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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Charges are pending against a Lehigh County man who allegedly was intoxicated when he crashed into a Washington Township eatery over the weekend.

Ned Walsh, 53, of Schnecksville, was speeding south on Route 873 at 1:09 a.m. Sunday when he reached a sharp turn and lost control, sending his car through the parking lot before it crashed into the front entrance of the Country View Diner and Family Restaurant, according to state police at Fogelsville.

Walsh then fled the scene, heading southwest on Oakwood Lane for about two miles and parked, police say.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The current issue of the Reader's Digest, in a story condensed from the National Civic Review by James N. Miller, tells the story of the former Carbon County Board of Commissioners for having called upon the Pennsylvania Economy League for counsel in operating the county government. The story, "How To Watchdog A Town Budget," tells how in a small town government, administered by amateurs, spending is big, taxes are rising fast, and waste is often great.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A McAdoo man was one of six defendants who had their parole or probation revoked after hearings held in Schuylkill County court.

Michael Jay Brodie, 27, of 123 W. Blaine St., had his probation revoked by Judge Charles M. Miller and was re-sentenced on a charge of terroristic threats to serve one to two years in a state correctional facility with credit for serving 124 days in the county prison.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

After many years of taking legal steps against a local business owner, East Penn Township supervisors are ready to take physical steps, they said during a meeting Monday.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS During its long life span, the nurses' residence, which is currently being demolished, also served as a temporary hospital during construction of the "new" hospital. Pictured in the background is the six-story St. Luke's Hospital Miners Campus in Coaldale.

Contractors have begun demolition of the old nurses' residence located on the property of St. Luke's Hospital Miners Campus in Coaldale.

The decision was made to raze the structure after an intense investigation into options to save the building.

Surviving almost 80 years, the large structure stood to the eastern rear of the present hospital building. It served the hospital from 1934 to 1973.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett's Department of Health wants to close nearly half of Pennsylvania's 60 health centers - including one in Carbon County - and lay off some nurses as part of an effort to save money and improve the way the state handles its public health duties, officials said.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The 9th annual Lehighton Community Book Swap will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Lehighton Area Middle School. The event is coordinated by a committee chaired by Ron Rabenold and is sponsored by the Lehighton Area Education Association, Pennsylvania State Education Association and National Education Association.

For this event, students and adults in the community are able to swap a book they've read for another good read.

Students are invited to drop off books to their classroom teachers and receive a ticket for the number of books they may take on March 15.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Wind gusts upto 18 miles per hour hit parts of our area Monday. Pictured is Old Glory flying in front of the Tamaqua Senior High School.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

An indigent transient from New Jersey, who lived in the area only 10 months, went on trial Monday in Schuylkill County Court charged with the brutal murder of a Mahanoy City man in his home while committing a burglary.

Jarvin M. Huggins, 19, who rented a room at the White Owl boarding house in Mahanoy Township, is charged with criminal homicide, burglary, robbery, aggravated assault, criminal trespass, theft, and unauthorized use of a vehicle for the brutal slaying of Gene M. Slavinsky, 48, at his home at 48 W. Centre St.