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Thursday, February 3, 2011

So, you think you make the best Chili, do you?

You can find out on Saturday.

The Sports Zoo in Lansford will be hosting its annual chili and boilo competition to benefit the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society beginning at 2 p.m.

Denise Drum, coordinator, said the event has been growing each year. Anyone interested in participating should have chili or boilo at the Sports Zoo by 1 o'clock.

Thursday, February 3, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Recent ice and sleet made many area roads and hills impassible. Pictured is the steep South Swatara Street hill in Tamaqua layered with a dangerous coating of ice.

Thursday, February 3, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A woman driver was seriously injured in a crash Wednesday night around 10 p.m. at the intersection of Seneca Road and SR443 in Mahoning Township. The crash occurred as a New England Motor Freight tractor trailer was traveling south on Seneca Road and attempted to make a right turn onto Route 443 west. In doing so the trailer broke free from the truck tractor, causing it to cross the roadway into the eastbound lane where it struck a late model Chevrolet pick-up truck. The woman was trapped in the wreckage for about an hour.

Thursday, February 3, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One local contractor shows off his cheer for the season by placing a Cheer Bear (Care Bear character) on his truck, which also happened to be covered with snow and ice on the Family Dollar parking lot in Tamaqua.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Enough, already.

Today and tomorrow are expected to be gorgeous, with sunny skies and temperatures hovering around 31 degrees, perfect weather to finish chopping the ice off your sidewalk and driveway and sprinkle the steps with rock salt in anticipation of yet another round of snow, and in some areas, snow, sleet and rain.

Forecasters are expecting another storm to roll in this weekend, this one bringing 3-5 inches of precipitation.

Thursday, February 3, 2011
Randolph "Randy" Smith

Randolph "Randy" Smith, a resident of Bowmanstown, will seek his first term to the office of Magisterial District Judge 56-3-02 in the May 17 Primary Election. The Magisterial District Judge office covers the boroughs of Bowmanstown, Palmerton, and Parryville.The office also includes the townships of East Penn, Franklin, Lower Towamensing and Towamensing. Smith, a Democrat, will cross-file on both the Democratic and Republican ballots.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carly Gavalla

The Slatington Woman's Club named Carly Gavalla of Slatington as January's Girl of the Month.

Carly, a senior at Northern Lehigh Area High School, has been playing high school soccer and for Northampton Soccer Club since her freshman year. She is an assistant coach of a youth soccer team

She is a member of Interact, the Debate Team, Peer Helpers, Bigs and Littles and FBLA.

She has received the American Citizenship Award.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, vacationing, laughing, walking her dog and enjoying life.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Panther Valley Public Library invites children in grades three and up to make Valentine's cards from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9.

On Monday, Feb 14, children ages 3-9 are welcome to attend a Valentine's Day story time with Miss Debi. The story time will include Valentine's books, making crafts and having snacks from 4-6 p.m.

On Valentine's Day, the library will be having a one day only sale on paperback love stories. Come in from 3:30-7:30 p.m. and buy a bag for your sweetheart.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Tamaqua Area School District has announced a change in date for registration sessions for kindergarten classes for the 2011-12 school year.

An orientation night is scheduled for Feb. 22, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Tamaqua Elementary School. Parents of incoming kindergarten students will be provided with information about what programs the district has to offer, the benefits of different tracts of learning and other general information needed to get students ready for registration and the first day of school.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Palmerton man charged with indecent exposure has had his preliminary continued.

Benedict Flynn, 75, was set to go before District Magistrate Bruce Appleton of Palmerton this morning on one charge of indecent exposure.

But, Flynn's hearing has been continued until 10:30 a.m. March 2.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by borough patrolman Trevor Flexer:

On Feb. 22, 2010, Flexer was met at the borough police department by a female along with her daughter to report a crime, according to the affidavit.