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Tuesday, November 8, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County business leaders listen to John Augustine, director of the Innovation Center of Wilkes-Barre, center; during a recent tour to the business incubator. From left, are, Mark Sverchek, Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and Carbon County Economic Development Corporation; Rich More, president of the Penn Kidder Area Council; Augustine; Joe Bennett, owner of Bennett dealership; and Frank Potoczak, owner of Castle Grill.

Carbon County business leaders and entrepreneurs recently traveled to Hazleton and Wilkes-Barre to learn about business incubators.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

On Monday evening, a Community Awareness Forum at Jim Thorpe Area High School addressed bullying in schools and introduced programs available for students and families.

Presentations were made by: Lynai Miller; student services coordinator at Behavioral Health Associates; Dr. Helene Katz, licensed staff psychologist at Behavioral Health Associates; Principal Thomas Lesisko, JTAHS; student representatives of JTAHS; Superintendent Barbara Conway, JTAHS; Kim Mulick, Carbon County deputy chief juvenile probation officer; and Chief Joseph Schatz, Jim Thorpe Police Department.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, teamed up with U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY-21) and U.S. Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY 23) to author a letter calling on the House Committee on Appropriations to fund U.S. Department of Agriculture emergency programs for farmers that will help them recover from the devastation caused by a string of natural disasters, including flooding from Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS James Carnish is greeted by Grace Faust, minority inspector, left, and Mary Reed, majority inspector, while arriving to vote at a polling station in Tamaqua.

James Carnish is greeted by Grace Faust, minority inspector, left, and Mary Reed, majority inspector, while arriving to vote at a polling station in Tamaqua.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Mary Ann Sterner, left, judge of elections, and Teresa Grosso, majority inspector, await voters this morning in the White Bear voting precinct in Summit Hill. Today is Election Day and voters have until 8 p.m. to cast their ballots.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

If you have a child with special needs or disabilities and you find yourself unsure of where to get assistance with dealing with their educational, social and vocational educations, then you might want to attend a free workshop being offered by specialists from the Parents Education Network at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Summit Hill Heritage Center, Summit Hill. The PEN is celebrating its 25th year and is part of a national system of Parent Training and Information Centers.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Two Carbon County business are among 46 sharing $293,889 in grants through the state Department of Environmental Protection. The grants were awarded to small businesses to invest in energy efficiency or pollution prevention projects.

Technical Process & Engineering Inc., Lehighton, and Panther Valley Mini Mall, Lansford, both received money under the Small Business Advantage Grant Program.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Those with a little extra pep in their step are in luck.

A bevy of entertainment that will feature local talent is on tap at the Bowmanstown Volunteer Fire Company.

On Saturday, the B.C. Combo, a Lehigh Valley-based band, is scheduled to perform at the fire company.

The band came out of B.C and the Blues Crew, and plays a wide array of styles such as Blues, Americana, Folk, Country, Classic Rock, Beach, Soul, R&B and more.

They continue to play with the extraordinary talent in the Lehigh Valley at their host jams on Thursdays and invitational jams on Sundays.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Weissport resident asked Weissport Council members for help with a parking issue on Bridge Street at the start of the meeting held Monday night.

Judy Reich showed photographs of just how close her neighbor parks his car next to hers, making it impossible for her to move her car.

"I wanted to leave to go to work," she said. "And I couldn't move my car because he parked me in."

The photograph showed two cars parked nearly against each other with a fraction of an inch between them.

Tim Rehrig, council president, said that the issue was a police issue.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Palmerton man admitted his part in the theft of jewelry from a borough resident.

Stephen Barclay, 20, pleaded guilty on Monday in Carbon County court before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to two counts of receiving stolen property.

Barclay was arrested by borough police for his part in the theft of jewelry from the residence of Kelly Sommers, Delaware Avenue, which occurred on May 15, 2010. Taken was various jewelry items including a diamond ring.