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Monday, March 25, 2013

Twenty-one people entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court with 10 receiving jail sentences imposed by President Judge Willilam E. Baldwin.

Monday, March 25, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce mingle at its "Business After Hours" networking event held Thursday at Home Solutions Partners in Palmerton.

Meet new clients and make new business connections.

That was the opportunity afforded to those who participated in the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce "Business After Hours" networking event Thursday at Home Solutions Partners in Palmerton.

The event had a solid turnout, as members toured the 11,000 square foot Home Center, at which time they enjoyed food and drinks and networked from inside the impressive two-story showroom.

Those in attendance were entered in a drawing to win a $400 Home Solutions gift certificate.

Monday, March 25, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured is a 1996 Plymouth Breeze that was struck on the driver's side by another vehicle Sunday morning along SR61 in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County. A 6-year-old female from Minersville died of injuries sustained in the crash while two others in the same vehicle were seriously injured.

A 6-year-old girl died and two others were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred about 11:35 a.m. on Sunday along SR61, in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the crash occurred as Victoria Place, 27, of Minersville, driving a 1996 Plymouth Breeze, was exiting the parking lot of Faith Church, while a 17-year-old male from Schuylkill Haven was driving a 2005 Honda Accord southbound at a high rate of speed in the passing lane of SR61.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Somewhere down the road, we're going to be complaining about the heat and humidity, the mosquitoes and other bugs, and about the need to get out an mow the lawn so frequently.

Not yet, though.

For now, we can complain about Ole Man Winter refusing to leave, about more cold weather, and about snow.

Spring arrived on the calendar five days ago, but the calendar obviously doesn't mean the conversion to warmer temps, singing birds, and open convertible tops.

The National Weather Service says one to three inches of snow is expected to fall today.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Passover, the seven-day festival celebrating the Israelites' release and exodus from Egypt, begins this evening at sundown.

Also known as the Festival of Freedom, Passover is the oldest of the Jewish festivals, and probably the best known.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Spring is finally here. What do you look forward to most about this season?

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Created two centuries ago, in 1802, by Emporer Napolean, the Legion of Honor is France's highest distinction, and recognizes exceptional service to France in various fields.

It rewards distinguished military and civil merits, and today rewards the courageous American soldiers, our friends and allies, who helped France fight against the barbarity of the Nazis, and liberate it from its occupied status.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Due to overwhelming demand, outstanding coverage & conditions, and the forecasted snowfall for Monday, Blue Mountain will remain open until Saturday, March 30.

Plus, beginning Monday March 25, all lift tickets will be reduced.

Snowtubing will remain closed for the winter season!

Valley Lodge will remain closed except for restrooms and vending machines.

Valley Learning Center will remain closed; please come up to the Summit Lodge.

You can still get wet and play in the sand this weekend at Blue Mountain.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A Good Friday Fish Dinner will take place at St. John's Church, 826 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton, from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, March 29. A snow date is set for Saturday, March 30.

The meal includes: Batter dipped fish or baked buttered fish, fries, macaroni and cheese with stewed tomatoes, salad, pickled cabbage, dessert, and beverage.

A free will offering will be accepted. For more information call (570) 386-9960.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

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A fire involving an explosion destroyed a two-story residence in Penn Forest Township, Friday afternoon.

The fire happened shortly after 2 p.m. at 44 Sugar Pine Drive in the Marty Axman Development of Penn Forest.

Officials said they haven't determined the cause of the fire, but reports had indicated there was an explosion.

A state police fire marshal will assist local officials in the investigation.