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Friday, February 24, 2012

A Northampton County woman, who authorities said was a major player in the distribution of methamphetamine in a multiple county area, was given a short prison term Thursday in Carbon County court after previously pleading guilty.

She was one of several defendants who had entered guilty pleas at prior dates to be sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Meth lab

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A man posing as a police officer is attempting to pull over drivers in the Rush Township/Tuscarora area.

Nesquehoning police officer Carl Breiner said that he received a report on Feb. 22 from a man who said his son was pulled over on Route 54 near the Carbon/Schuylkill County line by a tall, thin, white male who claimed to be an undercover Nesquehoning police officer. The man was driving a white unmarked Crown Victoria equipped with a dash light.

Breiner immediately contacted Rush Township police so they were aware of the incident.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

State Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) has announced the creation of a new website designed to serve as a one-stop shop for individuals involved in the fight against blight and abandonment.

The site can be accessed through Senator Argall's home page: www.SenatorArgall.com or visitors can directly access the site by accessing: www.SenatorArgall.com/FightBlight.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Tamaqua Historical Society will meet today at 7 p.m. in the rear of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, 114 West Broad St., Tamaqua.

Board President Dale Freudenberger encourages any community members wanting to help out at the Tamaqua Historical Society Museum or become a board member to stop by or call him anytime at (610) 597-6722.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) is hosting a seminar for fire and emergency services organizations in order to provide information on state and federal funding opportunities, as well as new regulations and legislation impacting fire companies and EMS organizations. It will be on Thursday, Feb. 23, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Allen Township Fire Hall, 3530 Howertown Road, Northampton.

Thursday, February 23, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS An elderly Carbon County man was killed and his wife seriously injured in a crash that occurred about 8:04 p.m. Wednesday on the on-ramp to Interstate 80 in Kidder Township.

An elderly Carbon County resident was killed and his wife seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 8:04 p.m. Wednesday.

State police at Fern Ridge said the crash occurred on the on-ramp at Exit 277 to Interstate 80 in Kidder Township.

Troopers identified the victim as Francis F. Forrester, 74, of Albrightsville. He was a passenger in a 2006 Hyundai Sonata driven by his wife, Mary A. Forrester, 76.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Harrity Road bridge over the Pohopoco Creek will be temporarily closed between Route 209 and Fairyland Road from 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 to 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 7. Traffic will be detoured on Route 209, Canal Street and Fairyland road. The closure is due to the ongoing Harrity Road bridge replacement project that began Dec. 9, 2010 and is expected to be complete on Jan. 2013.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Carbon County Navy Club will hold its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Nesquehoning VFW. Scott Reinhart will be in charge.

Election of officers will take place that day. All members are asked to attend.

Thursday, February 23, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Michelle DeSousa (center), a registered nurse at Palmerton Hospital, utilizes the Bedside Mobile Workstations as Dorothy Patzek, vice president of nursing at Blue Mountain Health System, looks on. The BMW's are also being utilized at BMHS' Gnaden Huetten campus in Lehighton.

Technology in the form of state-of-the-art computers on wheels have already proven their mettle at Blue Mountain Health System.

Instituted earlier this month for patients in its Palmerton and Gnaden Huetten hospitals, the Bedside Mobile Workstations save time, ensure accuracy, and enable nurses to spend more time with their patients.

Michelle DeSousa, a Registered Nurse at the Palmerton campus, said the BMW's have already had a profound impact on her day-to-day operations.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A "NO-MORE-PROCRASTINATION VOTER REGISTRATION PARTY" is happening today, Friday, and Saturday, at the Carbon County Republican Party headquarters, 198 South First Street, Lehighton. There will be activities, food and refreshments and special visitors.

Beginning today from 4 to 8 p.m. and continuing on Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and again on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m..