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Monday, March 17, 2014

College basketball fans, start your brackets.

March Madness kicks into high gear this week with the start of the NCAA tournament, the time hoop heads circle the calendar like it's Christmas.

This year's run through the field of 68 should be a blast — an undefeated team in the bracket, a wide-open field and a heavy dose of great players.

So stock up the fridge, work on that fake cough to call in sick and dig the remote from under the couch cushions. It's time to roll.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

State Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-122nd District, on March 13 introduced what has become an annual resolution to designate May 17 as Jim Thorpe Day in Pennsylvania.

The resolution, supported unanimously, has been done each year since the days of Heffley's predecessor, former House Rep. Keith McCall.

"It's something I do every year that I've been in office," he said.

The special day ties in with Jim Thorpe Borough's annual birthday celebration in honor of the great athlete.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Attention Lehighton Area School District residents: What do you think about the proposed plans to build a new elementary center or renovate the four existing schools?

Tell us in a letter to the editor. Submit a letter at www.tnonline.com or mail a letter to the editor at Times News, 594 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive West, Lehighton, Pa. 18235.

Letters received by 8 p.m. Tuesday will be featured in the Saturday, March 22, edition.

Monday, March 17, 2014

As part of the Earth Day activities, Close the Loop, Chestnuthill Township and the West End Park & Open Space Commission will be coordinating the 6th annual Give & Take Day on Saturday, April 26 at the Chestnuthill Township Park, 221 Route 715, Brodheadsville.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. give a reuseable item and from 1 to 4 p.m., take away something. You don't have to give something to take something.

For more information or to volunteer, call 570-629-8414.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Jim Thorpe Community Watch meeting will be held at 7 p.m., March 20, at Memorial Park. The featured guest will be Justin Markell, who will do a tour or presentation on the Carbon County Communications Center.

Jim Thorpe Community Watch meetings are held at Memorial Park at 7 p.m., on the third Thursday of the month.

Monday, March 17, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Marian High School's "Hope For All Club" collected a total of 829 pairs of socks, which were then donated to area charities. The freshman class won the challenge of collecting the most socks per class with 474 pairs. Participants included (front, from left) Sara Osilka, Kaila Cherba, Gabriella Smith, Olivia Zapotocky, Cecilia Koerbler; (back row) K.J. Snerr, Hunter VanBlargen, Hunder Nause, BaileyBecker, Julianna Oberto, Kyle Swetz, Noah Goldberg, Nick Jafferty and Katie Zemititus.

Monday, March 17, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Four members of the Marian High School Band performed in the Schuylkill County BandFestival, held March 8 at North Schuylkill Junior/Senior High School. The county band was composed of 112 musicians from 13 schools throughout Schuylkill County and was under the direction of Dr. M. Gregory Martin of West Chester University. Marian participants, and their instruments were, from left, Tyler John, trumpet; Kelsey Hurst, trumpet; Jack Hurst, trombone; and E. J. Kolonsky, percussion.

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.