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Friday, April 13, 2012
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Richelle Van Horn, a sophomore at Panther Valley High School, has been selected as the Hugh O'Brian Award winner for this year. The seminar will be held at Millersville University the week of May 17 through 20. Richelle has demonstrated outstanding academic and leadership skills. The seminar is attended by outstanding sophomores throughout Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Richard and Nancy Van Horn of Nesquehoning. She is pictured here being congratulated by PVHS Principal Joseph Gunnels

Friday, April 13, 2012

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday reappointed seven people to the Carbon County Environmental Education Commission.

Robert Miller, Lehighton; Dr. Carl Frankel, Hazleton; and Barbara Fogal, Jim Thorpe, were reappointed to terms that expire on Dec. 31, 2012.

Rick Grant and Dr. Rennie Shoop, both of Jim Thorpe; Carol Getz, Albrightsville, and Marigrace Heyer, Summit Hill, were reappointed to terms that expire Dec. 31, 2013.

In other matters, commissioners approved two agreements concerning the Carbon County Senior Games, to be held in May.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Why spend money on potting soil, fertilizers, and other items for your garden when you can make your own for free, by composting waste you already have?

Turn your scraps into rich soil for planting. This is a great way to recycle your fruit and vegetables scraps, coffee grounds, egg shells, grass clippings, leaves and much, much more.

The Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority (the Waste Authority) is holding composting classes again this year. Last year's classes were a great success.

Friday, April 13, 2012

A Tamaqua man scheduled to go on trial before a jury changed his mind and entered a plea of guilty to drug charges in Schuylkill County court this week.

Kevin M. Parsons, 23, last known address, 225 Pine St., pleaded guilty before President Judge William E. Baldwin to two counts each of delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Friday, April 13, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among those on hand for the grand opening of Customer1Auto in Lehighton are (front row, l-r) Carbon County Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard, Scott Miller, owner, Josie Zimmerman, co-owner, John Miller, business partner, Marie Miller, business partner, Jeffrey Minnich Sr., general manager, Carbon County Commissioner William O' Gurek, Carbon County Commissioners Chairman Wayne Nothstein, (back row, l-r) Nick Keiser, mechanic, Jay Benscoter, service manager, Edward Hull, mechanic, and Heather McClure, secretary, Carbon County Chamber of Commerce.

A used car sales and service center in Lehighton plans to make sure its customers are the ones in the driver's seat.

Customer1Auto held its grand opening Thursday at 700 North First St., the site of the former Mahoning Ambulance building.

Among those who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony were Carbon County Commissioners William O'Gurek, Thomas J. Gerhard, and Chairman Wayne Nothstein, Carbon County Chamber of Commerce secretary Heather McClure, family members, and employees.

Friday, April 13, 2012

The free computer learning lab scheduled for Monday April 16 at the Tamaqua Salvation Army will be postponed to the following Monday, April 23. The labs are free and will be held every Monday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Interested persons must RSVP. No computer experience or ownership is required. Anyone interested is encouraged to contact volunteer instructor Andrew Leibenguth at AndyLeibenguth@TamaquaArea.com or (570) 668-1234.

Friday, April 13, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area Middle School students participated in the recent Hoops For Hopes Program. Students who raised $40 or more for the American Heart Association were declared members of the "Heart Hero Club." Eighth grade girls who were named to the club include JulieAnn Koscak, Samantha Shamonsky and Samantha Dale.

Friday, April 13, 2012

A Schuylkill County man was jailed on Wednesday, and later released, after being charged with robbing another county resident and threatening to shoot him.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the suspect as Nikolis Ben Chyat, 22, of Moonhill Road, in Schuylkill Haven. The victim was identified as Kyle Lombel, 20, also of Moonhill Road.

Troopers said the incident occurred between 1 and 4 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10, in the area of Martins and Birdshill roads, in Washington Township.

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Nesquehoning Food Pantry, located in the Meed's Methodist Church, will hold its monthly distribution of nonperishable food items to those in need from 1-3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19. This will be the regular food distribution.

Recipients must reside in the borough of Nesquehoning and fall within TEFAP income guidelines. Persons who have been receiving the food "boxes" are asked to note that no telephone reminders will be made.

Please consider donating your time to help keep the food pantry operating for those in need.