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The local news category. Will contains stories from Jim Thorpe, Northern Lehigh, Palmerton-Lehighton, Panther Valley, Poconos, and Tamaqua.

March 5, 1993

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Jim Thorpe is "out" for the second time and Nesquehoning is "in" again as the proposed site of Carbon County's new prison. The county's board of commissioners announced plans to purchase a 180-acre tract of land, situated east of Route 93 and north of the Nesquehoning Sewage Treatment Plant, to be the jail's new home.

The latest site is the fourth one to be considered by county officials. Other sites included Red Rock Quarry in Nesquehoning, Packerton Yards in Mahoning Township and a parcel of land off Flagstaff Road in Jim Thorpe.

Candidates begin filing petitions to run for offices in primary

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Twelve Democratic and 16 Republican petitions have been filed to date in the Carbon County Elections Bureau on behalf of people seeking elective office in the May 19 primary election.

The petition-filing period began runs through the end of the day on Tuesday.

Those filing petitions to date include:

Democrats

Another winter storm pummels region

Thursday, March 5, 2015
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AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

March is coming in like a lion across the Northeast as yet another winter storm is dropping snow throughout the region today. Businesses like Mahoning Valley Country Club, which depend on spring weather to open for the season, will have to wait a little longer; while otherbusinesses, such as area Christmas tree farms in Mahoning Township, are relaxing after a busy Christmas season.

Marian sophomore competes

Thursday, March 5, 2015
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Sophie Damian, a sophomore at Marian Catholic High School in Hometown, competed in the 10th Annual Shakespeare Competition at De Sales University on Feb. 28. The unique competition offers interaction with professional actors and scholarship opportunities. Sophie's piece was "Kate's Rant" from Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Students from 23 schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey participated.

Radios are ready

Thursday, March 5, 2015

New Schuylkill equipment going to fire companies

The first round of $5 million in radio equipment purchased by Schuylkill County commissioners for volunteer fire companies is poised to be delivered.

Commissioners signed off on the distribution Wednesday.

Ringling Bros. phasing out iconic elephant acts by 2018

Thursday, March 5, 2015

POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision.

Executives from Feld Entertainment, Ringling's parent company, said the decision to end the circus's century-old tradition of showcasing elephants was difficult and debated at length. Elephants have often been featured on Ringling's posters over the decades. The decision is being announced Thursday.

Man accused of buying auto insurance from scene of car wreck

Thursday, March 5, 2015

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania man called an insurance company from a crash scene to buy auto coverage and later claimed his wreck happened after he got the policy.

The Altoona Mirror (http://bit.ly/1GYSn18 ) reports that the insurance fraud charges filed this week against 33-year-old Michael Traveny stem from an Aug. 21 crash in Duncansville.

State prosecutors say Traveny didn't have insurance when he crashed that night so he called Safe Auto Insurance from the scene and purchased coverage without mentioning the wreck.

Cartwright to host town meeting in Hometown

Thursday, March 5, 2015

U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright will sponsor a town-hall meeting in Hometown.

According to a release issued by his office, Cartwright will be on hand from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, at the Rush Township Municipal Building, 104 Mahanoy Ave., Tamaqua.

The event is open to the public and is being held to discuss issues important to local residents.

Cartwright’s office indicated the event is part of an ongoing series of events Cartwright will hold across the Seventeenth District throughout the year.

Everyone is welcome and no RSVP is needed.

Drug sale case leads to a split verdict

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Carbon County jury panel returned a split verdict against a Luzerne County man who had been charged with several drug counts by Weatherly police following an arranged drug sale.

Following a two-day trial, the jury of eight men and four women found Randy Cepedes Ortega, 23, of Hazleton, guilty of criminal use of a communication device, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The first count is a felony three and the other two are misdemeanors.

Weather cancellations

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Schuylkill County courthouse in Pottsville is closed today due to the weather.

"We were going to open at 10 a.m., but we listened to the forecast and talked to PennDOT and to our emergency management people. Even Route 61 and other major roads were snow covered and icy, and 61 southbound was closed for awhile, so we just decided to close down for everyone's safety," said Commissioners Chairman Frank J. Staudenmeier.

Lehighton Borough trash pickup will now be Saturday, March 7 due to the weather.