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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Hearings on defendants brought into court on bench warrants were held in Schuykill County court.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS Paul Canevari, right, PPL regional community relations director, presents a check to Dan Kunkle, Lehigh Gap Nature Center director. It will be used for a volunteer picnic and a trailhead in East Penn Township.

Lehigh Gap Nature Center announced on April 16 that PPL Corporation has provided a $2,000 donation in support of the Nature Center. The donation will be used to support a volunteer recognition event and a project to help develop a new trailhead to the west end of the Nature Center in East Penn Township, Carbon County.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Georgine Wentz, project founder, tends to flowers alongside the park's path.

Volunteers with the Owl Creek Intersection Project in South Tamaqua are in desperate need of volunteers and supplies.

"Adding to the increase in stolen items, our flag and rope are damaged and need replaced," said project founder Georgine Wentz. "In addition to needing more volunteers, we also need a new 3-foot by 5-foot flag, coated 100-foot rope, 13 small flags for the holidays and 13 artificial patriotic flowers."

Wentz, who has purchased the flag and rope every year for the past 7 years, said, "I can no longer do so and hope others will step up."

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Carbon County Chamber of Commerce has merged with another entity and has a new name.

It is now called the Carbon County Chamber and Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC).

Dawn Ferrante, executive director, said the merger of the Chamber and the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation has been completed effected April 10.

She said, "This represents a cumulative effort of many people, over a four year period to accomplish. The new Board of Directors approved a number of items that are a positive step for the new organization."

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A request for donations is seldom as successful as the request by the Palmerton Area Historical Society when it requested hats for display. Betsy Burnhauser said anyone planning to loan a hat should do so quickly because they are reaching a saturation point. Jane Borbe should be informed if you have a hat to exhibit.

The grand opening of the exhibit will be May 5, from 1-4 p.m. Jane Grove and Dale Freudenberger will be presenting at that time.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Carbon County Fair monthly board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital Community Room (ground floor) located at 211 North 12th Street, Lehighton.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Slatington Borough Crew workers erect a replica railroad station sign on the pavilion at the Slatington Trailhead Tuesday morning.

A sign that was damaged and subsequently removed nearly half a century ago has reemerged in Slatington.

The Slatington Borough Crew worked on Tuesday to erect a replica railroad station sign on the pavilion at the Slatington Trailhead. The sign says "Slatington", and gives the number of miles from the borough to New York City and Buffalo.

Dan Stevens, president of Northern Lehigh Future Focus, said the sign is a replica of a sign which hung on the Slatington Station of the Lehigh Valley Railroad.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Martin Ditsky, left, treasurer of Lansford Alive!, presents a $100 check to Lansford Shepherd House representative Betty Pearson as Pearson's niece, Jennifer Kusse, looks on.

With unemployment in Carbon County hovering at 11.6 percent the third highest in the state as of February, Betty Pearson's job is cut out for her.

Pearson represents the Lansford Shepherd House Food Pantry, lodged in Trinity Lutheran Church on East Abbott Street.

The food pantry, open from 9:30-11 a.m. on the third Monday of each month, serves up to 116 needy families and 31 senior citizens each month. The pantry receives $1,083 from the state, money that is expected to stretch for six months, Pearson said.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
AP PHOTO This undated photo provided by Bill Richard shows his son, Martin Richard, in Boston. Martin Richard, 8, was among the at least three people killed in the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday.

BOSTON (AP) – Third-grader Martin Richard had just gotten ice cream and was near the Boston Marathon finish line, eagerly watching for friends to run by. Krystle Campbell was enjoying the race with her best friend, hoping to get a photo of the other woman's boyfriend after he conquered the last mile.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

During a meeting Tuesday, the Tamaqua School Board approved changes to the district's promotion and retention policy.

Previously, middle school students had several ways to earn promotion. They could pass all major subjects; fail one subject; fail two subjects but make one up in summer school; or fail three subjects but make two up in summer school.