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Monday, February 6, 2012

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, 1264 Emergency Lane, Nesquehoning, will be the site of the Office of the State Fire Commissioner - Pennsylvania State Fire Academy's special training program "Responding to Ethanol Incidents," on Saturday, April 28. The class runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, February 6, 2012
This Fegley's Mini Mart in Tamaqua was robbed Sunday at 1:15 a.m. This was the second time in less than three weeks it was the target of an armed robbery.

For the second time in less than three weeks, an armed robber walked into the Fegley's Mini Mart in Tamaqua Sunday around 1:15 a.m., showed his gun to the clerk and walked off with an unknown amount of money.

This time he also robbed the attached Dunkin' Donuts.

According to surveillance video, the gunman entered the store casually, approached the Fegley's clerk and demanded money and a pack cigarettes. He then walked over to the Dunkin' Donuts register, where he also demanded money.

Monday, February 6, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured is a gun lying loosely on the front passenger seat's floor.

Two adult males, one female and one juvenile are all in custody, and a police car is damaged following a high-speed chase Sunday night that stretched through Schuylkill and Carbon counties.

The chase, which involved a dozen police officers and 10 police cruisers from six police departments, ended on SR54 in Nesquehoning after the speeding car and a Nesquehoning police cruiser came into contact with each other during the pursuit.

Monday, February 6, 2012

A firefighter from Penn Forest Fire Company No. 2 was reportedly seriously injured during a fall while fighting a chimney fire on Saturday.

The firefighter, whose name wasn't available, reportedly fell from a ladder.

The fire happened after 5 p.m. Saturday at a dwelling on Mountain Road in Indian Mountain Lake development.

The blaze was contained to the chimney and no serious damage was reported to the home.

Monday, February 6, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Drenched firefighters battle freezing temperatures and slick sidewalks as they carry firefighting supplies.

A family of five and their pets are displaced after a fire ripped through their home's walls and spread to the attic Sunday evening at 654 S. Kennedy Drive (SR309), in McAdoo.

The home was occupied by the Yost family. The owner of the property is Robert Kalinchok of Hazleton.

The home is part of a duplex, attached to 656 S. Kennedy Drive. Two people at that address, including Gali McNeil, are also displaced due to electrical concerns. Both families are tenants and were in the process of moving.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday explained its reasons for rejecting the state's legislative redistricting plan last week, and a justice who disagreed with the ruling said this year's races will have to be held under the existing, decade-old maps.

The 87-page majority opinion said those who challenged the Legislative Reapportionment Commission's new map of 50 Senate and 203 House districts showed there were numerous splits of municipalities that were not absolutely necessary.

Saturday, February 4, 2012
Elissa Garofalo (far right) holds ribbon as it is cut by State Senator Dave Argall to celebrate the opening of a 2.9 mile section of the Delaware & Lehigh Trail between East Penn Township and the Lehigh Gap last October.

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Elissa Garofalo has been promoted to President and Executive Director of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

She becomes the fourth executive director to lead the D&L since its formation in 1988, replacing Allen Sachse, the organization's executive director for the past 12 years. Sachse will serve on half-time status with emphasis on legislative issues in Harrisburg and Washington D.C., as well as with strategic partnerships.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Lansford property owners will likely pay 1 mill more in real estate tax this year, but they have been relived of occupational and per capita levies.

The four members of borough council who met on Friday evening all agreed on a $1,506,184 budget that calls for the tax increase.

The boost brings the property tax levy to 33.47 mills. That means the owner of a home assessed at $25,000 would pay $836.75 this year, up from $811.75 last year.

Saturday, February 4, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Serendipity is an adult female presently being housed at Carbon County Friends of Animals in Jim Thorpe. She is a black and tan tabby, and is described as very friendly and a good lap cat. To learn more about Serendipity, or any of the other cats at Friends of Animals, call them at (570) 325-9400, or visit them. They are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Faith Alive Church, 678 Pine St., Bowmanstown, is offering a seven-week children's group, called Kid's Honor Club, beginning from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, during Lent.

The curriculum includes Bible lessons, crafts, activities and snacks. The group will meet for six Wednesdays and one Thursday.

There is no cost.

Parents who want their child to attend should contact Faith Alive Church at 610-852-2805 or email fasgm@ptd.net.