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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Frederick J. Jaindl Scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled in agriculture in a two- or four-year institution of higher learning.

This $2,000 scholarship will be given on Aug. 27 at the Ag Awards Program in the Agri-Plex building during the Allentown Fair.

To apply for the scholarship you must have exhibited a competitive entry at the Allentown Fair for at least one year. You must complete a two-section application and send it to the Allentown Fair office before Aug. 12.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Lehighton AMVETS Post 106 will hold its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lehighton VFW on South Street.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Do students enjoy writing?

The answer would have to be yes, according to Patti Jo Boyd, Palmerton Junior High School eighth-grade Language Arts teacher. Every year she evaluates how to make writing fun, interesting, educational and beneficial to all students.

"The key to success includes informative, reflective, rewarding and creative writing opportunities," she says.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Art in the Park, the Lehighton Area Chamber's annual showcase for budding artists, was held in the Lehighton Borough Park.

Shozo Nagano of Jim Thorpe, an internationally recognized artist, judged the competition, which attracted 30 artists and 16 crafters.

About 2,000 people attended the art festival, according to LACC President John Angelo. Darryl Arner, coordinator, said the event was double the size of last year's festival. Besides the arts and crafts, the festival featured food stands, face and mural painting for children, and a clown giving balloons to children.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — Candy maker Hershey Co. says its 2014 profit will be around the low end of its earlier forecast, and it is raising prices as costs rise.

The company said Tuesday that prices for ingredients such as cocoa, dairy and nuts have risen since the beginning of the year, and it expects increases for packaging, fuel and other costs.

It's raising prices for most of its products about 8 percent, on average. The price hike will take time to work into the market, and so the company doesn't expect it will help 2014 results much.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources closed Beltzville State Park in Carbon County to swimming today for the fifth time this summer due to high bacteria levels found in a water sample taken on Monday.

According to Terry Brady, deputy press secretary of the DCNR, water samples are taken daily, and the park's reopening depends on an acceptable result from the samples.

The standard bacteria level is determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Previously, Brady said a number of factors make the lake prone to high bacteria counts.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It's all about the dogs at the Carbon County Animal Shelter.

Tom Connors, director of the shelter, announced that there is a new program available at the facility that aims to help socialize the dogs and make them feel loved.

The program is called in-house fostering, and so far it has been a success.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
SUSAN BRYANT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Volunteer firefighters from 14 fire companies fought a three-alarm fire just after noon Tuesday at 4701 Route 309 in Schnecksville. Six more companies were on standby in the area.

Sixty-one cats and two dogs were killed when a three-alarm fire broke out shortly after noon Tuesday in a 200-year-old North Whitehall Township building.

The structure housed four apartments and two businesses.

Schnecksville Fire Chief Ron Stahley said 60 to 70 firefighters from 14 fire companies fought the blaze at 4701 Route 309 in Schnecksville.

Six more companies were on standby in the area.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Pennsylvania State Police Sgt. Brian Vadell, station commander Troop N, Lehighton, left, bows his head while the Rev. Alfred J. Vito gives the invocation at the dedication of Lehighton's new station Tuesday morning.

It's double the size of its predecessor and features a state-of-the-art computer system to help state police more ably perform their duties.

It's no wonder the new state police at Lehighton barracks in Towamensing Township was all the fuss on Tuesday, as evidenced by the solid crowd that converged outside the new 8,235-square-foot facility.

Located at 9170 Interchange Road, the new facility replaces the former barracks at 5730 Interchange Road, which had served as headquarters for state police at Lehighton since May 25, 1993.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

An apartment building on Harvard Avenue in Palmerton has been damaged by fire.

The fire started in the kitchen of one of the units in the Franklin building of the complex. There are several buildings in the complex.

Crews from around the county were called to the scene.

Originally, someone was reported to be trapped, but everyone is out safely, according to reports.