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Friday, April 27, 2012

Ten area residents were among 28 who were qualified by District Attorney Karen M. Burns to be admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD) probation program recently.

The program is for first time offenders to be given a chance to clear their record. If they successfully complete the program their record is wiped clean. However, if the they fail to complete it they can face trial on all the charges filed against them. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Friday, April 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Fairway Motors in Hazleton donated sports equipment to the Tamaqua Area Little League Baseball Association (TALLBA) during their kickoff game. Mayor Chris Morrison threw out the first ball. Bill Angst, who been president of the association since 1996, thanked Fairway Motors for the kind donation. Employees and management with Fairway Chevrolet Motors stated that their company routinely gives to local groups and believes in being involved in the community.

Friday, April 27, 2012

A Carbon County man was among eight persons arrested last week as part of a drug ring that distributed "bath salts" and synthetic marijuana in central Pennsylvania.

Federal authorities claimed the ring operated a $6 million operation in the sale of the illegal drugs. The brand names used in the sales included "Purple Haze Krytonite" and "Bangkok Chill." The ring operated in the Dauphin, Cumberland, Lebanon, Mifflin and Lancaster counties.

A grand jury recommended the charges against the men.

Friday, April 27, 2012
 Larry Neff/special to the times news Fire company personnel free a tractor trailor driver who was trapped in his rig after logs crushed the rear of his cab.

The operator of a logging tractor trailer narrowly escaped death Thursday afternoon after a mishap on the Gangloff Tree farm in East Brunswick Township.

The accident occurred just after 4 p.m. on a steep hillside just off SR443 near the village of Hecla.

The driver was attempting to turn the rig around and the trailer filled with logs rolled onto the rear of the truck tractor.

The weight of the load crushed the rear of the cab, trapping the driver.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members and volunteers with the Sons of the American Legion (S.A.L.) in Tamaqua spent numerous hours over the weekend cleaning both sides of SR209 between Coaldale and Tamaqua. In addition to collecting over 35 bags of trash, they removed many tires and large pieces of construction materials. Volunteers pointed out that they adopted the road over two decades ago and routinely pick up trash throughout the year. They also gave credit for their dedication to Robert Matula, who started the Sons of the American Legion in Tamaqua.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Feed the People will offer a community cafe that provides a free, hot meal for anyone, regardless of place of residence. No registration is required.

On Tuesday, May 1, Feed the People will serve lunch at Trinity Lutheran Church, 104 East Abbott St., Lansford. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

The cafe offers a welcoming atmosphere to meet friends and neighbors, share a cup of coffee or a meal, and share information about what is happening in the community, play some checkers, chess or dominoes.

Volunteers are welcomed.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Members of Boy Scout Troop 82, Lehighton, Zack Zehner, left; Ed Kroboth, unit coordinator; Russell Beltz and Miquel Gonzalez, bag trees that will be distributed to Lehighton Area Middle School students.

Lehighton Shade Tree Commission members had plenty of help this year spreading their tree planting mission.

To start off this year's projects, they enlisted the help of Lehighton Boy Scout Troop 82 to help bag 200 seedlings which were to be presented to Lehighton Area Middle School students to take home to plant.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Panther Valley School District officials are seeking to have all students enrolled on a fulltime basis when the new school year opens in September, George Thear, superintendent, reported.

Thear commended students, teachers and janitors for their role in carrying out changes necessary following the fire which destroyed the Phillip Ginter Junior High School building in Summit Hill on April 13.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Show director Mike Kohlrieser looks up as a black and white lemur jumps on his shoulders.

Touring under the name "Live on Stage, The Rain Forest", the non-profit group is holding shows every day this week in our area. The show consists of comedy routines and various types of live animals. Shows are being held today at the Drums Elementary/Middle School at 7 p.m. and Friday at the S.S. Palmer Elementary School in Palmerton at 6:30 p.m. Children under 3 don't require donations. For more information, visit www.understandingwildlife.org

Thursday, April 26, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS LaRae Hlavaty, left, and her mother Shirley Stein, will be the first mother and daughter to compete in the upcoming Carbon County Senior Games at the same time. Stein, who has competed since 2003, is excited to have her daughter join her on the Lehighton team.

Shirley Stein loves participating in the annual Carbon County Senior Games.

Since she began competing in 2003, the Mahoning Valley woman has helped the Lehighton team continue its 11-year reign, winning over two dozen medals.

But this year is extra special for the 81-year-old Stein because this year, she will be sharing the games with her daughter, LaRae Hlavaty.