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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Phillipsburg, New Jersey, company found guilty of allowing a truck to operate with faulty brakes, resulting in a crash that killed the driver on March 19, 2012, in East Union Township doesn't have to pay the $398 in court costs and a fine, the state Superior Court has ruled.

According to the seven-page ruling, state trooper Joseph DeLash, who is certified by the United States Department of Transportation's Office of Motor Carriers as an inspector, examined the truck after the crash.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Shenandoah man arrested by Tamaqua police for drug crimes was sentenced to four to 23 months in Schuylkill County prison.

Daquawn King, 25, was arrested on June 1, 2013, and charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club will host a dessert and coffee reception for Palmerton-area Democratic candidates at their closing meeting 7 p.m. today at the Fireline Hotel, Bowmanstown.

"The club especially looks forward to welcoming those candidates who are running for committeeman or committeewoman in the nine precincts that comprise the Palmerton Area," said PADC Vice President Sandi Peters, who will chair the meeting.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The next Carbon Animal Response Team fundraising committee meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Blondies Family Restaurant, Route 309, New Ringgold.

This meeting is open to all CART members.

If you would like to attend please let Diane Sharpless know no later than Tuesday evening so reservations can be made.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the Carbon County Navy Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, May 19, at Nesquehoning V.F.W., located at 300 E. Center St.

New members and associate members are welcome.

Navy Club USA was the first service organization chartered by Congress for the waterborne veterans of the Navy, Marine and Coast Guard.

Call Ski, 570-645-6586 or Scott, 570-645-7312.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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Anticipating Memorial Day services is Kaitlyn Serfass, Miss Poppy 2014-2015 of Lehighton American Legion Auxiliary 314, center,selling the first poppy of 2014 to Lehighton Mayor Tom Mase, right. LaRue Fritz, left, is Poppy chairman of Unit 314 and Four County Council and second vice president of Unit 314. Serfass is home-schooled. She takes part in track and enjoys baseball and archery. She is a member of Salem Bible Fellowship Church. Serfass will be attending Memorial Day services in Lehighton and will take partin the Lehighton Memorial Day parade.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Linda Ann Digilio, a cafeteria worker at the Penn-Kidder campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District, appeals to Jim Thorpe School Board members on Monday to refrain from hiring an outside firm to run its cafeterias. Despite her plea, the board voted 8-1 to hire Nutrition Group of Irwin, Westmoreland County, which will now be in charge of the district's 21 cafeteria employees.

Despite pleas to the contrary from employees and a union representative, Jim Thorpe Area School Board has agreed to hire an outside firm to operate the cafeterias in each of its buildings.

By an 8-1 vote, the board agreed Monday to have Nutrition Group of Irwin, Westmoreland County, run the food services operations in the school district on a one-year contract, with an option to renew the contract for four years.

The opposing vote came from board member Gerald F. Strubinger, who received applause from the cafeteria workers present at the meeting.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A free car seat checkup will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., on May 20 at Palmerton Ambulance, 501 Delaware Ave., Palmerton. The event is sponsored by Carbon County Safe Kids chapter and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Parents are asked to bring the child who uses the car seat to the checkup.

A safety specialist will be on hand to make sure the seat has not been recalled, if it is installed correctly in the vehicle and that the child fits properly into the seat.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Jim Thorpe Area School Board on Monday night approved its final budget without raising taxes.

The budget passed by a 7-2 vote with board member William Allison and board President John Patenio casting the negativevotes.

The budget retains the current tax rate of 45.52 mills.

The agenda for the meeting called for a 1.86-mill increase, which would have put taxes at 47.38 mills.

However, a motion was made that the budget be passed without a tax increase.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network, an affiliate of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, is sponsoring "Hunger Weekend" to help provide food for families living in the boundaries of the Tamaqua Area School District that are in need of a helping hand.