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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

An indigent transient from New Jersey, who lived in the area only 10 months, went on trial Monday in Schuylkill County Court charged with the brutal murder of a Mahanoy City man in his home while committing a burglary.

Jarvin M. Huggins, 19, who rented a room at the White Owl boarding house in Mahanoy Township, is charged with criminal homicide, burglary, robbery, aggravated assault, criminal trespass, theft, and unauthorized use of a vehicle for the brutal slaying of Gene M. Slavinsky, 48, at his home at 48 W. Centre St.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

As a result of Carbon County ending its recycling program, Towamensing Township was flooded with phone calls on March 4.

The township wants to reassure township residents that its program is continuing to recycle.

At this time it accepts plastic, cardboard, glass, tin and aluminum. The township is working to find a solution for its residents to recycle tires, newspapers and magazines.

Check the township Facebook page or the website at towamensingtownship.com for updates.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Visitors and parishioners were treated to Welsh choir music by the Tamaqua-Panther Valley Songfest Leadership recently at the First United Methodist Church in Tamaqua. Churches represented were the First United Methodist Church in Tamaqua, First Congregational Church in Tamaqua, Zion Stone Church in New Ringgold, St. John's Lutheran Church in Tamaqua, People's Evangelical, St. Katherine's Drexel Church in Lansford, New Life Assembly of God Church in Tamaqua, United Methodist Church in Coaldale, St. Peter's Church in Mantzville, St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Summit Hill, St.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - FEMA Region III is proud to be promoting National Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 3-9.

During this week FEMA is asking members of the community to "Be a Force of Nature" and better prepare for severe weather threats in our area.

Monday, March 4, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Parkside Education Center kindergarten pupils Paige Kresge, 6, and Shea Shollenberger, 5, concentrate as they decorate their cupcakes as part of an activity geared toward Read Across America Week.

Take the pledge to read.

Pupils at Parkside Education Center did on Thursday as they participated in Read Across America activities.

As part of the activities, kindergarten pupils decorated cupcakes like different Dr. Seuss Books and then ate them.

Other exercises included a visit by Palmerton Mayor Chris Olivia, who administered the reading oath, "Buddy Reading" between kindergarten and first-grade pupils, and several guest readers.

The pupils, such as Dayton Tindula, clearly got a charge out of the cupcake making project.

Monday, March 4, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

At least one person was seriously injured Sunday night when involved in a one-vehicle crash along SR209 in Nesquehoning. The crash occurred just after 9 p.m. as the vehicle was traveling north, just past the Wash Shanty Hill. The driver apparently lost control crossing the roadway and possibly rolling the unit before coming to rest on its wheels along the south berm. One victim, believed to have been ejected, was found lying on the ground outside the vehicle. That victim was treated at the scene then flown by Penn Star helicopter to a Lehigh Valley area trauma center.

Monday, March 4, 2013

In a reversal of its Jan. 24 decision to hire a controversial Bucks County tax collection firm, the Panther Valley school board on Thursday agreed to have the Carbon County Tax Claim Bureau collect 2012 back property taxes.

The board in January had hired Portnoff Law Associates of Norristown. The firm was the center of a 2009 lawsuit that also involved then-board of Carbon County Commissioners Wayne Nothstein, William O'Gurek and Charles Getz, the county Tax Claim Bureau, and the school district.

Monday, March 4, 2013

The spotlight on this year's Municipal Primary Election in Schuylkill County centers on the contests for the offices of district attorney and sheriff.

There is also an important contest statewide for election of a judge of the Superior Court; and locally the election of a mayor and council members in boroughs, and supervisors and auditors in townships. Also, up for election are tax collectors for all the townships and boroughs and school directors in the 12 county public school districts.

Monday, March 4, 2013

A Monroe County woman was killed when the vehicle she was a passenger in crashed about 12:17 a.m. on Saturday, March 2. State police at Fern Ridge said the accident occurred along Wier Lake Road, at Doney Road, in Chestnuthill Township.

Troopers said Luz Mujica, 37, of Saylorsburg, was southbound when she failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle left the road and crashed into a tree.

A passenger, Alyssa Toner, 25, of Wind Gap, was pronounced dead at the scene. Mujica was flown by helicopter from the scene to a Lehigh Valley area hospital, troopers said.

Monday, March 4, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

The Penn State Master Gardeners program in Carbon County recently welcomed eight new members during the Class of 2013 graduation ceremony. The new Master Gardener apprentices completed a weekly training that began last October and lasted until February. Apprentices are, seated, from left, Marlene Green, Robert L. McAloose, and Noraine McGee. Standing, Michael Cormier, Patricia Suda, Eileen East and Jennifer Reduzzi. Missing from photo is Tina McAloose. The primary purpose of the Penn State Master Gardener program is to educate the public on the principles of gardening.