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Saturday, January 8, 2011
Tim Kocher, Lehighton - "I feel that yes, we should come in line with the rest of the states. Many of them don't have state-run stores and can buy liquor in grocery stores."

A recent poll says a majority of Pennsylvanians are in favor of the state getting out of the Liquor Store business? How do you feel about it?

Saturday, January 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Soldiers' Angel support team volunteers include, from left, Kasara McLaughlin, Carla Bowman, Soldiers' Angels Pennsylvania State Leader Rae McLaughlin, bookkeeper Kelly Johnson, Charles "Duke" DelDuca, Lehigh Valley Team Leader Mike Burritt, Dee Burritt and Chad Kurtz.

Volunteer members of the Lehighton Soldiers' Angels Pennsylvania support team recently packed, wrapped and delivered hundreds of care packages to be given and mailed to veterans at various hospitals as well as troops serving overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan and abroad.

Many items also went to family members of deceased, injured or serving veterans. Hundreds of items consisting of hygienic items, candy, blankets, quilts, scarves, snacks, games, clothing filled the Soldiers' Angels building located on South First St.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Mahoning Township Lions Club is continuing to look for a few more veterans.

As part of the project to move the Mahoning Valley Honor Roll Monument, the club is seeking the names of veterans to be included on the monument. The deadline to register is Jan. 31.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

In a little less than five years, Pastor John Pounder and a loyal congregation succeed in wiping out a $50,000 debt and starting the new year with a clean balance sheet. The pastor and members of the First Baptist Church of Lansford held its out-of-debt celebration, an occasion that filled every seat in the spacious edifice. Soloists at the service included William E. Davis of Lansford and Mrs. John F. West of Tamaqua.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

For nearly three years there was an outstanding arrest warrant out for Francine B. Geusic of Lansford.

During that span, a police chief who allegedly was supposed to serve the warrant was in Geusic's home, but never said anything about it.

As a result, Carbon County President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II ordered that the charges against Geusic be dismissed because her rights to a speedy trial and fair adjudication were violated.

Saturday, January 8, 2011
Larry Neff/Special to the times news

The driver of this sport utility vehicle, Anthony Dami Fitzgerald, 29, of Hazle Street, Tamaqua, was slightly injured Friday in an accident near the intersection of Breezewood Drive and Breezewood Road in Mahoning Township. Fitzgerald, who was traveling west on the snow-covered roadway, was treated at the scene by members of the Mahoning Valley Ambulance and Lehighton paramedics, then transported to the Lehighton hospital. Responding were the Mahoning Valley and Lehighton fire departments. Mahoning Township police are investigating the incident.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

In Franklin Township, two variances were granted on Thursday night by the township's Zoning Hearing Board, the first was granted to a business owner to erect an oversize digital sign at 450 Interchange Road, Franklin Township, and the other to grandparents who want to add a second residence at their home on Long Run Road for their daughter's family.

Pam Fludgate, owner of a property at 450 Interchange Road, (Route 209) Franklin Township, was granted approval to erect a nine-by-four-foot oversize digital sign at her business, All Lit Up.

Saturday, January 8, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Special to the times news

There were no serious injuries reported after a two-vehicle accident late Friday afternoon in Rush Township. A female driver of this Chevy Cobalt LS, who was driving west on Mahanoy Ave., SR-54, out of Hometown reportedly lost control and collided with a Chrysler, which was traveling east. Hometown Fire Police directed traffic around the accident

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Kindergarten registration in the Lehighton Area School District will be held on March 1, 2, 3, and 4 at the District Administrative Building, 1000 Union St. (near the high school).

Appointments, scheduled from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:45 p.m. will avoid delays during the registration process. To schedule one, contact Brenda Strausberger at (610) 377-7880, ext. 2.

The website at www.lehighton.org is also available to view the necessary forms required for registration and possibly complete the forms before coming for an appointment.

Saturday, January 8, 2011
Along for the ride

Kya Norwood, 7, and her brother Narayana, 4, found Friday's snowfall perfect for sledding down the slopes of the Ashton Hill

Park in Lansford. Their 9-week old Pitt puppy, Ogre, however, didn't seem all that thrilled about his winter adventure.