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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Blood drive

Miller-Keystone Blood Center will conduct its next Palmerton community blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. May 5 at the First United Church of Christ, next to Palmerton Borough Hall. The drive is sponsored by T.K. Thomas Funeral Home.

Palmerton earned an award from Keystone for the number of blood donors during 2015. Help is needed to have that success this year.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Carbon County woman admitted her part in the operation of a methamphetamine lab in her residence and also to theft incidents involving her live-in boyfriend, on Monday in the county court and was sentenced to a state prison term.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Band concert

The Pleasant Valley High School band concert will be presented at 7:30 tonight at the high school in Brodheadsville.

Ridge Seniors

The Chestnut Ridge Seniors social club will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Kunkletown Volunteer Fire Company in Kunkletown. Anyone 55 and older may join. Doors open at 9 a.m.

It is a bag lunch event and the game of Now You Have It, Now You Don’t. There will be prizes.

For more information call the president, Janet, at 610-381-3643.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Summit Hill

Arbor Day

The Summit Hill Shade Tree Commission will conduct its annual Arbor Day Ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturdayat Memorial Park near the post office.

There will be a brief program followed by the planting of the memorial trees.

Anyone who would like to sponsor a tree may call Lou Vermillion at 570-645-9772 or John Kupec 570-645-9644 for additional information.

Contact the Times News at 800-443-0377 or

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Lansford man was sentenced on Thursday in Carbon County court to house arrest in three cases in which he previously pleaded guilty.

Brian Allen Brossman, 38, was placed in the Intermediate Punishment Program for six months by Judge Joseph J. Matika on a driving under the influence charge. On a count of harassment by communications and false reports, he was placed on probation for a year on each count, concurrent to each other but consecutive to the DUI charge.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

There were only four other contested races on the county ballot — the Democratic nominations for U.S. Senate and Pennsylvania attorney general, and the Republican nominations for the 17th Congressional District and for Pennsylvania attorney general.

In the Senate race, county Democrats favored statewide winner Katie McGinty over two challengers, Joe Sestak and John Fetterman. McGinty garnered 3,102 votes locally, 46.15 percent, while Sestak was second with 2,549 (37.93 percent) and Fetterman finished third with a mere 784 votes (11.66 percent).

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Katie McGinty greets supporters with high-fives as she arrives at her polling station to cast her vote Tuesday in Wayne. McGinty won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. AP PHOTO/JACQUELINE LARMA Copyright - Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania voters also decided hotly contested Democratic primary races for U.S. Senate and state attorney general.

Democrats backed their party establishment’s choice, Katie McGinty, for U.S. Senate to challenge Republican incumbent Pat Toomey in November. They rejected former congressman Joe Sestak, who six years ago nearly won the office.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Ryan Heller, a health and physical fitness teacher at S.S. Palmer Elementary, pretends to throw bugs at students watching the festivities Friday afternoon. As a reward for raising $15,084 to the American Heart Association the students got to watch Heller eat crickets and mealworms.

Students from Mr. Jim George’s S.S. Palmer Elementary fifth-grade class raised $1,060 for the American Heart Association, to top all of the classes in fundraising.

As a reward, students from the winning class made a sundae on health and physical fitness teacher Ryan Heller Friday afternoon.

Students from S.S. Palmer and Parkside Education Center raised a combined $15,084.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Cindy Kester holds up a poster about losing their son Lee to drugs while her husband, Lonnie, shares his thoughts on the loss of their son at the 2016 Lehigh Valley DUI Highway Safety Task Force Youth conference Friday at Lehigh Valley Health Network auditorium. PRESS PHOTO BY SUSAN BRYANT

Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon County students attending the 2016 Lehigh Valley DUI Highway Safety Task Force Youth conference last week learned how important it is to make the right choices in life.

The students heard how drugs and alcohol cost Elliot Lipsky, 23, of South Whitehall, and Donald Yesik, 26, of Slatington, their freedom.

They also learned from Cindy and Lonnie Kester of Palmerton, how making a bad decision cost their son, Lee, his life.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

HARRISON CITY, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania school bus driver asked an 11-year-old student to get off the bus and move a downed, live power line.

Driver Patricia Ryan tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that she "never intended to hurt anyone" on April 15 in the Penn-Trafford School District.

Penn Township police say she endangered the welfare of the boy by asking students on the bus to get out and remove the power line.

The boy, Tyler Cunningham, and his father, Bob, tell WTAE-TV that the boy's hand was burned, but he wasn't seriously hurt.