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Saturday, April 26, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between the behemoth U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly approves of the idea.

The Vermont House approved the measure Wednesday, about a week after the state Senate. Gov. Peter Shumlin says he plans to sign it.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Four first time offenders were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

The four were placed for a year.

Friday, April 25, 2014

As volunteers pick up litter and sweep up debris, Lansford police will be knocking on doors to talk with residents about the borough's quality of life ordinance, and to hand out warning tickets about high weeds, broken windows and old tires, automotive parts or discarded furniture sitting outside homes.

The activities are part of Lansford Alive!'s annual spring cleanup campaign.

The community improvement group partners with the state Department of Transportation's Great PA Cleanup.

Friday, April 25, 2014

The grand opening of the newest D&L Trailhead in Lehighton will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The celebration will follow Leadership Carbon's Hippy Run/Walk 5K.

The already popular trailhead, located along Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard, is the result of several community organizations and the municipal partners. Proceeds from the event benefit educational scholarships.

Establishing an exceptional trailhead near downtown Lehighton is especially important to borough leaders.

Friday, April 25, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Seventh grade student Kamryn Clifford talks to the Panther Valley School Board about bullying. She said bullying against her was so harsh that she contemplated suicide.

Mark Nalesnik was blunt in his message to the Panther Valley School Board Thursday night:

"We have a bullying problem in this district and you need to address it."

Nalesnik, the Carbon County Emergency Management Coordinator, stressed he was speaking as a parent and not in his professional capacity.

He was one of about 50 people in attendance at the meeting, and one of about 10 who spoke about bullying issues.

Jenn Fox of Summit Hill and her seventh-grade daughter, Kamryn Clifford also spoke to the board.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Steven Behr, Principal of the Tamaqua Area School District's elementary schools, has released the names of students earning honor roll status for the third marking period of the 2013-2014 school year.

This list includes students from the Tamaqua and West Penn elementary schools.

To be eligible for high honors, students must earn straight As.

To earn honors, students in grades four through six must earn four As and two Bs, while third-grade students must earn three As and one B.

High honors

Friday, April 25, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Gyan Boykin learns to use his binoculars as he watches birds on the mountain.

As children do, the members of the Naturalist Club at Lehigh Gap Nature Center grew up and went off to jobs or colleges. Consequently, a Junior Naturalist Club was formed on April 19.

Fifteen children registered for the first meeting. A few additional children showed up with their parents.

"Wow, we have lots of people. This is a great problem to have," said center director Dan Kunkle as he brought in more chairs.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Police Chief Donald Butts of Coaldale today issued a stern warning to anyone apprehended for firing at street lights in the borough with air rifles. According to Chief Butts, persons caught will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

The principal targets have been the lights on Kline's Hill area and residents are complaining of the darkness and difficulty in walking the road due to the absence of light.

Friday, April 25, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Schuylkill County Scholar Athlete Tyler Cavenas accepts a plaque from county commissioners Chairman Frank J. Staudenmeier, left. Looking on are commissioners George F. Halcovage Jr., who is holding Cavenas' trophy, and Gary J. Hess.

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday approved the private and repository sales of several properties.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Members of the Beltzville Lions Club will be performing some much-needed upkeep at the Lehigh Canal Park at Lock 13, Parryville, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.

The project includes removing a rusty refrigerator that was pulled off the canal bank last year.