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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Family Math Night at L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.

There will be math activities for the families of students in grades pre-K to fourth.

Also, the Carbon County Animal Shelter will be there with its mascot "Chance." Voluntary donations will be accepted for the animal shelter that night.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Katie McGinty, one of seven Democratic candidates for Pennsylvania governor, speaks with Carbon County resident Roy Christman Wednesday evening during a meet and greet at Kelly's Irish Pub in Lansford.

Katie McGinty, one of seven Democratic candidates for Pennsylvania governor, visited Carbon County Wednesday to meet and speak about her campaign.

Members of the Carbon County Democratic Executive Committee gathered at Kelly's Irish Pub in Lansford to welcome McGinty.

Billy O'Gurek, chairman of the committee, said that it was nice that McGinty could stop in Carbon County during her campaign. Earlier that day, she made stops in Schuylkill County and Bethlehem.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Two streets have been added to Tamaqua's snow removal schedule for Friday. Streets to be cleared of snow on Friday will now include: Lehigh Street, Broad to Elm; Mauch Chunk Street, Pine to Elm; Elizabeth Street, Elm to Willing; and Clark Street, Elm to Willing.

Streets will be posted the day before snow removal operations are to begin. Workers may start anytime after 12:01 a.m., so motorists should be aware any parked vehicles will be subject to ticketing and towing.

Schedules depend on work and weather conditions and are subject to change.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A photo taken by Jeremy Melber shows the stage where the medal ceremony was held,following Sage Kotsenburg's win in the men's snowboarding slopestyle competition.

Jeremy Melber is making memories that will last him a lifetime.

Two years ago, he attended the Summer Olympics in London.

Now, the former Jim Thorpe native just returned from Sochi, Russia, where he and friends witnessed first-hand some of most elite competitions of the Winter Olympics.

Melber said recently that the trip experience overall was "very enjoyable."

He stayed in the Grand Hotel and Spa Rodina, a five-star hotel that many United States government officials use when they travel to Russia.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Flames lit up the Lewistown Valley sky early Thursday morning as a 1,000-pound propane tank burned at Koch's Turkey Farm, located at 416 Valley Road.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Five subdivision plans in Carbon County received the green light this week.

During the county planning commission meeting, the board reviewed and recommended approval on the following plans:

Ÿ Joseph A. and Laura A. Alfieri received conditional plan approval for a subdivision on River Road in Kidder Township. The plan calls for subdividing a 5.58-acre parcel and then combining 2.37 acres with another 5.57 acres to create a new 7.94-acre lot and a 3.21-acre lot.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hearings for two Carbon County men involved in an apparent road rage incidents in Lehighton last Dec. 18 have been postponed for another month.

A hearing scheduled Wednesday for Jim Thorpe football star Ryan R. Saunders II, 18, of Jim Thorpe, was continued until 2 p.m. March 19.

A hearing scheduled for next Wednesday for Kirt D. Adams, 57, of Nesquehoning hearing has been continued until 2 p.m. on March 26. Both hearings are scheduled before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Numerous defendants entered guilty pleas before Judge Joseph J. Matika in Carbon County Court Tuesday, with the vast majority of the cases having one common factor illegal drug use and drug addiction.

Defendants who entered guilty pleas included:

Joshua L. Gundry, 25, of Weatherly, pleaded guilty in three pending cases. He pleaded to two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of theft from a vehicle. He was charged with incidents in Weatherly that occurred on October 2013.

Gundry admitted to a heroin addiction and said he stole to supply his habit.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS These coolers are just part of the merchandise destroyed in an early morning arson fire at the Hometown Walmart on Tuesday. Damage to the store is estimated at $25,000.

The fire at the Hometown Wal-Mart Tuesday morning was started using a popular children's novelty Silly String.

Johnathan L. Maldonado, 20, of 545 Garibaldi Court, Hazleton, admitted to Rush Township Police that he squeezed out some Silly String and used a lighter to set it aflame. He then placed the can and burning "string" on a shelf in the clearance area, which is located in the superstore's west wing.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect correct information.

A Northwestern Lehigh School District bus, carrying 22 elementary students, was hit by anoher vehicle on an icy Route 143 at Mosserville Road, in Lynn Township, Lehigh County, on Wednesday. None of the students were injured.

State police at Fogelsville sais Harol Greiss, 62, of New Tripoli, was driving a 1982 Chevrolet three-quarter ton pickup truck when he lost control on icy roads. He spun into the path of a 2008 Thomas S bus driven by Kim Borgman, 59, of New Tripoli.