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Monday, April 15, 2013

Carbon County ranked second among the 67 counties of the state in the rate of deaths due to cancer during 1976, according to a just completed study of cancer mortality and morbidity by the State Department of Health. The study shows that during the five year period from 1971-1975, deaths from cancer in the county averaged 100 a year, as against 135 such deaths during 1976, giving the county a cancer mortality rate for the year of 258.6 per 100,000 population, and a five-year rate of 212.8. Lung cancer was the highest of the causes of cancer deaths.

Monday, April 15, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Taking advantage of warmer Spring weather, Mike Swilp of Cumbola takes a few practice swings before starting his game at the White Birch Golf Course with friend Julian Grubb.

Monday, April 15, 2013

On Monday, April 15 at noon in the Pennsylvania State Capitol Media Center, Harrisburg, Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) will join fellow legislators and other advocates to announce legislation that would use the money from the privatization of Pennsylvania's liquor store system to fix our state's roads and bridges.

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Palmerton Area School District board of directors will hold Budget & Finance Committee Meetings on Monday, April 29, and Monday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, April 15, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Matt Hope

A humble, behind-the-scenes hero will step forward to claim the 50th Tamaqua Area Citizenship honor.

Matt Hope, 55, lifelong Tamaqua resident and tireless supporter of his community, has been chosen the recipient of the 2013 Joseph M. Plasko Memorial Citizenship Award. The honor is sponsored by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce and Greater Tamaqua Industrial Development Enterprises.

An honoree is chosen each year by a panel representing a cross-section of the community.

Hope said on Friday that he was shocked when he learned of the committee's decision.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Gerald Haggerty of Haggerty Financial Services, Jim Thorpe, had his busiest year ever for filing income taxes.

One reason, he said, is because some individual tax preparers have given up the practice due to increasing pending educational demands and fees being assessed.

He said he had about 40 new customers this year.

Still, he's managed to get them all finished in time for today's tax filing deadline.

"I'm in pretty good shape," the veteran preparer said. "I have two pickups yet."

Monday, April 15, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Danyelle Hahn gets advice from coach Pete Shanton during the fundraiser held to raise funds for the tragedy in Newtown.

CrossFit TC Unplugged raised the stakes of total-body fitness to a new level when they held a fundraiser event for the victims of the Newtown tragedy.

Eight teams of eight members representing CrossFit crews from Lehighton and Easton each paid $10 to take part in a three round fitness challenge Sunday evening at the Lehighton Recreation Center. Also taking part in the event were Zumba and Pyramid fitness teams.

Chrissy Mayernik, the owner and head coach, was in her element as she raced around the floor to encourage participants to reach their highest physical potential.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

EASTON, Pa. (AP) – A man who prosecutors say helped bilk an eastern Pennsylvania town out of more than $800,000 will serve 18 months to five years in prison.

A Northampton County judge sentenced businessman P.J. McLaine on Friday for defrauding Bethlehem Township through a streetlight maintenance plan.

Prosecutors say McLaine's company, Municipal Energy Managers Inc., overstated the cost of buying streetlights from a utility company, then pocketed the difference.

Saturday, April 13, 2013
bob ford/times news

A handler walks a bomb-sniffing dog toward the Carbon County Courthouse in Jim Thorpe following a bomb scare yesterday. The bomb scare resulted in the evacuation of the courthouse and neighboring courthouse annex at about 10:45 a.m. It wasn't until after 4 p.m. that the all-clear signal was given for business to return to normal.