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Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at the pavilion at the Weissport trail head parking lot.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

On Monday, May 27, Carbon County Special Olympics will host the Jim Thorpe 10K Run.

About 10-15 volunteers are needed for this day. Volunteers are needed to spend time from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. to help with race registration, manning two water stations, set up and clean up.

The group will meet at the Jim Thorpe High School for the event, which is being held to benefit Carbon County Special Olympics.

Those who would like to help may email rod878@ptd.net.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Water report

The annual water report for the community will be mailed to all residents of Jim Thorpe. If you do not receive one and wish to have one, call the borough office at (570) 325-3025.

Class of 1965

Members of the 1965 graduating class of Jim Thorpe High School will hold their next luncheon on Thursday, June 13, at the Blue Ridge Country Club, 2230 Fireline Road, Palmerton. A social hour will begin at noon, with lunch at 1 p.m. Reservations are required. Contact George Kunkel, (570) 778-6678, by Monday, June 10, if you plan to attend.

Trash pickup

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Shaking their collective heads in disbelief that bids calling for Phase II renovation to the Carbon County Courthouse Annex in Jim Thorpe came in so high, the county commissioners may have no alternative but to reject the proposal and seek alternative plans.

Bogner, Inc. Hazleton, which has the current contract for the Phase I work, was the apparent low bidder at $1,015,673, a figure that is $42,327 lower than that of the only other bidder, K.J. Miles Construction Co. Shamokin.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Just 16 days after Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Act 4, which allows county commissioners to abolish the office of jury commissioner, the Pennsylvania State Association of Jury Commissioners on Wednesday asked Commonwealth Court to declare the law unconstitutional and halt its enforcement.

A hearing is scheduled for May 31 on the matter.

Thursday, May 23, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured with an 1981 Corvette and 1956 Bel Air Nomad are, from left, 26-year AACA President Joe Forish, 12-year No. 9 Mine President Dave Kutcha, AACA event chair Shawn Frederickson and AACA member Bill Bowman.

The Anthracite Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) will be holding a Car Cruise benefit during the No. 9 Mine and Museum's Old Fashioned Miner's Picnic scheduled for Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Cruise is open to all antique, classic, muscle cars, street rods or special interest vehicles.

Proceeds benefit programs of the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church, North Street, Lehighton, will hold a concert featuring the Hamenaires at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 2. For more information contact the Rev. Doug Evans at (610) 377-0724.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System and Palmerton Lions Club will co-sponsor a community health fair from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 8, at the Palmerton Hospital cafeteria, Lafayette Avenue, Palmerton.

The Health Fair will include several health assessments, health screenings, chair massages, and opportunity to meet with representatives from the Blue Mountain Health System and agencies from Carbon County and surrounding communities.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The National Transportation Safety Board's latest recipe for zero drunk-driving fatalities suggests a red wine reduction and a dash of jail time for anyone operating a vehicle with BAC levels above 0.05.

On May 14, the NTSB issued a set of 19 recommendations in its report, "Reaching Zero: Actions to Eliminate Alcohol-Impaired Driving." Among the 19 recommendations, the report called for increased use of high-visibility enforcement, use of in-vehicle alcohol detection technology, increased targeting of repeat offenders, and enhanced use of Administrative License Actions.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

One of the smallest voter turnouts in recent years was experienced in the Municipal Primary Election held in Schuylkill County Tuesday.

Only a total of 19,859 of the registered Republican and Democratic voters turned out, or 26.27 percent of the registered voters. Election Director Frannie Brennan based the poor turnout on lack of major contests and also the unusual heat that hit the county with thermometers registering in the high 80's.

The only contests county-wide were for the offices of sheriff and district attorney and none of the candidates had opposition.