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Monday, February 14, 2011

Driving under the influence (DUI) charges took up most of the docket last week in the court of District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua. One defendant failed to show for his preliminary hearing, with the charges bound over for court anyway.

Monday, February 14, 2011

The first day for political candidates to file nominating petitions to have their names on the ballot for the Primary Election on May 17 is Tuesday, Feb. 15, with a number of candidates already announcing their intentions.

In Schuylkill County this year will be the Municipal Election with posts to be filled in the county courthouse, boroughs, townships, school districts and district justice seats.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Carbon County is gearing up for summer with its new camp store at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to enter into a concession lease agreement with Robert E. Brown of Jim Thorpe. Brown, who currently operates the concession stand at the lake, will now also operate the new camp store that the county built last year. The lease agreement shall be from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2014 and will automatically renew after that.

Saturday, February 12, 2011
Pictured are then and now pictures of the White Diner located at 548 West Penn Pike, SR-309, in South Tamaqua. The older photo shown was estimated to have been taken around 1949 when it was called Jake's Diner, A dining room now sits where a detached gas station once stood, as seen in the photo. ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured are then and now pictures of the White Diner located at 548 West Penn Pike, SR-309, in South Tamaqua. The older photo shown was estimated to be taken around 1949 when it was called Jake's Diner, A dining room now sits where a detached gas station once stood, as seen in the photo.

Saturday, February 12, 2011
Steve Takacs, Palmerton - "I'm going to do my exercises."

Now that there's no more football on the tube for six months, what are you going to do to occupy your time?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

HARRISBURG - The Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection has filed a lawsuit against a Carbon County kennel accused of selling sick dogs that were malnourished and not given proper medical care.

Acting Attorney General Bill Ryan identified the defendants as Costanzo "Gus" Cerino and his dog business, Nacoma Kennel located at 1580 Strohls Valley Road, Lehighton, Carbon County.

Saturday, February 12, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee vice-president Brenda Koons, Thunder Mountain Motorcycle Club president Bud Stofik and Louise Stofik sit on cycles at the Stofik's shop in Lehighton. The LDIC has agreed to take over the job of organizing Bike Night, which the Stofiks have managed for 12 years.

It looks like Bike Night will stay where it has flourished for the past 12 years: in Lehighton.

The popular event, held on the second Saturday in August, draws tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts and has raised about $100,000 over the years for the borough's police and fire departments and non-profit organizations.

But in January, organizers Louise and Bud Stofik told borough council they could no longer run the event.

On Friday, the Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee announced it will be taking over Bike Night.

Saturday, February 12, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Krapf family, who live on Bull Run Street in Coaldale, said that melting snow made it difficult to shape their snowwoman's skirt and to keep the facial features on. They started with an orange skirt, and then the kids decided to add hair and jewelry. Despite their snowwoman's very-short expected life span this week, they still decided to name her "Frostette."

Saturday, February 12, 2011

There was something about the new couple that commanded my attention.

She had a look of gentleness about her, along with a beautiful grace and an almost palpable vulnerability.

He had devotion written all over him. It showed in his eyes and in his body language.

They came for the first time to our local drum circle, holding hands as they settled in to play.

They brought several kinds of drums that they each played. But I noticed they stopped periodically when he would reach over and hold her hand.

The look she gave him was one of trust.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has announced a number of emergency services training sessions for the next few months. The sessions are coordinated by the EMA.

Registration is required for each class. To register, call, e-mail or fax the organization that is hosting the class.

The classes are as follows:

Ÿ ICS-300: Feb. 16, 19, 23 and 26, at the Carbon County EMA. Contact the Carbon County EMA at (570) 325-3097 for details.

Ÿ ICS-400: March 5 and 6, at the Carbon County EMA, Contact the EMA for details.