Bake your favorite cookies to be judged for the Tamaqua Community Spirit of Christmas Cookie Contest. There are four cookie categories: 1. Drop Cookie. 2. Bar Cookie. 3. Decorated Cookie. 4. Filled Cookie. Bring cookie entries to the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, 114 W. Broad Street, on Saturday, Dec. 3 between 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Minimum of two dozen cookies. Winners will be announced at the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sun., Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. All entries will be shared with the community. Register by December 2. Winners will receive a $25 Downtown Tamaqua Gift Certificate.
Marianne Dwyer's name was incorrectly spelled in a recent story about the Pet Food Pantry.
In the story, Marianne Dwyer said that Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club raised $225 for the pet food pantry by holding a community fundraiser. The pet food food pantry provides pet foods to be distributed to several local food pantries.
The TIMES NEWS apologizes for the error.
State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating three crashes on Tuesday, Nov. 29, all occurring along SR901 in Schuylkill County.
A hit-and-run accident was reported about 11:23 p.m. just east of Upper Beechwood Road, in Foster Township. Troopers said a 1991 Chevrolet Astro van was driven eastbound with the driver negotiating a left curve when it left the roadway. The vehicle traveled about 120 feet when the drivers' side impacted a utility pole, shearing it in half.
Bridget McFadden uses real life experience as her inspiration
Bridget McFadden is not your average teenager.
The Jim Thorpe Area High School junior has had an extensive career as a cheerleader, comes from a musically-talented family, and has a passion for the arts.
Now, the 16-year-old can also add published writer to her high school résumé.
McFadden wrote a short story about a personal experience that was recently published in the October issue of Teen Ink, an international magazine for teens written by teens.
Line item analysis will be focus at next session
Budget talks began last night in Summit Hill, but little progress was seen on determining the 2012 fiscal situation.
Council President Joseph Weber said another budget session is scheduled for next Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. during which the council members will do a line-by-line analysis of budgetary figures.
The discussion at last night's session was basically on generalities. Council members indicated that without the line-by-line scrutiny, it is impossible to get a grasp of anticipated expenses and income.
Gregory Earl Demage, 30, of 1025 Center St., Jim Thorpe, is facing multiple charges as a result of an incident at 1:08 p.m. Nov. 7 in Jim Thorpe Borough.
Police said they were dispatched to that residence for an active domestic disturbance and upon arrival were told by Renee K. Demage, the defendant's wife, that she had been threatened with a knife and that money was demanded.
Police said the man was arrested at the scene and transported to the police station for a video arraignment.
Wolter regains the RE/MAX long drive title
Carl Wolter knew what had to be done.
Wolter approached the teed up golf ball and addressed it, intensifying his focus for one perfect swing. The result was a 409-yard drive that outdistanced his opponent Ben Tuaone in the finals of the 2011 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship Powered By Dick's Sporting Goods.
With that swing, the 35-year old Wolter matched his 2002 performance to regain his place atop the power golf world.
St. Paul Lutheran
The Rev. Richard Hinkle, a retired pastor from Weatherly, will lead the worship service at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, on Sunday, Dec. 11.
He will deliver the sermon during the 10:30 a.m. service.
The church's Sunday school will meet at 9 a.m. Members are still collecting boxes of tissues that they will be delivering to the nursing home residents during their visit in December.
Once again Christmas on the Hill in Summit Hill, which will be held Saturday, will feature Santa arriving by helicopter.
Santa will arrive on the Ginder Field between 10:30 and 11 a.m.
Christmas on the Hill is sponsored by the Summit Hill Recreation Commission.
After Santa arrives, he will join the Summit Hill children for breakfast immediately at the Summit Hill Community Center.
The children will have breakfast with Santa, write him a letter and have a short visit with him.
Holidays hold hidden dangers for teenagers
With the start of the holidays, young people face added danger in this special season otherwise known for celebration and good cheer. The hooligan? Often it's alcohol.
