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Thursday, March 28, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS With the Firefly Trout Hatchery runways as background, Rep. Doyle Heffley announced that he will introduce House Bill 798 to hold Pennsylvania Fish & Boat commissioners more accountable to the public through the appointment and confirmation process. From left, Kirk Cressley, who with his wife Denise owns the Firefly Trout Hatchery, Rep. Heffley and Marcia Hahn (138th Legislative District, R-Northampton).

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon County) sees the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commissioners as lacking in accountability principally because their appointment to a single eight-year term isolates them from legislative oversight.

Heffley, a member of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, announced that he is introducing legislation, House Bill 798, which would reduce the length of the term of service from eight years to four years for the board of commissioners of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Two men arrested and charged with operating a methamphetamine lab in Lehighton have waived their preliminary hearings.

Todd Stephen Greene, 38, of 400 Mahoning St., Lehighton, and Floyd Warren Michael, 27, of 411 Gypsy Hill Gardens, remain in Carbon County Prison; Green in lieu of $150,000 bail and Michael in lieu of $75,000 bail.

The duo was scheduled to have a hearing before District Judge Edward Lewis but opted to have the charges forwarded to Carbon County Court.

Thursday, March 28, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Robert Marouchoc, Nesquehoning councilman (second from left) presents a plaque of honor to Nesquehoning Hose Company #1 members for their unending training when they secured their new aerial truck. From the left are Shawn McArdle, Lt.; Marouchoc; John McArdle, fire chief; and Matt Miller, assistant chief and vice president of the fire company.

Two employees of the Nesquehoning Borough have been hired in other capacities. Matt Miller will work on the borough's street department as a truck driver, He previously worked as the sanitation department's picker. Leonard Michlovsky, who worked as a part time sanitation picker, was moved to full time employee.

With that hiring comes the retirement of Michael Kravelk as the sanitation department's truck driver. He will officially end his duties on Thursday, April 28.

Thursday, March 28, 2013
 From left, Canadians Rosanne, Felicia and Rita Donahoe were stranded in Tamaqua Tuesday and Wednesday after a harrowing vehicle breakdown on I-81.

Three members of a Canadian family are in a mode of gratitude after surviving a nerve-racking experience Tuesday evening along Interstate 81 north of Tamaqua.

"I was terrified," said a relieved Rita Donahoe on Wednesday, one day after avoiding catastrophe when her vehicle malfunctioned at a construction zone during a time of heavy tractor-trailer traffic.

It all took place during what was supposed to be an enjoyable family excursion.

Thursday, March 28, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Discussing potential train rides between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe are members of the Lehighton Economic Development committee, from left, borough council members George Kogut and Scott Rehrig; Kathy Henderson, representing the Carbon County Board of Realtors; and Lehighton borough manager Nicole Beckett.

Some day, if plans materialize as they're being discussed, there could be trains traveling between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe.

Or, in a revival of a service from a previous generation, there could even be passenger train service between Lehighton and Allentown.

Such potential rail service was among the topics discussed during an economic development meeting coordinated by Lehighton Borough Council member George Kogut.

The concept was also mentioned during a meeting this week of Lehighton Borough Council.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Shepherd House, Inc., is a food pantry system serving Carbon County in nine food pantries located throughout the county. The goal of Shepherd House Inc. is to continue to distribute emergency food supplies to the needy in Carbon County.

This worthwhile and important resource has been in existence for the past 29 years due to the efforts of hardworking volunteers and by way of funding them state government grants and the Carbon County United Way. In February, 2013, the pantries served a total of 1,004 households which included a total of 1,397 adults, 736 children and 429 elderly.

Thursday, March 28, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Harold Biechy and son, Harold Ryan Biechy, Saylorsburg, enjoy some bunny time with theEaster Bunny at Ross Township's Easter Egg Hunt held at the VanBuskirk/Haney Park. It was estimated there were around 200 children from ages under three to 10 years old for this growing event.

Thursday, March 28, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Slatington Fire Department and other first response teams gather outside the George L. Dilliard Manor in Slatington Wednesday morning after a hot water heater malfunctioned. In all, 18 apartment units were evacuated. No injuries were reported.

A circuit breaker caught fire, causing a public housing apartment complex in Slatington to be evacuated yesterday morning.

The incident occurred around 10 a.m. Wednesday when a hot water heater malfunctioned and short circuited, which caused a circuit breaker to catch fire in one apartment in the west wing of the fifth floor inside the George L. Dilliard Manor at 425 Kuntz St.

Slatington Fire Chief Keith Weaver said 18 units were evacuated for about an hour. No injuries were reported, Weaver said.

Thursday, March 28, 2013
MIKE HROMYAK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area Middle School Principal Christopher Czpala has announced the students who have been named the most recent Students of the Month. Earning the honor in February were: Tanner MvcHugh, eighth grade; Ahmere Tilghman, sixth grade; Thaddaeus Zuber, seventh grade; Madison Matsago, seventh grade; and Zoe Snyder, eighth grade. Missing from the photo is Meghan McArdle, sixth grade.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A couple who obtained painkillers illegally at an area hospital and pharmacy, was among 27 defendants in pending cases to enter guilty pleas on Tuesday before Carbon County Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Various counts

James Richard Jones, 33, and his girlfriend, Naomi Turner Ellison, 30, both of Lehighton, entered guilty pleas to several counts.

Ellison pleaded to two counts of theft by deception and one of criminal conspiracy-acquiring or obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. The pleas cover three pending cases.