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Thursday, August 22, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The women's bath house has multiple cracks in its walls. The pictured crack is so large that sunlight is obvious.

Tamaqua Borough Council will use funds from this year's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to perform major repairs to the women's wash house at the H.D. Buehler Memorial Pool. Council made its decision during the second public hearing regarding this year's CDBG synopsis and application held Tuesday.

Council President Micah Gursky said that the entire CDBG grant process, provided via the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, normally takes about a year, and then another year or so for the project to be let out for bid and work to start.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Carbon County's inmate population is continuing its uphill trend.

During the county prison board meeting on Wednesday, Warden Joseph Gross announced that the prison inmate population hit its all-time high on Aug. 4. The population that day was 212.

"The numbers have been up and down this month," he reported. "Our current inmate population as of today is 195."

The Carbon County Correctional Facility, which is located on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning, has experienced overcrowding issues for years.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Mahoning Township police have charged a Jim Thorpe woman with cruelty to animals after her dog died while confined inside her car.

On Aug. 9 at 4:16 p.m., township police were dispatched to the Carbon Plaza Mall parking lot for a report of a deceased dog inside a car.

When officers arrived, they found a dog deceased on the back seat floor of a Ford Freestyle. There was a large amount of saliva from the dog around the interior of the vehicle.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

HARRISBURG The Department of Environmental Protection is reminding Pennsylvania small-business owners of the Sept. 6 deadline to apply for DEP's Small Business Advantage Grant to finance pollution prevention and energy efficiency projects.

Businesses have two weeks left to apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Five first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Carbon County Navy Club Commander Scott Reinhart will preside over a meeting to be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 26 at the Nesquehoning VFW, 300 E. Center St. New members and associate members are welcome to attend. Applications for new members will be available at the meeting.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Standing next to a 2014 Kia are, from left, hole-in-one winner Bruce Hibbs, 61, of Delaware; Black Diamond Parrothead Club President Tom Tirpak; treasurer Stan Karnish; and Lehighton Kia owner Bill Soma. Lehighton Kia sponsored the hole. Kneeling from left are fellow team members Sean Walsh, Adam Davis, Rich McFarland, and winning hole-in-one observers Devin Parambo and Kristen Halenar.

Just over 200 golfers took part in the Black Diamond's Parrothead Club's (BDPC) 10th Annual Margaritaville Open golf benefit over the weekend to benefit a variety of community organizations.

Golfer Bruce Hibbs, Delaware, sunk a hole-in-one on the second hole of the mountain course, and won a 2014 Kia, donated by Lehighton Kia, sponsors of the hole.

Hibbs said that this was his seventh hole-in-one, adding that it was the first time he actually won something.

Members of the club volunteer hundreds of hours every year to raise funds for numerous community organizations.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Pennsylvania Turnpike received the green light from Carbon County to construct a maintenance building in Kidder Township.

During the monthly meeting of the county planning commission, the board voted to recommend plan approval for the proposed development at the Pennsylvania Turnpike I-476 Pocono Interchange Maintenance facility in Kidder.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Ryan Township Search and Rescue & Dive Team Chief Darrell Harris operates a sonar device to search the waters and ground level of Lake Hauto during a recent training exercise.

New advances in technology and high performance equipment are making it easier and safer for area search and rescue dive teams to work while responding to missing persons or other items of importance.

Knowing this, volunteers with the Ryan Township Search and Rescue & Dive Team are utilizing a number of these advances while responding to water search and rescues.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Children and teen activities

Preschool story hour is held every Friday at 10:30 a.m. during the school year beginning Sept. 6.

Watercolor painting classes are offered on Tuesdays for children. Call the teacher at (610) 824-4962 for more information. New classes for adults and children are now forming.

Homework Helpers meets every Wednesday, at 2:45 p.m. for grades 7-12 and 3:15 p.m. for grades 1-6. Volunteer tutors will help your child with his or her homework and other assignments. This is free but parents must register each child.