Saturday, April 19, 2014

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two Democratic candidates for governor have released their tax returns for 2012 after seeking extensions for the 2013 tax year.

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz and former state environmental protection secretary Katie McGinty each made the disclosures this week. Four other candidates have not released theirs.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Carbon County woman, with an extensive history of drug use and convictions, was sentenced to a county prison term on Monday.

Marianne Hauser, 48, of Lehighton, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve eight to one day less 24 months in prison on a charge of possession of a controlled substance heroin. She previously pleaded guilty to the charge.

She was arrested on May 17, 2013, by Lehighton police in the area of 185 S. First St.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS  Area scouts collected used eyeglasses and donated them to the Tamaqua Lions Club. Lions Club President Brian Keich met with some of the scouts Thursday. Front row, from left, are Aiden Mlynek, Keich and Derek DeAngelo. Middle row, Ryann Goho, Caitlin Kovatch, Taylor Wargo, Gabby Blasko and Lauren Sheckler. Back row, Tara Goho, Ashley DeAngelo, Courtney Kovatch and McKayla Wall.

Boy and Girl Scouts from troops in the Tamaqua and Panther Valley areas collected more than 500 pairs of used eyeglasses and donated them to the Tamaqua Lions Club.

It's a record, said Nancy Paisley, who with Tara Goho is a co-community leader for Community No. 310. The Scouts have participated in the eyeglass collection for six years, collecting about 400 pairs each year.

Goho said that Community 310 includes Girl Scouts from the Daisy to Senior level from 15 local troops.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System will co-sponsor a New to Medicare Workshop with the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at the Bowmanstown Medical Plaza, 204 Bank St., Bowmanstown.

The four parts of Medicare include hospital care, physician and lab work and prescription drug coverage. It is important to get a basic understanding of the program.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Special to the Times News, Used by permission The People's Choice Award went to Jim Paris for his photograph of an Autumn Pond.

Lehigh Gap Nature Center held its first Nature in Photographs exhibition from March 21 to April 5 and announced the winners of the judging and the People's Choice Award. More than 200 people viewed the show. Anita Collins, LGNC board president, thanked all the photographers who entered the show.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A New Ringgold man was attacked in Tamaqua on Monday afternoon over a supposed debt.

Dominic Chickilly, 23, told Tamaqua police he was walking in the area of the Majestic House Apartments when another man, identified as Adam Jose Cruz, 29, of 20 Clay St., Tamaqua, pulled up in a silver Ford pickup demanding money he said he was owed.

When Chickilly indicated he didn't know what Cruz was talking about, Cruz jumped out of his truck.

Police said he then approached Chickilly, armed with a yellow box cutter, which he used to stab the victim in his left arm, near the bicep.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Carbon County medical and dental practitioners treating Department of Public Assistance clients during the month of February of this year will receive 94 percent of their fees for such patients instead of the previously paid 45 percent, it was announced at the meeting of the executive board of the D.P.A. held here last night.

Physicians, dentists and nurses will come under the increase program while pharmacists will continue to receive 100 percent as in the past.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Several students from Polk Elementary School led the Pleasant Valley School District board of directors meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance. They are, from left: Isaac Westerman, kindergarten; Mira Giunta, first grade; Sam Smale, kindergarten; Nicholas Westerman, third grade; Zachary Hayes, third grade; and John Smale, third grade.

In a 9-0 vote, the Pleasant Valley School District's board of directors approved tabling the substitute teacher pay raise at the Thursday, April 10, board meeting.

Director Len Peeters made the motion, saying he didn't think it would pass.

"We need to do more research," he said.

Director Susan Kresge seconded the motion.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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These yellow blooms looked sad this morning after April snow showers movedthrough overnight. The rest of the week will be cool, with temperatures expectedto reach 59 degrees for Easter.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Grace-St. Paul's UMC free community dinner will take place from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, April 19.

Dinner will be spaghetti and meatballs.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to the Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information call the church at 570-325-9151.