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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Special Olympics PA Carbon County is ready to start Floor Hockey training for the 2013-14 season, and is in need of several volunteers to help its athletes during training, as well as the day of the competition.

Training will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall Skating Rink, lower level. Any time volunteers are able to give is very much appreciated, and no experience is necessary.

To volunteer, contact Sheri Anthony, SOPA volunteer co-coordinator, at 610-737-0469, or at sheria@ptd.net.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Volunteers are needed immediately to join Carbon County Special Olympics to help support the athletic events they provide.

This is an opportunity to support local athletes as they train and compete in floor hockey, boccie, bowling, track and field and other activities.

An informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the Carbon County Commissioners' Office, Carbon County Court House Annex (park in the first lot on the right behind the annex on the hill by the mansions and enter through the rear door).

Thursday, November 14, 2013
 Lauren Ganser

Northern Lehigh Superintendent Michael Michaels recognized outgoing school director Lauren Ganser at the district's board meeting Monday night.

Ganser, who served on the board for 12 years, was defeated in her bid for another four-year term on the board in last week's general election.

"She's done a wonderful job of advocating for the students and citizens of Northern Lehigh," Michaels said. "We will miss her."

Michaels added that the board gave Ganser a nice card as a show of appreciation for her service.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Commander George Burke and Veterans Day chair Dennis Ziegler salute as "Taps" is played.

The Rev. Laura Stone welcomed members of American Legion Post 16 to the Veterans Day service at United Presbyterian Church, Slatington, which began with a passing on of peace as people walked the aisle, offering peace through a handshake.

The choir's anthem was "Blessed Are the Peacemakers," containing the words "They are children of God though ready for the conflict."

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Schuylkill County Prison Board discussed the new prerelease program initiated in the adult probation office to assist with the overcrowding of prisoners in the county jail Wednesday.

President Judge William E. Baldwin, who is president of the board, reported 24 offenders were placed on prerelease status during the month of October, a total of 34 offenders were active on prerelease status saving 652 total jail days at the county prison. Only three were removed for violations and approximately 4,216 alcohol tests were administered and 83 drug tests were taken on 34 participants.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This GMC pickup truck is owned by Steven Hughart, 57, of Kunkletown.

One person was injured during a two-car crash that occurred Thursday morning in front of a funeral home in Palmerton.

Palmerton Police Department said the accident occurred at around 10:20 a.m. in the 100 block of Delaware Avenue when a 2014 Chrysler Town & Country minivan operated by Stephen Becker, 35, of Lansford, was traveling eastbound when it attempted to turn left into the T.K. Thomas Funeral Home, at which time it turned into a 2005 GMC pickup truck operated by Steven Hughart, 57, of Kunkletown.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Hot potato bill rolls to House

Go ahead and roll your eyes, but state Sen. David G. Argall's recent legislative proposal to sack weight requirements for packaging potatoes is gaining steam.

The proposed legislation, SB 1131, cleared the Senate Tuesday, and is now headed to the House.

The weight restrictions need to be lifted, Argall said.

"This is the type of bureaucratic red tape that greatly frustrates the people I've been elected to represent. It's time to relieve our farmers and our consumers of these old restrictions on potato packaging," he says.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Residents in Lower Towamensing Township will once again see no property tax increase next year.

By a unanimous measure, the township's board of supervisors agreed on Tuesday to adopt the 2014 budget with no millage increase, which will leave the property tax rate unchanged at 1.6 mills.

That means a person whose home is valued at $100,000, and would be assessed at $50,000, will again pay $80 to the township in property taxes next year.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The 30th Annual Pennsylvania Christmas and Gift Show will be open from Wednesday, Dec. 4 to Sunday, Dec. 8 at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, with over 750 vendor booths.

Some of the many thousands of gift ideas include arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, leather goods, toys, flowers, tree ornaments, stocking stuffers and handcrafted furniture. Many are hard-to-find gift items that can't be purchased elsewhere.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Chad M. Conklin

A Nesquehoning man is behind bars after authorities found a portable meth lab his home Tuesday night.

Chad M. Conklin, 38, of 151 E. Catawissa St., is charged with intent to manufacture a controlled substance; manufacture, delivery, or intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, both felonies; and a misdemeanor charge of use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek, Lansford, and jailed under $100,000 bail.