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Friday, March 15, 2013

To assure that all deceased county veterans are remembered and honored the Schuylkill County commissioners gave approval to its Veterans' Bureau to purchase flags to decorate their graves for Memorial Day in action taken at the public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

The county is part of a five county cooperative which purchase a large bulk of flags at cost savings because if each county made separate purchases the cost would be higher. The five county group consists of Schuylkill, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Monroe and Lycoming.

Friday, March 15, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A Tamaqua woman was taken to the hospital following a two vehicle accident that occurred just before 10 a.m. yesterday at the Leiby's intersection (SR309 and 443) in South Tamaqua. West Penn Township police reported that Carol Krout, Tamaqua, driving a red Toyota RAV4 north on SR309, turned into the path of George Buzosi of Tamaqua, who was driving a tan Chevrolet Venture van south on SR309. Gladys Bates, also of Tamaqua, a passenger in the van, was taken via ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital. The impact caused major damage to the front of the Chevrolet and passenger side of the Toyota.

Friday, March 15, 2013
Sen. David G. Argall (R-29)

Standing in the Capitol Media Center, state Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) and John Yudichak (D-14) on Tuesday formally introduced Senate Bill 76, The Property Tax Independence Act.

In his remarks about the bill, Argall noted that the property tax has plagued Pennsylvania since the 1830s.

Friday, March 15, 2013

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a prison term on Tuesday in the county court after pleading guilty to a drug count, while a county male got prison time after entering pleas in five pending cases.

The two were among 25 to enter pleas in pending criminal cases before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Meth lab

Pearl C. Cullen, 37, of Summit Hill, pleaded to one count of criminal conspiracy to manufacturer a controlled substance-methamphetamine.

Friday, March 15, 2013

PathStone Child and Family Development program is now taking applications for Early Head Start, Head Start and Pre-K Counts programs. Children must be age eligible and meet the income guidelines. Families who receive unemployment benefits, work at a low paying job or receive SSI are a few of those who maybe income eligible.

Early Head Start serves children from birth to 3 years old. Pregnant women are also eligible for the program. Families living in the Panther Valley, Palmerton, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton and Weatherly school districts are eligible.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Feed the People will offer a free Easter dinner on Wednesday, March 20, from 5-7 p.m. at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott Street (Tunnel Street entrance), Lansford.

The group will be serving ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans and cucumber salad. All are welcome.

For more information, call (570) 657-1480.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15-24. A government report states that 3 million American teenagers thought seriously about suicide and about 1 million attempted it. That same report adds that only 36 percent of teens have received treatment or counseling.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Carbon County commissioners are trying to find solutions to help municipalities affected by the closure of the blue bin recycling program.

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Penn State Extension Carbon County Master Gardeners want to help residents with gardening questions through the Green Line.

If you have any questions about seed starting, pruning, planting, insect and/or disease control, you can ask a member of the group via phone or stopping by on the first, third and fourth Tuesday, between 10 a.m. and noon and the second Tuesday between 1 and 3 p.m. The number to call is (570) 325-2788 and they are located inside the Penn State Extension office at 529 Lentz Trail, Jim Thorpe.