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Monday, March 17, 2014

The County Holding Corp., Lehighton, Richard G. Searles, president, today announced the purchase of the Lehighton Leader, from Mrs. Marian Morthimer.

The Leader was established in 1903 by George H. Morthimer, who headed it until 1918 when he was succeeded by the late George Morthimer who, was publisher until his death in 1942.

Mrs. Morthimer served as head of the paper from that time until the present.

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Northampton County mobile home park where a man was killed in a Valentine's Day gas explosion had not registered its propane system with the state as required, and an inspection revealed 18 violations of rules governing gas pipes and equipment.

State fire marshal Bart Josefowicz on Feb. 24 released a statement saying the explosion was caused by a propane tank leak.

William Neith Sr., 65, an avid golfer and drummer who lived in the home in the Hickory Hills development in Bath, Moore Township, died in the explosion and fire.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation will hold a mixer from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Home Solutions Partners, 3295 Forest Inn Road, Palmerton.

Those who attend can see Home Solutions Partners' beautiful 11,000-square-foot Home Center. Meet new clients and make new business connections while networking with a diverse mix of enterprising and successful business professionals representing small to large companies in Carbon County.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network, an affiliate of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, is sponsoring "Hunger Weekend" to help provide food for families living in the boundaries of the Tamaqua Area School District that are in need of a helping hand.

Monday, March 17, 2014

It appears as though teachers will continue to work without a contract in the Palmerton Area School District for the foreseeable future.

A fact-finder's report from the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board was accepted by the school board, and rejected by the PAEA, said Superintendent Scot Engler.

He said there is a time period for both sides to revote.

Monday, March 17, 2014

There will be a reorganizational meeting of the County Line 4-H Community Club at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at the home of Monroe Cressley, 197 Sawmill Road in Lehighton.

4-H Projects for the upcoming year will be discussed and memberships will be accepted at this time. All youth must have passed their 8th birthday by Jan. 1, 2014, in order to be a member of the club.

4-H is the youth component of Penn State University. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity of its workforce.

Monday, March 17, 2014
FROM DONALD R. SERFASS COLLECTION The clock was turned back 100 years on Broadway in Jim Thorpe when, in 1968, Paramount Studios filmed "The Molly Maguires," a story of the struggle of Irish immigrant miners.

Many say it remains the all-time classic whodunit.

Perhaps no other single element in the history of the anthracite coal and railroad industries continues to be more storied, more researched and more questioned.

The case of the Molly Maguires, a murderous rampage that swept our area in the 1860s and '70s, remains unsolved and its implications and repercussions are still being felt today.

The saga led to the rise of today's labor unions and resulted in one of the largest official mass executions in U.S. history.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Carbon County Labor Chapter will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the Democratic Information Center at 110 S. First St. in Lehighton, at the corner of First and South streets. The Thursday meeting is a change for the organization. The labor chapter's new meeting date will be the third Thursday of each month. The chapter meets every month of the year.

Monday, March 17, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Carbon Chamber and Economic Development introduces the CCEDC team, which includes, from left, Relations Director Kasara McLaughlin; CCEDC Executive Director Marlyn Kissner; Economic Development Director Kathy Henderson; and administrative assistant Linda Rex.

The Carbon Chamber and Economic Development announces Kathy Henderson has been hired as the economic development director of the organization.

Henderson is the CCEDC team's most recent addition, completing a team of professionals that will serve the county in a "one-stop-shop" organization.

Henderson is a local resident with experience and passion to serve the community by supporting economic development initiatives in an effort to attract and sustain local business in Carbon County.

Monday, March 17, 2014

It could take months before a judge rules on Jim Thorpe borough's appeal against a decision which would allow the body of the town's namesake to possibly be moved from his resting place in the community to another state, likely Oklahoma.

Last month, argument was heard on the case in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.