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Friday, October 2, 2015

Feed the People

Feed the People will not serve its regular free dinner on Wednesday. The next meal will be an early Halloween dinner on Oct. 21 at St. John the Evangelist Lutheran Church, 1 E. Abbott St., Lansford. For more information call 570-657-1480.

Friday, October 2, 2015


Technical Processing and Engineering Inc

Location: 892 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive W., Lehighton

Number of employees: 22

Job opportunities: Long-term growth potential

What separates them from others: TPEI credits its success to a commitment to keep customers’ equipment functional, both for long-term success and emergency problems.

One surprising fact: “People have been able to work their way up through the company, and do things that they never thought they would achieve,” said CEO Harold Shafer.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Look around. Do you see a piece of plastic near you?

You might be sitting on a plastic chair or holding a plastic pen. If you’re reading this online, your computer or mobile device has plastic components.

Today’s proliferation of plastic is made possible through technology made by companies such as Technical Processing and Engineering Inc. in Lehighton, which builds and repairs continuous mixing and compounding equipment used in the production and recycling of plastic or rubber.

Friday, October 2, 2015

On Thursday, a Carbon County Correctional Facility inmate was found dead of what officials said was a possible suicide.

Rodney Hudock was found less than six months after another inmate hanged himself in his cell.

This was the second incident in the Carbon facility in the last year.

In Schuylkill County prison, staff and emergency medical technicians on Oct. 22, 2014, scrambled to save the life of an inmate who used a shoelace to hang himself in his cell.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Former Old Forge Police Chief Larry Semenza, wearing shackles and green prison clothes, a tattoo peeking out from his collar, was all smiles as sheriff’s deputies escorted him from court Thursday.

Judge Vito Geroulo had just ordered Semenza be freed on bail as he awaits a possible new trial on corruption charges.

Because the former officer, accused of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl, has not missed any court appearances in his long-running court case, the judge allowed Semenza to be released on $15,000 unsecured bail.

Friday, October 2, 2015
Pleasant Valley athlete Brody Keefe is battling leukemia. TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Copyright - DonHerb

An estimated $10,740 of a large $25,000 medical bill has been raised for Brody Keefe, a Pleasant Valley High School student and regionals wrestler, who was recently diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia.

The gofundme campaign was created by close friend Mack van Schouwenburg on Sept. 19. Keefe was scheduled to return home Friday from Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest campus where he was undergoing treatment for a large mass that was found in his chest.

Friday, October 2, 2015
Jeremy Petrachonis of Hazleton proudly displays his artwork during an artist meet and greet Thursday hosted by the Tamaqua Community Art Center. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Community Art Center hosted an artist meet and greet Thursday, which featured the work of Jeremy Petrachonis.

Petrachonis of Hazleton said he began his artwork in late 2010.

“I’m always looking for new avenues to exhibit at,” Petrachonis said. “I haven’t exhibited before in Tamaqua, and it seemed like an awesome thing to do.”

As visitors combed over his various art work, Petrachonis said he was pleased with the turnout.