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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Homemade methamphetamine labs can poison or burn the people using them or being around them. But they can also wreak havoc with the well-being of the firefighters, police and ambulance crews who respond when the labs explode or when law enforcement authorities raid the homes that harbor them.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Fourteen motorists, including five from this area, who entered guilty pleas in Schuylkill County Court to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs were placed in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP), which specifies long probation.

President Judge William E. Baldwin sentenced the following:

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Animal carcasses continue to turn up at a recreational facility in Palmerton's west end.

Councilwoman Holly Sell informed Borough Council on Thursday of the situation that currently exists at the West End Recreation Area.

Sell said the matter has resulted in "ongoing problems."

"There's gun shots going on, dead animals being found there," Sell said. "The police have been informed, and the Game Commission has also been informed."

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Carbon County man entered guilty pleas in five pending criminals cases on Thursday in the county court. He was one of 16 defendants to enter pleas before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Contraband

Michael J. McFadden, 24, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to a total of six criminal counts with the most serious being bringing contraband into the county prison.

McFadden was arrested for the contraband count for an incident on Oct. 31, 2012, when he was brought to the jail on other charges and illegal drugs were found on him. The charge is a felony two.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A face full of bleeding sores. Rotting and missing teeth. A thin face and nervous, edgy demeanor.

These are signs of methamphetamine addiction.

Methamphetamine, or "meth" is a central nervous system stimulant. It causes sleeplessness, suppresses the appetite, increases physical activity, causes rapid breathing and a fast, sometimes irregular, heartbeat. it can hike blood pressure, and make users feel excessively warm.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) – After lengthy and wrenching debate, local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have voted to open their ranks to openly gay boys for the first time, but heated reactions from the left and right made clear that the BSA's controversies are far from over.

The Scouts' longstanding ban on gay adults remains in force, and many liberal Scout leaders – as well as gay-rights groups – plan to continue pressing for an end to that exclusion even though the BSA's top officials aren't ready for that step.

Saturday, May 25, 2013
KEN STAMPS/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Canopy adventurers learn about environment and history as they enjoy the treetop vista in Asheville, N.C

(Background from Part 1: Scott Dietrich purchased a 426-acre Bear Creek Falls parcel and was looking for a way to make it self-supporting without subdividing it or damaging the environment. He thought a canopy tour would meet those requirements.)

Both landowner Scott Dietrich and canopy tour operator Ken Stamps of Navitat envisioned the Pocono Plateau as an ideal location for an environmentally-friendly canopy tour operation they were looking independently, and they found each other.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

When I first read the eerie science-fiction novel 1984 during my senior year at Summit Hill High School (1957), I wondered whether I would ever encounter a "Big Brother" society here in the United States during my lifetime.

Saturday, May 25, 2013
SPECIAL TOTHE TIMES NEWS

Soon-to-be-five-years-old Cecilia Ulicny, daughter of Steve and Johanna (Zizelmann) Ulicny, carries on a family tradition dating back for decades. At least four generations of the Bischoff-Zizelmann have spent the days before Memorial Day placing flags on veterans graves. Cecilia joined her family this past week as they placed flags on veterans' graves in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Tamaqua.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Would you like to know about Carbon County's unemployment rate, our county's prospects for economic growth, where Carbon County's economy will be in the future?

Answers to these and other questions will be answered by Dawn Verrante, Director of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development. Director Verrante will also talk about the newly merged organization that she heads.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m. at the Inn at Jim Thorpe. This is the last meeting of the club until September.