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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tamaqua: Robert C. Delp and Deborah Delp to Nicholas A. Hollenbach: properties at 420 Washington St. for $60,000.

Ashley R. Goho and Pamela A. Goho, administrators for the estate of Sharon R. Goho to Ashley R. Goho, Pamela A. Goho and Dawn M. Huggins: property at 330 E. Union St. for $1.

John Trudich, John Trudich Jr. and attorney Shirley French to Shirley French: properties on Owl Creek Road for $1.

Eric William Couch and Lori Ann Post to Percy Brown: property at 32 E. Elm St. for $16,000.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

HARRISBURG – Legislation designed to secure a reliable funding stream for the state's Child Advocacy Centers has been approved by both the state House and Senate and now heads to the governor's desk to be signed into law, announced Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton), author of the measure.

"I have been working on legislation to fund the state's CACs for the last 10 years and am overjoyed that these important facilities will now have funding to help them continue their mission," said Harhart.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Republicans who used gerrymandering and geography to hold onto a majority in the U.S. House in 2012 despite widespread losses got help from an unlikely source: Pennsylvania Democrats.

A year earlier, state House Democrats helped pass the Republican-drawn map of the Pennsylvania's congressional districts. And even before that, they had another chance to stop it.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ben Salem UCC, 1749 Church Hill Road, Lehighton, will hold its Spring Bazaar from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday.

The event will include a basket auction, homemade foods, Easter candy and an egg hunt.

For more information, call 570-386-4990.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS  St. John Neumann Regional School instructors Mary Hartz, left, and Jess Yorke proudly display an igloo that has been built at the school's Slatington campus.

Here's one igloo that won't be melting anytime soon.

Made from 500 gallon jugs held together by hot glue, an igloo is up and in use at St. John Neumann Regional School's Slatington campus.

Instructors Mary Hartz and Jess Yorke taught kindergarten and first-grade pupils an arctic theme. Hartz said it took 12 hours to put the igloo together, and about 40 big glue sticks were used.

"The students learned about arctic animals, the Eskimos, how the Eskimos live and transportation," Hartz said.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Representatives of neighborhood crime watch groups from throughout the Carbon County area came together recently in an open forum to exchange ideas, information and handouts to address the matter of properly preventing, deterring and reporting crime.

According to Carbon County District Attorney Gary Dobias, there has been a steady increase in crime in the county.

"It's a reflection of our economic times," Dobias said. "With more people with less money and high unemployment, it affects people's judgment and crime goes up including more serious crimes."

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The State Department of Labor and Industry reminds Pennsylvania employers a federal law goes into effect nationwide today raising the minimum hourly wage to $4.25.

The increase will affect an estimated 299,000 Pennsylvanians who currently earn less than $4.25 per hour, according to department analysts.

The minimum wage was last increased on April 1, 1990, to $3.80.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The 2014 telethon of the Carbon Schuylkill Chapter of the American Cancer Society will be held at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe from noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday.

Live broadcast of the telethon will be by Blue Ridge Communications TV-13.

Hosting the telethon on Saturday will be Joe Krushinsky, Bud Wychulis, Jerry Knowles, Maureen Donovan, Jacob Gursky and Jason DeMarco.

Sunday hosts will be Krushinsky, Wychulis, Donovan, Kim Bell, Demarco, Gursky and Ann Marie Calabrese.

The public is welcome to attend the telethon at any time at Penn's Peak.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Chestnuthill, Jackson, Eldred and Ross townships are moving closer to approving a CJER Regional Comprehensive Plan, after a hearing Thursday night at the West End Volunteer Fire Company in Brodheadsville.

A vote on the plan was delayed until May 1 after the CJER Regional Comprehensive Committee heard questions raised by committee members and the public.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Carbon County's Animal Response Team is trying to educate students about volunteer projects to help animals.

Recently, the volunteer organization began visiting area schools to do presentations to the junior and senior classes to introduce students to CART and what it has to offer the community; as well as possible community service and senior projects that are available.

"We are trying to encourage them to give CART a shot for projects and hope that they like it and will want to stay on after the project is completed," said Diane Sharpless, CART coordinator.