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Monday, February 21, 2011

The Pocono Environmental Coalition and Wildlife Society is sponsoring a natural gas drilling symposium on March 5, 1:30 p.m., at Hughes Library in Stroudsburg.

For information call (610) 381-8989.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Criminal charges were filed with a district justice against a Pottsville attorney arising from billings made to Schuylkill County for services as a custody conciliator.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Last Friday, area residents were rejoicing as a warm front brought 60-plus degree temperatures to the Northeast.

But that warm-up, which helped melt some of the heavy snow pack from snow and ice storms in January, was short lived as Jack Frost blew yet another wintry headache through Pennsylvania early Monday morning.

Temperatures dropped significantly Friday night into Saturday and winds, with gusts up to 50 mph, helped set up today's storm.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Parents/guardians of incoming ninth grade and current ninth through 11th grade Jim Thorpe Area High School students are invited to course selection information meetings at Jim Thorpe High School auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the following times: 6:30 to 7 p.m. for students entering 10th through 12th grades; and 7 p.m. for students entering ninth grade.

Monday, February 21, 2011

A 38-year-old Lehighton man allegedly punched a 5-year-old boy in the leg so hard he broke the boy's femur.

So severe was the fracture that surgery was required and two titanium elastic nails were inserted into the boy's leg.

Tony Outlaw of 345 West Alley was arraigned Friday before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe on charges of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, and simple assault.

Outlaw was committed to Carbon County Prison in lieu of $50,000 cash bail. The arresting officer is patrolman Michael Svetik.

Monday, February 21, 2011

The high school maintenance warehouse roof replacement is chief among three projects Palmerton Area School District plans to accept proposals on.

Bids for the high school maintenance roof replacement, Towamensing Elementary deck replacement, and high school chemistry lab improvements are due to the district by March 10.

The district will open bids for the Towamensing Elementary deck replacement at 1 p.m., the high school maintenance warehouse roof replacement at 1:30 p.m., and the high school chemistry lab improvements at 2 p.m.

Saturday, February 19, 2011
As night descended, the lights within each ice block that formed the foundation, walls and spires of the buildings were illuminated in an aurora borealis of colors.

(Editor's Note: This is part two of a two-part series)

After spending the previous evening walking around Harbin, China's northernmost city, in sub-zero temperatures admiring the ice sculptures for the annual winter festival, getting out of bed the next day was especially difficult. The hotel room was warm and the covers heavy, but I wasn't visiting for a weekend of lounging around - I was here to see the snow and ice.

Saturday, February 19, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS A Daniel Faulkner pin on Chip Burnett's cap helped spark a reunion 37 years in the making.

It's a damp, chilly night in March of 1975, and veteran Philadelphia police officer Jack Bowen is lying on the cold, gritty floor of Cal & Nell's bar, just inside the front door. He's bleeding and in agony from gunshots to both hips. Three feet away, the would-be robber who had fired the shots is also on the floor, his eyes open and the sawed-off shotgun lying nearby.

Suddenly, Bowen feels a tug, and the pain in his hips ratchets up to excruciating. He feels himself being pulled out of the bar and onto a stretcher.

Saturday, February 19, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua, participated in the National Geographic Geography Bee. The winner of the Bee was Nico Agosti, Grade 8. Runner-up was Ethan Kuczynski, Grade 6 and Ryan Morgans, Grade 6 finished in third place. As school winner, Nico took a written test to determine if he qualifies at the state level. Pictured from left are Ryan Morgans, Nico Agosti and Ethan Kuczynski.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A New Philadelphia man was re-committed to the Schuylkill County prison Tuesday following his day in court before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, on Tuesday.

Brandon Scott Hosier, 27, of 232 Valley St., was scheduled for preliminary hearings before Bayer in two separate cases. He elected to waive his right to those preliminary hearings.