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Monday, December 1, 2014

Four women were sent to the hospital with injuries after a two-car collision Monday on Route 309 in Hometown.

According to Sgt. Duane Frederick of Rush Township Police, a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Stacey Bosworth, 44, of Lansford, rear-ended a 2002 Honda operated by Megan McClintock, 17, Weatherly, about 4:36 p.m. Police said the McClintock vehicle was stopped at the intersection of Claremont Avenue (Route 309) and Lincoln Drive.

Both drivers were injured, along with a passenger Bosworth's vehicle, Brenda Gigli, 38, Tamaqua.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Through a collaborative effort, Carbon County is learning about students' alcohol, tobacco and drug habits.

The Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative recently released the results of the 2013-2014 Carbon County Schools Drug and Alcohol Survey conducted through a partnership between the collaborative and Carbon County school districts. The group has been conducting the survey annually since the 2010-2011 school year.

Jamie Drake, treatment program manager for Carbon-Monroe-Pike County Drug and Alcohol Commission, compiled the data collected.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Pleasant Valley Choral Society will present its annual Christmas concert "Sounds of the Season" at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Pleasant Valley High School auditorium in Brodheadsville.

Portions of the ticket sales will be donated to Valor, a local charity focused on veterans' issues. To find out more about Valor, visit www.valorclinic.org.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Deeds recorded

East Penn Township

Violet E. Brobst to Linda S. Rosencrance, 357 Spruce St., Walnutport, property along South Dieter Hill Road, $1.

John R. Rupell to East Penn Township, 167 Municipal Road, Lehighton, recreational area, parcel No. 72-7-B37.02, $10,000.

Franklin Township

Sandra E. Green to Sandra E. Smith, 411 Fairview St., Lehighton, property at 411 Fairview St., $1.

Kerry D. Christman to Richard A. Brink, 318 South Ave., Jim Thorpe, property at 318 South Ave., $21,500.

Monday, December 1, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Kevin Jusino, center, receives a Student of The Month certificate from the Penn Kidder Lions President Manny DaCosta, right. Also

at the presentation was Kevin's father, Pedro Jusino.

Monday, December 1, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Sharon Kimmel, Lions Club district governor, left, made her firstofficial visitation to the Penn Kidder Lions Club recently. With her is Lions Club President Manny DaCosta. To honor the visit, the club gave Kimmel a Pocono Pebble.

Monday, December 1, 2014
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Panther Valley Middle School Humanitarian Club pack boxes with canned goods collected during their second canned food drive.

For the second year in a row, the Panther Valley Middle School Humanitarian Club sponsored a canned food drive to stock area food pantries during theholiday season.

The club, led by sixth-grade teacher Meredith Alabovitz, initiated a challenge to the student body to see who could bring in the most canned goods.

In total, students brought in 1,400 cans, up from 1,300 collected last year.

Julie Gower's homeroom collected 270 cans, which earned them a pizza party.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Polk Township residents will not see an increase in their 2015 taxes. The 2015 proposed budget will stay the same at 4.3 mills.

"We raised the taxes 1 mill in 2014 to allow us to make some necessary improvements that had been put off for a long time," said supervisor Chairman Brian Ahner. Up until then there had been no increase in the township taxes since 2005.

If the budget passes, a property assessed at $20,670 will pay $88.88.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Carbon County Art League and Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will host a free mixer from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Chamber Offices in downtown Lehighton at 137 South St.

The Art League will have artwork on display for purchase for unique Christmas gifts.

The mixer will be an opportunity to enjoy refreshments and socialize with members of the Chamber and Art League.

Monday, December 1, 2014

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

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

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.