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Monday, August 5, 2013

A Carbon County man admitted his part in setting a fire that damaged an apartment building in Lehighton. He was one of five defendants in cases that were scheduled for trial this week in Carbon County court but instead entered guilty pleas.

Insurance fraud

David Leone, 23, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty to one count each arson-criminal solicitation, insurance fraud, both felonies, and corruption of minors, a misdemeanor one.

Monday, August 5, 2013
Richard L. Zabroski

Two Carbon County residents, including a member of the Panther Valley School Board, were killed, and two others seriously injured, in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning.

State police at Hazleton said alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

Troopers identified the victims as Rebecca Ann Pilla, 44, front seat passenger, and Richard L. Zabroski, 45, a rear passenger, both of Nesquehoning. They were pronounced dead at the scene. Zabroski is a member of the Panther Valley School Board.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Students attending several local high schools were among the 7,000 individuals, including principals, teachers, student council presidents, athletes, musicians, and other students helped save lives by participating in the Miller-Keystone Blood Center 2012-2013 high school campaign.

Locally the successes were celebrated at the Mahoning Valley Country Club.

Through this high school campaign, more than 6,000 units of blood were collected, providing the gift of life for more than 15,000 patients at hospitals throughout the Pennsylvania and New Jersey counties served by MKBC.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Palmerton's Blue Bombers have a new home.

In the next few weeks, the Palmerton Area School District will finish the move into a newly constructed 8,000-square-foot field house, located at the southeast end of the district stadium.

It features a 1,900-square-foot home-team locker room, an 1,800-square-foot visiting team locker room, an 800-square-foot training room and 500 square-feet of equipment storage.

Monday, August 5, 2013

An Allentown doctor who practiced in Carbon County faces drug and identity theft charges in connection with what authorities say was a $400,000 prescription painkiller scheme.

Saturday, August 3, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

A little more than a year out from the reinstatement of Pennsylvania's controversial asset test to help determine food stamp eligibility, the numbers of those getting the help have dropped by 33,000.

That may look like a lot of people, but it's only about 2 percent of the total number of people in the state receiving assistance through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the program that was once known as food stamps.

Even with the slight drop from those weeded out by the asset test, the numbers of people using SNAP has continued to rise.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

One Pennsylvania congressman wants to establish a detailed database of food stamp purchases as a way of preventing fraud.

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, a Republican who represents the 10th Congressional District (which includes Monroe, Pike, Lackawanna, Wayne, Susquehanna, Bradford, Tioga, Sullivan, Lycoming, Union, Columbia, Snyder, Mifflin, Juniata, and Perry counties), in April introduced the SNAP Transparency Act of 2013.

Saturday, August 3, 2013
"Bugs At Bedtime and Other Adventures" is the first of what is planned to be a three-book bedtime series. The book of children's poems contains 20 bug-themed poems and 10 poems of other adventures.

Mark Driesbach's Bugs At Bedtime and Other Adventures is the perfect book for taking children through that magical transition from a superactive playday to the quiet land of sleepy time.

Bugs At Bedtime immerses children in a world that is just their size, one that they play in, and one where fear and curiosity capture their imaginations: the world of bugs.

Saturday, August 3, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Aaron Fromal, front, 10, the grandson of Palmerton Mayor Chris Olivia, purchases a cup of lemonade at an Alex's Lemonade Stand outside Jans' Barber Shop operated by Charlotte Doll, 5, and Gavin Doll, 8, of Palmerton, during the borough's 42nd annual Sidewalk Sale on Friday.

Sunny skies and cool buys all but guaranteed a sales uptick for retailers in downtown Palmerton on Friday.

A day after the inclement weather rendered its opening virtually nonexistent, pleasurable weather accompanied day two of the borough's 42nd annual Sidewalk Sale.

The sale was able to bounce back in a big way as patrons traversed through several blocks of Delaware Avenue in search of that specific want, newfound discovery, or, in the case of 10-year-old Aaron Fromal, a refreshing cup of lemonade.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Last night, younger people in the audience at Penn's Peak received a lesson in traditional country music. They saw the way country shows used to be staged.

Performing at the Jim Thorpe venue was Merle Haggard, who at 69 doesn't seem to be slowing down.

Haggard's veteran band, The Strangers, was nattily dressed, with most of the members wearing ties. The music was old-style country. Haggard's older songs sounded just like they did when he recorded them decades ago.