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Monday, December 1, 2014

The Tamaqua Community Art Center is thrilled to be included in Schuylkill County's Spirit of the Holidays, which celebrates the county's artists. It's the third year for the three-day event, and the first time the TCAC is included.

"It's a way to shop locally, supporting our small businesses and our artists," TCAC director Leona Riegel said. "People who visit all the venues will see the work of more than 200 artists."

Monday, December 1, 2014

Across Pennsylvania, children are beginning to try drugs at an earlier age.

Here are some alarming statistics of the drugs being used by Carbon County students in 2013-2014.

Ÿ Top drug choices: 357 Carbon County students have tried marijuana, 285 reported using over-the-counter medications, 140 used nonprescribed prescription drugs, 109 used LSD/mushrooms, and 104 used cocaine.

Ÿ Opiate choices: 81 tried heroin, 89 tried Vicodin, 96 tried codeine, 87 tried OxyContin, and 89 tried Percocet.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Results of both the Carbon County drug and alcohol survey and the Pennsylvania Youth Survey prove that substance use is beginning at a younger age.

Schools are taking this information and using it to combat this growing epidemic.

Carbon Career & Technical Institute

At Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe, which includes high school students from all five school districts in Carbon County, David Reinbold, administrative director, said that the results "confirm that there is a drug and alcohol problem in Carbon County."

Monday, December 1, 2014

Slatington adopted its preliminary 2015 budget at a special meeting Nov. 24, but not without some intense discussions, in particular about the borough's soon-to-be-defunct sewer authority and its commitment toward establishing a regional recreation authority with Walnutport and Washington Township.

In regard to the borough's unbalanced sewer budget, council members questioned why so much money had been requested by the sewer authority, including an additional $2,000 this year, when the group's plan is to soon disband.

Monday, December 1, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Nearly 90 singers representing 26 churches from throughout the region participate in the annual ecumenical Christmas cantata Sunday in Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton.

There were robes of many colors worn by choir members who crowded onto the stage at Zion UCC Church in Lehighton, Sunday night.

Nearly 90 singers representing 26 churches took part in the church's annual ecumenical Christmas cantata.

Churches participating were from throughout Carbon County as well as Stroudsburg, Cherryville, and Allentown.

The nondenominational Zion Opera Workshop, headquartered at Zion UCC, also was part of the choir.

An estimated 200 people attended the program.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that two men from Monroe County were indicted by a federal grand jury in Scranton for heroin trafficking.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Lehighton has opted to use its allotment of this year's Community Development Block Grant funds on a reconstruction/paving project.

On a unanimous vote, borough council on Monday agreed to use its portion of CDBG funds to pave Stedman Avenue from Second to Third Avenue, along with ADA ramps.

Borough Manager Nicole Beckett said the estimated cost for the work is $90,000.

She said the borough's 2014 allotment of CDBG funds is $90,704. Of that, the borough will receive $76,868 for the project, while the other $13,836 goes to Carbon County for administrative costs.

Monday, December 1, 2014

HARRISBURG (AP) Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians frozen out of the first year of coverage under the 2010 federal health care law's Medicaid expansion can now begin applying for it. Enrollment begins Monday for childless adults earning up to $15,600 this year.

More parents also will become eligible, depending on income and children.

Coverage begins Jan. 1, and state officials say some 600,000 adults are newly eligible.

Monday, December 1, 2014

WILKES-BARRE Two women were sentenced in Luzerne County court this week for cheating an insurance company when they provided false information about a car crash on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Judge Tina Polachek Gartley sentenced Jennifer C. Apollon, 31, of Edwardsville, and Lisa G. Moore, 49, of Scranton, to 18 months in the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Program, a special probation program for first-time non-violent offenders.

Monday, December 1, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The cost of six geese-a-laying spiked considerably this year, while most of the items in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas," saw little to no increase, according to the 31st annual PNC Wealth Management Christmas Price Index.