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

PennEast: Pipeline will bring $1.6B

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Drexel University economic impact study estimates design and construction of the proposed PennEast natural gas pipeline will provide a $1.6 billion economic benefit and support just over 12,000 jobs.

The projection, released Monday, includes $740 million in wages, in addition to revenues and investments to regional and state economies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where the natural gas pipeline would be located.

Pork and sauerkraut dinner in Tamaqua

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Zion Lutheran Church, 101 N. Greenwood St., Tamaqua, will sponsor a pork and sauerkraut dinner on Feb. 17. Hours will be 4 to 6:30 p.m. The menu includes pork, homemade sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, hot dogs and homemade doughnuts. Cost is $9 for adults and $4.50 for children.

For tickets or more information, call Shirley at 570-668-0623.

Don't fall for this scam

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Every year, the Better Business Bureau serving metro Washington, D.C., and eastern Pennsylvania hears from thousands of consumers and business owners about a variety of scams and frauds.

Many are new twists on existing scams, but scammers get more sophisticated every year in how they spoof trusted names and how they fool consumers.

There is a science to scams, and it may surprise you to know that scammers use many of the same techniques as legitimate sales professionals.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Two of the local dogs shown at the Westminster Dog Show in Madison Square Garden have been awarded second place ribbons for their breeds.

Journey, a Chow-Chow owned by Karen Tracy of Franklin Township, and Envy, a Chinese Shar-Pei bred by Jan Kolnik and Pat Zimmel-Roach of Lehighton, both won "Best of the Opposite Sex" titles. The title is awarded to the top dog with the opposite sex of the breed winners.

Only the top dog advances in the two-day competition, which is considered the Super Bowl of dog events.

Marchalk runs for Schuylkill treasurer

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
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Marchalk

Linda Gallo Marchalk of Tamaqua will seek the Republican nomination for Schuylkill County treasurer in the May 19 primary election.

If successful in the November general election, she would replace Republican Jacqueline V. McGovern, who has announced she will retire at the end of this year after 20 years in office.

Marchalk announced her candidacy after consulting with McGovern.

Nothing to tweet about

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS This lucky woodpecker samples the suet at a bird feeder in Andreas.
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS This lucky woodpecker samples the suet at a bird feeder in Andreas.

Bird seed, suet rank with salt in demand

Snow and ice, we've got.

But bird seed and suet are flying off the shelves of local hardware stores, and rock salt is vanishing faster than ice in August.

The steady barrage of weekend snow and ice storms are taking a toll on supplies at local hardware stores.

Stores are scrambling to keep the winter needs in stock.

"We had a shipment of nine tons of rock salt a week and a half ago, and we were already sold out as of yesterday," said April Henry, who is assistant manager of the Tractor Supply in Mahoning Township.

Carbon County Fair Board to meet

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Carbon County Fair monthly board meeting will be held on at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the community room located on the ground floor of the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital campus of Blue Mountain Health System in Lehighton.

Members are asked to make a note of the change in date.

Any individual or organization interested in becoming a display vendor at the 2015 fair is asked to call Bob Silliman at 570-325-8685.

Anyone who would like to become involved with the fair is asked to contact Liz McElwee at lmcelwee2@msn.com.

The fair will be held Aug. 3-8.

PennDOT centers closed for Presidents Day

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Harrisburg The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of Presidents Day.

Customers may still driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us.

Lioness board meeting set

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital Community Room.

The club is busy preparing for the club's annual Bunny Lunch to be held on March 21 at the Lehighton Recreation Center.

Efforts underway to revive Ashland band

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The sounds of a community marching band could return to Ashland if organizers find musicians to revive a part of borough history.

The revival effort is based on what was originally the American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps, and later the VFW Drum and Bugle Corps, which used the Legion's musical instruments when its band became inactive.