Monday, September 1, 2014

Local News

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Few people in the village of New Columbus, known for its lovers of opera, knew that one of the nation's top country music stars was in their midst. But Little Jimmy Dickens and his combo got top billing at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Degiglio of East Diaz Avenue.

The reason for the visit is that lead guitarist Bobby Galloway of Nashville, Tennessee is Mrs. Degiglio's nephew.

Mrs. Degiglio said this is her first time meeting Dickens, who is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The singer and his band were returning from an engagement in Bellefonte, near Penn State.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Football season has begun. Here are fInal scores from around the area:
Bangor 31, Catasauqua 18
Bethlehem Catholic 56, Bethlehem Liberty 27
Bethlehem Freedom 35, East Stroudsburg South 7
Blue Mountain 41, Shenandoah Valley 12
Emmaus 41, East Stroudsburg North 7
Easton 49, Pleasant Valley 14
Jim Thorpe 35, Minersville 0
Lehighton 47, Mahanoy Area 12
New Hope-Solebury 45, Nativity BVM 21
Northern Lebanon 24, Pine Grove 14
Northwestern 32, Notre Dame 6
Parkland 49, Dieruff 7
Pius X 62, Morrisville 12
Central Catholic 41, Pocono Mountain East 7
Saucon Valley 39, Salisbury 36

Friday, August 29, 2014

Police throughout Carbon County are looking for a 31-year-old male suspect in a case involving an assault on a 5-year old-boy and the theft of a gun and bullets.

Friday afternoon police were called to a home at 138 Mauch Chunk Road in Packerton where the assault and theft occurred.

The mother of the child reported the child suffered a fracture of the eye socket, his ear drum damaged and his hair pulled out by blotches by his assailant, her brother.

Friday, August 29, 2014

A common misconception in the grant writing process is that the actual proposal is a major component of the grant seeking process.

To be successful, grant writing entails careful planning, research and outreach as well as cultivating relationships.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Parents of Tamaqua Area High School Class of 2015 students will meet Sept. 3 to begin preparations for the all night party. The meeting will be held at the Bungalow Park Pavilion, beginning at 7 p.m.

For further information, call Natalie at 570-778-3848.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Carbon County has been awarded over $10,000 to help operate its Restrictive Intermediate Punishment program.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 3-0 to approve a letter of award from the Pennsylvania Commission and Crime and Delinquency for the county's RIP Program. Under the letter, the county will receive $10,635 in match-free funding for 2014-2015.

The RIP program allows the courts to sentence offenders with minimal crimes to the home electronic monitoring program instead of prison.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The business "world" is coming to Wilkes-Barre.

A free program is coming to northeastern Pennsylvania to help businesses expand into the global markets.

The event, "Bringing the World to Northeastern Pennsyvlania," will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 at the convention center at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Twenty-two trade advisers from around the world will be on hand to provide businesses with assistance breaking into and streamlining international business sales.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Pennsylvania lawmakers are no strangers to pension and property tax reform.

The two issues dominated discussion again Wednesday night during a Pennsylvania School Boards Association legislative meeting in Lehighton.

The 90-minute session drew around 45 board members, superintendents and business managers from school districts in Carbon County.

Friday, August 29, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Third from right, Boots Hetherington adviser to the governor who works for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and is the Fair Funds administrator, presented the West End Fair with two checks. One for $29,000 for operations and $8,802 for premium awards. Accepting are, from left, Bob Coleman, West End Fair assistant treasurer; Tom Hodgdon, fair vice president; Brian Fenstermaker (representing Rep. Rosemary Brown; Grace Marks (representing Sens. David Argall and Pat Browne); Donald Everett, fair president; Rep. Mario Scavello; and Rep. Michael Carroll.

Barron "Boots" Hetherington, special adviser to the governor who works for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and is the fair funds administrator, said he has the best job in the world: giving money to fairs.

"The state does support its 109 fairs in two ways, through operational funds and premium awards. We get questioned that if the state has financial problems, why are we supporting fairs? Well, what is the top industry in the state? Farming. The second is tourism. So we're investing some money in our two top industries," he said.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The popular Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series continued Thursday, featuring the lively sounds of CoalCounty Express, a Carbon County group. The series is held every Thursday evening on the concourse of the Tamaqua train station and is free to the public. Thursday's concert was sponsored by Silberline Manufacturing Co., Hometown.