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Saturday, March 19, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS The 2011 appointed Carbon County Election Board members, from left, Gabriel A. Fritz, Charles E. Wildoner, and Lee G. Becker, get ready to cast lots for the primary election.

The lots have been cast in Carbon County.

On Thursday afternoon, the appointed Carbon County Election Board members drew lots to determine the position of the candidates on the ballots for the upcoming May primary election.

Lisa Dart, the county director of elections, explained the process to Charles E. Wildoner, Lee G. Becker, and Gabriel A. Fritz, the current election board, prior to beginning the casting of lots.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Rush Township board of supervisors announced that a Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in the township municipal building, 104 Mahanoy Avenue, on Tuesday, April 5, from 1 to 6 p.m.

Additionally, the township bicentennial committee welcomes all interested persons to attend their next meeting on Wednesday, April 13, at 6 p.m.

The board also gratefully acknowledged the receipt of two floral arrangements in commemoration of the bicentennial. One was sent from Guy's Flowers in Hometown, the other from Marian High School.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Carbon County officials are urging educators to teach children about gun safety.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to adopt a resolution urging "school districts and local law enforcement agencies to teach the National Rifle Association's Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program to the children in Carbon County in an effort to save lives by showing children that guns are not toys."

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Once uponce a time, some people in England got tired of religious persecution, having their homes raided and being imprisoned. So they fled to the Netherlands, where everybody knows, anything goes. And that was back in 1609!

They lived there for a few years but when their children started talking Dutch, (vell, vhat's vrong about dat? you might ask) and marrying some Dutchmen, they decided to head out of Dodge. Well, actually Leiden.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Carbon Career and Technical Institute's proposed budget for 2011-2012 was passed this week as all five county school districts approved the proposed budget.

The five Carbon County school districts – Lehighton, Panther Valley, Palmerton, Jim Thorpe and Weatherly – have an active share in the CCTI budget but only four out of the five school districts needed to pass the budget for it to be confirmed.

The total budget expenditures for 2011-2012 were proposed at $6,929,806. That represents an increase in next year's overall budget of about $228,000 or 3.7 percent.

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Graphic by David W. Rowe

Local school officials are scrambling to figure out how they would make ends meet if Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed $23.7 billion state budget, which would drastically cut education funding, is adopted as-is on July 1.

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Darryl Arner, Lehighton representative on the Central Carbon County Comprehensive Plan planning committee proudly points out that Lehighton was selected as the "urban hub" in the area.

Members of the Central Carbon Regional Plan Committee are continuing their work on a comprehensive plan to provide a framework for the communities to achieve various goals over the next 10 years.

The next step of the board was to revise the chapter on existing condition and then discuss the final draft document.

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Betteanne Kosciolek, Lake Hauto - "I usually give up ice cream. I've been giving it up since I was a little kid. I love ice cream. I actually think people should do something for someone else instead of giving something up."

Do you fast for Lent? If so, what do you fast on?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Rush Township Police responded to two motor vehicle accidents on March 16.

At 3:15 p.m. a 1998 Pontiac driven by Christine Reeves, 39, of Lehighton, was attempting to exit the parking lot of the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation onto SR54 and struck a 2008 Volkswagen driven by Raeanne Whitaker, 44, Lehighton, which was traveling east on 54. Reeves stated she did not see the Whitaker vehicle, police said. There were no injuries reported. Whitaker's vehicle was towed from the scene.

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News This falling tree is blamed for a freak accident that injured two bikers in Lynn Township, Lehigh County Friday.

Two bikers were injured Friday afternoon in a freak accident along SR309 in Lynn Township, Lehigh County.

The crash occurred just after 2 p.m. as the two were operating their motorcycles south descending the south side of the Blue Mountain. As they were riding in the far right lane a large dead tree fell from the right berm, laying over the guard rail onto the roadway.