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Friday, February 21, 2014
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Marian Catholic High School's FBLA chapter participated in the Region 23 Conference held Dec. 16 at Susquehanna University. Marian had 40 students participate in the conference, which included various workshops and a vote for candidates for the 2014-2015 regional office. Faith BeFano, a Marian student, was elected co-president.

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Northern Lehigh Senior High School honor roll for the second marking period of the 2013-2014 school year has been announced by Robert Vlasaty, principal.

Principal's list

Friday, February 21, 2014

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane and Hazleton Chief of Police Frank V. DeAndrea Jr. Thursday announced the successes of the Mobile Street Crimes Unit in Hazleton, which include over 100 arrests and approximately 35,000 packets of heroin seized.

In the last three days, agents have made 30 arrests and seized 9,060 packets of heroin as a part of "Operation Rising Star."

With a population of 33,000 but only 38 police officers, Kane deployed the Mobile Street Crimes Unit (known as X-IMPACT) to Hazleton in September to assist the Hazleton City Police Department.

Friday, February 21, 2014
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS This car parked on Franklin Street in Weissport has not been moved for several snow storms. The license plate notes it has not been registered since 2012.

Weissport Council members on Tuesday listened to a complaint from a borough resident, who said that because the alley wasn't plowed five families did not have their garbage picked up.

The resident said while most people have garbage picked up in the front of their homes, these families were asked to put their trash in the alley as to not detract from the appearance of businesses on Bridge Street. He also noted that the alley is now open because he paid a private plow truck to open the alley.

"We need to reimburse you for that," said Sue Pywar, vice president of council.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Carbon County dog owners are reminded to purchase a 2014 dog license.

The state law requires that all dogs three months or older must be licensed annually. Failure to do so is a summary offense and could result in a maximum fine of $300 for each unlicensed dog.

"Dogs are an important part of our families," said Ronald Sheehan, Carbon County treasurer. "If your dog gets lost, its best chance to make it home safely is to be properly licensed."

Friday, February 21, 2014

Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) announced his offices have forms for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate program.

The income eligibility level for the Property Tax Rebate Program is $35,000 a year, excluding half of Social Security income, and the maximum rebate is $650, but the supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Carbon County officials made a number of appointments and personnel moves during their recent meeting.

On Thursday, the board voted on the following actions:

Appointments

Ÿ Accept the resignation of Nick Krutz of Wilkes-Barre on the AAA Advisory Board, effective Jan. 31.

Ÿ Appoint Guy Lounge of Wilkes-Barre as the community representative for the AAA Advisory Board. This fills the unexpired term created with Krutz's resignation. It expires June 30, 2015.

Friday, February 21, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Firefighters from various municipalities were on scene at a fire in Lehigh Township Thursday morning that gutted a mobile home along Riverview Drive near Walnutport.

A man has been hospitalized after sustaining burns from a fire that gutted his mobile home near Walnutport Thursday morning.

Firefighters were dispatched to the home at 1183 Riverview Drive at around 9:38 a.m., according to Lehigh Township fire Chief Rich Hildebrand Jr.

Hildebrand said he was driving through Walnutport when he saw a large column of black smoke. Upon his arrival, Hildebrand said he found a "gentleman walking from the woods, and he stated his trailer was on fire."

Friday, February 21, 2014

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a county prison term Thursday while others who previously entered guilty pleas were also sentenced.

A total of five persons appeared before Judge Joseph J. Matika for sentencing.

Mahoning incident

Holly Marie Koch, 21, of Lehighton, was sentenced to serve six to 18 months in prison on a charge of receiving stolen property. A charge of retail theft was dropped in a plea bargain.

She was arrested by Mahoning Township police for an incident at the Wal-Mart store on Nov. 1, 2013, in which $596 worth of merchandise was taken.

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Shingles Vaccine Clinic will take place from 10 a.m. until noon Friday, March 7 at the Lehighton Senior Center, 243 S. Eighth St., Lehighton. If you were registered for the clinic postponed from Feb. 14, or would like to confirm or cancel a previous registration, call the Department of Health at 570-325-6106.

If you had the chickenpox as a child, you could be the one in every three Americans who will experience shingles.