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Thursday, August 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Lewistown Valley Gardening Club received top place awards in the horticulture and craft departments. From left are Judy Kellner, who received awards in artistic arrangements; Linda Leiby, who placed top with her vegetables; June Leiby, who received top awards for her sea shell and dried flowers wreath; Mary Bridygham, who placed first for her prayer quilt; Evelyn Adams, who received high awards for her artistic flower arrangements; and Karen Winkleman, who received best of show and earned the judge's choice with her counted cross stitch.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Few people in the village of New Columbus - known for its lovers of opera - knew that one of the nation's top country music stars was in their midst. But Little Jimmy Dickens and his combo got top billing at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam S. Degiglio of East Diaz Avenue. The reason for the visit is that lead guitarist Bobby Galloway of Nashville, Tenn. is Mrs. Degiglio's nephew. Mrs. Degiglio said this is her first time meeting Dickens, who is a member of the Country Music All of Fame. The singer and his band were returning from an engagement in Bellefonte, near Penn State.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

There was no Schuylkill County Commissioners meeting Wednesday because it was the fifth Wednesday of the month which was a by-month because the schedule of meetings are by-weekly work sessions and public meetings each month.

However, the commissioners were not idle as they participated in a demolition program in New Castle Township where two dilapidated structures were finally razed under the county's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A man who allegedly blocked Route 903 in Penn Forest Township with his pickup on Sunday morning, Aug. 19 for 2 1/2 hours, and stated he had bombs, grenades, and a gun in the vehicle, is facing more, unrelated charges.

Yesterday, he was charged with a road rage incident in which he allegedly pounded dents into a woman's vehicle with his fists.

Donald Brozoski, 50, who uses a post office box in Blakeslee as his current address, was arraigned yesterday before District Judge Edward Lewis on charges in both incidents.

Thursday, August 30, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

The latest class of state-approved nurse aides has graduated from Carbon Career and Technical Institute's Adult Education program. The class celebrated with a ceremony Wednesday at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Seated, from left to right, are: Jacki Kemmerer; Jarod Moses; Joy Ott; and Kaycie Reabold. Standing are Sindy Gonzalez-Rodriguez; Alyssa Bernardi; Nancy Doerr; Stephanie Kelhart; and Instructor Colleen Gooch, RN.

Thursday, August 30, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Rikki Jane Fraile, 8, left, of Stroudsburg, and Sarah Altemose, 12, formerly of Reeders but now living in Whitney Point, New York, give Altemose's cow, Andrew, some TLC at the West End Fair in Gilbert. Fraile holds blue ribbon that her cow had won in judging yesterday at the fair. The fair continues through Saturday.

Thursday, August 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Ryan Township Emergency Rescue Squad and Dive Team volunteers who responded to last year's Pine Grove flooding were, from left, Mike Mistishen, 61, EMT and First Assistant Chief; Mike Murphy, 53, driver; Mike Harris, 30, EMT; and Darrell Harris, 55, EMT and Chief.

"All we could do was hang on and wait," said volunteer EMT diver Mike Harris of the Ryan Township Emergency Rescue Squad and Dive Team, as he described being swept away with fellow volunteers after fast moving flood waters struck the area late last August.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Cerimele's Pizza of New Columbus will be open until 5 p.m., Friday Aug. 31 for pizza pick ups.

Anyone who has pre-ordered pizzas can pick them up anytime before 5 p.m.

No new orders are being accepted.

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Members and volunteers with Tamaqua's South Ward Playground Association are showing free movies at the playground, which is located at the intersection of Oak and Race Street in Tamaqua. The children's movie will start at 7 p.m., followed by a PG-rated movie playing at 8:30 p.m. Free popcorn will also be given. To see what is playing, visit them on Facebook.South Ward Playground volunteer Catrina Mehallic, left, watches a movie with Mickensy Kranch, 15, center, and Aubrey Smith, 11.

ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has found probable jurisdiction to hear an appeal filed by the Pennsylvania Association of Jury Commissioners, according to the association's attorney, Samuel C. Stretton of West Chester.

"I received a notification from the supreme court," Stretton said. "The court has noted they will now enter a briefing schedule. I'm also going to ask for an oral argument on this important constitutional issue."