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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Pictured is a current photo of Bon Jovi

Despite heavy rumors both off and online, Bon Jovi, is surely still with us, in contradiction to many random internet blogs claiming that the New Jersey singer suffered a lethal heart attack in an east coast hospital.

That blog spread like wild fire over the internet in the last few days. The 49-year old Bon Jovi, wanting to let everyone known that he was not in the hospital or was dead, posted a photo of himself on his Facebook fan page holding a hand-written sign stating the words, "Heaven looks like New Jersey. Dec. 19th, 2011, 6:00."

Thursday, December 1, 2011

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) – Florida authorities say country singer Mindy McCready is missing with her 5-year-old son, and a judge has given her until Thursday to return the boy.

The state Department of Children and Families says a missing persons report was filed with Cape Coral police Tuesday night after McCready took her son Zander from her father's home.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Aimee Hull and Emma Osenbach perform to the music "Party on the Floor."

Dozens of Tamaqua Area Middle School students entertained classmates and family members during the annual talent show held recently in the school district auditorium.

Some of the talent consisted of vocal solos, dancing, flag and baton twirlers, comedy skits and others.

Christopher F. Czapla, principal, stated his appreciation to all the students, parents and staff who put the event together.

Czapla also expressed appreciations to the organizers.

Monday, November 21, 2011

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" set an opening day record at Mahoning Valley Cinema.

Bruce Copio, theater manager, said the movie opened at Midnight on Thursday and was shown on seven screens.

Five of those screens were sold-out, he said.

"We had an all-time record in attendance," said Lou Silverman, theater owner.

He noted, "It was quite an experience for Bruce Copio. He used seven auditoriums."

Silverman said the movie easily passed the previous attendance record set by "Harry Potter."

Thursday, November 10, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Though still largely the domain of men, triumphs by Taylor Swift and The Band Perry at the Country Music Association Awards show that the young women of country music are finding their voices and shoving the boys out of the way.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

BANGOR, Maine (AP) – Horror author Stephen King is stepping up to help struggling Maine residents buy heating oil.

The state is facing deep cuts to a federal heating oil assistance program.

The Maine native announced Tuesday that his foundation will work with the three radio stations he owns in the Bangor area to raise $140,000 to buy heating oil for low-income residents.

He's asking listeners to donate $70,000, and the foundation will double it.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Little River Band with special guest Ambrosia will be performing at 8 p.m. Friday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. The band, originally from Australia, has had numerous hits including "Lonesome Loser." Admission prices are $34 and $29. Meanwhile, tonight at Penn's Peak, there's another Australian band on stage. The Australian Pink Floyd Show begins at 8 p.m. and features re-enactments from actual Pink Floyd concerts as well as blow-ups - including a kangaroo - and superb lighting effects.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Parkview Inn in Summit Hill has planned a Halloween celebration.

"Vampire's Last Bite," a comedy, murder, mystery, dinner show will be staged on Oct. 29.

Count Vlad Dracula has gathered a group of vampires to his lair for a very special meeting. He is concerned about the modern day vampire image being reduced to cartoons, puppets, and teenage sex symbols.

The Prince of Darkness wants to regain control by terrorizing all humans publicly and forcing them to vampire servitude. In order to do this, he must call upon all vampires.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The sound of the keys as passerbys marvel at the change of the leaves on the trees.

That combination figures to once again churn out a smash hit at the fourth annual Rock the Fall Festival, scheduled this weekend at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Lower Towamensing Township.

The two-day event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine. Admission and parking are free.

Monday, September 12, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS A 32 member chorus from several churches sings during 9/11 service in Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church, Summit Hill. The choir was directed by David Perkins, and also sang in St. Peter's Lutheran and UCC Church, West Penn Township.

September 11, 2001 was remembered in unique style at two local churches yesterday.

"Homeland" was the title of a musical program staged at Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church, Summit Hill, and St. Peter's Lutheran and UCC Church, West Penn Township.

The program consisted of a combined, 32 member choir from several churches, including the two host churches.

Under the direction of David Perkins, music director at Christ Presbyterian Church, the chorus sang a number of patriotic and Americana selections.

About 100 people attended the Summit Hill service.