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Friday, April 29, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Looking over some of the creative ceramic pieces at Panther Valley High School during Literacy Night are Judy Lin, Mrs. Kim Gallagher, art teacher; and Theressa Eckhart.

Receiving a total of $313,562 in federal grants through School Libraries Program, enabled the Panther Valley High School to put on Literacy Night/Arts Fest 2011.

Through the efforts of Beth Walsh and Janet Fisher of the school district,appplying for the grant, out of 470 applications from other schools was narrowed down to only 49 recipients. Panther Valley was able to be equipped with the BOOKIT (Books and Opening Opportunity for Kids with Information Technology) program and an online catalogue called "Destiny" for grades K-12.

Friday, April 29, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Jan Kresge, right, owner and operator of Jan's Barber Shop in Palmerton, and Audra Doll, barber, left, are ready to give haircuts to active military personnel like Chad Jones, if they come into the shop between May 3-May 27, at no charge. The haircuts are being paid for by an anonymous patriotic donor.

The same patriotic anonymous donor as last year, came forward again this year to ask Jan Kresge, owner and operator of Jan's Barber Shop, located at 434 Delaware Ave. in Palmerton, if he could pay for the haircuts of any active military personnel who came into her shop from May 3-May 27.

Jan was only too happy to agree. She even purchased an Oster Operation Homefront special edition camouflage clipper. Oster has pledged to make a $25,000 donation to the troops and their families from the sales. She also purchased two camouflage drapes, that says, "Support Our Troops."

Friday, April 29, 2011

The official voter registration in Schuylkill County stands at 84,781 with the Republican Party continuing to remain the majority party, according to official figures released by the county registration bureau.

Registered with the Republican party are 40,087 voters and with the Democratic Party 36,532. The Primary Election scheduled to be held Tuesday, May 17 will have separate ballots for each of the two major parties with the runoff between the parties to be held in November's General Election.

The registration by parties and affiliations are as follows:

Friday, April 29, 2011

The commissioners, on Thursday, opened bids for five home rehabilitation program projects in the county. This program helps low-income residents fix problems at their home.

The recipients, who remain anonymous as part of the program's process, can receive up to $12,000 in funding through Act 137, which is generated through fees charged for the recording of documents in the Carbon County Recorder of Deeds office. Those funds are then used to repair necessary items in their homes such as heating systems, roofing, siding, or electrical and plumbing systems.

Friday, April 29, 2011

The safety standards on infant cribs are changing.

Friday, April 29, 2011
Larry Wittig

The state of education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania stands at a crossroad, and that crossroad now goes directly through Tamaqua.

On Thursday, Gov. Tom Corbett announced his decision to appoint Larry Wittig, president of the Tamaqua Area School Board of Education, to the position of chairman of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education. Wittig's appointment will fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Joseph M. Torsella, who has been confirmed to the post of U.S. Representative to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Guest speaker

Please join Ebenezer E.C. Church on Sunday, May 1 at 6 p.m. for the live incredible story of prolific, blind hymnist, Fanny J. Crosby. This live performance with hymns, features Debi Wahl of Act 1 Productions. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted to benefit an upcoming Scotland Missions trip. The address is 441 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe. For more information call (570) 325-2855.

Food pantry

Friday, April 29, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Climbed by many a neighborhood kid when they were much smaller, three large trees, which were at least 65 years old, have given way to open skies at St. John's Lutheran Church on North Street in Jim Thorpe. Their removal, by Day's Landscaping of Jim Thorpe, is just the first step in eventually installing new sidewalks in the future.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Carbon County Manager Mortimer Smedley was the featured speaker during the official ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremonies held this afternoon at the newly opened Lehighton Community Recreation Center. A warm welcome was extended to all those in attendance for the special event by Councilman Darryl Arner, who was instrumental in getting the "buy a brick" fundraiser off the ground.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Marian Catholic Senior Class presents "Seussical, the Musical" tonight and Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m.

"Seussical" is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertude McFuzz, Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination-JoJo.