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Friday, December 3, 2010

Carbon County Environmental Education Center is presenting "Weather Watchers" at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. How well can animals predict the weather? How well can we predict the weather? Come to this fun and informative program and dispel some of the myths surrounding weather patterns. Children will make several crafts and a snack will be provided.

The center is located at the west end of Mauch Chunk Lake Park, just outside of Jim Thorpe, along Lentz Trail. Call for more information or to register for this program. The program is free to EEC members. There is a fee to non members.

Friday, December 3, 2010

A total of 13 people entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Thursday before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb, with nine of the pleas to counts of driving under the influence (DUI).

DUI pleas

The following defendants pleaded guilty to DUI charges.

James Eric Fisher, 48, of Bethlehem, also pleaded to false identification to law enforcement and driving while under suspension-DUI related.

Friday, December 3, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

First Niagara Bank of Palmerton on Thursday donated a $5,000 check to support the veteran's memorial that will be construted in the Palmerton Borough Park. Pictured are (l-r) Brad Doll, Mayor, Borough of Palmerton, Ed Moyer, American Legion member, Robert Strohl, American Legion member, Ben Fetterman, Area Manager, First Niagra Bank, Donna Mills, Branch Manager, AVP, First Niagara Bank of Palmerton, and Richard Nothstein, Veteran's Memorial Supporter.

Thursday, December 2, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENBUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Firefighters respond to a malfunctioning furnace in Tamaqua this morning.

Around 6:30 a.m. today, all four Tamaqua fire companies, rescue squad and ambulance responded quickly to a "smoke in structure" call at the home of 310 E. Broad St., (SR209).

Homeowners in the residence were awakened by their CO2 detectors and then by smoke rising from the basement. The homeowner, thinking it might be his furnace, turned off his furnace, but noticed that didn't stop the smoke. Further investigation by the responding firefighters found the smoke and CO2 to be emanating from their adjacent neighbor's basement, located at 312 E. Broad St.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Members of the Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative urged county officials recently to look at a major problem in today's society.

Thursday, December 2, 2010
LARRYT NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A large pine tree was felled by the recent storm Wednesday along state Rt. 895 in East Penn township.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Despite objections from about 15 township residents, Kidder Township supervisors awarded a contract to a Montgomery County firm for the construction of a one-story building which will serve as the township's headquarters. Corprew Construction Company, Pennsburg, was granted the contract to build the office-type structure. The cost of the pact is $93,357. Kidder residents will have to pay $13,857 of the total cost, according to the supervisors. The township received an $85,000 federal grant.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Tuscarora man was among nine people who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Jacquelyn Russell.

Edward Matalavage, of 810 Seneca St., pleaded to criminal attempt to commit retail theft at Wal-Mart Store in Hometown, and was placed on probation 18 months, and ordered to pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), and perform 20 hours of community service and shall have no contact with the store while on probation. He was cited by Rush Township Patrolman Richard Bekesy.

Thursday, December 2, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Better suited for a boat

State Route 248 in Franklin Township was flooded Wednesday and made driving hazardous after heavy rains dumped several inches of water on the area, causing flash flooding in many areas.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

RuthAnn A. Gardiner, Principal of the Tamaqua Area High School, has announced the list of students who qualify for the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2010-2011 school year. To be eligible for highest honors,students must earn an average of 95% or above with no grade below 93% in a major subject. High honors are awarded to students who earn an average of 90% or above with no grade lower than an 86% in a major subject, while honors go to students who earn an average of 86% or above with no grade lower than 78% in a major subject.

Students earning Highest Honors are: