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Thursday, October 31, 2013

A local organization's goal to raise funds for 20,000 meals for needy Carbon County children, seniors and adults is nearly halfway complete.

Members of the Thrivent Financial board of directors are leading the charge, working with area businesses, churches and residents to finance a "food packing frenzy" that will take place on Nov. 24. The frenzy will be hosted by End Hunger NE, a subsidiary of Outreach, Inc.

"To meet our goal, we need to raise around $5,900," said Al Sellers, president of the Thrivent Financial board in Carbon County.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A few contests for township supervisor are featured in the Tuesday's general election. Other offices to be filled are tax collector, auditors, and polling officers. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Following is a rundown for townships in the TIMES NEWS coverage area.

West Penn Supervisor Ted Bogosh, Republican, unopposed. Tax Collector Helene Zeigler, is unopposed having won both Republican and Democratic nominations in the primary. Auditor, six year term, no candidate.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Board of Directors of Mauch Chunk Trust Financial Corporation has released the earnings results for the corporation for the period ended Sept. 30, 2013.

Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 was $2.7 million in both 2013 and 2012. On a per share basis, net income was $ .89 in both years. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2013 net income was $1.1 million, $613 thousand higher than the third quarter of 2012.

Thursday, October 31, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Mahoning Township Lions Club held a Lions Appreciation Night honoring businesses and individuals who strive to make a difference in the community. The dinner was held Wednesday at the Normal Square Inn in Lehighton. Among the honorees were, from left: Gene Durigan; Tom Zimmerman Jr., Zimmerman's Dairy; Tom Zimmerman IV; Lions President Robert Miller Jr. of the Mahoning Valley Ambulance; Dr. Mary Lombardo of the Mahoning Valley Animal Hospital; Commissioner Tom Gerhard; and Commissioner Chairman Wayne Nothstein.

Thursday, October 31, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Neal family, Saylorsburg enjoyed their time at the Polk

Elementary Family Night carving pumpkins. From left, Aaron,

Brandon, Heather and Evan work on creating an Iron Man face and a Jack O' Lantern face, as baby Chase sleeps through the event.

Thursday, October 31, 2013
File photo Food stamps won't go as far with cuts to the program.

Local food pantries, already struggling to keep up with increasing need, are bracing for more requests for help as monthly food stamp allocations drop Friday.

The reduction comes about as the 2009 federal economic stimulus package that increased food stamp allocations ends, dropping SNAP allocations by a total of $5 billion next year.

The package, called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, had increased monthly allotments for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, or SNAP, by an average of 13.6 percent about $80 a month for a family of four.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

All three municipalities that comprise the Jim Thorpe area Jim Thorpe Borough and Penn Forest and Kidder townships will have contested races in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Likewise, voters in those areas will have choices to make among Jim Thorpe Area and Weatherly Area school districts candidates.

In Jim Thorpe, voters will be asked to make their choice known for the mayor's position, as well as who they wish to represent them on the borough council.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A petition was filed Friday afternoon in the Schuylkill County Courts on behalf of the Tamaqua Area Education Association to hold the Tamaqua Area School District and its nine board members in contempt for failing to comply with a court order to fulfill the terms of a bargaining agreement reached in court during the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 11.

Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin fixed the date for hearing the petition for 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16 in Court Room One in Pottsville.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Lansford man who police say operated a methamphetamine lab in Lansford had a preliminary hearing scheduled Wednesday, but waived the charges to Carbon County Court.

Anthony William Hill, 25, remains free on bail.

The hearing was scheduled before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

Thursday, October 31, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

McCann School of Business held its Fourth Annual High School Career Day on Oct. 4, hosting almost 200 students from local schools, including Blue Mountain, Mahanoy Area, Minersville, North Schuylkill, Schuylkill Technology Center and Tamaqua.