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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Carbon County Democratic Committee will meet at 7 p.m. April 19 at the American Legion in Lansford, lower floor.

For more information, call Donna Valent at (570) 645 4833.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tamaqua's Upper and Lower Owl Creek Dams are closed to the public until further notice. The closure is due to the rehabilitation project that has begun at both dams.

The project includes building new spillways and outlet structures, as well as raising the height of the dams. The project could take up to ten months to complete.

Vehicles and pedestrians will be prohibited from the dams and the access roads. Motorists along Owl Creek Road should be alert for construction vehicles near both dam entrances.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Palmerton students took first place while competing with seven other school districts during the annual Sixth Sense Competition held at the Panther Valley High School. Front row from left are students Colby Moyer, 12; Sean Hall, 12; and Owen Mendes, 11. Back row, co-advisor Bobbi Yeager, students Brody Boehler, 11; Ian Farrell, 11; Ryan Yacone, 12; and co-advisor Pamela Storm.

Palmerton students took first place against Northwestern Lehigh (33 to 28) and six other school districts during the final competition of the Sixth Sense, held Monday evening at Panther Valley High School. Panther Valley was again the host school for this year's competition, which included students from Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern Lehigh, Palmerton, Panther Valley, Pleasant Valley and Tamaqua School Districts.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Grace-St. Paul's UMC will host a free community dinner from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to the Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information call the church at (570) 325-9151.

Monday, April 16, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton police are investigating a stabbing which occurred early this morning. Police were first dispatched to a report of a domestic dispute at 626 Coal St. just before 4 a.m. But soon after a family on Seventh Street reported a woman screaming for help that she had been stabbed. Police found the woman wandering near the scene. The victim was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and immediately transported to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. Due to the heavy fog conditions no medical transport helicopters were available.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Renovations to its high school auditorium could cost Palmerton Area School District nearly $930,000.

Five companies submitted bids to the district on Friday, with CC Inc., of Bethlehem, turning in the apparent low bid of $928,700.

That proposal was $34,800 less than the next lowest bid of $963,500 by CMG, of Easton.

Other companies that bid on the project were Lobar Inc., of Brodheadsville ($967,900); L.R. Costanzo, of Allentown ($978,000); and Uhrig Construction, of Reading, Berks County ($1,093,000).

Monday, April 16, 2012

Many area residents were among 82 who were arraigned Monday before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon in Schuylkil County court on criminal charges and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested jury trials. They were:

Monday, April 16, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from at least four counties battled a stubborn forest fire Saturday in Polk Township. The fire started just northeast of the sprawling Wild Creek Reservoir of the Bethlehem Water Authority. Two airplanes and a helicopter made an untold number of drops on the flames as they quickly spread due to high winds. Firemen used four wheel drive trucks, all terrain vehicles and whatever was at their disposal to reach the remote area of the fire. The fire was situated between the Wild Creek Reservoir and Smith road.

Monday, April 16, 2012

The National Federation of Independent Business today announced their endorsement of Dave Argall over his opponent in the upcoming Primary Election.

Kevin Shivers, NFIB's State Director, said that Argall's re-election is extremely important to small business owners across Pennsylvania.

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Jim Thorpe Area School Board appointed Robert Schaninger to fill the opening on the school board at a special board meeting. Schaninger will be replacing Jeremy Melber, who recently resigned from the school board.

Schaninger was voted in by a vote of 5-2, with one absent.

Schaninger accepted the position and was sworn in.

The board had requested and received letters of intent to fill the board vacancy. After receiving the letters the board reviewed the candidates.

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