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Monday, April 29, 2013

A Tamaqua man was one of 30 defendants who entered guilty pleas in Schuylkill County court to criminal charges and were sentenced by Judge James P. Goodman.

Monday, April 29, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Piles of fallen trees such as this were common sights during the "Mormon Helping Hands" project at Beltzville State Park on Saturday.

A sea of people wearing yellow "Mormon Helping Hands" bibs were at Beltzville State Park on Saturday to clear trails of debris and remnants of Hurricane Sandy. Among the 150 people were 80 students from Lehigh Carbon Community College and families of the students along with LCCC staff and faculty who also shared in the volunteer effort. The group from LCCC was led by assistant professor of Spanish, Charles H. Molano, who encouraged students from his classes to participate.

Monday, April 29, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Guest speakers at the fourth annual Legislative Brunch were, front row from left: Wayne Nothstein, county commissioner and chairman of the Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative Board; Karen Flexer, parent; and Rocky Ahner, president of the Lehighton Area School Board. Back row: Rich Mroczka, executive director of Carbon Monroe Pike Drug an Alcohol; the Honorable Gary Tennis, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol; and Brandon Danz, special adviser to the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare. The brunch was presented by the Interagency Council of Carbon County and the Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative Board.

The Carbon County Interagency Council offered its fourth annual Legislative Brunch on Friday at the Penn Forest Fire Co. No. 1 banquet hall. The program was hosted by the Interagency Council and Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative Board.

The annual event serves to bring together legislators, county agencies, and community members to address the most pressing issues facing our area. This year's topic was drug and alcohol abuse in Carbon County.

Monday, April 29, 2013

A Tamaqua woman was the top winner in the Pennsylvania Lottery's "3 of a Kind" insant game finalist drawing, receiving a prize which guarantees her $1,000 a week for the rest of her life. Anna Burnham, 41, who was employed as a factory worker for the past 23 years, said she will retire from that line of work. She and her husband, David, were present at the Penn National Race Track in Grantville where they were assigned a horse which determined they were the winner of the lottery.

Monday, April 29, 2013
KELLY BOERNER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Emergency responders were dispatched to the 200 block of Pine Hill Road in West Penn Township Sunday evening after the driver of a GEO Tracker lost control and rolled it on it's side. The driver, identified as Marilyn Shamonsky of New Ringgold, was standing in the vehicle when responders arrived. Shamonsky was the only person in the vehicle. Responding were West Penn Police and fire company. Once crews got her out, Penn Mahoning Ambulance transported her to the hospital to be checked out. Fire police kept the road closed until the vehicle was removed.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Citing examples of harrowing reports of people committing bizarre, violent acts while high on a designer drug sold as 'bath salts', Gov. Tom Corbett on June 23, 2011 signed into law a bill barring the manufacture and sale of the substance, as well as other synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana.

But it didn't take long for "street chemists" to tweak their formulae to continue making the drugs with compounds that were perfectly legal.

Monday, April 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Taking initiative, Auxiliary members of the Tamaqua American Legion Post 173 took it upon themselves to raise funds for a new side door to the post. Legion officers, stating their appreciation, presented a placard to be placed on both sides of the door. Pictured holding the placard outside the new door are, from left, Wendy Seigenfuse, Second Vice President; Mary Zelonis, 13th District Commander; Nancy Kabana, Treasurer; and Anne Posey, First Vice President.

Monday, April 29, 2013
 CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Anthracite Little League baseball players and coaches paraded through Nesquehoning on their way to the Nesquehoning Little League field for the start of baseball season. Throwing out the first pitch was a sponsor Kevin Dillon, caught by VFW player Jacob McLaughlin.

Monday, April 29, 2013
CARBON CAREER & TECHNICAL INSTITUTE: (front) Brook Dunbar, senior; and Shelby Haydt, senior; (back) adviser Mike Baumgardt, Jacob Evans, senior; and Charles Trovato, junior.

Nine area schools are sending participants to the 19th annual Pa. Citizen Bee May 2 at the Carbon County Courthouse.

The Bee is an educational outreach program sponsored by The Times News.

The competition tests participants' knowledge of U.S. history, economics, geography, Pa. studies, local history and current events.

Schools participating are Carbon Career & Technical Institute, Jim Thorpe, Marian Catholic, Northern Lehigh, Palmerton, Lehighton, Panther Valley, Tamaqua and Weatherly.

Monday, April 29, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Brad Ohl (left), vice president, R.F. Ohl, Lehighton, and Christopher Hardy, program specialist, were among those who participated in the Carbon County Home, Garden and Business Expo 2013 held at Blue Mountain Ski Area over the weekend.

An 'expo'dition through Carbon County.

That's essentially what visitors who attended the Carbon County Home, Garden and Business Expo 2013 at Blue Mountain Ski Area over the weekend received.

Presented by the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and the Carbon Builders Association, the expo had plenty of fun-filled events for the whole family.

It featured home, garden and business experts on location, educational seminars, food, entertainment, pony rides, face painting, and MoonBounce.