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Friday, March 7, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  St. John Neumann Regional School student Jacob Martinez displays the newspaper he created with a focus on his love of extreme running as part of the school's annual Academic Fair held Thursday at the school's Palmerton campus.

Creativity and boundless energy permeated from inside the halls of St. John Neumann Regional School on Thursday.

The annual Academic Fair held at the school's Palmerton campus tends to have that effect on students, who get to showcase their work before family and friends.

Look at seventh-grader Jacob Martinez, for example.

Jacob said he chose to do one of his book reports on how to create a newspaper, and used the design of an actual newspaper as his template.

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Rev. E. Ann Melot, pastor of Zion United Lutheran Church of Brodheadsville, calls Wednesday's first "Ashes to Go" ministry a "great success."

Drivers and passengers in more than 100 cars received drive-thru application of ashes in the sign of the cross on their foreheads without having to leave their cars.

"We had no idea what kind of response we would get for trying something a little out of the box, so we're very happy," Melot said.

They had 43 cars stop in the morning between 8-9 a.m., and the rest came through between 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Friday, March 7, 2014

The North Central Regional DUI Enforcement Program has announced sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols will be conducted today through March 17 throughout Carbon County.

Travelers are reminded to report drunken drivers by dialing 911. To report underage drinking call 1-888-UNDER-21.

Sobriety Checkpoints are funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Friday, March 7, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Pennsylvania's unemployment rate dropped in January to its lowest rate since 2008, although hiring remained flat.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate fell four-tenths of a percentage point to 6.4 percent in January. The national rate was 6.7 percent in January.

Friday's figures also included a downward revision to December's unemployment rate, from 6.9 percent to 6.8 percent.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Carbon County officials are looking for a few committed people to sit on the Children and Youth Advisory Board.

During the county commissioners' meeting Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said that the board has been searching for volunteers willing to fill the five vacancies that are currently open.

He said the advisory board meets quarterly.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Lehigh Anthracite Coal furloughed 22 of its employees last Friday, citing "economic conditions" as the reason for the layoff.

All of the affected workers were employed in the breaker, which is located in Tamaqua.

Company President Richard "Rusty" Taylor stressed the layoff was temporary and would be "evaluated on a month-by-month basis."

Taylor explained the company found itself with a "fairly large volume of raw coal" near the end of 2013, which meant a layoff for the miners who were extracting the coal from the ground.

Friday, March 7, 2014
 Molle

Two Lansford men are behind bars on drug-related charges after being arrested Thursday by agent Charles W. Horvath of the state Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation.

Vito Molle III, 42, of 431 E. Ridge St. and David Michael Wagner, 22, of 429 E. Ridge St., were each charged with manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver; possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered; and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Friday, March 7, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Photo from security camera at Wal-Mart in Mahoning Township allegedly shows hit-and-run accident which occurred Monday. Theresa Berger of Aquashicola faces charges as a result of the crash.

An Aquashicola woman is facing charges following a hit and run accident that occurred Monday in the parking lot of Wal-Mart in Mahoning Township.

Theresa Berger has been charged by township police with leaving the scene of an accident, driving without insurance, driving an unregistered vehicle, and driving with a suspended registration.

The accident was caught on security cameras at Wal-Mart.

Police said on Monday, a parked Buick was struck on the driver's side by a Chevy Caprice.

After impact, the driver fled the area in the Chevy.

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Terry Ahner/Times News

Police discovered a marijuana growing operation in Palmerton today and called in the Allentown Bomb Squad when a suspicious device was discovered.

Palmerton Police obtained a search warrant for a property at 330 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton, where they recovered 17 mature marijuana plants and some seedlings in the basement.

The person who lives at the residence, Damen Rice, 25, will be charged, police said.

No other details were released at this time.

Thursday, March 6, 2014
James A. Barton

A Schuylkill County man charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after he crashed his car on Feb. 24 is a candidate for state representative.

James A. Barton, 49, of Orwigsburg, in October announced his plans to campaign for the 124th district seat currently held by fellow Republican Jerry Knowles.

The district includes parts of Berks and Schuylkill counties.

Barton early Thursday said he would continue his campaign.