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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

William Z. Scott, former state senator from Carbon County, was elected chairman of the State Liquor Control Board. He replaces A. D. Cohn. Scotts' salary will increase from $17,000 to $18,000 with his elevation to the chairman. He has been a member of the P.L.C.B. since retiring from the Senate. A former resident of Lansford, where he still maintains a law office, Scott now lives in Pocono Manor. He had served eight years in the House of Representatives and 12 years in the Senate.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
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Kimberly Babish, Doctor of Audiology, performs a hearing test at Eastern Audiologic Rehabilitation in Palmerton. Babish said that since May is Better Speech and Hearing Month, she is offering a 10-percent discount on all hearing aides, which will continue through June.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Two Summit Hill young men, both 22 , had a miraculous escape from possible death at 8:40 a.m. today, when the Graham-Paige sedan they were riding in went out of control in attempting to negotiate the sharp curve on the Mauch Chunk-Nesquehoning highway, a short distance from the Liberties, and plummeted 50 feet over the embankment after upending three steel rails supporting a road guard. They are William Sorber, who sustained a laceration of the right eye and an injury to the ankle, and William Gateus, who received a laceration on the face.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Eleven defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas on Thursday in Carbon County court.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas from the following.

Nico Anthony Botch, 30, of Hazleton, pleaded to one county of harassment by communication. He was arrested by Lansford police on June 17, 2010, for making inappropriate phone calls to a then 11-year-old female resident of the borough. He would make lude remarks to the girl, police said.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Representatives of the Pennsylvania Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus who met together in the Ballroom of the Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center on West Broadway in Jim Thorpe are, front from left: Ed Stoddard, Sue Swales-Vitullo, Arlin LaBar, Amanda Whitman, Marilyn Godshall, Jenn Fleck, and Trisha Gates. Middle: Nicole Krieger, Nancy Signorovitch, Lori Miller, and Christina Smith. Standing in rear: Justin Martsolf, Brian Roseberry, Mike Olewine.

Representatives of the Pennsylvania Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (PACVB) recently spent two days meeting and visiting the historic town of Jim Thorpe.

PACVB is the not-for-profit association for the officially designated tourist promotion agencies (TPAs) within Pennsylvania. The group works to communicate the importance of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry to the state's economic wellness.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
MMI "Best of the Best" finalists are, from left: Luke Yamulla, Robert Rosamelia, Sarah Moyer, Megan Kost (winner), Antonia Diener and Elijah Dove.

Sarah Moyer, seventh grader from Bowmanstown, was a finalist at the Freeland MMI Preparatory School's spring Best of the Best Performance Assembly.

The program recognized six students in seventh, ninth and 11th grades as "Best of the Best." Sarah, the daughter of Robert and Susan Moyer, was honored as a finalist for her presentation on the flute.

The "Best of the Best" winner was junior Megan Kost, daughter of Frank and Kathleen Kost, Freeland, for her presentation on Taylor Swift.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

As of Friday night, residents who live on West Diaz Avenue in Nesquehoning were still without power. The culprit was a tree which brought down an electrical wire in front of George Malaska's home during Thursday's powerful storm.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Not every stranger who comes into your neighborhood is a criminal by any means. There are many perfectly legitimate door-to-door salesmen, repairmen, and servicemen moving around our neighborhood all the time. But criminals do take advantage of this by taking the guise of legitimate business representatives. After all, if a criminal looked like a criminal, no one would have any trouble spotting him. But, if you see:

Saturday, May 28, 2011

As the spring home buying season kicks off, Realtors® will host thousands of open houses in neighborhoods across the country during Realtor® Nationwide Open House Weekend.

On June 5, Realtors® in Carbon County invite buyers to visit some of the many open homes throughout the area where they can learn more about homeownership.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Road repairs were on the minds of members of Parryville Council on Tuesday.

Council president Mike Grant said he is applying for a grant to repair roads in the borough.

Grant said that Water Street needs repairs and that other roads need patching done.

Grant also noted that he is still waiting to hear who owns the property adjacent to the borough building before moving forward on the salt storage shed.

Attorney Michael Greek, solicitor for the borough, said that his office is researching the deed and should have an answer soon. The deed dates back to 1914.