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Saturday, March 30, 2013
Dylan Richards, left, and Sam Evans, students at Mahanoy Area Elementary, work on building a circuit during a recent SHINE class.

The Lehigh Carbon Community College Carbon and Schuylkill SHINE Afterschool program has been helping elementary students in their educations for nearly a decade.

Thousands of children across Carbon and Schuylkill counties have excelled in school because of this specialized program, which has provided students with meaningful educational experiences, positive mentoring relationships, summer home visits, meals and the framework for a successful future through hands-on activities that partner with academic skills.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

John Phillips, Coaldale, is serving as a district supervisor of the Interchange System of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike from Quakertown to Scranton. Phillips served formerly at the temporary interchange at Emerald, near Slatington, that station having been eliminated. Other personnel stationed at the Pocono Interchange includes James V. Bonner, Lansford, senior officer. Serving as tellers are Peter Steber of Lansford and Joseph Boyle of Tamaqua.

Saturday, March 30, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Franklin township fire fighters were called to a dwelling fire Friday afternoon along the 900 block of Hemlock Street. The alarm was sounded at 2:30 p.m. when residents reported a fire in their chimney. A quick response by firemen kept the damage to a minimum and the fire mostly contained to the chimney area. Fire personnel were on the roof using chimney chains to open up the clogged combustible material. Franklin Township fire police maintained traffic control at the scene while Lehighton paramedics stood by at the scene.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Carbon County officials want to start a council of governments to help work on big projects.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, announced that the county, in cooperation with state Sen. John Yudichak's office, will host a meeting to form a council of governments for elected officials in the area. The meeting, which is open to elected officials in all municipalities in the county, will be held at 6:30 p.m., April 23, in courtroom 1, located in the Carbon County Courthouse, Jim Thorpe.

Friday, March 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are Kyle Oliphant, Tim Phillips and Shawn Phillips.

Three Tamaqua emergency service volunteers were in the right place at the right time as they were walking by the rear parking lot of the Majestic House Thursday.

As they passed the lot someone yelled to them that a car was on fire. The three (consisting of Shawn Phillips of the Tamaqua Ambulance, Tim Phillips of Citizens Fire Company, and Kyle Oliphant of the South Ward Fire Company) grabbed fire extinguishers and put out the fire.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Panther Valley school board on Thursday stepped up a disciplinary action against an employee one board member has previously identified as JROTC director Kenneth Markovich.

The employee, identified only as employee #598, was placed on paid administrative leave on Feb. 28. As the board readied to act on the motion, school director Roy Angst shouted out Markovich's name.

Angst had also suggested Kenneth Markovich was the employee in question in his online blog, published at 12:33 a.m. Feb. 27.

Friday, March 29, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The meeting chamber of the Nesquehoning Borough Building is a little brighter after a fresh coat of paint and a mural painted by Maritza-Mendez Reinbold of Lehighton. She appeared at the recent meeting with her husband David to be thanked for her wonderful talent. Here she appears with council president Frank Jacobs. The mural depicts the narrow valley synonymous of Nesquehoning along with an Indian head.

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Mahoning Township Lions Club will be holding its annual Lions Egg Hunt on Saturday at 1p.m. at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance building on Mill Rd. in Lehighton. The event is open to children 0-10 years old.

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Schuylkill County Commissioners rehired an audit firm which had audited the county's financial transactions in past years and approved by the county controller Christy Joy, in action taken at Wednesday's public meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

The firm of Zelenkofske Axelrod (ZA), LLC, of Harrisburg, was hired for three years, 2012, 2013 and 2014, to perform the county's annual single audit under the county code and to perform the tri-annual audit of the 9-1-1 fund. The total cost of the agreement for the three year period is $234,684.