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Monday, March 25, 2013

Big changes are coming to the economic development groups in Carbon County.

Beginning in May, a newly-formed group that deals with businesses and economic growth within the county will begin official operations.

Dawn Ferrante, executive director of the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation, explained that the privatization of the Carbon County Economic Development Office has been in the works for four years and is finally coming to fruition.

Monday, March 25, 2013

In need of self-defense strategies?

If so, then women, children and teens should plan to attend a pair of self-defense seminars next month in Palmerton.

The free seminars on Women's Self-defense and Children and Teens Anti-Bullying will be held at Rat Pack Fighting Systems, 468 Delaware Avenue.

Rat Pack Fighting Systems will conduct a Women's Self-defense Seminar from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 11.

Geared toward women ages 12-and-over, the seminar will teach women to be prepared in the event danger strikes.

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Kidder Township Board of Supervisors held a brief meeting on Thursday, March 21. The supervisors approved the payment to Carbon County on the narrowband project.

Carbon County has been working on the narrowband radio project with area municipalities since early 2011 when the county commissioners decided to help ease the burden emergency personnel were facing as a result of the federal mandate by applying for a countywide grant.

Monday, March 25, 2013

In the spirit of community collaboration and teamwork taught through youth sports, Fairway Chevrolet is supporting Valley West Little League through the Chevy Youth Baseball Program. This sponsorship will include both monetary and equipment donations during the Spring 2013 youth baseball season.

Monday, March 25, 2013

In an article in Friday's TIMES NEWS on the Marshall Tucker Band concert at Penn's Peak, the original members were listed instead of the current band members.

The band members who performed at Penn's Peak were Doug Gray, lead vocals; Pat Elwood, bass; Rick Willis, guitar and vocals; B. B. Borden, drums; Marcus Henderson, keyboards, saxophone, flute, and vocals, and Chris Hicks, guitar and vocals.

Gray is an original member of the Marshall Tucker Band.

Monday, March 25, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

While most Easter bunnies were out hiding eggs over the weekend, this one chose to simply hang out and relax in the backyard of a Tamaqua home.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Ten first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabiliation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their record is wiped clean. However, if the fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, March 25, 2013

During the fourth annual Legislative Brunch, to be held April 26, at the Whispering Pines in Jim Thorpe, Gary Tennis, secretary to the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs will be one of the guest speakers.

Tennis was appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett and confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate, to serve as secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, which was created as a result of Act 50 of 2010.

Monday, March 25, 2013

High school students who attended the Schuylkill County Youth Conference held last Thursday at the county courthouse placed public safety as their primary concern followed by illegal drugs and jobs as their top priorities and received enlightning comments from the county's leaders of government, business, and community based organizations.

The first such county wide event was sponsored by the Schuylkill County Commissioners with Commissioner Gary Hess in charge.

Monday, March 25, 2013
WILDLANDS CONSERVANCY PHOTOS Wildlands Conservancy announced the purchased of the Haase Tract, 180 acres of significant natural habitat.

Wildlands Conservancy announced the purchase of 180 acres of significant natural habitat in Tunkhannock and Tobyhanna townships, Monroe County to add to the organization's land preservation holdings.

This $235,000 acquisition, called the Haase Tract, was funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Monroe County, with the cooperation of the former owners of the property, the Haase family.