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Friday, April 26, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Denise Smale of Kresgeville read both of the books she authored and illustrated to children at Western Pocono Community Library's Children's Story Hour.

What if your family moved since last Christmas. Would Santa Claus be able to find you in your new house?

Denise Smale of Kresgeville tries to answer that question in her newest children's book, "Santa I Moved!"

Smale wrote and illustrated "Santa I Moved!" and is now promoting it locally. She recently visited the Western Pocono Community Library where she read both her books during the Children's Story Hour and was the guest at a Lunch with the Author. She thanks Carol Kern, the library's director, for her support over the last few years in her endeavors.

Friday, April 26, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Carbon County 911 dispatcher Justin Markell explains the dispatching controls to student during Government Day. The students, from left, representing Jim Thorpe Area High School are Lauren Zurn, Michael Kalage and Bridget McFadden, and from Lehighton Area High School Maria Magyar.

Dozens of Carbon County high school students learned how their county government and courts work on Thursday.

The students, from Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Weatherly, Panther Valley, and Palmerton school districts, and Marian Catholic High School, gathered in the commissioners' meeting room at 8:30 a.m. They then walked to the ornate Courtroom No. 1 to be greeted by President judge Roger N. Nanovic.

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Panther Valley school board put faces to the furloughs of six educators on Thursday, naming those teachers who have lost their jobs due to curtailment or alteration of various programs.

The board voted, with school director Roy "Mickey" Angst absent, and after accepting the resignation of school director David Hiles, to approve the furloughs.

Friday, April 26, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Mobile meth lab equipment removed from a house at 346 W. Patterson St., Lansford, during a raid Thursday night.

Drug agents from the Pennsylvania office of the Attorney General, assisted by local police and the Carbon County Emergency Management coordinator, on Thursday night raided a home at 346 W. Patterson St., Lansford, where a person was allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine.

Firefighters from American Fire Co. No. 1, Lansford, stood by, several in full turnout gear and air packs. Two trucks were ready, engines running and hoses unfurled, in the event of an explosion or other reaction from the volatile chemicals used to make the drug.

Friday, April 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A truck owned by Guers Topsoil and Mulch Products sits atop a slight embankment on Valley Road in Blythe Township Thursday after crashing into a shed and then snapping two power line poles.

Leon B. Koshnick Jr., 60, of New Philadelphia, was injured in a one-vehicle crash at 11:27 a.m. April 25 at the intersection of Mountain and Valley roads in Blythe Township. State police at the Frackville barracks, who investigated, said he sustained minor injuries and was transported by the Pottsville ALS to the Schuylkill Medical Center east, Pottsville, for evaluation.

Friday, April 26, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

"Oh Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?" Why, he's at Pleasant Valley High School's old auditorium tonight and Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. in the production of William Shakespeare's tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet" by PVHS's Shaky's Players under the direction of Robert Young.

Friday, April 26, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley High School will conclude its Artist in Residency program, led by Tamaqua artist Stephen Bennett, by portraying cultures both near and far on May 7 during the district's spring band concert. In addition to unveiling a portrait of the native Dorsey brothers, members of Kim Burkett's art class at the high school will demonstrate their mud men masks and dances, inspired by the tribes of Papua New Guinea. From left: Joselyn Zedalis, 12th grade; Troy Margerum, 11th grade; Devin Hoffman; 10th grade; Mark Christ, high school music teacher; Shy Ortiz, 12th grade; Kim Burkett, high school art teacher; Brendan Beshock, 10th grade; and Stephen Bennett, artist in residency.

Panther Valley students have combined art, music, and history through this year's Artist in Residency program at the school, taking place in April and May.

The most vivid example of this academic collaboration will be unveiled on May 7 during the school's spring band concert and art show. During the concert, students will unveil a mural of local musical legends Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, American jazz musicians who were born in Schuylkill County. Students will also perform dances and display masks inspired by the tribes of Papua New Guinea.

Friday, April 26, 2013

A former Carbon County man who had been living in Lehigh Township, just south of Walnutport, died in a structure fire late Wednesday night, according to Northampton County officials.

Harley A. Henning, 65, died of smoke inhalation during the blaze that destroyed his two-story house located at 443 Washington Drive, according to Coroner Zachary Lysek.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday opened bids for street paving in Mahoning Township and water tower improvements in Weatherly.

However, the board will wait for the bids to be reviewed by Jim Martino of the Office of Planning and Development before awarding the contracts. Commissioners expect to award the jobs on May 2 for the Weatherly work, and on May 9 for the Mahoning Township work.

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Slatington man has been jailed after assaulting a police officer Wednesday night.

William Brown II, 45, faces charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Brown is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the Lehigh County Courthouse in Allentown. He remains in Lehigh County Prison under $40,000 bail.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Slatington Patrolman Deron Dorward: