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Saturday, March 8, 2014
Joe Macenka, formerly of Hometown, has written a book detailing the aftermath of traumatic combat injuries.

As politicians bicker about funding and troop levels for America's military, questions abound about just how the armed services will adapt to one of the largest drawdowns in history.

While cuts to manpower are to be expected in response to troop reductions in Iraq and Afghanistan, proposed changes in benefits are hot topics in the military community.

A new book, written by a Virginia man with local ties, paints a stark picture of just how some of those veteran benefits impact a somewhat overlooked segment of the military community Wounded Warriors.

Saturday, March 8, 2014
AL ZAGOFSKY/TIMES NEWS Left to right: Steve Goodale, executive director of the Weatherly Institute for Robotics and Engineering, discusses the European Corn Borer with Aeroplex team members Alexander Ortiz and Demetrios Carellas.

Secreted in a Weatherly attic, a team of high school students, code name Aeroplex, spend one evening each week at the cutting edge of technology working on a project to design a drone-based system to survey crop pests.

The crop pest in the cross-hairs of the Aeroplex team at the Weatherly Institute for Robotics and Engineering is the European Corn Borer. This inchlong moth, an invasive species from Europe, was first detected in Massachusetts in the early 1900s, and has since spread across much of North America.

Friday, March 7, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia Airlines said Saturday (Malaysia time) it lost contact with a plane carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Flight MH370 lost contact with the Subang air traffic control at 2:40 a.m. Saturday (18:40 GMT Friday). The flight was operated on the Boeing 777-200 aircraft. It departed Kuala Lumpur at 12:41 a.m. Saturday (16:41 GMT Friday) and was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. Saturday (22:30 GMT Friday).

Friday, March 7, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

To help celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America this week, Western Pocono Community Library invited guest readers to read books all day on Monday. Pennsylvania State Police Sgt. Joseph Racho of the Fern Ridge barracks reads, "I Had Trouble In Getting to Solla Sollew" by Dr. Seuss to Bailey Wines, 5, of Saylorsburg. She is a kindergarten student at Pleasant Valley Elementary School and likes reading.

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited is seeking volunteers during its first College Outreach Program, which is designed to recruit local college students and others between the ages of 20 and 40, to assist in the protection and conservation of Monroe County's streams and fisheries.

Friday, March 7, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton patrolman Trevor Flexer stands beside a group of potted marijuana plants that were seized Thursday morning from inside the basement of the home at 330 Lehigh Ave. where they were grown.

Charges are pending after over three dozen marijuana plants were seized from the basement of a home in Palmerton Thursday morning.

Palmerton patrolman Trevor Flexer said that the borough police department received a call around 8:35 a.m. from the Lehigh County Sheriff's office stating they had an arrest warrant for a Randy Rice, 52, formerly of 330 Lehigh Ave., for a parole violation.

Friday, March 7, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO The covered bridge in Lower Towamensing Township will soon get much needed repairs to make the decking safer for vehicle traffic.

Carbon County is moving forward with repairing the deck of the covered bridge in Lower Towamensing Township.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 2-0 to authorize advertising the invitation to bid for the replacement of the open grid steel deck and structural steel painting project on bridge 17, the covered bridge, located in the Little Gap section of the township.

Commissioner William O'Gurek abstained from the vote due to conflict of interest with his other employment.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Carbon County ranks seventh in the state when it comes to the number of cases handled per probation officer.

Currently, nine adult probation officers are each handling caseloads in excess of 200.

Many of those cases deal with drug or alcohol related crimes.

To help alleviate the burden on officers and allow them to do a better job, the Carbon County Salary Board voted 4-1 to create an additional adult probation officer position at no added cost to the county.

Commissioner William O'Gurek cast the sole "no" vote.

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Fireline Hotel in Bowmanstown.

Attorney Carole Walbert, Democratic State committee person, will deliver a report from the recent state committee meeting. Members who attended the PA Progressive Summit in Harrisburg recently will also share information from the sessions they attended.

"We have come back energized and eager to share some of what we've learned," said Sarina Berlow, club president, who attended the summit.

Friday, March 7, 2014

A Marian High School senior from McAdoo has been selected to represent the Penn's Woods Girl Scout Council at the 12-day "Las Asamblea de San Diego" which will be held during the summer in California as a national event of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.

Miss Linda Gray, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Gray of McAdoo, will be among the 250 Scouts at the assembly, being conducted to explore the culture and heritage of the first settlement in California on its 200th anniversary.