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Friday, August 29, 2014

Rep. Rosemary M. Brown, R-189, will host a legislative coffee on the following dates:

Ÿ 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Barrett Township Building, 993 Route 390, Cresco

Ÿ 9-10:30 a.m. Sept. 10, Middle Smithfield Township Building, 147 Municipal Drive, East Stroudsburg

Ÿ 9-10:30 a.m. Oct. 3, Delaware Township Building, 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry.

Brown represents portions of Chestnuthill Township.

Register to attend by calling 570-420-8301.

Friday, August 29, 2014

All summer long, 21-year-old Jamie Turner of Tamaqua wanted a mountain bike.

When he happened to win one last week in the Knights of Columbus raffle to benefit the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society, Turner surprised everyone by donating the prize and returning it to the sponsoring organization.

He said it was no big deal, just a matter of common sense.

The Knights of Columbus plans to donate the bike to the ACS in Turner's name, and hope the bike will go to a child in remission.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Many people will be taking road trips, spending time at the beach and having cook outs this weekend. The American Red Cross offers safety tips to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable time.

"We encourage everyone to take a few simple, safety steps when spending time on the road, at the beach and at cook outs," said Peter M. Brown, Regional CEO. "Start by downloading our free First Aid and Swim apps."

People should also follow these safety tips:

Tips for Safe Travel:

Ÿ Take emergency supplies such as food and water, a flashlight and a first aid kit.

Friday, August 29, 2014

State police at Fern Ridge plan a sobriety checkpoint today through Monday, the Labor Day weekend.

The checkpoint will be somewhere within their patrol area, which is Chestnuthill and Jackson townships in Monroe County, and in Penn Forest Township in Carbon County.

The checkpoint is under the state police Selective Traffic Enforcement Against Drunk Driving initiative. The program is aimed at reducing alcohol-related crashes and impaired driving.

Friday, August 29, 2014

A car going 55 mph will travel the length of a football field in the 4.8 seconds it takes the driver to type the average text message.

And while the car is covering that distance, the driver is looking at his phone instead of the road.

Each year, more than 3,000 teenagers die from crashes caused by texting while driving, and another 300,000 are injured.

Schuylkill County wants to keep people safe on the road. So on Wednesday, commissioners adopted a proclamation aimed at making people aware of the dangers of texting while driving.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Two people facing driving under the influence charges entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Sean A. Higgins, 39, of Summit Hill, was arrested on April 26 along East White Street by Summit Hill police. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.

Matika sentenced him to serve five days to six months in prison, a fine of $300, one-year license suspension, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance on D&A use, and render 25 hours of community service.

Friday, August 29, 2014

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident in which someone caused about $1,000 worth of damages at the Valor Clinic in Polk Township.

Police said the incident was discovered Tuesday at the Major Paul Syverson Memorial Sanctuary, 1130 Scenic Drive, Kunkletown, where the clinic will be housed.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Carbon County Fair took place earlier this month. Here is a partial list of some of the winners. More winners will be published as space permits.

Youth Department Best of Show

Photography Senior: Carissa Troxell

Photography Junior: Sandra Costenbader

Painting Senior: Liana Dages

Painting Junior: Dawson Keiser

Hay and Grain Best of Show

Hay: Ryanne Hoffman

Silage: Carlin Troxell

Straw: Strockoz Farms

Grain and Seed Crops: Ryanne Hoffman

Vegetables Best of Show

Largest pumpkin: Josh Pysher

Friday, August 29, 2014
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Barron (Boots) Hetherington, special adviser to the governor who works for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and is thefair funds administrator, presented a Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Outstanding Fair Ambassador award to Dorothy Davidson, a West End Fair director from Polk Township. He said she had the qualities that describes their 2014 Fair Ambassador because she was frugal, hardworking, conscientious and caring. "She worksendlessly for the fair. If you look for her, you will find her on the grounds, not only fair week, but during the entire year ...

Friday, August 29, 2014

PHILADELPHIA In the summer of 1776, as 33-year-old Thomas Jefferson was writing the first draft of what became the Declaration of Independence, he solicited the thoughts of some colleagues.

He was anxious to hear from Benjamin Franklin, for instance, because of the much older man's "more enlarged view of the subject."

Franklin made minor suggestions, which is why "we hold these truths to be self-evident," as opposed to holding them "sacred and undeniable."

Jefferson could write like a demon; Franklin was a devil of concision.