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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Volunteers and team members raised donations for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) during their basket bingo event held recently at the Tamaqua Community Center. The team, called "Kayla's Krew", is also participating in the "Take Steps, Be Heard" benefit walk on May 5 in Coplay from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., which will consist of a walk, festival, games, prizes and food. For more information about joining or donating, contact team captain Brigette Holland via Facebook.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Ann Behler, 57, of Palmerton, practices her form as she prepares to once again enter Blue Mountain Health System's annual 5K Road Run/Walk next month.

From baby steps to quantum leaps.

That's the type of gains those who partake in the 10-week running/walking training program can expect to make.

The program, carried out by trainers from Dedicated Fitness in Palmerton, is geared to help train them for Blue Mountain Health System's 5K Road Race, Walk, and Kid's Fun Run.

Currently in its fourth week, the program helps shape contestants for the 11th annual 5K, which is scheduled to be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 12, in the Palmerton Borough Park.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Malcom and Mary Campbell are grateful for the technology and doctors that gave Malcom a new lease on life.

Mary and Malcom Campbell feel that the story of Malcolm's artificial heart – the only one in use in Carbon County – is one that should be told so others with congestive heart failure can benefit.

His disease, known as nonischemic cardiomyopathy, developed in 2000 and gradually worsened. Barely able to walk, Malcom received medical care at Lehigh Valley Hospital between 2000 and 2006.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the alleged misappropriation of $1.6 million and other malfeasance in Penn Forest Township.

The board of supervisors made the announcement at a public meeting Monday, alleging that previous boards and employees engaged in cover-ups to make residents believe the township was in good shape financially, when in reality it was floundering.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Two miners, a laborer and a motorman were injured about 9 a.m. today at the No. 9 mine of the Coaldale Mining Co.

They were on the third level when they were knocked down by a rush of air, a colliery source said.

Three of the men were admitted to the Coaldale State Hospital. They are: Edward Zarsky, 48, of 136 West Ridge St., Lansford; Alex Gardiner, 55, of 114 East Snyder Ave., Lansford; and James Evans, 37, of 9 West Moyer Ave., Coaldale.

The fourth man, James Partel, 705 East Ridge St., Lansford, was treated by Dr. Marvin Evans, company physician.

Monday, April 2, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Wayne County man is lucky to be alive after his 2008 Volkswagen Beetle catapulted off of an embankment near a bridge on Interstate 81, in Delano Township, Schuylkill County, and landed on a railroad bed below. State police at Frackville said the crash took place about 2:43 p.m. on Sunday in the northbound lanes. The driver was identified as Ross P. Gload, 60, of Honesdale. Rescue workers had to gain access to the scene by using Lofty Road and walking the railroad bed to the site.

Monday, April 2, 2012

An estimated $16,100 has been grossed as the result of an auction sale conducted Saturday at the Carbon County Home, Laurytown, where farm equipment and livestock were put up on the block.

Curtis Houser, New Ringgold, conducted the auction, which was regarded as a success, having been attended by a large number of interested spectators.

The commissioners are planning to seek bids for leasing of the farm now that all of the equipment and livestock has been disposed of.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes that April 19 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans.

These working capital loans are available in the following counties: Berks, Carbon, Columbia, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Schuylkill and Northumberland as a result of excessive rain, flooding, high winds and tornadoes from March 15 through May 24, 2011.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Republican Party leads the voter registration in Schuylkill County according to official figures released by the county election bureau.

The registration period ended last Monday for the Primary Election to be held April 24. There are 84,819 registered voters in the county.

Only those registered Republican and Democrat are eligible to vote for the candidates who will be on the ballot in the primary election. However, there is an exception for the coming election for three townships and one borough located in the northeastern part of the county.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Lansford Parks and Recreation Board is looking for a few good people to help spiff up the pool.

The group is relying on volunteers to do their part to clean up and spruce up the pool and its buildings and grounds. Work sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays on April 14, April 21 and April 24.

Anyone wanting to help is asked to call Marie Ondrus at (570) 645 -7766. Volunteers will need to bring rakes, brooms and buckets.