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Friday, February 11, 2011

A program that was started in 2001 in two states is helping children and families build stronger relationships in Carbon County.

During the Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative Board meeting on Wednesday, Mindy Graver of the Penn State Cooperative Extension office and a coordinator of Prosper, talked about the Prosper Project, which stands for Promoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience.

Friday, February 11, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Busy making arrangements during their first week in business at Guy's Flowers & More, Hometown, are, from left: Helen Miller, customer service; Cathy Miller, consultant and designer, and owner/designer Debbie Donnon.

When Debbie Donnon and husband George moved to Schuylkill County from the Downingtown area, it was to take ownership of a Lewistown Valley farm.

With that business up and running, Donnon has now ventured into the gift and floral business. On Monday, she opened Guy's Flowers & More, a 1,200-square-feet floral and gift center and the first business to open in the up-and-coming Hometown Village Square, formerly Agosti's IGA, Claremont Avenue, Route 309, north of Tamaqua.

Friday, February 11, 2011
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Joanne Rowlands is led by police officers from her arraignment before Tamaqua Magisterial District Justice Stephen J. Bayer on charges that she sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant on three occasions in 2010.

A 51-year-old woman who resides in Walker Township outside Tamaqua was arrested Thursday afternoon for selling methamphetamine to an undercover informant.

Joanne M. Rowlands, 70 Whitetail Crossings Rd., located in the Wildcat development, was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Stephen J. Bayer of Tamaqua on the charges, which stemmed from a series of controlled drug buys in November and December of last year.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Two men found guilty of criminal charges by a jury and 12 defendants who pleaded guilty last December were sentenced in the Schuylkill County court by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Robert Lee Harris, 20, Shenandoah, who was found guilty by a jury last December of two robbery charges, was sentenced to serve four to eight years in a state correctional institution with credit for serving 540 days in the county prison. He was cited by Shenandoah Patrolman Jason Hayes, and charged with robbing Brandon Fowler at knife point and Jeffrey Najunis in October 2008.

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Federal Communications Commission set a mandate that as of Jan. 1, 2013, all emergency radio equipment must be narrowband frequency capable or municipalities could face major penalties, such as fines or loss of their license. But what is the transition that will cost the country millions of dollars to comply with?

Friday, February 11, 2011

A 19-year-old Walnutport man who caused a 2009 crash that killed two friends and seriously injured three other people has been ordered to be committed to a juvenile residential facility in York, York County.

The man, whose name can not be released under the Juvenile Act, was charged as a juvenile because he was 17 when the crash occurred on Mountain Road in Heidelberg Township on Sept. 26, 2009.

At a juvenile adjudication hearing in Lehigh County Court in December, the man admitted to two counts of homicide by vehicle and five counts of recklessly endangering other people.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Issues of snow removal and plowing were brought up at Thursday night's Jim Thorpe Borough Council meeting. These issues were taken into account and will be further discussed at newly structured public committee meetings.

Friday, February 11, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Brockton resident Joe Yesavage, left, tells U.S. Post Office officials Thursday that the town is a senior citizen community, and residents shouldn't be forced to walk or travel to Mary D to retrieve their mail. Resident Donald Gerber, right, said changing ZIP codes can cause mail delivery issues, something his daughter recently experienced.

Brockton residents feel they're being held hostage by the U. S. Postal Service.

The town's post office closed its doors at 199 Mine St. last October, after the post office was evicted by the building's owner. Since then, Brockton residents are being forced to go to Mary D to retrieve their mail, where they must pay $40 for a post office box.

"And we don't even get a key for that $40," said one resident. "We have to go to the counter to ask for it."

Classified as "suspended," the town's post office appears to be destined for permanent closure.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Carbon County officials will try to ease some of the financial burden all municipalities in the county are experiencing as a result of a federal mandate that calls for replacing all current emergency communications with models that can handle narrowband radio frequencies.

Thursday, February 10, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford resident Joseph Butrie on Wednesday pitches the idea of moving Lehighton's annual Bike Night to Lansford. Council later voted to support the idea.

Will a popular Lehighton motorcycle event that raises money for police and fire departments be moving to Lansford?

Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to support the proposal to hold an annual Bike Night in the borough.

Bike Night, which each August for the past 12 years has drawn tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to Lehighton, ended last month when its organizers, Louise and Bud Stofik, told borough leaders they needed to step down, and that no one could be found to steer the event.