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Friday, February 25, 2011

Today's 50th anniversary of the Bowmanstown Fire Company is being celebrated with the arrival of a new truck - a tanker and pumper combination. An open house which included the serving of refreshments also marks the occasion. Lester Everett, assistant fire chief, said a parade and other festivities in conjunction with the anniverary will be held Aug. 3. In conjunction with the anniversary festivities, the fire company has available various souvenir items.

Friday, February 25, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

There were no injuries Thursday afternoon when a driver drove her car into the rear of a loaded school bus on Bankway Street in Lehighton. The crash occurred just before 3 p.m. as the bus was sitting in traffic waiting to make a left turn onto the McCall bridge. The driver of the car failed to see the stopped bus. None of the students on the bus nor the driver of the car were injured in the mishap. The car suffered heavy front end damage and had to be towed from the scene. Lehighton police are investigating the incident.

Friday, February 25, 2011

St. John's the Baptist Orthodox Church, 9 W. Railroad St., Nesquehoning, will hold a special service in advance of the approaching Lenten season, on Saturday, Feb. 26, starting at 9 a.m. The service will include divine liturgy for the faithful and those deceased. Rev. Robert J. Teklinski, pastor, will officiate.

Friday, February 25, 2011
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission held its reorganization meeting for 2011 on Thursday, Feb. 24. The ESRC includes representatives from the Boroughs of Tamaqua, Coaldale and Middleport, the Townships of Rush, Schuylkill, Walker and West Penn, as well as the Tamaqua Area School District and Tamaqua YMCA. From left are Tom Amershek (West Penn), John Trudich (Tamaqua), Jim Akins (West Penn, outgoing chairman), Linda DeDindio (Schuylkill Township, incoming chairwoman), Jason Boris (executive director), Sue Solt (Coaldale, vice chairwoman) and Mike Murphy (Coaldale).

Friday, February 25, 2011

The anticipated steady flow of filing of nominating petitions by persons seeking elective offices in Carbon County in 2011 has begun in the Carbon County Elections Office.

By law, persons aspiring to offices on the county, borough, township and school district levels are required to circulate nominating petitions from eligible registered voters in their respective jurisdictions. The process began on Feb. 15 and will continue until the deadline of March 8.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Carbon County officials are preparing for litigation that was filed against the county by a Jim Thorpe business owner earlier this month.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve a proposal submitted by Robert L. Knupp of Knupp Law Offices LLC in Harrisburg to serve as special counsel for Carbon County and all parties named in the notice of appeal/petition for judicial review that was filed by Robert Dages, owner of Vision Stone Stoves and a member of the Carbon County Constitutionalists on Feb. 14.

Friday, February 25, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A female driver escaped serious injury Thursday afternoon when involved in a crash along SR902 in Summit Hill. The crash occurred just before 2 p.m. The driver was traveling south just past the White Bear intersection when she apparently failed to see a tractor trailer in front of her attempt to make a right turn onto a dirt lane. She swerved to the right to avoid the truck striking a snow bank, then re-entered the roadway where her vehicle rolled onto its side. The roadway was closed for an hour. Borough police are investigating. Mahoning Township police assisted at the scene.

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Palmerton Area High School Honor Roll for the third marking period of the first semester of the 2010-11 school year has been announced by Ms. Kathleen A. Egan, Principal.

HIGH HONORS

(3.75-4.00+ GPA

in all subjects)

SENIORS: Sarah Andrews, Kayla Bottcher, Brianne Bruer, Blake Campbell, Weizhou Chen, Jillian Farkas, Cynthia George, Lyndsey Heinrich, Amber Hettler, David Kenion, Jarrett Kleintop, Andrew McReynolds, Kaitlin Reimer, Jordan Ruzicka, Garrett Scott, Kevin Seemiller, Kortnie Shaffer, Samantha K. Smith, Derek Szena, Brianna Walck

Thursday, February 24, 2011
Derrick Donchak

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – Two Shenandoah men who were convicted of a federal hate crime for beating and kicking an illegal Mexican immigrant who died of his injuries were sentenced Wednesday to nine years in prison.

Derrick Donchak and Brandon Piekarsky were among a group of white high school football players who attacked 25-year-old Luis Ramirez in 2008. Prosecutors alleged they beat and kicked Ramirez because they didn't like Hispanics and wanted them out of their town.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

"It's a lovely event. I love to see what other artists are doing. It's a great way for their work to be appreciated," says Linda Krechel of Saylorsburg as she mixes with the large crowd of about 175 at the Palmerton Area Library's Fourth Annual Art and Lunch Show.

This year there were 89 paintings submitted by 37 local artists in various paint mediums from oils, to watercolors, acrylics, colored ink, pastels, Monotype, mixed medium and Chinese painting. Ten of the paintings were sold and some of the artists received commissions for paintings.