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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.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Carbon County Friends of Animals will hold a rabies clinic on Sunday, March 20, at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall skating rink from noon until 3 p.m. The skating rink is located on the lower level of the hall, located at 10th and Fern streets, Jim Thorpe.

Also available during the clinic will be distemper vaccinations, heartworm and Lyme disease testing, and FIV/FeLV testing. Dr. Karen Hess will be providing the vaccinations.

All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a pet carrier, or they will be turned away. Carriers are available upon request. No early birds please.

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Kiss me! I'm Irish!

These big Irish eyes of Zak Dolan are definitely smiling. He is the 8-1/2-month-old Grandest Kid of Sue Dolan. His great-grandmother is Betty Dolan and proud mom is Erica Dolan of Tamaqua. He wishes everyone a "Happy St. Patrick's Day."

Thursday, March 17, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe Area High School students prepared and presented projects and findings to a panel of expert judges at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science regional competition which was held in Easton. The JTAHS winners are, left to right : Catherine Condly, 2nd place; Mary Slack, 1st place; Adrian Brady, 2nd place; Alyssa Dachowicz, 1st place; Brandon Huffman, 2nd place; Haley Cope, 2nd place; Austin Faylor, 3rd place; Lindsey Capper, 2nd place; Alex Haggerty, 1st place; Elizabeth Strauss, 2nd place; Adam Dachowicz, 1st place; Thomas Smyth, 1st place; Frank Sparacio, 2nd place; Mr.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Fourth Annual Hunter Meckes Memorial Soccer Tournament will be held Sunday, April 17 at the Lehighton Area High School soccer fields. The event starts at 9 a.m. U-9 to U-18 teams will be playing. D.J. Larry will be spinning tunes and there refreshments by Jim Thorpe Girls Soccer Club. There will also be a bake sale. Proceeds from the basket event will be donated to Hunter Wolfe, who has leukemia, to help with his medical expenses.