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Monday, January 20, 2014

"Dig Deeper - Mysteries in the Soil" is the theme for Carbon County Conservation District's annual poster contest.

Any Carbon County student can enter, and there are five grade categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Students who win prizes locally may advance to state and national contests.

Students are encouraged to use art to express their views on natural resource issues. The contest is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts and the National Association of Conservation Districts.

Monday, January 20, 2014

The lone bid of $12,500 from the F&A Container Service Corp., Lansford, for the sanitary landfill operation contract in the community, was rejected during last evening's bimonthly meeting of borough council. The F&A firm was paid $8,000 for its work for last year.

Monday, January 20, 2014

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — Four people from a Pennsylvania university are recovering after they became disoriented while descending New Hampshire's Mount Washington in below-zero temperatures and 95 mph wind gusts and sought help.

 

They were part of a group of 15 from Bloomsburg University hiking the mountain, known for its changeable weather conditions, Sunday afternoon. Ten made it to the 6,288-foot summit and began descending in rapidly deteriorating conditions.

Monday, January 20, 2014
Lehighton State Trooper looks over the car driven by Elizabeth Heffley

Five teenagers were hurt in a multivehicle crash that happened at 11:16 a.m. Sunday morning in Franklin Township, said Kellie Heffley, wife of State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon). Their daughter, Elizabeth was one of the drivers in the crash.

According to reports at the scene, a teenage girl, Mikayla Blakeslee, 16, was driving a white Ford pickup eastbound when she hit a patch of ice on Pohopoco Drive and then hit a gray Honda driven by Heffley's daughter which was traveling west bound.

Monday, January 20, 2014

State police at Frackville said slippery and snow-packed roads were the cause of two one-vehicle crashes Saturday morning in Schuylkill County.

A crash was reported at 7:41 a.m. along Route 54 in Ryan Township. Troopers said Christian Hassinger, 37, of Coal Township, Northumberland County, was driving a 2010 Chevrolet HHR westbound when he lost control on packed snow on the road and because the tires on the vehicle were under acceptable tread depths.

Monday, January 20, 2014

The dark days of winter are really flexing their polar muscles this year.

According to meteorologists at AccuWeather, The Weather Channel and the National Weather Service, another surge of arctic air is set to push into the region beginning Tuesday.

The bitter blast, which is bringing sub-zero wind chills, and the potential of a few nuisance snowstorms, will begin to move into the region this afternoon and temperatures will begin to fall.

Monday, January 20, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Maj. Gen. John Wharton, commanding general, Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., was in Kuwait mid-December. As part of the visit, he presented a Gold Coin of Excellence to James Redline of Jim Thorpe.

James Redline of Jim Thorpe was recently recognized for his accomplishments at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

Maj. Gen. John Wharton, commanding general, Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., was in Kuwait mid-December to check on 402nd Army Field Support Brigade personnel and receive a command update.

Wharton visited 402nd AFSB members commanded by Col. James Kinkade on Dec. 13.

During his visit, Wharton discussed the future of ASC, upcoming changes, and answered questions from attending staff.

Monday, January 20, 2014

SHENANDOAH HEIGHTS, Pa. (AP) – A West Mahanoy Township man has been jailed on a charge of criminal homicide after state police say he fatally shot his neighbor following a long-running property dispute.

Online court records don't list an attorney for 66-year-old Ronald Kozak, of West Mahanoy Township in Schuylkill County.

Police say Kozak shot 60-year-old Joseph Boris after an argument between the two about 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

State troopers from Frackville are calling the incident a "neighborly dispute that went terribly wrong."

Monday, January 20, 2014

Twelve area residents were arraigned Monday on criminal charges before District Attorney Christine Holman at the Schuylkill County courthouse.

All entered pleas of not guilty and requested trial by jury. They were:

Monday, January 20, 2014

A pair of crashes happened within a little over an hour apart Saturday evening in the neighboring municipalities of Lower Towamensing and Towamensing townships.

State Police at Lehighton said the first crash occurred at around 6 p.m. when Remember Rosenberry, 35, of Lehighton, was operating a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt along Forest Inn Road, just south of Oak Street in Lower Towamensing Township.