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Monday, February 18, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS One person was taken to the hospital following after sustaining injuries Friday afternoon during a two-vehicle crash along SR54 in Hometown. The accident, which occurred near the Marian Avenue intersection, was scattered with debris. Involved were a red Dodge Nitro and a red Jeep Liberty. Most of the damage was to the rear of the Dodge. Two Marian students were in the Liberty. Both vehicles had to be towed. Responding were Hometown Fire Police and Rush Township Police. No more information was available as of press time.

One person was taken to the hospital after sustaining injuries Friday afternoon during a two-vehicle crash along SR54 in Hometown. The accident, which occurred near the Marian Avenue intersection, was scattered with debris. Involved were a red Dodge Nitro and a red Jeep Liberty. Most of the damage was to the rear of the Dodge. Two Marian students were in the Liberty. Both vehicles had to be towed. Responding were Hometown Fire Police and Rush Township Police. No more information was available as of press time.

Monday, February 18, 2013
Dana Suter and George Chiger were named Queen and King of the 13th annual Pocono Polar Bear Plunge.

Nearly 150 people braved the frigid temperatures on Sunday afternoon to take a plunge in Henning's Pond in Albrightsville.

The parking lot began filling up with participants and spectators by mid-morning for the 1 p.m. start of the 13th annual Pocono Polar Bear Plunge. The costumes of the jumpers ranged from a man dressed like Batman, who wore shocking neon green shorts and boots, to Pippi Longstocking, who donned a red wig with upturned pigtails.

Monday, February 18, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Changes in temperatures, along with the occassional snow fall over the past week, has resulted in very slippery road conditions throughout the area. Pictured are Mahanoy City police helping stranded motorist along SR54 west from Barnesville.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Agricultural Security Areas (ASA) in Carbon County include:

East Penn Twp. 3,867.9 Acres

Mahoning Twp. 1,958.8 Acres

Lower Towamensing Twp. 809.9 Acres

Parryville Borough 589.2 Acres

Franklin Twp. 2,603.6 Acres

Penn Forest Twp. 399.6 Acres

Lehigh Twp. 3,389.3 Acres

Packer Twp. 3,047.0 Acres

Lausanne Twp. 743.0 Acres

Total Acreage 17,408.3 Acres

Official Ag Security Areas are recorded in the Carbon County Recorder of Deeds Office.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe, will hold a free community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. The menu is meatloaf and macaroni and cheese. For additional information, call (570) 325-2241.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Commerce Clause is only sixteen words long, and it provides that Congress shall have the power: "To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes." (Constitution for the United States of America, Article I, § 8, cl. 3.)

There is considerable historical evidence that in the early years of the Union, the word "commerce" was understood to encompass trade, and the intercourse, traffic, or exchange of goods; in short, "the activities of buying and selling that come after production and before the goods come to rest."

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Schuylkill Conservation District handles the administration for the Agricultural Land Preservation Program on behalf of the Schuylkill County Agricultural Land Preservation Board (SCALPB).

Here are the ASAs in Schuylkill County:

Barry Township – 10,481 Acres

East Brunswick Township – 4,511 Acres

Eldred Township – 6,110 Acres

Hegins Township – 5,255 Acres

Hubley Township – 1,829 Acres

Pine Grove Township – 1,626 Acres

Porter Township – 1,362 Acres

South Manheim Township – 2,605 Acres

Union Township – 4,268 Acres

Saturday, February 16, 2013

In January, the Jim Thorpe Area School Board appointed John Ciavarella to fill an opening on the school board. Ciavarella will be finishing the term of the late Thomas Henry.

This week Ciavarella has accepted the appointment and was sworn in to the board.

The members of the school board paid tribute to Henry.

Henry served on the school board for 12 years. He also served as the JT school board representative on the Joint Operating Committee for Carbon Career and Technical Institute.

"Tom will be missed," said board member Pearl Downs-Sheckler.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

It has been three years since the Summit Hill Fire Company located in its newly constructed building.

The heating system still isn't functioning. The exhaust system also needs repairs.

During a meeting of the Summit Hill Borough Council this week, Council President Michael Kokinda remarked, "The heating system at the fire house was repaired and died again."

Firefighter John Poko then remarked about the exhaust system, which is utilized to eliminate exhaust fumes inside the station.

He said members of the fire department had made repairs but they didn't last.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

State Police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a two car crash that killed a 22-year old Auburn woman.

Police reported that the crash occurred when Eric A. Mitchell, 19, of Auburn lost control of his car while heading northbound on Route 183.

Mitchell veered off the east side of the road and overcorrected. The overcorrection caused his car to skid to the left into the oncoming lane where it was struck by a car driven south in the southbound lane by Tina M. Walker, 54, of Fredricksburg, according to police.