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Thursday, April 4, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Sydney Martin

Slatington Woman's Club has named Sydney Martin as its Girl of the Month for April. She is the daughter of Tom and Lisa Martin of Slatedale.

A senior at Northern Lehigh Area High School, she has participated in the fall play, spring musical, concert choir, woman's select choir and she ran a theater program at the elementary school for fifth and sixth graders.

She is interested in music, theater, psychology and helping people in any way she can.

Sydney's future plans are to go to college and become either a psychotherapist or addictions counselor to help those in need.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Beltzville State Park will be hosting a Basic Boating Course instructed by Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission staff on April 9 and 11, 2013. The course will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. each night.

There is no charge for the course.

All participants must preregister and must attend both sessions. Call Beltzville State Park at (610) 377-0045 to register.

Thursday, April 4, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Gavin Dorshimer of Kunkletown, concentrates as he carries his egg on a spoon in a relay race at St. Matthew's UCC's Easter Egg Hunt. Besides the egg and spoon relay race there was an egg rolling relay race, egg toss game besides the regular egg hunt. Besides prize eggs, each child received a gift.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Courtesy Ryan Township Police Dept.

Lisa Ketchledge, 49, of 141 Hazle St., Delano, was taken into custody by Ryan Township police on March 28 after they seized approximately one-half pound of suspected "bath salts," numerous packaging products, other drug-related paraphernalia, glass pipes, plastic pipes, aluminum foil pipes, one scale and eight hand guns and rifles. In addition, approximately a quarter pound of the bath salts was individually packaged for sale. Rush Township police assisted. Township police credited the bust to an anonymous tip received by the Schuylkill County Adult Probation office.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Thomas Dougher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dougher, North Eleventh Street, Lehighton, has been selected by District 741 of Rotary International as a member of the Youth Exchange Program for 1971. Thomas was selected during a dinner meeting of all candidates held at the Treadway Motor Lodge in Wilkes-Barre. Dougher, 17, said Australia was his first preference. His alternate choices were Switzerland and Brazil. After returning from Australia, Thomas plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania and major in civil engineering.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Drug use was deadly in Carbon County during 2012, according to Carbon County Coroner Bruce Nalesnik.

Of the 22 "accidental" deaths the coroner's office investigated, half of them were caused by drugs.

Nalesnik said he and his staff processed a total of 362 cases during 2012.

This included the 22 accidental deaths, 16 suicides, and four homicides.

The accidental deaths included:

Ÿ Eleven due to drug related activity.

Ÿ Four due to automobile accidents.

Ÿ Five due to drowning.

Ÿ One by carbon monoxide toxicity.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lansford students at the Cortright Street bus stop arrived to two patches of graffiti spray painted on the stadium wall this week. Police are looking into the matter.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Tensions between the township engineer and the West Penn Township board of supervisors grew during last evening's monthly meeting at the municipal building when supervisors became reluctant to pay Rettew Engineering $14,671.08 for additional expenses to fix Barry Road Bridge.

The board claims the design plans for the project were not carried out as they were supposed to be, which resulted in a bridge being built that didn't meet code. By the time the engineer inspected it, the missteps were already made that cost taxpayers the extra money.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Gathered at Fairway Subaru in Hazleton (main sponsor of the Weatherly Hill Climb), where the Weatherly Hillclimb Association met with representatives of local charities and donated 225 T-shirts, hoodies, and sweatshirts to be distributed locally by them were, left to right : Wayne Gettig, Weatherly Hillclimb Association; Fred Grant, DBI Services; Richard Kane, Vice President Weatherly Hillclimb Association and cosponsor Richard Kane General Contractor; Joe Cyburt, President Weatherly Hillclimb Association and Town Councilman; Al Corazza, Sales Manager Fairway Subaru and hillclimb driver; Rachel Kulsa. United Children's Home; and Nicole Delazio, United Charities.

For the Weatherly Hillclimb Association it's not just about planning racing events, as the group stays active all year by donating to and supporting the surrounding communities.

The newest organizations to benefit from the Hillclimb Association, United Charities and United Children's Home received boxes of shirts from them.