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Friday, March 7, 2014

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge serving Carbon County are holding its annual fundraiser "Bowl for Kids Sake," a bowl-a-thon at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29 at Fritz's Lanes and Pro Shop, Second and South streets, Lehighton. The last time slot to bowl is 3 p.m.

Anyone is welcome to join in the Bowl for Kids Sake. You are asked to form a team of five bowlers. Each bowler is given a sponsor sheet to secure donations. Those who raise $50 will receive a Bowl for Kids Sake T-shirt. Team captains also receive T-shirts. The team needs only to bowl one game.

Friday, March 7, 2014
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The Chestnuthill Township supervisors, Chuck Gould, chairman, left, and Harry Miller,right, recognized Eric Galante's achievement of earning his Eagle Scout award. He is amember of Boy Scout Troop 98. His Eagle Scout project involved building eight raised beds for the Garden of Giving. Eric is the third brother to achieve the Eagle Scout rank in hisfamily.

Friday, March 7, 2014
Kirsten Ursta

Kirsten Ursta, daughter of Lori and John Ursta, Weatherly, has been named Senior of the Month for February at Weatherly Area High School.

Kirsten is the president of Weatherly Area High School's chapter of the National Honor Society.

She serves as treasurer for the Class of 2014 and is a member of the volleyball team.

In the community, Kirsten is a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, where she serves as a cantor and volunteers for the annual church festival.

She has also volunteered her time in fundraising for the Weatherly Animal Shelter.

Friday, March 7, 2014

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, and David Michael Wagner, no age available, 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
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.