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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Jim Thorpe Area High School guidance department will hold scheduling information meetings for parents on Thursday, March 8 in the high school auditorium at the following times:

* 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for students entering 9th grade.

* 7:30 to 8 p.m. for students entering 10th through 12th grades.

The meetings are being held to inform parents of the courses available to students in the 2012-2013 school year. The programs will include question and answer sessions.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

This evening's inaugural meeting of the community-wide Neighborhood Watch at Lehighton Area High School will begin at 6:30 p.m. – not 6 p.m. – as had been previously announced. All interested community members are invited and encouraged to attend and become involved.

Established in 1972, Neighborhood Watch has proven to be one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country. It brings citizens together to help be additional "eyes and ears" of law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer 24/7.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Carbon County Fair monthly board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital Community Room (ground floor) located at 211 North 12th Street, Lehighton.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS R. Steven Dellinger, senior planner, Hanover Engineering Associates, Inc., discusses zoning matters as part of a joint meeting of the Lower Towamensing/Towamensing Township ordinance committee on Monday.

Progress continues to be made on zoning designations and permitted uses in two lower Carbon County municipalities.

Members of the Lower Towamensing and Towamensing Township ordinance update committee again met on Monday with R. Steven Dellinger, senior planner, Hanover Engineering Associates, Inc., at the Towamensing Township Municipal Building.

Dellinger began the session with discussion on the status of the Municipal Assistance Program (MAP) Grant Application.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A long-standing noise dispute in Lower Towamensing Township continues to generate a buzz.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Ron Walbert contacted the TIMES NEWS recently to respond to a recent report on TV13 concerning the noise complaints expressed by several residents about the noise level generated by Great American Pellets, located at 2115 Little Gap Road.

Walbert said he believes the township has been "diligent and proactive concerning this issue."

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Knockdown 2012 to Bowl Over Cancer to benefit the Carbon/Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society will be held Saturday, March 3 at Spare Time Bowling Lanes in Hometown. Bowling will be from 1-3 p.m. and the after party will be the same day from 3-6 p.m. at the Batter's Box in Summit Hill.

There is a cost per person, and there will be 4- or 5-person teams (up to 8 persons). The cost includes two games of bowling, shoe rental and the after party.

For those who just want to attend the after party, a set donation is required.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Women, men and children in over 170 countries will gather on Friday, March 2 to celebrate World Day of Prayer. In the Lehighton - Weissport area, a service will be celebrated at 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Fourth and Mahoning streets, Lehighton. The service is sponsored by Life (Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship).

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Faith Alive Church, 678 Pine St., Bowmanstown, is offering a seven week children's group from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays during Lent. The curriculum includes Bible lessons, crafts, activities and snacks. There is no cost. Parents who want their child to attend should contact Faith Alive Church (610) 852-2805 or email fasgm@ptd.net.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Both the Schuylkill County Crime Stoppers and state police at Frackville are asking for the public's assistance in finding the person(s) who were responsible for vandalism and damage to more than 600 trees at the DPS Tree Farm located at 513 W. Pheasant Run Road in East Brunswick Township, just outside New Ringgold, sometime between Feb. 1 and Feb. 22. Police reported that someone damaged 639 trees growing in a field by running them over with a large ATV or smaller truck. The trees, which had a total value of $43,592, would have had an estimated harvest value of $107,544.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

An autopsy performed on an elderly Kidder Township couple, who were found dead in their home on Saturday, showed they died of traumatic injuries that included being struck and stabbed.

Carbon County Coroner Bruce Nalesnik reported that an autopsy performed Monday at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, reveal John Carnochan, 77, died of multiple blunt force trauma to the head and stab wounds to the chest. His wife, Mildred Carnochan, 75, died of multiple blunt force and sharp force trauma to the head and chest.