Thursday, August 24, 2017

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

There will be a special program on live animals starting at 6 p.m. Saturdayat the Locust Lake State Park amphitheater in Barnesville. Join Redcreek Wildlife Center’s Peggy Hentz for the program and meet Gabriel the Owl and other birds of prey. The program is free. Shine only.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Panther Valley

Senior Center

The menu at the Panther Valley Senior Center for the week of Aug. 21 to 25 is:

Monday: Onion soup, chicken bacon ranch salad, and Jello

Tuesday: Corn chowder, chicken cheese steak and salad

Wednesday: Fish and Au gratin potatoes or chicken Caesar salad

Thursday: Pork Marsala and noodles or turkey wrap

Friday: Honey chicken and mashed potatoes or Asian chicken salad

The center has also announced upcoming events.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mission meal

Thursdays from 4:40 to 5:45 p.m. is the time for the weekly West End Mission meal at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Gilbert, for those in need.

The church’s Knights of Columbus will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the hall.

Eldred planners

The Eldred Township Planning Commission is on the calendar for 7 p.m. Thursday.

Little League

West End Little League will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chestnuthill Park Building in Brodheadsville.

School board

Thursday, August 17, 2017
The Schuylkill Mall will be razed to make way for industrial buildings. CHRIS PARKER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

NorthPoint Development, the new owners of Schuylkill Mall, plan to raze the building late this fall and put up new ones next spring that could house a variety of industrial uses, including manufacturing or logistics operations.

The Missouri-based company wants Schuylkill County commissioners to sign off on a 10-year program that would offer a 50 percent tax break on increased value to the property.

The property now generates a total of $254,526 a year for the three taxing bodies — the county, New Castle Township and the Saint Clair Area School District.

Thursday, August 17, 2017
A fire occurred Thursday afternoon in a second floor bedroom at 143 E. White St., Summit Hill. Fire department personnel managed to contain the flames to a mattress. Ron Gower/Special to the Times News



Damage was confined to a second floor bedroom when a mattress caught fire at a Summit Hill home early Thursday afternoon.

The fire, believed started accidentally by a cigarette lighter, occurred on the 100 block of White Street.

Officials didn’t identify the occupants but said a woman sustained burns to a hand. She was treated at the scene by Lehighton Ambulance personnel.

Fire Chief Shawn Hoben said the fire began when a child apparently got the lighter. He ruled the fire accidental.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Four people failed to appear for preliminary hearings in the court of District Judge Stephen Bayer on Aug. 8, and are all subject to now having warrants issued for their arrests.

Jody Danielle Forker, 45, of Tresckow, was due in court to answer to charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges were filed by Rush Township patrolman Bradley Hess after a May 30 incident.

All of the charges were held for county court.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Franklin Township Lions announced that township seniors can get tickets for the picnic on Sept. 17.

Call 610-377-2407 for tickets.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Pleasant Valley School District has announced that the first day for students will be Monday, Aug. 28.

The district has also announced school breakfast and lunch prices for the 2017-18 school year.

Daily breakfast prices are $1.35 for all students, reduced price is 30 cents and $2.80 for adults.

Daily lunch is $2.55 for elementary and $2.75 for secondary, with reduced price lunch available for 40 cents. Adult lunch is $4.50. Milk is available for 50 cents.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Walk with a doc

Dr. Joanne Calabrese will lead Tamaqua’s second Walk With a Doc event, sponsored by St. Luke’s’s Health Network, this Thursday, Aug. 17.

The walk will begin at 6 p.m. at St. Luke’s Internal Medicine Office, 120 Pine St.

Free blood pressure screenings and fresh fruits and vegetables will be available.

The walk is approximately 1 mile long.


An American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be held from 1-6 p.m. at the Tamaqua YMCA onAug. 24.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The annual Student Art and Photo Show was held at the Palmerton Area Library on Aug. 12. There were 58 entries from students between the ages of 6 to 18.

Christopher Chambliss won first place in the Photography category with Jaclyn Wonderly taking second place for her photo.

The Art category was judged in two age groups — ages 6-12 and 13-18. Cassidy Solt won first prize and Casey Bortz won second prize in the younger group, while Madeline Zelienka won first prize and Aliya DeKorte won second prize for the teenage group.

Owen Levan-Uhler was awarded Best of Show.