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The traffic woes associated with the McCall Bridge project will start tonight.

From 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. today through Thursday, traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction on the bridge, Route 209 between Route 443 and Route 248.

The turning lane on the bridge will be restricted for this work, but the through lanes are being maintained.

Drivers around the area will also be affected.

Rehabilitation of the bridge will continue throughout the spring and summer, and will involve a complex detour route.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The next Grandparents Raising Grandchildren meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 25 at the Lehigh Carbon Community College Jim Thorpe campus, 1100 Center St., Jim Thorpe.

The topic is "How to Provide Emotional Support for Your Grand Children."

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sixty Democrats and 19 Republicans are officially candidates for committee men and women positions in the 23 municipalities in the county, according to the last round of petitions that were filed with the Carbon County Board of Elections before the deadline last week.

The Democratic Party rules call for one committeeman and one committeewoman from each of the 51 election precincts to be elected for a total of 102 members.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Nesquehoning VFW, 300 Center St., is hosting a Miller-Keystone blood drive from 3:15 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

To sign up, visit www.giveapint.org and search upcoming blood drives.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Two troopers from the Fern Ridge state police barracks were injured in a crash early Sunday morning in Chestnuthill Township.

According to state police at Swiftwater, Jean Fonte, 25, of Kunkletown, was driving a 2004 Dodge Status on Route 115 near Weir Lake Road in Chestnuthill Township at 12:39 a.m. Sunday. Trooper Jeffrey Kowalski of Blakeslee, no age given, was driving north when Fonte’s car crossed over and hit the troopers’ car head-on.

Monday, March 17, 2014

College basketball fans, start your brackets.

March Madness kicks into high gear this week with the start of the NCAA tournament, the time hoop heads circle the calendar like it's Christmas.

This year's run through the field of 68 should be a blast — an undefeated team in the bracket, a wide-open field and a heavy dose of great players.

So stock up the fridge, work on that fake cough to call in sick and dig the remote from under the couch cushions. It's time to roll.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

State Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-122nd District, on March 13 introduced what has become an annual resolution to designate May 17 as Jim Thorpe Day in Pennsylvania.

The resolution, supported unanimously, has been done each year since the days of Heffley's predecessor, former House Rep. Keith McCall.

"It's something I do every year that I've been in office," he said.

The special day ties in with Jim Thorpe Borough's annual birthday celebration in honor of the great athlete.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Attention Lehighton Area School District residents: What do you think about the proposed plans to build a new elementary center or renovate the four existing schools?

Tell us in a letter to the editor. Submit a letter at www.tnonline.com or mail a letter to the editor at Times News, 594 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive West, Lehighton, Pa. 18235.

Letters received by 8 p.m. Tuesday will be featured in the Saturday, March 22, edition.

Monday, March 17, 2014

As part of the Earth Day activities, Close the Loop, Chestnuthill Township and the West End Park & Open Space Commission will be coordinating the 6th annual Give & Take Day on Saturday, April 26 at the Chestnuthill Township Park, 221 Route 715, Brodheadsville.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. give a reuseable item and from 1 to 4 p.m., take away something. You don't have to give something to take something.

For more information or to volunteer, call 570-629-8414.