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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Two Tamaqua houses of worship with a combined total of 284 years of service to the community will merge on July 1.

Parishioners learned Saturday that SS. Peter and Paul Church and the Church of St. Jerome will be combined under one clergyman. Details were not immediately available.

However, the Rev. William Linkchorst, pastor, SS. Peter and Paul's, reportedly advised parishioners Saturday he will retire. Linkchorst made the announcement during regular service.

The Rev. John A. Frink serves as pastoral administrator at St. Jerome's.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

In a letter from Diocese of Allentown Bishop John Barres read at all Masses this weekend in Tamaqua, it was announced that effective July 1, 2014, St. Jerome and SS. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cliff Lee has pitched in a season opener and a World Series in Texas. Neither of those games was for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors discussed two separate fixes for an ignition switch defect in 2005 but canceled both of them without taking action, according to a memo released Sunday by the House subcommittee investigating GM's handling of the defect and a subsequent recall.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for sleet and freezing rain, in effect from 8 o’clock tonight to 8 a.m. Monday.

Accumulations up to 0.10 inches of ice are possible.

The precipitation will make for hazardous travel conditions overnight and possibly into the Monday morning commute.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — A woman who along with her newlywed husband is charged with killing a man she met through Craigslist tells a newspaper that two other men responded to her ad for companionship first but never showed up.

Nineteen-year-old Miranda Barbour tells The Daily Item of Sunbury ( that their failure to show saved the men's lives. The newspaper interviewed Barbour at the State Correctional Institution-Muncy on Tuesday. The story appeared on the newspaper's website Saturday.

Saturday, March 29, 2014
Bob Ford/Times News

Fishing season opened today in Schuylkill, Northampton and Lehigh counties as well as Lizard and Mahoning creeks in Carbon.

The season opens for the rest of the counties on April 12.

Bob Ford captured a few photos of  fisherman trying their luck this morning.

Did you go fishing? Send us photos of your catch. Upload them at

Saturday, March 29, 2014

READING, Pa. (AP) — By the mid-1800s, much of Berks County's forests had been cleared to build houses, heat buildings and make way for farms.

But as man prospered, trout did not.

Today marks the first day of trout fishing season, when anglers will flock to area waterways in hopes of hooking a slew of fish.

The majority of these streams and lakes have been stocked by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. If they weren't, there would be little for sportsmen to catch.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — It was long after former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had been arrested, tried and convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys before his wife said she realized just how much trouble he was in.

In an interview this week at her home in State College, Dottie Sandusky said she still had hope even after his 45-count guilty verdict. But when the judge handed down a 30- to 60-year prison term, she said she fully comprehended his predicament.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Some Pittsburgh residents are complaining that the local Moose Lodge has gone wild, with noisy parties featuring scantily clad women.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( ) reports that police say neighbors in the Lawrenceville neighborhood are complaining about the lodge. Police say they found YouTube videos claiming to be from Lawrenceville Moose events that show women dancing around a pole as music blares and men throw cash.