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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Seeking more space for its agencies the Schuylkill County Commissioners took action at Wednesday's public meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville to proceed through a condemnation action to seek to acquire a building in the business district of Pottsville. The vote was 2 to 1 with Minority Commissioner Gary Hess casting his first negative vote since assuming office last January. He said he is not opposed to the proposed project but disagrees with Commissioners Frank Staudenmeier and George Halcovage in the method and time for acquiring the building.

Thursday, December 27, 2012
Members of the Carbon Career & Technical Institute's graphic design class and yearbook committee hold the plaque naming the 2011-2012 yearbook the Grand Prize Best Overall Yearbook nationally. Members of the class are front row, from left, Mary Sykes; Sandra Smith; Crystal Cisterna; Trese Merkel, 2012 CCTI graduate and the designer of the 2011-2012 yearbook design "A Piece of The Puzzle;" Angel Nothstein; Krystal Dunlap; and Brittany Clouse. Back row, Zachary Card, Damion Mitchell, Dylan Conti, Travis Hardy, Zachary Carr, and Steven Rodriguez.

Carbon Career & Technical Institute is top notch when it comes to its yearbook staff.

Recently, the school's 2011-2012 yearbook was awarded the top prize, Grand Prize Best Overall Yearbook, in Entourage Publishing's Third Annual National Yearbook Competition.

The yearbook's theme, "A Piece of The Puzzle," was the top yearbook published by Entourage in 2012.

Thursday, December 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Traffic on Hometown Hill yesterday was slowed to a crawl as motorists traveled down the slippery hill.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

As the student financial aid application season is rapidly approaching, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is reminding students and families that they may be contacted by individuals or companies, via emails, social media or traditional mail, offering assistance for securing money for their college-bound student's education.

For a fee, they may offer help in securing scholarship money.

Some of these organizations are legitimate while others are not.

Thursday, December 27, 2012
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Having fun in the snow yesterday afternoon before it turned to sleet and freezing rain is Tyler Black, 7, of Lake Hauto. For a few hours yesterday, the snow provided an opportunity for sleigh riding and other fun activities. Then it turned into freezing rain and sleet, ruining the fun.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The Carbon Motors TX7-made in Indiana, not Carbon County-which some say looks like a SWAT truck with a smile, is scheduled to be the first vehicle off the production line at Carbon Motors and available in early 2013, starting at "only $149,950".

What do you get when a futuristic designer marries a full assault SWAT truck with a police patrol vehicle? What you get is the TX7, a new multipurpose police vehicle from Carbon Motors.

Just for the record, other than having similar names, Carbon Motors has no relationship to Carbon County. Carbon Motors is headquartered in Connersville, Indiana.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mountain Karate Academy, Lehighton, held a food drive to help the Blue Mountain Food and Toy Drive feed less fortunate families during the upcoming Christmas holiday. Students of Mountain Karate Academy brought food for the barrel, which was donated to assist Nick Hawkey of the Carbon Mountaineer Marine Corps League 996, who coordinates program to present food baskets to needy families the week before Christmas.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Carbon County Court Judge Joseph J. Matika on Friday imposed sentences on six people.

Alan James Arthofer, 22, of Bowmanstown, was sentenced to 4-12 months on a theft by unlawful taking charge, and was given 151 days credit for time already served. He also must perform 50 hours of community service, and pay restitution of $140 to Ross Smith and $1,356 to State Farm Insurance.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Alex Jon Plummer.Jr bought a bat and ball for himself. He said he had a glove at home. Chief Scott Fogel helped him with his gift list.

Matt Enstrom, a detective with the Lehigh Township police department, said, "We got a good response from the community. Businesses donated." The Shop with a Cop project is in its first year and Dave Coppola, Kmart manager, said he expects to see it grow in future years.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS CCTI students, from left, Katarina Kattner, Katie Pickrell, Lauren Pickrell, and Gabrielle Achtermann, take a few moments from dancing during last week's dance-a-thon to pose for a photo. The girls are also very familiar with the SHINE Afterschool program as all are high school helpers for the SHINE Career Academy for sixth through eighth grade students in Carbon County.

Carbon Career & Technical Institute and the LCCC SHINE Afterschool program want students to know the importance of making healthy choices and exercising.

Recently, the Jim Thorpe based school began a fitness initiative as a way to challenge students to get up and move.

Rebecca Schaeffer, CCTI's school nurse and an organizer of the initiative, explained that she contacted Rachel Strucko, the coordinator of the SHINE Career Academy, and asked if the two programs could partner the program.

Through the SHINE program, six activities for CCTI students have been scheduled.