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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Carbon County Fair monthly board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital Community Room (ground floor) located at 211 North 12th Street, Lehighton.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Slatington Borough Crew workers erect a replica railroad station sign on the pavilion at the Slatington Trailhead Tuesday morning.

A sign that was damaged and subsequently removed nearly half a century ago has reemerged in Slatington.

The Slatington Borough Crew worked on Tuesday to erect a replica railroad station sign on the pavilion at the Slatington Trailhead. The sign says "Slatington", and gives the number of miles from the borough to New York City and Buffalo.

Dan Stevens, president of Northern Lehigh Future Focus, said the sign is a replica of a sign which hung on the Slatington Station of the Lehigh Valley Railroad.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Martin Ditsky, left, treasurer of Lansford Alive!, presents a $100 check to Lansford Shepherd House representative Betty Pearson as Pearson's niece, Jennifer Kusse, looks on.

With unemployment in Carbon County hovering at 11.6 percent the third highest in the state as of February, Betty Pearson's job is cut out for her.

Pearson represents the Lansford Shepherd House Food Pantry, lodged in Trinity Lutheran Church on East Abbott Street.

The food pantry, open from 9:30-11 a.m. on the third Monday of each month, serves up to 116 needy families and 31 senior citizens each month. The pantry receives $1,083 from the state, money that is expected to stretch for six months, Pearson said.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
AP PHOTO This undated photo provided by Bill Richard shows his son, Martin Richard, in Boston. Martin Richard, 8, was among the at least three people killed in the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday.

BOSTON (AP) – Third-grader Martin Richard had just gotten ice cream and was near the Boston Marathon finish line, eagerly watching for friends to run by. Krystle Campbell was enjoying the race with her best friend, hoping to get a photo of the other woman's boyfriend after he conquered the last mile.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

During a meeting Tuesday, the Tamaqua School Board approved changes to the district's promotion and retention policy.

Previously, middle school students had several ways to earn promotion. They could pass all major subjects; fail one subject; fail two subjects but make one up in summer school; or fail three subjects but make two up in summer school.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
AP PHOTO A jetliner flies over flags flying at half-staff at the Washington Monument in Washington Tuesday, after President Obama ordered flags to be lowered on federal building to honor the loss of life from the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

When her cousin and 11 others were gunned down at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater last July, Anita Busch lost all interest in her favorite television crime dramas. And when she heard that three people had been shot dead at an Oregon shopping mall in December, she stopped her Christmas shopping and sneaked out the back door of a department store.

"After Aurora, even my little niece who's 11 was afraid to go into a mall, to go shopping," the Los Angeles woman says. "I look around all the time. I think everyone does."

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

At least on this day, the nine irons golfers swing may pack a little extra punch behind them than usual

That's because individuals will be "Driving For A Cause" as part of the eighth Annual St. John Neumann Regional School "Fore the Students" Golf Tournament.

The event will be held rain or shine on Friday, May 17, at Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton. The registration deadline is May 10. Mail registration/ sponsorship form to SJNRS - Attn: Golf P.O. Box 71, Palmerton, Pa 18071

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Panther Valley school district taxpayers face some tough realities as officials cope with decreasing revenue and increasing costs: They can either accept a small tax increase this year about the cost of a couple of large pizzas on the Coaldale side, and a couple of large pizzas with sides and drinks on the Carbon County side or a substantial one next year.

The proposed increases would be 2.040 mills in Carbon County and 1.670 mills in Coaldale. That translates into dollar increases of $38.45 in Carbon County and $28.11 in Coaldale.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

As the Panther Valley school board's Budget and Finance Committee worked on Tuesday to find more ways to cut costs in the face of looming tax increases, business manager Kenneth R. Marx Jr. offered a snapshot of tax rates over the preceding years.

The school district includes the Carbon County boroughs of Lansford, Summit Hill, and Nesquehoning, and the borough of Coaldale in Schuylkill County.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Join Naturalist Robin Tracey on the Oak Loop Trail at Locust Lake on Thursday, April 25. The trail is four miles in length and difficult. The trail loops around Locust Creek and traverses up the mountain for a really great view of the forest below. Part of the hike includes the "Tree Identification Trail" created by Eagle Scouts. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Hikers should meet at the visitor parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Hikers should bring water, bug spray and comfortable shoes. Contact Tracey at (570) 467-2506 for more information.