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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Here's the breakdown of Gov. Tom Corbett's $5.2 billion education funding: (Dollar amounts in thousands):

Basic Education Funding $5,226,142

Career and Technical Education $62,000

Authority Rentals andSinking Fund Requirements $299,190

Pupil Transportation $546,758

Nonpublic and Charter SchoolPupil Transportation $76,640

Special Education $1,026,815

Tuition for Orphans and Children

Placed in Private Homes $57,227

Payments in Lieu of Taxes $194

Education of Migrant Laborers' Children $907

Saturday, March 19, 2011
BILL O'GUREK/TIMES NEWS

Rep. Jerry Knowles, 2011 Shamrock Award winner, shares his role as guest of honor at the 64th Annual Banquet of the Panther Valley Irish-American Association with his family during the event held Thursday night at The Grand Ballroom of Kelly's Irish Pub, Lansford. With the representative are, from left, son Shane, wife Lorraine and son Patrick, with Jerry and Lorraine's grandson, Patrick II; and back, the honoree's brother, Jim Knowles, sister, Ann Marie Price, niece, Kaitlyn Price, and brother,Don Knowles, and Joanne Swartz.

Saturday, March 19, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS West Penn township forensic police officer Jason Lorah discusses several finger prints he lifted from a metal box with police chief Brian Johnson.

West Penn Township police are investigating a rash of burglaries which occurred early Friday morning in the South Tamaqua Plaza along SR309.

Police Chief Brian Johnson reported that Officer Tom Duarte was on patrol shortly after 1 a.m. when he spotted an individual inside the Stoves & Stuff store in the far north building of the mall. Duarte positioned himself across the roadway and soon two individuals exited the building and attempted to enter the business of R. & L. Construction.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The nuclear event in Japan made me think of how ridiculous our government's emphasis on nuclear energy is. Our government has been campaigning against oil, coal, and natural gas while encouraging new nuclear plants. The events in Japan demonstrate that multiple failsafe mechanisms can and will fail causing a nuclear disaster. The recent failures were as unthinkable as the sinking of the Titanic. Engineers are not gods and their creations are subject to the forces of nature and to terrorist events.

Saturday, March 19, 2011
fyi

Mooring permits will be available for the Mauch Chunk Lake Park beginning Monday, March 21.

Boat mooring is permitted at the park between April 1 and Dec. 1.

A powered (electric motor only for Mauch Chunk Lake) or nonpowered boat registration is required for all watercraft moored at the lake. Anyone wishing to apply for a 2011 mooring permit must provide a copy of a current boat registration.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Penn State Cooperative Extension in Carbon County will present "Spring is in The Air," a program designed to help educate residents about cooking, fitness, and various other topics, on April 28.

The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association building, 902 Mill Rd., Lehighton. The building and room are handicapped accessible.

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Amy Miller/Times News The Carbon County Economic Development Corporation Building 1, located at 600 Industrial Road, Nesquehoning, may become the hub for a German manufacturing company if Carbon is successful in its attempt to attract the company to the area. Dawn Ferrante, executive director for the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation, will travel to Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday to present the company with a proposal to expand its operations into Pennsylvania.

Carbon County is hoping that a location in Green Acres Industrial Park in Nesquehoning will attract a German-based automotive business to the area.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Candidates for the Schuylkill County Court of Common Pleas and two state courts drew for positions on the ballot at the State Election Bureau in Harisburg.

The lineups on the ballots for the May 17th Primary Election will be:

Saturday, March 19, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS The 2011 appointed Carbon County Election Board members, from left, Gabriel A. Fritz, Charles E. Wildoner, and Lee G. Becker, get ready to cast lots for the primary election.

The lots have been cast in Carbon County.

On Thursday afternoon, the appointed Carbon County Election Board members drew lots to determine the position of the candidates on the ballots for the upcoming May primary election.

Lisa Dart, the county director of elections, explained the process to Charles E. Wildoner, Lee G. Becker, and Gabriel A. Fritz, the current election board, prior to beginning the casting of lots.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Rush Township board of supervisors announced that a Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in the township municipal building, 104 Mahanoy Avenue, on Tuesday, April 5, from 1 to 6 p.m.

Additionally, the township bicentennial committee welcomes all interested persons to attend their next meeting on Wednesday, April 13, at 6 p.m.

The board also gratefully acknowledged the receipt of two floral arrangements in commemoration of the bicentennial. One was sent from Guy's Flowers in Hometown, the other from Marian High School.