School break offers up unstructured, and perhaps unsupervised, time and thus some significant risk especially when you add in the propensity of some adults to promote alcohol-included events as a way to mark Christmas, Hanukkah, or the New Year.
Let the reindeer games begin.
Teens and Alcohol
According to research from SADD and Liberty Mutual Insurance:
File for divorce
Douglas G. Cramer, 1256 West Penn Pike, Apt. B, West Penn Township, started a divorce action against Marcia Cramer, 3887 Barryan Drive, Danielsville, Northampton County. They were married May 29, 2010.
Jacqueline (Fogarty) Maschal, 275 Valley Road, New Philadelphia, filed for divorce from Gene Maschal, 20 S. Lemon St., Mount Carmel, Northumberland County. They were married April 12, 2003.
Kimberly A. Economy, 40 E. Spruce St., Mahanoy City, filed for divorce from Michael D. Economy,176 Long Row Road, Gilberton. They were married Oct. 6, 2004.
A Lower Towamensing Township business must wait until after the new year to have their request for a variance heard.
Representatives from AMPAL, Inc., of 2125 Little Gap Road, were scheduled to go before the township's zoning hearing board on Tuesday in search of permission to erect several additions onto their property.
Delayed by 35 minutes due to the lack of a stenographer, the hearing finally got under way after the township secretary arrived at the township municipal building to provide the board with a tape recorder.
Jim Thorpe police have arrested Charles H. Hemmen, 25, of Ambler, with a felony count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition as a result of an incident on July 24 in the borough where a motorcycle was stolen.
Police said the victim, Chris Hynes, said that someone took his 2001 Suzuki GSXR 1000 from its parked position at a meter on Lehigh Avenue.
"The Twilight Series: Breaking Dawn, Part 1" is an entertaining movie that should please fans of the movie and not disappoint fans of the fictional book series by Stephenie Meyer.
One presumes they are one and the same.
As for the vampires and werewolves, we're not so sure.
The vampires don't come off as half-bad for being half-dead.
The werewolves, well, they are often in the dark. And, as they zoom through the woods faster than a Predator drone, you can barely pick them out.
The big three are what's important here, anyway.
Editor's note: This is the piece, written by Bridget McFadden, that was published in Teen Ink's October magazine.
Bright lights flicker on and off. Music is blaring from the speakers. A man's voice comes on.
"Up next is Jim Thorpe High School. Now let's hear it for Lebanon Cedars!"
The crowd went crazy. My heart pounds as loud as a gong. My stomach feels like I'm about to revisit everything I ate that day. My hands are suddenly drenched in sweat and shaking. My teammates notice.
A Luzerne County man was placed in the Carbon County prison in Nesquehoning after being picked up on a warrant issued to Kidder Township police.
Township police said Timothy J. Moran, 40, of White Haven, was stopped on Nov. 24 about 12:01 a.m. by state police at Hazleton for a traffic violation. At the stop it was learned he had an active warrant for his arrest on two felony counts of theft by deception.
The Schuylkill County Football coaches Association will host its first Annual College Night on Thursday, December 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Blue Mountain High School in the cafeteria.
Any high school senior that is interested in pursuing a football career in college is strongly urged to attend. Collegiate football coaches from Division II and Division III schools located throughout Pennsylvania and neighboring states have been invited to attend.
State police at Frackville are looking for the person who stole a vehicle and then a short time later crashed it into two parked vehicles. Troopers said the incident occurred shortly after midnight today at 16 E. Main St., Girardville, and ended at 34 W. Main St.
Troopers said the 2011 Ford Fiesta of Rayna J. Noble, 20, was stolen from in front of her home about 12:04 a.m. The car was driven a short distance when it crashed into two parked vehicles. The suspect who stole the Ford then fled the scene.
A new salt shed that will store anti-skid materials is being constructed behind the Lehighton Borough Garage off East Penn Street.
The building is nearly complete and serves as a reminder that although we've experienced some unusually warm weather, winter conditions probably aren't too far away.
