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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Proposed legislation to outlaw the possession or sale of a synthetic stimulant known as bath salts is headed to Gov. Tom Corbett's desk to be signed into law.

The state Senate gave the measure its final approval late Wednesday. The state House of representatives on Monday gave the proposed legislation, which also bans synthetic marijuana and synthetic cocaine or heroin, its stamp of approval.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The inmate population at the Carbon County Correctional Facility is continuing to grow.

During the monthly meeting of the county prison board, Warden Joseph Gross explained the general block, which is made up of medium and maximum blocks at the prison is operating at more than 100 percent capacity and nearly a dozen inmates have been moved into the indoor gymnasium, which has been transformed into a temporary housing block for those inmates.

The current overall inmate population at the 172-bed facility, located on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning, is 151.

Thursday, June 16, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Area students who visited the Jim Thorpe National Bank as part of "Community Banking Week" are, from left to right: Ryan Taras, Panther Valley; Zoe David, SS Peter & Paul; Alexandra Kennedy, Panther Valley; Sarah Newton, St. Joseph Regional Academy; Nathan Fields, Jim Thorpe; Joseph Letcher, Marian; "CEO for the day," Kirkland Breiner, Lehighton; Nick Sully, St. Joseph Regional Academy; Anna Marie Fiducia, Jim Thorpe; Emily Clewell, Panther Valley; John Owens, Panther Valley; Kelsey Andrews, Lehighton; Ryan Andrews, SS Peter & Paul; and Rebecca Hartman, Marian.

As part of "Community Banking Week", the Jim Thorpe National Bank (JTNB) hosted area school students who were selected by their schools based on their academic achievements.

Each student received a $25 monetary award and a framed document honoring their achievements.

The students were also treated to a personal tour of JTNB's office and banking facilities concluding with a meal, courtesy of JTNB, on the deck at Molly Maguires Pub & Steakhouse.

One student, Kirkland Breiner, was randomly chosen to be CEO for a day.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Polycythemia vera (PV) is a blood disease in which the bone marrow makes too many red blood cells, causing the thickening of blood.

PV usually takes years to develop. Most people are diagnosed with PV later in life, most often around age 60 or older.

People with PV might experience headaches, tiredness and shortness of breath. They are also at risk of getting blood clots, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Thursday, June 16, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among those on hand for the joint luncheon meeting between the Palmerton Chamber of Commerce and Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce were (l-r) Jason Breidinger, president, GNLCC, Ken Nicholson, zoning code enforcement officer, North Whitehall Township, Michael Wentz, grant coordinator, Walnutport Borough, Ellie Passman-Hock, Lehigh Valley Chamber, Annette Lacko, secretary, Walnutport Borough, Walter Niedermeyer, mayor, Slatington Borough, Rodger Danielson, Palmerton Borough Manager, Alice Rehrig, Lehigh Township Manager/secretary/treasurer, Gerald Phillips, supervisor, Washington Township, and Peter Kern, president, Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Changes that affect one municipality can have a trickle-down effect on its neighbors.

It is with that very thought in mind that a joint luncheon was held between the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce Tuesday at the American Legion, Allen O. Delke post -16, in Slatington.

At that time, representatives from six municipalities – Palmerton Borough, Slatington Borough, Walnutport Borough, Washington Township, Lehigh Township and North Whitehall Township – gathered to provide municipal updates on future projects.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Polycythemia Vera (PV) Community Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting tonight to provide updates on investigations related to PV in communities in and around Tamaqua.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A 22-year-old Parryville woman, who says she is pregnant with a child from a 16-year-old boy, is facing court charges.

Elizabeth Gail VanHorn allegedly had sexual relations with the boy for the past 14 months when the boy was 14.

She has been charged by state police with statutory sexual assault, indecent assault, and harassment.

She was arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe and freed on 10 percent bail. The bail was set at $25,000.

Detective Lee Marzen of the Jim Thorpe Police Department is the investigating officer.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A good samaritan had a gun pointed at him and was robbed, according to state police at Schuylkill Haven.

Troopers said Jordan Berg, 22, of New Ringgold, was driving along SR61 southbound in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County, about 3 p.m. on Monday, June 13, when he stopped at a disabled Chevrolet Blazer along the southbound side of the road to offer assistance.

The Blazer was stopped near Fessler's USA in Deer Lake, troopers said.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
TIMES NEWS file photo School officials will be awarding a bid to demolish the old industrial building near the football stadium in Lansford.

The Panther Valley School Board wants to tear down the deteriorating old industrial building next to its football stadium in Lansford, and eight companies are vying for the job.

School officials opened the bids on Monday and expect to award the project to the lowest responsible bidder when the board meets at 7 p.m. June 23, said business manager Kenneth R. Marx Jr.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Carol Zickler/special to the times news

Speaking at the recent Nesquehoning Memorial Day service were left to right Walter Breiner, VFW commander; Amanda Breiner, VFW Auxiliary president; main speaker Brian Sommers; Thomas McKeever, and Ed Coll, president of American Legion Post 172.