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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Tuesday in the county court after previously pleading guilty to drug dealing. He was one of five defendants who entered guilty pleas in prior proceedings to be sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Thorpe incident

Earl A. Eldridge, 32, of Jim Thorpe, was sentenced to serve 18 to 48 months in a state prison on a single count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

According to the Pocono District of Penn State Extension, a "Technology Tuesdays: Feed Storage and Handling System Design" free online workshop designed for dairy producers, their employees and advisers will be held on March 26, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Feed is a large expense for the dairy operation. The storage and handling of that feed is critical to getting the most production out of that feed.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Carbon County man who was found guilty earlier this year of a drug count by a jury was sentenced Tuesday in the county court.

Donato Anthony Farole, 23, of Lehighton, was placed on probation for a year on a charge of possession of a controlled substance by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Farole was found not guilty by a county jury of more serious charges of two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. The verdict was reached following a two-day trial in January.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Carbon County officials are preparing for the upcoming primary election.

During the monthly meeting of the county election board last week, Lisa Dart, director of the Office of Elections, reported to the board that two issues regarding a voting machine; as well as training for poll workers, have been discussed and mitigated.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Raymond J. Kinder

For about 50 years, there's been an employee of the Tamaqua School District named Raymond Kinder. During a meeting Tuesday the district's school board voted to continue that tradition, extending Assistant Superintendent Raymond J. Kinder's existing contract for five more years, effective Feb. 18.

Kinder's career began in Tamaqua when he was hired as a health/physical education teacher in 1994. He became assistant principal of the high school in 1999, high school principal in 2001, and has been assistant superintendent since 2008.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The petition-filing period for those wanting to run for public offices in Carbon County and its municipalities ended on Tuesday, March 12, when scores of residents rushed to meet the state-designated deadline.

In order to run for office, persons wanting to have their names placed on the ballot were required to obtain signatures from registered voters in either the Democratic and Republican parties in the political subdivision in which they are seeking office.

The election process will begin with the municipal Primary Election on Tuesday, May 21.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The "Purple Man" juggles with relative ease at the Relay For Life of Lower Carbon County and Surrounding Areas Power of Purple kick-off celebration held recently in the Lehighton Middle School cafeteria.

They're purple, pumped and primed to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

Indeed, positivity permeated from inside the Lehighton Middle School cafeteria as part of a recent Power of Purple kick-off celebration.

The 12th annual Relay For Life of Lower Carbon County and Surrounding Areas will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Lehighton Football Stadium. Admission and parking are free.

Event chair Cheryl Haas said the theme of this year's Relay is "Carnival for a Cure".

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The beautifully-renovated Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe came alive this afternoon with "The Sound of Music" and other exhilarating melodies. Marking the formal dedication of the interior walls in the 107-year-old entertainment and cultural center at 14 West Broadway, the occasion was a memorable one. It represented completion of the latest restoration project in a long series of such improvements, and the sponsoring Mauch Chunk Historical Society did itself proud. More than 125 members and friends of the organization ushered in the spring season.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Schuylkill County man was sentenced to a long state prison term on Tuesday in Carbon County court on a charge of sexual assault.

Lawrence Scott Danforth, 27, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve 54 to 108 months on the charge and eight to 24 months on a charge of corruption of a minor. The two terms run concurrently.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A free community luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at Parryville UMC, located on the corner of Main and Chestnut streets in Parryville. The event will be held weather permitting.

Please note this is not the last Saturday of the month, as has been the church's practice, because of the Easter holiday and Holy Week.