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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A Lehighton pair were charged with drugs after police found them parked behind a store closed for the day.

Mahoning Township police report that just after midnight on July 22, officers found a vehicle parked behind Tractor Supply on Blakeslee Boulevard, Drive West.

The officer approached the vehicle to see if anyone was inside, and as he did, he noticed the smell of marijuana.

Upon investigation, he found Matthew Kirton, 27, and Kristen Eidem, 24, in the vehicle with marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Slatington Lions Club

• The Slatington Lions Club’s annual car show will be held Sunday at the Slatington Airport. Setup for the event will be Saturday.

• The Slatington Lions Club will hold a board meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Skeet Club.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

At 7:15 p.m. July 18, while conducting an aggressive driving enforcement, police observed a Chevy Silverado traveling 51 mph in a posted 35 mph zone on Route 209.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

State representatives and senators are elected to research and propose laws and amendments to laws.

They also help constituents with matters involving government agencies, including helping people apply for money to help heat their homes, and senior citizens seeking rent or property tax rebates.

Your state lawmaker can help you obtain birth or death certificates or food stamps, apply to open a business or obtain a driver’s license or enroll a child in the state’s health insurance program for low-income families.

Here’s a list of state legislators covering your area.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Music in the Park

Music in the Park will be held at Kennedy Park in Lansford at the Gazebo on Sunday from 5:45-7:45 p.m. Jim and Joanne Dormer from Hazleton, known as 2 for 1, will present classic rock, country rock, good time oldies and rhythm and blues. Refreshments will be available for sale.

Story hour

Panther Valley Public Library will once again hold preschool story hour. This will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. every Tuesday morning beginning Sept 8. Stories and activities will be enjoyed by all the children.

Golden Agers

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

HARRISBURG — The Wolf administration said Tuesday that it had completed the transfer of more than 1 million adult Medicaid enrollees into a single, new benefits package it had created as the program expands to record numbers under the 2010 federal health care law.

The process that the Human Services Department finished included the dismantling of changes that Gov. Tom Wolf’s predecessor had sought to make to Medicaid coverage as part of Pennsylvania’s embrace of the Medicaid expansion.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sorority news

The Preceptor Alpha Upsilon chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority held Opening Day activities on Aug. 29 at Leiby’s picnic grounds.

Members looked back on the past year, which was declared a success thanks to the help of the Tamaqua area community. Then it was time to look to the future, discussing plans for the Tamaqua Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt, the scholarship fund and numerous other service projects.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Nominees for the Kidder Township Emergency Person of the Year, from left, C.J. McFeeley, John Devine and Bill Thomas stand with Lake Harmony Fire Chief Ralph Lennon. JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/TIMES NEWS

Each year each of the fire companies and the Lake Harmony Rescue Squad nominate one of its members to be Kidder Township Emergency Person of the Year.

This year, Lt. Bill “Wild Bill” Thomas took home the honor for Lake Harmony.

Thomas has been with Lake Harmony since 2011 and serves as an engineer.

Thomas oversees and repairs and maintains all of the equipment. He has also been instrumental in restoring and refurbishing used equipment.

Kidder Volunteer Fire Company nominated its chief, John Devine.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Thelma Urban. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

There have been many complimentary words used to describe Tamaqua teacher Thelma Urban since her sudden death this past June, but one word in particular seems to fit everything about Mrs. Urban. Super is the word her students, family, friends and even acquaintances find themselves using when they describe her — super wife, super teacher, super mom, super friend.

So, it’s only fitting that a memorial in her honor also be super, according to former students such as Kyle Weaver, Kayla Hope and Emily Zancofsky.