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Saturday, May 18, 2013

The United Way of Carbon County will be holding its 6th Annual Cruise to the Music Festival & Car Cruise on Saturday, Aug 3. However, the Jukebox Cruisers will not be hosting the event as they have in the past. The information was incorrectly given to The TIMES NEWS in a United Way release.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Pennsylvania Power and Light Co. has become the first American corporation since 1930 to order a fleet of electric automobiles. Eight Mars 11 four-door sedans will be delivered to the utility in July by Electric Fuel Propulsions Inc. of Ferndale, Mich. The cars will be the first of 1,000 handbuilt units offered to industrial concerns by EFP begins mass production for the American public.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Dolon-Jones-Martino American Legion Post 304 has announced its schedule of events for Memorial Day weekend, May 26-27.

Memorial Day services include:

Sunday, May 26

8 a.m. Meet at the Legion Post

8:30 a.m. Vietnam Monument, place memorial wreath with prayer, salute and Taps

8:50 a.m. Civil War/WW II Monument, place memorial wreath with prayer, salute and Taps

9:05 a.m. Korean War Monument, place memorial wreath with prayer, salute and Taps

9:20 a.m. Liberties Monument, place memorial wreath with prayer, salute and Taps

Friday, May 17, 2013
38,440 registered to vote in Carbon County

Carbon County's registered voters total 38,440 persons, according to the report recently certified by the Carbon County Elections Board to the commonwealth.

Of that total, 33,218 persons are registered to the two major parties - Democratic and Republican - leaving 5,222 persons registered to other parties or choosing to have no party or no affiliation with a party.

The Democrats outnumber the Republicans by 4,174 voters - 18,696 to 14,522.

Below are the registration totals for each of the county's 51 precincts:

Banks Township

Friday, May 17, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Mother Marie Morgan claps for Sejan Wellington, a soloist.

Two churches, Faith Mountain of the Poconos and Word of Faith of Allentown, combined to hold a Victorian Tea in the Chestnuthill Community Center. The flowered centerpieces were in teacups and lace covered the tables.

Mother Joanna Young asked Cathy Borden to give the blessing of the food.

Jenny Filey gave a handmade gift of a teapot with a cross to each person attending.

"When you're alive, it's a beautiful day," said Young.

As more people entered contributing more food to the overflowing table, she added, "Like the fish and the loaves, the food is multiplying."

Friday, May 17, 2013
Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development celebrated the recent merger of the Carbon County Chamber and Carbon County Economic Development and opening of their new office at 137 South St., Lehighton. From left are the new faces of the chamber, from left, Marlyn Kissner, executive vice president of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce; Dawn Ferrante, executive director; and Heather McClure, assistant director.

The Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development on Thursday celebrated the opening of its new office at 137 South St., Lehighton, and the recent merger of the Carbon County Chamber and Carbon County Economic Development with a ribbon cutting, educational seminars, tours of the new facility, refreshments and opportunities for members to network and learn about the function of the new chamber.

Taking part in the ribbon cutting ceremony were members of the chamber and local and state officials.

Friday, May 17, 2013

The name of William D. Boyer was inadvertently omitted from a Thursday TIMES NEWS story on the upcoming primary elections.

Boyer is a candidate for Rush Township Supervisor on the Republican ticket.

The TIMES NEWS regrets the error.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Republican voters in Palmerton will have a choice to make among five candidates seeking four nominations for four-year terms on the borough council. We incorrectly stated earlier this week in our election preview that there were no contests in the borough balloting this time around. We apologize for the mistake.

The GOP candidates for council are incumbents Richard L. Nothstein and Michael J. Ballard and newcomers Lamont C. Musselman, Gerard J. Alfano and Jereme J. Barkanic. The latter's name was inadvertently omitted from the preview.

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Northern Lehigh Senior High School honor roll for the third marking period of the 2012-2013 school year has been announced by Robert Vlasaty, principal.

Principal's list

Friday, May 17, 2013

The best way to reduce Carbon County's 94 percent repeat offender rate is to funnel those accused of substance abuse related crimes through a separate "drug court," a volunteer group told the county Prison Board Wednesday.

Dr. Leta Thompson of the Carbon County Correctional Facility Research Committee, recommended the drug court, along with other programs, as effective ways to curb the county's high recidivism rate. Drug addiction is the driving force behind the extraordinary number of repeat offenders, Thompson said.