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Friday, June 13, 2014
JORDAN REABOLD/TIMES NEWS A group of CCTI students give the thumbs up after receiving their diplomas Thursday evening in Jim Thorpe.

Carbon Career Technical Institute held its commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday at Jim Thorpe Area High School.

Diplomas were awarded to 101 students who tossed their caps at the culmination of the ceremony.

Charles Trovato was the valedictorian for the Class of 2014.

In his speech, he looked back on memories over the years at CCTI, and both the students and the audience erupted with laughter at his recollection.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett has signedlegislation introduced by state Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) that will enhance the qualityand safety of drinking water by significantly lowering the lead content in pipes and other plumbing products.

Under the measure (Act 55 of 2014), the maximum allowable lead content in plumbing products is reduced from 8 percent to 0.25 percent. The new law also makes Pennsylvania's lead content standard consistent with a new federal law that took effect in January.

Friday, June 13, 2014

A number of vacancies have been filled on a Carbon County board.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board approved six appointments and two reappointments on the Children and Youth Advisory Board.

They include: Mary M. Figura of Nesquehoning and John Marchione of Jim Thorpe, who will sit on the board until May 1, 2015; Elaine J. Koons of Lehighton and David F. McAndrew Jr. of Summit Hill, until May 1, 2016; and Sally Watson of Lehighton and Suzan L. Whiteley of Jim Thorpe, until May 1, 2017.

Friday, June 13, 2014

A Nesquehoning fire department has been awarded over $230,000 in federal funds to purchase a new firefighting vehicle.

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded the Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1 with an Assistance to Firefighters Grant in the amount of $237,500, which will be used to purchase an Urban Interface Vehicle.

The vehicle is a combination brush truck/pumper and will carry brush fighting equipment as well as structural firefighting equipment.

Friday, June 13, 2014

A Schuylkill County judge has reduced the bail of a Tamaqua man charged with forgery.

Judge James Goodman on June 6 granted Jonathan A. Miller's request, reducing his bail to $500 percentage, meaning he has to post $50 to gain his freedom. Previously, it had been set at $5,000 percentage.

However, Goodman ordered Miller, 33, to live at 127 Owl Creek Road, and not move without court permission. Miller must also seek gainful employment.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Members of the Jim Thorpe classes of 1964 and 1965 will hold a picnic on Wednesday, June 18, at Mauch Chunk Lake Park in the Agnes McCartney pavilion beginning at noon. The reunion committee will meet at 11 a.m. for updates on the reunion in September.

Vacation Bible School

Ebenezer E.C. Church, Center Avenue, will hold Vacation Bible School for the children of the community entering kindergarten through sixth grades in the fall. It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information call the church at 570-325-2855.

Class reunion meeting

Friday, June 13, 2014

Jim Thorpe held its fourth annual Laurel Festival of the Arts, opening with a two-week run of classical music concerts and art exhibits.

Synonymously, the town stated its tribute to the state flower, the Mountain Laurel, with its yearly Lauren Blossom Festival.

The festival included about 50 craft booths and food vendors near the train station and park, featuring everything from Irish lace tablecloths to potato pancakes to face painting.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club is offering local veterans an opportunity to serve their community.

The "Involve a U.S. Veteran" program is a nationwide initiative sponsored by Lions Clubs International that offers qualified veterans an entrance fee waiver of up to $30 when joining a local Lions club. The waiver is available to the first 5,000 U.S. veterans. The program runs through June 30, 2015.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Over the past two weeks, residents, family members, staff, volunteers and community leaders of the Weatherwood nursing facility in Weatherly have sent 15 handwritten letters to local legislators urging them to make the care of the state's frailest, sickest people a priority in the state budget.

The letters showcased personal stories in an effort to illustrate the importance of state funding for long-term care services.

"State budgets should not be balanced on the backs of the frail elderly," administrator Karen Nocilla wrote in a press release Thursday.

Friday, June 13, 2014

A Lansford man was given a county prison term on Thursday in Carbon County court after previously pleading guilty to drug dealing.

He was one of three defendants who had entered guilty pleas at prior proceedings to be sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Lansford incident

Vito William Molle, 32, was sentenced by Matika to serve one day less one year to one day less two years in the county prison on one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin.