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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Family Promise, a program that aims to shelter homeless families in Carbon County through the help of local churches, will soon be operational. The goal is to help families with children who recently lost their homes due to conditions beyond their control. The not-for-profit organization is now looking for area businesses who would like to become Familiy Promise Business Sponsors. Pictured stuffing envelopes for the sponsor drive are, from left, Christy Kroboth, Kelly Heffley, the Rev. Nancy Moore, Connie Strohl, Tina Dowd and Larissa Kimmel.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
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Lisa Dart, second from left, director of the Carbon County Bureau of Election, reviews Carbon election results at the conclusion of voting last night with, l-r, Charles Wildoner of the Election Board, clerk Jane Krebs, and election board members Lee Becker and Gabe Fritz. Dart said Carbon's election was run without any major problems.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Incumbents and former members of the Weatherly Area school board won their parties' nominations to five 4-year terms and one 2-year term.

Total Democratic votes for the 4-year terms were: Incumbent Georgeann R. Herling, 209; incumbent Edward "Skip" Snyder, 205; former board member Gerard Grega, 197; incumbent Thomas D. Russell, 185; incumbent Girard A. Fewins Sr., 155, and incumbent Amy L. Potsko, 144, according to unofficial returns. There was one write-in vote.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

An incumbent and a newcomer won nomination to five 4-year terms and an incumbent took the nomination to one 2-year term on the Jim Thorpe School board.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

There will be a Fish for Free Day from 9-12 p.m. Monday May 30 at the program shelter in Locust Lake State Park. No fishing license is needed to fish on this day; however, all other regulations apply.

Some fishing poles and tackle will be available.

A Pa. Fish and Boat Commission officer and the park naturalist will be on hand for instruction.

A demonstration on filleting and frying fish will follow. Bring your own bait.

For more information, call Robin at (570) 467-2506. Shine only.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

This week, an alternative budget proposal that restores $580 million to basic and higher education funding was introduced and approved by the House Appropriations Committee. The budget plan would maintain the governor's proposed spending number of $27.3 billion and contains no tax increases.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Of three magisterial races in Carbon County, there was competition in just one.

That was in the Palmerton area which covers Palmerton, Towamensing Township, Parryville, Franklin Township, Weissport, and other municipalities.

Four individuals cross-filed and sought the position being created by the retirement of Bruce Appleton of Parryville.

Emerging victorious on both sides of the ballot by a comfortable margin was Bill Kissner, a detective/sergeant supervising the special operations/vice unit of the Bethlehem Police Department.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Jim Thorpe Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Albright Restaurant, 66 Broadway, Jim Thorpe. The meeting will be held upstairs at the restaurant. Street parking is free in the evening. All members encouraged to attend.This meeting will have lots of valuable discussion and everyone's input is important.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

With graduation and prom season under way and summer vacation fast approaching, PennDOT reminds young drivers to avoid distractions and focus their full attention on the road.

"It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of the season, but a moment of distraction or carelessness behind the wheel can have permanent and tragic consequences," said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch, P.E.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

An incumbent and a newcomer were the top vote-getter for nominations to seats on the Lehighton Area School District board of directors.

All of the candidates cross-filed for the Primary election.

Total Democratic votes: Incumbent Wayne W. Wentz, 937 votes; Rocky C. Ahner, 891 votes; incumbent Andrew Yenser, 804; incumbent Larry E. Stern, 746; Thomas A. Zimmerman IV, 725, and incumbent Jack Finnegan, 540 votes. There were also 76 Democratic write-in votes, according to unofficial tallies.

For a 2-year term, 37 Democratic write-in votes.