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Thursday, May 17, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Carbon County Bar Association recently launched a lawyer referral service and Modest Means Program to help local residents in need of legal services. Standing outside of the association's Lehighton office are Sheri Ryan, program coordinator, William G. Schwab, executive director of the bar association, and attorney Jason M. Rapa.

Carbon County residents now have a new resource for legal help and for qualified residents, a new opportunity to find more affordable legal assistance.

The Carbon County Lawyer Referral Service, offered by the Carbon County Bar Association, is a new service designed to connect area residents in need of legal service with a qualified lawyer that specializes in the appropriate area of law. This service was launched on May 1.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Mahoning Valley4-H garden club will meet on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Sensinger's Greenhouse parking lot instead of the Gilbert residence.

The club will be taking a tour and picking flowers to plant in Lehighton on Saturday.

Leader Kay Gilbert needs to know if any 4-Her needs transportation to the greenhouse or back to Gilbert's for the regular meeting.

Members should call her at (570) 386-4842 to let her know.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Carbon County's prison is working on temporary solutions to its overcrowding problem.

During Wednesday's county prison board meeting, Warden Joseph Gross updated the board on what is being done to provide more space for the inmates.

He noted that as of yesterday, the inmate population was 192. Of that total, there are 178 inmates being housed in the Broad Mountain prison; with about six weekend inmates who come in for their sentence on weekends; and others being held at other facilities.

Thursday, May 17, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Mrs. Christine Steigerwalt, the principal at Towamensing Elementary, wowed the audience with her amazing scarf juggling to The "William Tell Overture" by Gioachino Rossini.

Towamensing Elementary School is filled with talented students. To showcase some of that talent, it holds a talent show every two years. May 7 was the seventh talent show and it featured 34 acts, ranging from singers, guitarist, martial arts demonstrations, ballet, gymnastics demonstration and comedians.

Avery Neipert and Jasmyn Romanishan were the night's delightful emcees, Abigail Huber and Colby Moyer handled the sound system and Gabriella Sabina was the stage manager.

Thursday, May 17, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Panther Valley High School: From left to right: Senator Argall, William Stalgaitis, Brittany Cunfer, Stephanie Kachelries, Deanna Focht, Kevin Dunn, Zackary King and Mr. Damian, advisor from Panther Valley High School.

Senator David G. Argall (R-29) hosted his annual 'Senator for a Day' at Penn State Schuylkill, which featured 11 local area high schools and more than 60 students, on Thursday.

The event encourages local high school juniors and seniors to participate in a day-long process to see firsthand the difficulties of building a broad consensus with their peers, while debating bills during a simulation of the legislature.

Thursday, May 17, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Roy Christman, Towamensing Township, and Amresse Farrow, Lehighton, put the finishing touches on the front windows of the new Carbon County Democratic Headquarters for their Grand Opening Ceremony Wednesday, May 23, 5-7 p.m., at 110 S. First St., Lehighton.

The Carbon County Democratic Committee invites the public to celebrate the grand opening of their headquarters with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception on Wednesday, May 23, 5-7 p.m. Their new location is at 110 S. First St. in downtown Lehighton just off the park.

Thursday, May 17, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS A lone plastic swan floats in the middle of a pond at the Phifer Ice Dam Park. Whether the lone swan is keeping the geese away or whether it's because of the Franklin Township Police Department's efforts is up for discussion.

A Franklin Township woman's plea to have Franklin Township police stop shooting Canada geese at the Phifer Ice Dam Pond went unheeded on Tuesday night despite her promise to report the situation to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, who granted the federal permit to eliminate nuisance geese at the park.

Debra DeHauski Whiteman pleaded with Franklin Township supervisors that other measures need to be used first before police shoot more geese at the park.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The registered voters of the McAdoo Borough appear divided on the issue to reduce the borough council from seven to five councilpersons, according to testimony presented before Judge Jacqueline Russell Wednesday in Schuylkill County court. The court will render a decision in the near future.

The hearing was on a petition filed by Dane Watro, mayor, and the Republican Party, for the reduction. There were petitions submitted showing 248 agreed to the reduction and 111 opposed the reduction.

Thursday, May 17, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

At least two females were injured Wednesday night when involved in a crash along Interstate 80 in Kidder Township. The accident occurred in the eastbound lanes about 9 p.m. on a bridge at mile marker 283 just east of the SR115 exit. It was reported the two females were heavily trapped in the wreckage. Two medical transport helicopters were requested at the scene but due to the harsh weather conditions the victims were transported by ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. The roadway was closed to traffic for a time, then one lane was opened. Traffic was backed up for miles.