The structure has pre-cast concrete supports with wooden walls above them.
The shed is being built by Nimaris Construction of Bath and is nearly completed. Nimaris was one of four firms which bid on the project, offering the lowest quote of $57,633.75.
Palmerton Area School District will be selling winter sports season tickets beginning on Thursday, Dec. 1 in the high school office.
Tickets will also be sold in the high school lobby from 5 to 7 p.m. on December 1.
Ticket prices will be as follows:
Wrestling: Adults, $20.00; Students/Senior Citizens, $10.00
Basketball: Adults Girls and Boys Basketball, $30.00; Students/Senior Citizens $15.00
Family Pass: Wrestling $50.00, Girls and Boys Basketball $75.00.
Family Pass for all winter sports $125.00.
A Schuylkill County man, already facing charges of assaulting a woman in his home, is facing new allegations of sexual abuse of children.
State police at Schuylkill Haven have charged William John Shilbe, 54, of 2008 Village Rd., in Orwigsburg, West Brunswick Township, with having in his possession images of female children nude and also engaged in sexual acts with adult men. The photos are of children from infant age to pre-teen, troopers allege.
November 30, 1968
Damage at the Palace Theater, Lansford, caused by a fire of unknown origin yesterday morning, is estimated at $200,000. The entire interior of the building, owned by William J. McDonald, was gutted and a large stock of new household furniture was completely destroyed. The building served as a storage area for the Ridge Center. Sgt. Joseph Delpero and patrolman Francis Karnish of the Lansford Police Department were patrolling in the area and heard an explosion when the doors of the building were blown open.
A concert featuring Black Fate, Hell Freeze, Infernal Opera, Skalped and Panic will be presented from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at Palmerton Sokol Hall 214, 452 Lehigh St., Lehighton.
All proceeds benefit Toys for Tots. There will be games, baked goods, food and drinks available, plus photos with Santa Claus.
For additional information, call Paula at (610) 703-1933.
Kelsey A. Anderson and John W. Wefel Jr., 48 Schuylkill Road, New Ringgold.
Brenda L. Sabol and James P. Moss, 33 Hamilton St., Barnesville.
Melissa R. Clouser and Rodney E. Clouser, 203 Pine St., Tamaqua.
Tamaqua police were dispatched at 3:14 this morning following a glass-break and two internal motion alarms at the Wine & Spirits Store on North Railroad St. Responding within seconds of the alarm, police arrived to see one of the two front glass doors shattered after a rock was thrown through it. Rush Township police also responded. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570)-668-5000.
Palmerton's Kane Kralik and Aaron Cook were both named in the Colonial League football all-stars list, but were omitted from the lead part of the brief that ran in Tuesday's TIMES NEWS.
Kralik was named to both second team offense (guard) and defense (tackle), while Cook was honorable mention at inside linebacker.
Autumn Jordan at Palmerton Library
Award-winning author Autumn Jordan will conduct a book signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Palmerton Area Library.
She will sign copies of her newest release, "In the Presence of Evil."
A blurb from the book is as follows: Gina's upcoming Christmas looks bleak when she is framed for the murder of her boss. The only way she can stay out of jail is to accept help from the man who broke her heart years ago.
They tried working within the system but the financial hole just grew deeper
A family of five and their eight dogs have lost their home and are being forced to move into their Chevy Suburban, victims of what the family says is not just a bad economy, but predatory lending and even the failure of President Barack Obama's Home Affordable Modification Program.
The predicament reached a head early Tuesday morning when the family was put out on the street in the rain and house door locks were changed.
November 30, 1954 Palmerton's Les Sweitzer and Jim Oravec combine to score more points than Weatherly, as the Blue Bombers roll to an 84-38 victory. Sweitzer hits on 11 shots from the floor and finishes with a game-high 23 points, while Oravec finishes close behind with 21. Palmerton, coached by Win Evans, also receives 18 points from Fred Reinhard. The Wreckers are led by Joe Knepper, who nets 20.