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Friday, February 17, 2012
Lehighton Legion Auxiliary celebrates Presidents Day

Members of the Lehighton American Legion Auxiliary 314, in honor of Presidents Day, presented rulers with photographs and terms of office of all the presidents of the United States printed on them to approximately 190 eighth grade students at the Lehighton Area Middle School. From left are LaRue Fritz, second vice president and Poppy and Girls State chairman; Madison Teno, vice president of the LAMS Student Council; and Ben Cordova, president of the LAMS Student Council; Sue Anthony, Sgt. at arms and Americanism chairman; and Michael DeAngelo, assistant principal.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Coaldale VFW Post 6982 is planning to send care packages to local service members currently deployed, or preparing to deploy overseas. The operation is currently in the planning stages and VFW officials are seeking the public's help in the form of donations, as well as service members' names and addresses. In addition to monetary donations, to help defray postage costs, donations of non-perishable items, such as toiletries, books, puzzles, hard candy, etc., are also being accepted.

Friday, February 17, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison andBorough Council President MicahGursky volunteered their time helpingthe Carbon-Tamaqua Chapter of the American Cancer Society by acting ascelebrity bartenders at the Restaurantat the Station in Tamaqua. Alsodonating their talents were performers Kathy Rimm, Jack Kulp and LorenCollura. The restaurant is hosting "Celebrity Bartender Benefits" from 6 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday to raise funds for ACS. Next Wednesday's event will consist of Magic Night with personalities from WMGH and WLSH.

Friday, February 17, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Middle School Students of the Month for the month of January were recently selected. Students are recognized for their excellence in academics and conduct and are awarded certificates of achievement and gift cards. From left are Ravyn Zenon, grade 6; Brendan Morgans, grade 7; and Nathan Miller, grade 8.

Friday, February 17, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Jim Thorpe Policeman's Ball Committee Members and Emcees gathered in the lobby of Memorial Hall just prior to the start of the event. They are, left to right : Mayor Michael Sofranko; Councilwoman Joanne Klitsch; Committee Members Lee Marzen, Cindy Kmetz, Jamie Solomon, Tammy Lombardo, Chief Joseph Schatz; Borough Council President Betsy Ahner; and Committee Member Louise McClafferty.

Memorial Hall on East 10th street in Jim Thorpe was the setting last Saturday evening for the 4th annual Policeman's Ball which was hosted by the Jim Thorpe Police Department.

The emcees for this year's ball were Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko, and Chief of Police Joseph Schatz.

This year's event was a fundraiser for both the Cystic Fibrosis Association, and Officer Joseph David of the Jim Thorpe Police Department.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The complete interior of the Kaijay Pants Company factory, 44 W. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, was gutted by fire today which had its inception at 2:30 p.m. The complete interior and rear of the building, formerly the Newton Theater, was ravished by the flames. The fire was fought by firefighters from the Nesquehoning, Lansford, Mauch Chunk, and Lehighton. Harry Koplin, 67, of Hazleton, properitor of the mill, estimated 10,000 garments - slacks and shorts - were consumed in the fire.

Friday, February 17, 2012

A decision to purchase a $65,000 generator for Rush Township had many audience members at odds with the board of supervisors during the meeting Thursday evening.

There is $40,000 budgeted for payment of the generator and a balance in the building fund that will cover the other $25,000. Because the generator is for the municipal building, the money has to come out of the building fund, according to Vice Chairman Robert J. Leibensperger.

Friday, February 17, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS This is a map of the existing magisterial districts within Carbon County. The pink outline represents District Judge Joseph Homanko's magisterial district; purple, Judge Casimir Kosciolek's district; orange, Judge Edward Lewis's district; and green, Judge William Kissner's district.

The proposed realignment of the four Carbon County magisterial districts has been announced by court officials.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Roberta Brewster, district court administrator, provided information on the proposed changes to the districts. The realignment, if approved by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court following the 30-day public comment period, calls for moving Mahoning Township out of the Jim Thorpe magisterial district and East Penn Township out of the Palmerton District and into Lansford District Judge Casimir Kosciolek's district.

Friday, February 17, 2012
Joshua Jimenez

Two men from New York were arrested by McAdoo Police on drug related charges on Feb. 3.

Joshua Jimenez, 20, of New York City and Pedro Alvarez, 24, of Queens, were taken into custody at 4:26 p.m. that day after allegedly delivering three bundles of heroin to a building on West Blaine Street. The bundles have a street value of $300.

While both men are from out of state, they have friends and family in the Hazleton area, according to McAdoo Police.

Friday, February 17, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured is all that is left of the Rex's mobile home that was razed during a fast-moving fire that occurred on Jan. 28.

Members of the George S. Patton Jr. VFW Post 5069 made a monetary donation to fire victims Keith and Petra Rex of 3176 Mahoning Drive West in Lehighton, following a fast moving fire on Jan. 28 that completely razed their home.

Friends of Keith and Petra have set up a fire victims' fund to help the couple as they recover. The Rex Fire Fund has been established at the Sovereign Bank Branch in Snyders, 2092 West Penn Pike, New Ringgold, 17960.