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Friday, February 28, 2014

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) issued a reminder on his upcoming Sportsmen's Expo, scheduled for Saturday, March 15, at the Mahoning Valley Volunteer Fire Social Hall, 2358 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton.

The expo is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. and will feature more than 30 vendors ranging from state agencies to local clubs and retailers.

A variety of outdoor sport activities will be featured at this expo.

This year's expo will feature a duck call contest along with calling instructions and door prizes from various vendors.

Friday, February 28, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Ross Smith, a mechanic at Leaser's Garage in Mahoning Township, points out a brake line on a mid-2000 model vehicle that is beginning to corrode as a result of salt.

You know that grayish, brown film that coats your vehicle every winter?

That coating, a mixture of dried road salt, dirt and other materials, is doing more than just making your car look filthy.

It's eating away at your undercarriage, rotting the frame, rusting bolts shut and causing other issues with vehicle performance.

But salt is just one of many issues vehicles face every winter.

Friday, February 28, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Paige Shellhammer, a 10-year-old Lehighton Area Middle School student, cuts the ribbon, officially dedicating a 24-foot DUI trailer that the students of the Carbon County SHINE Career Academy built to area police departments. With her are, from left, Jeanne Miller, director of the SHINE program; Rachel Strucko, coordinator of the Career Academy; Mahoning Township Police Officer Audie Mertz, who also heads the Carbon County DUI Task Force; and John Kovatch III, president and CEO of Kovatch Mobile Equipment, the company that partnered with SHINE for the project.

Fifty Carbon County middle school students can now add engineer to their résumé.

On Thursday, the Carbon County SHINE Career Academy, administered through Lehigh Carbon Community College, presented a 24-foot DUI trailer to the police of Carbon and Schuylkill County Task Forces.

Friday, February 28, 2014

A Tamaqua woman who was caught taking cash from a tax preparer's wallet is free on bail, but must abide by a strict set of rules.

Monica M. Brown, 25, was cited for attempted theft after an employee of H&R Block at 395 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, caught her on Nov. 22, crouched over the employee's purse, with her wallet open and cash in her hand.

The employee grabbed the cash and wallet from Brown who, according to a police report, said she was sorry and left the office.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Panther Valley School Board rejected a bid by the clerical staff of the Panther Valley School District to become unionized.

A roll-call vote was taken to reject an agreement between the clerical workers at Teamsters union Local No. 773 by an 8-0 vote.

Board member Roy Angst abstained from voting, stating he didn't understand the motion.

Had the measure been approved, it would have allowed the Teamsters to be the bargaining agent for the central office secretary, district transportation coordinator, staff accountant, and accounts payable clerk.

In other business:

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Tamaqua Area School District will hold kindergarten registration for the 2014-2015 school year Monday, April 7 through Wednesday, April 9 at the Rush Elementary School, and Thursday, April 10 at the West Penn Elementary School.

Appointments may be made by calling 570-668-3306, beginning March 3, between the hours of 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

Registration packets will be available before March 3, at all three of the district's elementary facilities. Forms are also available at the district's website, www.tamaqua.K12.pa.us.

Friday, February 28, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Lazarus, a red-tail hawk and resident of the Carbon CountyEnvironmental Education Center, is watching from its perch outside the center in Summit Hill. The bird was hit by a car a few years ago and cannot fly due to the injuries it sustained. He has since become the greeter at CCEEC and enjoys watching over the visitors, even during the frigid winter months.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Extensions for a pair of subdivision land development plans in Palmerton have been granted.

On a 5-0 vote Thursday, council granted an extension, with no exceptions, to 555 Delaware Ave., until March 14.

The property the former Bennett Palmerton dealership now houses a Dunkin' Donuts shop, and serves as a medical office for Blue Mountain Health System's new family practice physician, Dr. Syed Zia.

The back end of the site has served as a Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit facility since 2010.

Friday, February 28, 2014

If you see a pothole along a state road, be sure to report it.

Ron Young, district press officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Engineering District 5, said it is important that drivers report potholes so PennDOT knows where they need to fix.

"Callers are asked to be as specific as possible when reporting pothole locations," he said.

"For state routes, callers must report the county, municipality, street name, or preferably the state route (SR) number found on small, black-and-white signs posted along state roadways.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Belligerent car owners who refuse to move their vehicles during a snow emergency could see their wallets take a hit.

Borough council, on a 5-0 vote on Thursday, agreed to advertise for adoption an ordinance that would raise the fee to $25 for fines for removing cars during snow removal.

The current fine is $10.

Councilmen Jason Behler, Richard Nothstein, Kris Hoffner, Councilwoman Holly Sell, and council President Terry Costenbader were in favor. Councilmen Jeremy Barbosa and Michael Ballard were absent.