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Thursday, March 13, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Passengers have been evacuated from a Florida-bound plane at Philadelphia International Airport after an apparent mechanical failure.

Airline officials said USAirways Flight 1702 was heading to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when the pilot was forced to abort take-off around 6:30 p.m. Thursday after the front landing gear failed.

An airport spokeswoman said no injuries have been reported.

No further details were immediately available.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Carbon County agencies want to know state legislators' thoughts on some hot topic issues in the county.

That's why the Interagency Council of Carbon County has organized the fifth annual legislative brunch for area legislators and the public. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on April 25 at the Penn Forest Township Volunteer Fire Company.

During the event, elected and appointed officials will present their thoughts on several important issues that deal with Carbon County's present state and future. Speakers have not yet been announced.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The ninth annual Kids Closet Sale officially opens to the public on Friday.

The event, held at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, will be open today and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The sale brings thousands of new and gently used baby and teen items together under one roof and makes it easy for new moms to find everything they need for their bundle of joy.

For more information on the sale, visit www.thekidsclosetsale.com.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A man who was wanted after unlawfully entering a Lansford home last month has been captured and is in Carbon County jail tonight.
Brian Kehl was arrested this morning in Kline Township, police said.

Kehl and Joseph Becker, 31, of Coaldale invaded a home on West Water Street on Feb. 27 looking for a man namned Cody. A teenage boy was home at the time and his armed grandfather David Knittle came to his defense.

Becker was arrested earlier and charged with robbery, criminal trespass and theft.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Carbon County is trying to save money on its electricity.

The county commissioners this morning opened quotes for electric service for all county-owned buildings. The county uses approximately three million kilowatt hours annually.

Six bids were opened after the online bid window closed at 11:30 a.m., with TriEagle Energy submitting the apparent low bid of 7.991 cents per kilowatt hour for a 36-month contract.

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Author Ellen Hopkins, seated, autographs books for eighth students Desiree Abadia, left, and Sarah Markovich, during a visit by Hopkins on Wednesday to Panther Valley High School.

Ellen Hopkins, who has written 13 books, visited Panther Valley High School on Wednesday and spoke to students during an assembly program.

Her visit garnered some controversy because of the contents of some of her books.

She made no apologies for the contents, saying she strives for honesty as she writes on topics affecting teens, including drug use, rape, prostitution, and teen pregnancy.

After her presentation, she signed autographs of her books for the students. She also met with an English class.

Students said they are inspired by her writings.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Andrew Frankenfield, a Penn State Extension agriculture educator, provided figures from the 2012 agricultural survey by the USDA National Agriculture Statistic Service:

Ÿ 59,302 farms in Pennsylvania. To qualify for the term of "farm," it must have sales of $1,000 or more in a year.

Ÿ Average age of a farmer is 56.1.

Ÿ Dairy is the number one product in Pennsylvania.

Ÿ Pennsylvania produces $7.4 billion agricultural products a year, an increase of 27 percent since 2007.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The office of Rep. Julie Harhart has been fielding numerous phone calls from consumers of competitive electric generation suppliers whose variable rate plans have seen record spikes recently.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is hosting a free educational workshop to help women become better prepared for the future and feel more confident about managing finances.

The 60-minute interactive workshop "Real Money Talk for Women" will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 27, at Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St., Weatherly.

The workshop is presented by Michael Coulson from Palmerton and Susan Lovejoy from Lehighton, financial representatives with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Thursday, March 13, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Students who earned Bookworm Awards are, Michael Citro, left, for most words read, and Riley Fritz, for passed the most quizzes. Michael read 57,371 words for the day while Riley passed nine quizzes for the day.

Students at Mahoning Elementary School took part in a nationwide effort to "Read the Most Coast to Coast" on Friday, Feb. 28.

Students joined Renaissance Learning's challenge to break the national record set last school year for the number of Accelerated Reader Quizzes taken in one day.

The new one-day record is 4,987,949 quizzes taken nationally. The Mahoning Elementary students totaled 1,040,459 words read.

Students in grades 1-4 took part in this shared effort.