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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The St Jerome Regional School held its Second Annual 5 K Run/Walk in Hometown on Saturday. The course, which starting and ending at the Marian High School track field, winded its way through parts of Hometown and Barnesville. St Jerome teacher Mary Dakosty stated the run/walk is held to promote healthy forms of fundraising. Dakosty also stated her high appreciation for all the volunteers, Marian High School, Hometown Fire Police and community sponsors for making their second annual run/walk a success.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Members of Boy Scout Troop 82, Lehighton, planted four trees in Lehighton in celebration of Arbor Day. From left are, Scot Wingert, scoutmaster; Ed Kroboth, assistant scoutmaster; and Zach Zehner, Nick Kern, and Jacob Hoffner.

One of the trees planted in the upper borough park in Lehighton on Saturday as part of Arbor Day celebration was already showing pink buds, which will help beautify the upper park, noted Mark Hoffman, chairman of the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission. In all, five trees were planted in various locations in Lehighton.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mahoning Township resident Todd D. Koller is announcing his candidacy for the office of Recorder of Deeds.

Todd is employed by Petro fuel company in Reading for the past 23 years.

He is a graduate of Fleetwood Area High School. He attended Berks Real Estate Institute and successfully acquired his Pennsylvania Real Estate license.

Todd attended and successfully completed tax accounting courses with H&R Block.

He has over 20 years of business experience in a family owned and operated bar restaurant business.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Judge James C. McCready this afternoon gave the approval of he Carbon County Court to the petition of the County Commissioners to purchase the former Hooven Mercantile Building at 41 Susquehanna Street, Jim Thorpe, at a price of $10,000. The three-story structure is being purchased from Vincent D. McFadden, local real estate agent who represents the Focht Estate, the present owner. Commissioner John A. Marzen said the first floor will be used to store about 40 automatic voting machines. The second floor will house offices of County Superintendent of Schools Stuart E. Prutzman.

Monday, May 2, 2011

The next Polk Township Crime Watch meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 4 at the Polk Township Municipal Building located on Polk Township Rd. at 7 p.m. All Polk Township residents are encouraged to attend.

Monday, May 2, 2011

A Tuscarora woman was among six people who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin.

Monday, May 2, 2011

A Coaldale man was one of 11 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes recently.

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency will conduct a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course in May. The course is scheduled for May 9, 16, and 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Carbon EMA in Nesquehoning.

To pre-register for this course, or if you have any questions regarding CERT, call the EMA at (570) 325-3097.

Monday, May 2, 2011

At least 99 percent of the time, the front page of the TIMES NEWS is devoted entirely to local news. The local news is what readers expect from us. It's what we're about.

Today though, our top stories have Associated Press datelines. But we consider these stories as local news also, even though the event we're reporting on happened half way around the world.

This is a local story because it affects every man, woman and child in these United States.

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Tamaqua Street Department will continue its Spring cleaning of the borough's streets this week. Sweeping on Thursdays and Fridays will continue to have a start time of 5 a.m.in an effort to minimize traffic disruptions on the borough's Mani streets, with all other days' operations scheduled to begin at 7 a.m.

This week's schedule will include: Tuesday, Columbia, East End Ave. to Mountain Ave.; Elizabeth, East End Ave. to Mountain Ave.; Riley Ave., Market to end; Mahanoy, Hunter to Coal; Rose, Pine to Lincoln; Vine, Pine to Lincoln.