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Monday, May 21, 2012

The Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club will be holding its meeting Wednesday, May 23 at the Big creek grange at 7 p.m. (Livestock projects only.)

The 4-H program is open to youth between 8-19 as of Jan. 1, 2012.

4-H is a youth program of the Penn State University. PSU does not discriminate against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Monday, May 21, 2012

United Veterans Organization of Lehighton invites the community to attend Memorial Day services in Lehighton and Weissport on the morning of Memorial Day, May 28.

Services will be held in the Catholic Cemetery, Lehighton, and at Union Hill, Weissport, simultaneously at 9:45 a.m. and will also be conducted at the Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard Monument at 8:45 a.m. with a rifle salute at the Col. Weiss Monument at 8:55 a.m.

Monday, May 21, 2012

SCORE is offering a Small Business Roundtable from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 31 at the Kettle Hill Professional Building, 1578, SR 903, Jim Thorpe.

The discussion will be "Developing a Social Media Strategy for Small Businesses." There is no charge; however, advance registration is required. Visit the Lehigh Valley SCORE website at lvscore.org to register.

Refreshments will not be provided. Contact Mitzi Colella; 610-266-3000 or email Mitzi at mcolella@lvscore.org for more information.

Monday, May 21, 2012

A Carbon County teen, facing four criminal counts, was placed in the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first time offenders last week.

Julian D. McKenna, 19, of Palmerton, was placed for six months on three counts of theft of moveable property and one count of receiving stolen property.

He was arrested for the receiving count on Nov. 8, 2011, by Palmerton police. The thefts occurred on May 1, July 6, and Oct. 11, 2011.

Monday, May 21, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Recipients of the top academic awards are front row, from left, Christina Micholik, Amy Yusella, Stephanie Kachelries, Jacinda Ruzicka and Amber Woodring; middle row, Lisa Lin, Deanna Focht, Ashlee Miller and Courtney Lazar; and back row, Zachary Collevechio, Nathan Mathewson, William Stalgaitis, Zackary King.

Panther Valley High School held its annual Senior Awards Night last Wednesday. The following awards were presented:

Academic Awards

English: Brittany Cunfer, Deanna Focht, Stephanie Kachelries, Zackary King, Courtney Lazar, Lisa Lin, Nathaniel Mathewson, Christina Micholik, Ashlee Miller, Jacinda Ruzicka, William Stalgaitis, Amber Woodring, Amy Yusella.

Math: Brittany Cunfer, Deanna Focht, Kassandra Gray, Courtney Lazar, Lisa Lin, Nathaniel Mathewson, Jacinda Ruzicka, Amy Yusella

Monday, May 21, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society held its 'Bank Night" at the Jim Thorpe National Bank (JTNB) in one of their last ditch efforts to collect money, so theypretended to break the vault. Theculprits at the vault handles are Diane O'Donnell (left), Co Chairperson, and Marsha Resch, Chairperson, looking on are, left to right : Sheri Izzo, Alexa Cataldo, and Sally Smith, all team captains for the team of Bankers in Motion. Bank Night is the night that several relay teams are all gathered together to donate as much money as they can for the Relay for Life.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Franklin Township supervisors recently opened bids for seal coatings on various township roads. Selected as the low bidder was Asphalt Paving Systems, who has a satellite location in Mahoning Township.

Asphalt Paving System bid $29,344.53 for seal coatings for the following road surfaces, Indian Hill loop, Vine Street, Scenic View Lane, Watson Park Boulevard, Malibu Drive and Mountain View Road.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Area residents were among 45 who were arraigned Monday before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon at the Schuylkill County courthouse on criminal charges. All entered pleas of not guilty and requested trial by jury. They were:

Monday, May 21, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS This was the location of an early-morning crash in Coaldale Saturday in which a U-Haul truck took out utility poles and struck a flatbed trailer.

Numerous charges are pending against two people who may have been under the influence when they crashed a half-loaded, 26-foot U-Haul truck into two utility poles and a flatbed trailer along Route 209 in Coaldale in the early hours of Saturday morning, then fled the scene.

Officer Scott Cramer said the rented truck, carrying household items and driven by Michael Hill of New Ringgold, and carrying a passenger, Kasara Shields of Lansford, was traveling from Tamaqua to Lansford when it crashed into the first pole, in front of Pappy's Mini Mart, at about 4:48 a.m.

Monday, May 21, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The "S" curve stretches from the Schuylkill County line to Cedar Street in the Village of Hauto.

Work is in full swing on SR54 as an almost non-stop rotation of trucks can be seen carrying out thousands of tons of dirt during PennDOT's realignment and straightening of the Hauto Curve in Nesquehoning. This project, which runs between the Schuylkill County line to Cedar Street, will straighten the S-curve on the road in the village of Hauto. The state ordered the first study of this dangerous S-curve in 1994.