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Friday, August 9, 2013

Bids were opened for updating the heating system at the Coaldale Fire Company building and for a storm drainage project in Gilberton, by Controller Christy D. Joy at the Schuylkill County commissioners' work session, held Thursday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Friday, August 9, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Lorraine Allen sings during The Fabulous Hubcaps performance at the Carbon County Fair, Thursday. Despite a rain shower now and then, the entertainment tent was full of people enjoying the nostalgic music of such greats as Little Richard, James Brown, Tina Turner, Bobby Darin, Cher, The Flamingos, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Willie Nelson & Patsy Cline, Elton John and Frank Sinatra just to name a few. Do-Wop group harmony, Classic Rock and Roll, Rock-A-Billy, Motown, and R & B music, The Fabulous Hubcaps were just that ... fabulous.

Friday, August 9, 2013

The first day of school for all Panther Valley School District students will be Monday, Aug. 26. It will be a full day.

Schedules are as follows:

Ÿ High school (grades 9-12), 7:35 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.

Ÿ Middle school (grades 6-8), 8 a.m. to 2:52 p.m.

Ÿ Elementary school (grades 1-5), 8:58 a.m. to 3:27 p.m.

Ÿ Kindergarten a.m. session (Nesquehoning; Coaldale; Cortright Street, Lansford), 8:58 a.m. to 11:35 a.m.

Ÿ Kindergarten p.m. session (Summit Hill; Lansford), 12:45 p.m. to 3:22 p.m.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Bail hearings were held by President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County court for 10 defendants facing criminal charges.

Sarah Elizabeth Harring, 35, Tremont, who previously was in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) probation program, which was revoked for violating its rules, had her bail modified with the condition she must reside at 529 E. Main St., Hegins. Harring faces a charge filed by Trooper Timothy J. Rymarkiewicz of retail theft from Boscov's Store, Fairlane Village Mall, Pottsville.

Friday, August 9, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS At a prayer service for hope and healing at Our Lady Queen of Peace, three white candles were lit to represent the three men who lost their lives in the shooting Monday night at the Ross Township supervisors' meeting.

Three white candles burned softly below the cross of Jesus one for each of the three men who lost their lives Monday night at the Ross Township supervisors meeting: Dave Fleetwood, 62, Gerard Kozic, 53 and James LaGuardia, 64.

The candles stood in stark contrast to the almost 500 hundred people who attended Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network's prayer service for hope and healing at Our Lady Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Brodheadsville.

Friday, August 9, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Commissioners Thomas J. Gerhard, left, and William O'Gurek, right, present Pierre Guichardan, assistant director of the Carbon County Domestic Relations office, with a proclamation recognizing the work the county Domestic Relations office does throughout the year and naming August as Child Support Enforcement Awareness Month.

August is Child Support Enforcement Awareness Month in Carbon County.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to adopt a proclamation to help ensure that children receive "emotional, financial and medical support they deserve from their parents."

Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard, vice chairman, read the proclamation following the adoption.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Monroe County Bible Clubs of BCM International will provide daily Gospel Puppet programs from Aug. 25-31 at the West End Fair in Gilbert.

Located near the midfield entrance, Gate Number Two, and the amusement rides, the organization will have its red and black puppet stage inside its large white tent.

During each day, the 35 Gospel Puppets will be represented in eight Christian life story plays with titles like: "Smiles (Having the Right Godly Attitudes,)" "Queen For A Day,"; and "A Frightening Fourth (Appreciating Our Freedoms)."

Friday, August 9, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett on Thursday ordered some state flags lowered in memory of the victims of a gunman who opened fire at a municipal meeting.

Monday's tragedy "strikes at the heart of America's tradition of hometown democracy," Corbett said. "Pennsylvania has lost three good citizens who were at a township meeting to exercise their constitutional right to self-government."

Friday, August 9, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Tanner Seltzer, left, of Lehighton, displays the Grand Champion Market Swine, Alyssa Wentz, center, also of Lehighton, shows off Reserve Champion Market Swine with Judge Travis Hahn at the Carbon County Fair's Market Swine Roundup.

Some little piggies go to market. Some little piggies go home. But first some little piggies have their day in the Carbon County Fair arena.

Judge Travis Hahn applauded the fine job that the 4-Hers did in raising and showing their animals. He added that the parents, family and 4-H leaders deserve recognition for all the help and support they give.

Tanner Seltzer of Lehighton took home Grand Champion Market Swine and Alyssa Wentz of Lehighton garnered Reserve Champion Market Swine in the 2013 Carbon County Fair 4-H Market Swine Round-Up.

Friday, August 9, 2013

It seems as though as soon as the public becomes aware of one particular phone scam, another one pops up.

Tamaqua residents are now fielding calls supposedly from UPS concerning a package that has been unclaimed.