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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Grace-St. Paul's United Methodist Church will host a free community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Offered will be a creamed chicken and biscuit dinner.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903 next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information, call the church at 570-325-9151.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Lehighton Area School District has announced the students of the month for March.

EAST PENN

Kindergarten

Mrs. Betz Marvin Stettler

Mrs. Zehner Torin Galloway

Grade 1

Mrs. Zerbe Charlotte Doll

Grade 2

Mrs. Bruch Varick Peiffer

Miss Grasso Andrew Hrusovsky

Grade 3

Mrs. Barilla Tanner Manogue

Grade 4

Mrs. Breiner Kylie Kuntzman

Mrs. Haupt Tyler Solt

FRANKLIN

Kindergarten

Mrs. Maloney Gavin George

Mrs. Scimeca Nolan Strauss

Grade 1

Mrs. Bonser Blake Muffley

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Nesquehoning man who was charged with three counts of invasion of privacy following an incident at the Walmart store in Mahoning Township entered a guilty plea in Carbon County court on Tuesday to a reduced charge of persistent disorderly conduct.

Township police had charged Anthony J. Mistretta, 50, for an incident on April 28, 2013.

Police were called to the store for a report of a male invading the privacy of other people in the restroom area.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train in Pennsylvania, the public can take a multimedia train ride through history at the Western Pocono Community Library, Route 115 and 131 Pilgrim Way in Brodheadsville.

The free presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 22.

Joseph Garrera, executive director of the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum in Allentown and a member of the board of directors of the Abraham Lincoln Association in Springfield, Illinois, will re-create the historic 1,664-mile funeral train journey.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Only $75 separated two bids for lagoon cleaning at the Still Creek Water Treatment Plant, which is part of the Tamaqua Water Authority. Bids were opened Tuesday.

Tamaqua Public Works Director Bob Jones said the bids are for three cleanings during a five-year period. There are two lagoons, and each one holds 350,000 gallons. Each lagoon is cleaned every other year, and the sediment that's removed is applied to land.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a county jail term on Monday after previously pleading guilty to a drug charge.

Stacy Kilpatrick, 30, of Jim Thorpe, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve three to 18 months in prison on a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-cocaine.

Serfass rejected a plea from defense attorney Gregory Lee Mousseau and Kilpatrick for a probation period because the defendant said she must care for her parents and three children.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Coaldale Councilwoman Claire Remington proposed the borough pull out of the Panther Valley School District and join the Tamaqua Area School District.

Remington contended Coaldale was not being well-served by Panther Valley and claimed the town was "being shortchanged" in district matters.

The proposal came at the time when the board began efforts to elect its directors on an at-large basis, as opposed to the geographical basis in which Coaldale had two elected directors.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Rush Township Police Sgt. Duane Frederick monitors the flow of traffic Tuesday afternoon along Claremont Avenue. The Route 309 corridor in Tamaqua area continues to be the siteof serious crashes, some with fatalities. Police conducted a targeted aggressive driving enforcement program in conjunction with a regional effort to combat aggressive driving behavior in Schuylkill County. The program is coordinated through the North Central Highway Safety Network.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Carbon County man admitted stealing from his grandmother to get money to buy drugs.

Avery Marshall Ziegenfus, 21, of Jim Thorpe, appeared before Judge Steven R. Serfass on Tuesday to enter pleas in three pending cases.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one each of criminal trespass and driving under the influence.

Ziegenfus was charged for an incident on Nov. 12, 2014 at the home of Vera Schaeffer, 4112 White St., Bowmanstown, his grandmother. He stole cash, jewelry and a handgun among other items.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS Khristine Walters, left, office coordinator at the Lehighton branch of H&R Block, helps Claire Kalucki prepare her tax return on Tuesday.

Deadline day is upon us.

Today marks the final day for people to file their 2014 income tax returns without penalty unless they have been granted an extension.

According to Internal Revenue Service figures released April 3, however, two out of three taxpayers file long before the final week.

By that date, it had already received just over 99 million returns and issued more than 77 million refunds averaging over $2,800.

Several local residents follow this trend.