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Thursday, January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON The Internal Revenue Service today opened the 2013 filing season by announcing a variety of enhanced products and services to help taxpayers prepare and file their tax returns by the April 15 deadline.

New and expanded services for taxpayers this year include a redesigned IRS.gov web site that's easier to navigate and improved service options, including more video-conferencing assistance sites and additional social media tools. In addition, the IRS has stepped up its enforcement efforts to protect taxpayers from refund fraud and identity theft.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS A member of the rally holds a sign and American flag on Wednesday in the hopes of raising awareness of the proposed cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Americans want the federal government to know that they will not stand for cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

A handful of Carbon County residents gathered in front of the Carbon County Courthouse Annex in Jim Thorpe Wednesday morning to raise awareness of Congress' plan to make cuts to senior benefits.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A music benefit was held recently in Middleport for the family of the Adam Davis. Davis, of Pottsville, died Dec. 14 from an accidental gunshot. Family members stated the incident is still under investigation. The event was held at Fast Frank's Place and consisted of music, food and entertainment. "I am very thankful for all the bands and everyone that came out in support of Adam," said father Richard Davis. Fast Frank's Place donated the venue for the event. The band "Pan" along with "Modern Day Mollies" were two of numerous bands that donated their services.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Dave Wertman, a 30-year member of the American Hose Company in Tamaqua, was installed as the 2013 President of the Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters' Association. Newly installed SCVFA officers from front left are trustee, Todd Troup, Friendship Fire Co., Englewood Fire Co.; trustee Michael Wasko, Polish American Fire Co., Shenandoah; trustee Christian Alexis, New Ringgold Community Fire Co., New Ringgold; trustee Thomas Slane, Tuscarora Fire Company, Tuscarora; and trustee Eric Eichenberg, Minersville Fire and Rescue.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

February is heart health month. Even though deaths from cardiovascular disease have declined 33 percent from 1999 to 2009, it takes the lives of 2,150 Americans each day. That is an average of one death every 40 seconds.

As a community service, the Slatington Public Library, 650 Main Street, Slatington, is hosting a wellness lecture entitled "Keeping Your Heart Healthy", on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. It is sponsored by Bechtel's Pharmacy, 302 Main Street, Slatington.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Four individuals charged by the Pa. Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Narcotics, with alleged drug-related offenses, all waived their scheduled preliminary hearings, yesterday.

The hearings were scheduled before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

The defendants are:

* Robert John Moyer, 57, of Lansford, charged with delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

A New Ringgold man pleaded guilty to setting three arson fires in West Penn Township and received a jail sentence and face a high restitution bill in the Schuylkill County prison.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Prior to their Christmas Eve journeys, eight of Santa's helpers stopped by the home of Mildred Koons to surprise her with a floral arrangement as a gesture of appreciation for her and her late husband's dedication to the Lehighton Area School District Holiday Educare Program. Pictured with Koons are Monroe Cressley; Jeff Kirsch; Chuck Laviolette; Melvin Muffley; Bob Schaeffer; Mike Solt; Tom Williams; and Jon Yenser.

At the Lehighton Area School Board meeting on Tuesday evening, Gretchen Laviolette reported that this year marked the 24th time that Lehighton Area School District Holiday Educare Program helped to make the Christmas Season brighter for struggling families throughout the district.

According to Laviolette, "It is an honor to be considered the 'chair' of this program. However, it truly is a team effort." In addition to serving as Chairperson of LASD Holiday Educare Program, Laviolette is a math teacher at Lehighton Area High School .

Thursday, January 31, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Staff members of Blue Mountain Home Health Care are currently conducting an "in house" food collection for a patient in critical need. Pictured with some of the donations are – left to right – Michael Batovsky, Social Services; Kelly Valent, RN; Roseann Cser, Medical Records; and Inge Allen, Director.

While visiting a patient in his home, nurses of Blue Mountain Home Health Care identified a basic critical need – food – and are working to address it.

This particular patient lives alone and literally had no food in the house for himself – or for his cat. So, one of the nurses went to the supermarket to buy some food for both him and his furry friend.

Upon hearing about this situation, the staff of the program decided to conduct an "in house" collection. In addition to the food, they have been collecting cat food – and some cash. Only the staff has been contributing.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Police in Carbon and Schuylkill counties are looking for two individuals involved in a strong armed robbery at the First National Pharmacy along North First Street in Lehighton. The incident occurred about 4 p.m. Wednesday when some 180 Oxycodone tablets were grabbed in the pharmacy. The two, a male and female drove from the scene in a vintage pickup truck of which some witnesses were able to record the registration plate. The plate came back to a couple from Shenandoah.