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Friday, May 17, 2013

Now that state law once again allows county commissioners to abolish the office jury commissioner, Carbon County wasted no time in doing away with the position.

Each county has two jury commissioners, one Democrat, the other Republican. Their job is to supervise the selection of people to serve on juries. But enough legislators believe that modern technology - jurors are now selected via drivers licenses has made the office obsolete.

So, on May 6, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Act 4, which allows county commissioners to do away with the office, once the current terms end.

Friday, May 17, 2013
Only two contested races in PV towns

Primary Election voters in the Panther Valley region on Tuesday, May 21, will have only a limited amount of choices to make since there are few contested races at the municipal and school district levels.

Republican voters in Lansford will have to decide the nomination for the race for the mayor's office, where two persons are running against each other. Meanwhile, there are five Democratic candidates seeking four nominations for seats on the Panther Valley School District Board of Education.

Otherwise, there are no contested races in either Nesquehoning or Summit Hill.

Friday, May 17, 2013
Darren Behan, head chef of Molly Maguire's Irish Restaurant & Pub, will keep smiling and cooking up local favorites no matter what happens to Jim Thorpe's remains.

Make no bones about it: The businesses of Jim Thorpe will survive if the revered Olympian's remains are shipped to Oklahoma, his birthplace.

The battle over Thorpe's remains, which has moved to the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, will determine whether his body will be shipped back to a reservation in Oklahoma to be buried or stay at a memorial site in the town named for him.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Carbon County has saved about $325,752 on medical care for inmates through changes in state law and a cost-cutting program sponsored by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.

Act 22 of 2011 and the Prison Inmate Medical Cost Containment program saved the county about $105,000 and $220,752, respectively, Carole J. Rusnak, Senior Nurse Consultant at Cost Management Plus, Inc. told the county Prison Board at a public meeting Wednesday.

Friday, May 17, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Elissa Garafolo - president/executive director of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc. stands on the steps of the Carbon County Courthouse as she leads a tour of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee in Jim Thorpe.

State Sen. David Argall (R-29), chairman of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee chaired a public hearing on the future of Pennsylvania's Main Street and Elm Street programs on Thursday in Jim Thorpe.

"I'm the new chairman of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee," Argall said as he toured the Historic District of Jim Thorpe. "In the last 30 years we've seen a lot of progress here in Jim Thorpe. We are here to learn from those involved what's worked, and what hasn't worked, so that other communities can gain from their experience."

Friday, May 17, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County commissioners present the Victor Pituch Good Sportsmanship award to representatives of the Panther Valley Team at a banquet Thursday marking the end of the 2013 Carbon County Senior Games. From left are: Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard, Commissioners Chairman Wayne Nothstein, Commissioner William O'Gurek, Games Director Victor Pituch, PV Team representative Sue Dopira, Games Coordinator Anne Horrigan, and PV Team representative Tom Zuber.

After seven days of fierce but friendly competition, the 25th Carbon County Senior Games wrapped up Thursday with a banquet and celebration.

"The Senior Games 2013 were absolutely wonderful. It's because the people keep coming every year, and they make it wonderful. They are so easy to work with, and to watch them enjoy themselves is a joy for us," said Games Coordinator Anne Horrigan of the Area Agency on Aging.

Friday, May 17, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The 18th annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration will take place this weekend. Festivities will kick off with a Native American Indian tribute featuring Don Wild Eagle at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Thorpe being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Setting aside contracts and legal battles, the town of Jim Thorpe will celebrate the life and legacy of its Native American Indian namesake this weekend. The 18th annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Festivities will kick off with a Native American Indian tribute featuring Don Wild Eagle at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Thorpe being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Friday, May 17, 2013

In the election article in Thursday's TIMES NEWS regarding the battle for tax collector in Mahoning Township, it was incorrectly stated that Republican Wanda Cunfer has no opposition.

Another Republican candidate is Todd Koller.

The TIMES NEWS apologizes for the error.

Friday, May 17, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Harley Schlier, 4, of Lehighton, is all smiles as she takes a spin on the Pony Cart ride as part of Kids Ride Special Day on Thursday at the eighth annual Crusaders For A Cause carnival in Palmerton.

They rocked and they rolled with not a care in the world.

Such was the relaxed mood Thursday for the opening of the eighth annual Crusaders For A Cause carnival held in the Palmerton Borough Park.

The absolutely glorious weather made for a fantastic start to the four-day event, said Christina Obrecht, president of Crusaders For A Cause.

"It's beautiful today," she said. "It should pick up after dark, and definitely tomorrow [Friday]."

Friday, May 17, 2013

Children's activities

The Preschool Story hour will be at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays. The last regular story hour will be June 7.

Tail Waggin' Tutors will resume in October and will take place on the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. until noon. Pre-registration is required at (610) 826-3424.

For more information on the watercolor painting class offered on Tuesdays, call the instructor at (610) 824-4961.