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Monday, March 25, 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A single ticket sold in New Jersey matched all six numbers in Saturday night's drawing for the $338.3 million Powerball jackpot, lottery officials said. It was the 13th drawing held in the days since a Virginia man won a $217 million jackpot Feb. 6.

Thirteen other tickets worth $1 million each matched all but the final Powerball number on Saturday night. Those tickets were sold in New Jersey and 10 other states. Lottery officials said there was also one Power Play Match 5 winner in Iowa.

Monday, March 25, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Harmony Lodge No. 86 made a donation to the Tamaqua Public Library recently. Pictured from left are Vice Grand Raymond R. Boulanger Jr., Grand Master Justin C. Bailey, library director Gayle Heath, Noble Grand Brian Turner, treasurer Andrew Titus, Past Grand Tyler M. Arnold and Past Grand Robert Leibensperger.

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at the Big Creek Grange. Livestock projects only. Newly elected officers are: Alyssa Wentz, president; Courtney Getz, vice president; Carissa Sevrin, secretary; Ashley Goodhile, treasurer; and Mercy Melo, reporter.

The 4-H program is open to youth between 8-19 as of Jan. 1 2013.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Twenty-one people entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court with 10 receiving jail sentences imposed by President Judge Willilam E. Baldwin.

Monday, March 25, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce mingle at its "Business After Hours" networking event held Thursday at Home Solutions Partners in Palmerton.

Meet new clients and make new business connections.

That was the opportunity afforded to those who participated in the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce "Business After Hours" networking event Thursday at Home Solutions Partners in Palmerton.

The event had a solid turnout, as members toured the 11,000 square foot Home Center, at which time they enjoyed food and drinks and networked from inside the impressive two-story showroom.

Those in attendance were entered in a drawing to win a $400 Home Solutions gift certificate.

Monday, March 25, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured is a 1996 Plymouth Breeze that was struck on the driver's side by another vehicle Sunday morning along SR61 in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County. A 6-year-old female from Minersville died of injuries sustained in the crash while two others in the same vehicle were seriously injured.

A 6-year-old girl died and two others were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred about 11:35 a.m. on Sunday along SR61, in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the crash occurred as Victoria Place, 27, of Minersville, driving a 1996 Plymouth Breeze, was exiting the parking lot of Faith Church, while a 17-year-old male from Schuylkill Haven was driving a 2005 Honda Accord southbound at a high rate of speed in the passing lane of SR61.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Somewhere down the road, we're going to be complaining about the heat and humidity, the mosquitoes and other bugs, and about the need to get out an mow the lawn so frequently.

Not yet, though.

For now, we can complain about Ole Man Winter refusing to leave, about more cold weather, and about snow.

Spring arrived on the calendar five days ago, but the calendar obviously doesn't mean the conversion to warmer temps, singing birds, and open convertible tops.

The National Weather Service says one to three inches of snow is expected to fall today.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Passover, the seven-day festival celebrating the Israelites' release and exodus from Egypt, begins this evening at sundown.

Also known as the Festival of Freedom, Passover is the oldest of the Jewish festivals, and probably the best known.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Spring is finally here. What do you look forward to most about this season?