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Friday, April 12, 2013

A Schuylkill County woman was killed Thursday when her sports utility vehicle crashed head-on into a truck.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the victim as Linda Rickert, 64, of Tower City. The accident occurred about 12:32 p.m. along SR209 (West Grand Avenue), in Porter Township.

Troopers said Rickert, operating a 2013 Ford Escape, owned by EAN Holidngs LLC, was northbound while Glenn William Goss, 60, of McVeytown, Mifflin County, was southbound operating a 2009 Ford F750 truck, owned by the Bank of America.

Friday, April 12, 2013

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) – As the world watches to see what North Korea's next move will be in a high-stakes game of brinksmanship with the United States, residents of its capital aren't hunkering down in bunkers and preparing for the worst. Instead, they are out on the streets en masse getting ready for the birthday of national founder Kim Il Sung – the biggest holiday of the year.

Friday, April 12, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley Middle School recently announced its Students of the Month for the month of February. Students are chosen based on their excellence in academics as well as conduct and each receive a certificate and gift card for their accomplishments. From left are: Mason Goida, grade six; Elizabeth McDermott, grade seven; and Daniela Maturana, grade eight.

Friday, April 12, 2013
SUE ANN GERHARD/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Marian Catholic High School, Hometown, hosted a visit from the Miller-Keystone Blood Center on April 9, giving students, faculty and visitors the opportunity to donate much-needed blood to help others. A total of 40 units were collected, including from student donor John O'Connor, doing his part to help make the bloodmobile visit a huge success.

Friday, April 12, 2013

In preparation for operation of the 2013 Primary Election on Tuesday, May 21, the Carbon County Board of Elections this week made numerous appointments of persons to work in the various election precincts.

Normally, there is one judge of elections who oversees the operations in each of the county's 51 elections districts. That person is joined by two inspectors of elections and a predetermined amount of clerks who the county determines to be able to handle the voter turnout.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Carbon County and Weatherly Borough are combining efforts, and grant money, in an initiative that will result in a brand new government complex in the Weatherly area.

During the weekly meeting of the county's Board of Commissioners held Thursday in the Courthouse Annex, Jim Thorpe, the commissioners approved and executed a subgrantee agreement between the county and the borough for the latter to receive $475,000 in federal grant funds that will be part of a multimillion construction project in 2014.

Friday, April 12, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Stressing the importance of not drinking and driving, Tamaqua senior Makia Stocker, portraying a dead victim of a drunk driver, is painted by senior Danielle DeBenedict as part of the school's Prom Promise Week.

Thirty Tamaqua students were "dead" for a day as part of the Tamaqua Area Student Government Association's (TASGA) annual Grim Reaper Day yesterday. The event was held in the Tamaqua High School as part of the school district's Prom Promise Week.

TASGA officers and volunteers said Grim Reaper day showed classmates what it would be like to be without a friend for a day. During the day, about 30 students were randomly chosen to be painted as "dead" vehicle passengers, drivers or victims. In addition, each participant had to remain completely silent the entire school day.

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Pa. Department of Agriculture has announced dog wardens will be canvassing the Lehighton and Franklin Township areas during the week of April 22 to check that dogs are properly licensed and vaccinated.

The department said all dogs three months old or older must be licenses by Jan. 1 of each year. The fee is $6.45 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8.45 each for other dogs. Older adults and persons with disabilities may purchase a license for $4.45 for each spayed or neutered dog and $6.45 each for others.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Katelyn Collevechio, daughter of Robert and Mary Jean Collevechio of 128 E. Hazard St., Summit Hill, has been named to the Dean's Honor List for the Fall semester at LaSalle University, Philadelphia.

A 2011 graduate of Marian High School, Hometown, Katelyn is a sophomore student enrolled in LaSalle's School of Nursing and Health Sciences. The Dean's Honor List recognizes students who have attained a cumulative average of 3.5 or above.

Katelyn is a Speech-Language Hearing Science Program major at the university.

Friday, April 12, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Dawn Ferrante, executive director of the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation, as well as president of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, discusses changes affecting the CCCC and the Industrial Development Corporation with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

Whether Palmerton will continue as part of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, or go another direction, remains to be seen.

Information and views on that very topic where discussed at length as part of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday.

Peter Kern, Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce president, noted there are changes to the configuration of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and Carbon County Industrial Development Authority.

"We're in a transition phase," Kern said. "We're here to see what our course of action will be."