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Monday, March 24, 2014

There will be a regularly scheduled meeting for the Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at the Big Creek Grange. This is for livestock projects only.

The 4-H program is open to youth between 8 and 19 as of Jan. 1 2014. 4-H is a youth program of Penn State University.

Monday, March 24, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The former Colonial Buick-GMC Truck dealership along Little Gap Road in Palmerton has been purchased by Pete Turko, owner of Home Solutions Partners in Palmerton.

The former Colonial Buick-GMC Truck dealership along Little Gap Road in Palmerton has been purchased.

Pete Turko, owner of Home Solutions Partners in Palmerton, bought the 13,000-square-foot building located on 10 acres at 620 Little Gap Road this past January.

"We're going to lease out the garage part for our warehouse, but the 8,000-square-foot office is available for lease," Turko said. "We needed warehouse space to consolidate all of our equipment and inventory."

Turko purchased the building from George Miller.

Monday, March 24, 2014

EASTON, Pa. (AP) – It was built in bits and pieces.

A serviceman's film canister stashed in the garage. A box from a museum's storage room.

Five years ago, Lou Reda Productions in Easton established a goal in anticipation of next year's 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War build a collection of wartime footage unparalleled in the nation.

Reda researchers and archivists launched a search through veterans groups, Army depots, underfunded museums and private individuals.

"Anyone who might still have films," said Scott Reda, the company's managing director.

Monday, March 24, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Crews have been busy preparing the site in preparation of constructing the new bridge.

The Route 903 bridge project in Jim Thorpe is underway.

Construction crews from Allan A. Myers LP of Worcester, who was awarded the $28 million contract earlier this year, have been busy over the past month preparing the area where the new bridge will be constructed.

Over the next three years, motorists and Jim Thorpe residents will see a flurry of activity as the bridge is built, the road redesigned and the old structure demolished. The project is expected to be completed by July 2017.

About the project

Monday, March 24, 2014

Carbon County judges conducted parole/probation revocation hearings recently on petitions filed by the adult probation office for violations of their release.

Those who had hearings included:

Danielle Neff, 24, of Lehighton, had her parole revoked on a charge of possession of a controlled substance on petition filed by probation officer Jillian C. McGinley for violating conditions of failing to report to the adult probation office as directed, and failing to report for two urine screens, which violated the zero-tolerance provision.

Monday, March 24, 2014

The new Route 903 bridge in Jim Thorpe is farther upstream than the current bridge.

During the county commissioners' meeting last week, Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard said that he spoke with James R. McGee, assistant district executive for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, after some residents questioned why the new bridge couldn't be built next to the current bridge.

Monday, March 24, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Shenandoah Valley High School won the Best Showing Parade Float during the 11th annual Girardville St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday in Girardville.

The 11th annual Girardville St. Patrick's Day Parade took place Saturday.

Here is a list of the parade winners:

Category 1

Best Showing Uniformed Marching Unit

Ÿ 1st place: Veterans of Vietnam Inc. Post 2 Schuylkill County

Ÿ 2nd place: Zembo Mounted Patrol, Harrisburg

Category 2

Best Showing Theme Marching Unit

1st place: Hillside SPCA Marchers

2nd place: Filthy Mc Nasty Irish Brigade

Category 3

Best Showing Irish Dance Group

1st place: McCormick School of Irish Dance, New Philadelphia

Category 4

Monday, March 24, 2014

A meeting to discuss access for emergency responders during the time when the McCall Bridge will be under rehabilitation will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at the Lehighton Borough Building, Second Street in Lehighton.

Ron Young Jr., Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman, said the meeting was scheduled at the request of local emergency service responders.

Monday, March 24, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Viewers of "The Good Wife" were gobsmacked by the sudden, unexpected death of its dashing attorney, Will Gardner, on Sunday's episode of the CBS legal drama.

Gardner, a prominent character portrayed by Josh Charles since the series' debut five seasons ago, was gunned down in a Chicago courtroom by his unhinged client. He was pronounced dead shortly afterward.

Once the episode had aired, Twitter lit up with astonished, sorrowful and even irate posts.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Carbon County's retirement fund is growing, officials report.

During the county retirement board meeting last week, Robert Crampsie, county controller and secretary to the retirement board, announced that the retirement fund portfolio value as of Feb. 28 was $73,462,637, which is up $1.7 million from the end of January.

"We had a real nice month," he told the board, noting that it helped with the loss from the previous month.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein then addressed a question he has received regarding the fund balance.