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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Drug Free Pennsylvania are launching a statewide contest for middle and high school students.

The seventh annual contest, "Sound Off! A Drug Prevention Public Service Announcement Contest," will provide an opportunity for youth to send a positive message to their peers and communities that drugs and alcohol do not have to be part of their activities.

The theme of this year's contest is: "Why Say No? Join the Conversation Against Substance Abuse."

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

This Christmas season we'd like to highlight our angels in the region.

We're looking for those people who give selflessly to help others. We're looking for those individuals who don't often get recognized. They are not presidents of organizations or business leaders. They are regular people who consistently help others.

Have someone in mind? Tell us about the person.

Send nominations to tneditor@tnonline.com or call Marta Gouger at 610-377-2051, ext. 3141.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Due to the upcoming holidays, the Carbon County Navy Club will hold a short meeting at 7 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 16, at the Nesquehoning VFW, 300 E. Center St., followed by light refreshments and a show and tell about Navy experiences.

The club asks that members bring cruise books, photos or souvenirs of their travels with the Navy.

New members and associate members are welcome to attend and applications will be available. Anyone 18 and older who was in a waterborne military branch can join the club; while Army and Air Corp are welcome to become associate members.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Students in many area schools got another early Christmas present today in the form of a second snow day.

All school districts in Carbon County, as well as Pleasant Valley School District in Monroe were closed as of 6:30 this morning, while Tamaqua Area closed its elementary schools and will be dismissing the middle school and high school at 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Do you set up a nice light display outside your home for Christmas? We'd love to hear from you.

Send us a photo with a description of your display. Include your name, address and contact information. Email photos to tneditor@tnonline.com or mail them to Marta Gouger, Times News, 594 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive West, Lehighton, Pa. 18235.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Carbon County man was placed on probation for a year on Monday after previously pleading guilty to a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Rafael Antonio Falcon, 33, of Nesquehoning, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika. Matika also ordered Falcon to supply a DNA sample, pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation.

He was arrested on June 25 by agents of the state Attorney General's office after making a sale to a confidential informant along Railroad St., in Nesquehoning.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
BOB FORD/times news Snow falls on a bridge that spans the Mahoning Creek in Baer Memorial Park in Lehighton this morning.

Motorists were prepared for another day of tricky travel, as a second storm pushes through the region today.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory until 5 p.m. today because "heavy snowfall" was expected. A total of two to four inches was forecast for much of the coverage area, with slightly higher totals possible in the elevations.

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has upheld the conviction and sentence in a Carbon County murder case.

The three-judge panel of the court ruled that Ernest Troy Freeby, 37, of Lansford, got a fair trial and that the sentence of life without parole was appropriate.

Monday, December 9, 2013

One person was injured and three people were left homeless as a result of a fast moving fire in Middleport Saturday night. The fire occurred shortly before midnight at the home of Richard Stephens, 210 Winfield Drive. Stephens, his wife, and her son, who suffered minor burns to his hand, are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

Firefighters spent an hour bringing the blaze under control but were unable to save the Stephens home, which suffered extensive interior damage. The cause of the fire will be investigated by a state police fire marshall.

Monday, December 9, 2013

A Weatherly man, charged by borough police with neglect of his 8-month-old son, waived all charges to the county court last week.

Michael S. Pringle, 30, appeared before District Judge Joseph Homanko, of Weatherly, for a preliminary hearing on charges of endangering the welfare of children, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and harassment. He waived his right to a hearing and had all the charges certified to court.

Weatherly police charged Pringle on Nov. 21 after his son was found with bruising and evidence of not being properly cared for.