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Friday, February 24, 2012

No injuries were reported in a three-car accident that occurred early Thursday afternoon in Palmerton.

Palmerton Police said Kristine Islas, 38, of Palmerton, was traveling east on Delaware Avenue at around 12:13 p.m. when she failed to stop her 2010 Chevrolet for a steady red light at Fifth and Delaware Avenue, and struck a 1998 Isuzu operated by Ann Martz, 40, of Palmerton, who was traveling south across Fifth Street.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Carbon-Monroe-Pike Mental Health/Developmental Services is facing a possible $2 million cut in state funding for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek said that the commissioners spoke with Sheila Theodorou, administrator of the Carbon branch of MH/DS, about Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed budget.

Friday, February 24, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele recently conducted a class at Panther Valley High School. She talked about the importance of elections and voting.

Thirty Panther Valley juniors and seniors recently received a special opportunity Thursday when Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele made a guest appearance at the school.

Aichele, who has served as the Secretary of the Commonwealth since being appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett in 2011, taught the students about the importance of elections and having a voice in government.

Joseph Gunnels, principal of Panther Valley High School, introduced Aichele to the class and thanked her for visiting.

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Northampton County woman, who authorities said was a major player in the distribution of methamphetamine in a multiple county area, was given a short prison term Thursday in Carbon County court after previously pleading guilty.

She was one of several defendants who had entered guilty pleas at prior dates to be sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Meth lab

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A man posing as a police officer is attempting to pull over drivers in the Rush Township/Tuscarora area.

Nesquehoning police officer Carl Breiner said that he received a report on Feb. 22 from a man who said his son was pulled over on Route 54 near the Carbon/Schuylkill County line by a tall, thin, white male who claimed to be an undercover Nesquehoning police officer. The man was driving a white unmarked Crown Victoria equipped with a dash light.

Breiner immediately contacted Rush Township police so they were aware of the incident.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

State Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) has announced the creation of a new website designed to serve as a one-stop shop for individuals involved in the fight against blight and abandonment.

The site can be accessed through Senator Argall's home page: www.SenatorArgall.com or visitors can directly access the site by accessing: www.SenatorArgall.com/FightBlight.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Tamaqua Historical Society will meet today at 7 p.m. in the rear of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, 114 West Broad St., Tamaqua.

Board President Dale Freudenberger encourages any community members wanting to help out at the Tamaqua Historical Society Museum or become a board member to stop by or call him anytime at (610) 597-6722.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) is hosting a seminar for fire and emergency services organizations in order to provide information on state and federal funding opportunities, as well as new regulations and legislation impacting fire companies and EMS organizations. It will be on Thursday, Feb. 23, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Allen Township Fire Hall, 3530 Howertown Road, Northampton.

Thursday, February 23, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS An elderly Carbon County man was killed and his wife seriously injured in a crash that occurred about 8:04 p.m. Wednesday on the on-ramp to Interstate 80 in Kidder Township.

An elderly Carbon County resident was killed and his wife seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 8:04 p.m. Wednesday.

State police at Fern Ridge said the crash occurred on the on-ramp at Exit 277 to Interstate 80 in Kidder Township.

Troopers identified the victim as Francis F. Forrester, 74, of Albrightsville. He was a passenger in a 2006 Hyundai Sonata driven by his wife, Mary A. Forrester, 76.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Harrity Road bridge over the Pohopoco Creek will be temporarily closed between Route 209 and Fairyland Road from 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 to 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 7. Traffic will be detoured on Route 209, Canal Street and Fairyland road. The closure is due to the ongoing Harrity Road bridge replacement project that began Dec. 9, 2010 and is expected to be complete on Jan. 2013.