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Thursday, February 21, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The first grade class at Our Lady of the Angels Academy recently learned about animals and how they are affected by the cold winter weather. As an extension of their lessons, the students created heart-shaped feeders to help feed birds and other small animals that are out looking for food at this time of year. They then hung the feeders on a tree outside of their classroom window so that they could observe the animals enjoying the food. Pictured by their feeders are, front row, from left, Shylah Fenstermaker, Caylen Murray, Elsie Heckman, and Robert Ellis-Williams.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Carbon County municipalities must continue to determine their losses after the earned income tax collector that was hired was removed for not fulfilling its contract.

During the meeting of the Carbon County Tax Collection Committee on Wednesday evening, Attorney Keith Strohl of the Law Offices of Steckel and Stopp, who the committee hired as its lawyer, updated the board on the progress of the claim against Central Tax Bureau of Pennsylvania Inc.'s bond; as well as the transition from Centax to Berkheimer and Associates of Bangor.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
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With one nearby structure already down, the second of several houses on the East side of Jim Thorpe is demolished in preparation for construction of a new Rte 903 replacement bridge across the Lehigh River.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Women, men and children in over 170 countries will gather on Friday, March 1 to celebrate World Day of Prayer. In the Lehighton / Weissport area, a service will be celebrated at the First Presbyterian Church, Third and Mahoning Streets, Lehighton, PA. The service begins at p.m. and is sponsored by Life (Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship). The church is handicapped accessible.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Realignment of the county zoning office was approved by the Schuylkill County commissioners at their work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

The position of a full time zoning officer, which was vacant since the retirement of Carole Syzdek, was not filled and a contract was entered with Alfred Benesch and Company to carry out the duties. Kyle Kehoe, of Saint Clair, a member of the company, will serve as the county zoning officer.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Palmerton Area School District has been reimbursed over $20,000 for several projects that had previously been completed at the high school.

District business manager Diane Serfass informed the school board on Tuesday that Pure Green Consultants LLC, of Taylor, Lackawanna County, was able to secure a rebate through PPL Act 129.

Serfass said the total reimbursement was for $28,829; of that, the district will realize a $20,324 net reimbursement, as $8,500 had to go toward a percentage of rebates that were approved, as well as an application fee.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Students of the Month at Our Lady of the Angels Academy are front row from left: Riley Fenstermaker, Edward Mullen, Micah Lawson and Riley McArdle; and second row: Colin Rehnert, Antonina Zeleniak, Hanna Dowd, Alexus Eschbach and Julia Jurick.

Nine students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, were recently named Students of the Month for December for the 2012-2013 school year. They were selected because they exhibited the virtue of respect.

The following are quotes from each student.

Kindergarten, Micah Lawson: "I have been working hard to listen to the teacher the first time and help my friends."

Grade 1, Riley McArdle: "I was chosen as Student of the Month because I use good manners and try to be polite to everyone. I listen to my teacher in class and treat my friends with respect."

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Carbon County Navy Club will meet on Monday, Feb. 25, starting at 7 p.m. at the VFW Club, E. Center St., Nesquehoning, with Scott Reinhart, in charge.

New members are welcome. All regular and associate members are asked to attend this meeting.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

PPL Electric Utilities will invest nearly $1 billion this year to improve the reliability of the system that delivers power to its nearly 1.4 million customers.

The projected investment of $968 million includes roughly $616 million for transmission projects, and is the largest scale infrastructure investment since the 1960s and 1970s.

About $352 million is earmarked for projects to upgrade the distribution network, which delivers power directly to homes and businesses and includes the poles, wires and substations typically seen along local streets and highways.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Slatington woman has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in what she said was the accidental shooting death of her 19-month-old son last fall.

Holly Pallone, 27, who is formerly of Carbon County having once resided in Summit Hill, told a Lehigh County judge Wednesday that she planned to sell the .44 caliber gun and was trying to unload the weapon when it discharged, hitting Anthony Pallone Jr., who was lying in his crib.

She said she had taken prescription medication before the October shooting and remembers "bits and pieces" of what happened.