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Friday, October 5, 2012

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tamaqua is hosting a youth protection workshop Sunday, Nov. 4 from 2-4 p.m.

The program is open to all area volunteers who work with children.

Such training is often required by church and organization policies and insurance carriers.

Melissa B. Haydt, consultation services coordinator for Family Life Services and Diakon, will lead the session.

To register, call (570) 668-2180. There is a small fee to cover the cost of the program.

The church is located at the corner of Mauch Chunk and Greenwood streets in Tamaqua.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Hyronomous A. Frog - The Frog Prince, playing this weekend at the Grace Lutheran Church on 4th and Mahoning Streets in Lehighton. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Friday, October 5; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 6; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 7.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) recently introduced legislation to expand the current Human Services Development Block Grant pilot program. House Bill 2699 would increase the number of participating counties from 20 to 30.

Friday, October 5, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jasmine Rankovich from Lehighton carried home a basketful of ribbons, including a Reserve Champion ribbon for the second highest overall, a near-miss for a second Reserve Champion ribbon.

Jasmine Rankovich is jumping for joy. The 14-year-old from Lehighton carried home a basketful of ribbons, including a Reserve Champion ribbon for the second highest overall, a near-miss for a second Reserve Champion ribbon, had a stellar performance jumping over a three-foot fence in her first professional competition.

Rankovich, riding Leon Dax - a seven-year-old imported Argentine warm blood owned by her trainer Delia Apollo Alvarez of Apollo Farms Ltd. Of Palmerton, competed at the Hits on the Hudson Horse Show in Saugerties, New York on September 8.

Friday, October 5, 2012
Penn State sophomore Andrea Rodgers, 19, of Coaldale, spends time studying for a business statistics exam. Rodgers is majoring in business management. She is also a captain of the Hazleton Campus cheerleaders.

Penn State Hazleton students from Schuylkill, Carbon, Lehigh and Luzerne counties could benefit from a $1 million scholarship endowment made possible by the John E. Morgan Foundation, a Tamaqua-based foundation.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Carbon County is preparing for its hearing appealing Mahoning Township Supervisors' decision to deny the proposed plans for the Packerton Business Park.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Daniel Miscavige, county solicitor, updated the board on the recent appeals filed by the county in the Court of Common Pleas of Carbon County against Mahoning Township. The commissioners voted to authorize the filing of the appeals on Sept. 6.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Twenty-four chartered buses from places like Milltown, N.J.; Bridgeport, Pa.; Pittston, Pa.; Reading, Pa., and Rome, N.Y. converged on New Columbus to participate in Our Lady of Mount Carmel's 55th annual festival of the Shower of Roses. The festivities featured a bilingual Mass said in Italian and English by the Rev. Felix Losito, pastor of the Holy Rosary Church in Reading. Following the Mass, Bishop Joseph McShea dedicated and blessed a shrine honoring St. Therese in memory of the late Monsignor Agnello Angelini.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The senior parents of the Weatherly Area High School Class of 2013 will be holding a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Citizens Fire Company, Weatherly, to discuss the All Night Party. Each parent will be receiving a letter in the mail with details explaining upcoming plans.

Thursday, October 4, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Fall colors are clearly visible in the trees surrounding the Still Creek Reservoir in Hometown.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Carbon County man admitted he assaulted a nurse at an area hospital. He was one of three defendants to enter a guilty this week in the county court.

Lehighton incident

Travis Litts, 26, of Bowmanstown, pleaded guilty to one count each of simple assault and persistent disorderly conduct for an incident that occurred on April 27 at the Blue Mountain Health Systems-Lehighton Campus hospital.

He was at the emergency room causing a disturbance when he pushed hard on a door that swung and struck nurse, Marcie Zedalis, causing her injuries.