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Monday, April 15, 2013

Scholarships are available for 2013 for nursing and higher education students.

The William C. and Loretta K. Shirar Memorial Scholarship for Nursing and the Robert A. and Jean D. Benner Nursing Scholarship were established for the purpose of awarding scholarships to high school seniors or older individuals who are pursuing a career as a registered nurse.

The applicant must be a voting member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lehighton.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fourteen area residents were among 81 who were arraigned Monday at the Schuylkill County courthouse on criminal charges and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested jury trials.

Michael Christopher Gallagher, of 85 W. 13th Street, Jim Thorpe, charged by Det. Martin Heckman, of the district attorney's office, with corruption of minors and six counts of indecent assault on a 13-year old child.

Monday, April 15, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Essay winners standing with DARE officers are, from left, Logan Hartney of Mrs. Michele Bittner's class, Lauren Marcella of Mr. Tim Gombar's class, Jenn Frederickson or Mr. Dylan Peter's class, Jamie Zuber of Mrs. Gigi Setser's class, Delaney Renn of Mrs. Angela Faust's class, and Rebekah Hromyak of Mrs. Megan Ingraham's class. Not pictured was Emma Coccio of Mrs. Terri Robert's class. DARE officers and coaches pictured from back left are West Penn Police officer Sgt. Jason Lorah, a 9-year volunteer; Tamaqua Police officer Dwayne Hacker, a 13-year volunteer; and West Penn Police Chief Brian Johnson. Not pictured was Tamaqua Police officer Matt Hobbs, a 6-year volunteer.

Just over 170 fifth grade students from three Tamaqua area schools graduated from the DARE program during a graduation ceremony held Thursday night in the Tamaqua Area School District auditorium. During the program, the graduates, from Tamaqua, West Penn and St. Jerome's elementary schools, and their families were treated to words of advice from speakers, listening to top essay winners and even a magic show.

During the program, St. Jerome Elementary School Principal spent a good time expressing the importance of the graduates to always remember the lessons learned.

Monday, April 15, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley School District's superintendent, Dr. Douglas Arnold, right, will retire July 31. Carole Geary, left, PV's associate superintendent, will become PV's first female superintendent on Aug. 1.

Dr. Douglas Arnold announced he was going to retire as Pleasant Valley School District's superintendent as of July 31, 2013, at the April 11 school board meeting.

"It's been an interesting six years since I was named PV's superintendent. I know things will keep on without missing a beat. We have a wonderful school board. It's a thankless job and the members put their hearts and souls into it. We don't always agree, but we come up with good stuff and we have moved forward. When you coach, you try to always find ways to be better. I think we have become better."

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A squirrel rips into garbage bags placed out for pickup along West Miners Street in the Seek section of Coaldale.

Monday, April 15, 2013
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Enjoying warmer weather, local teenagers Quinten Perla, 14, left, Kassie Berezwick, 17, middle, and Charlie Davison, 13, hang out along the Little Schuylkill River in Tamaqua.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Carbon County ranked second among the 67 counties of the state in the rate of deaths due to cancer during 1976, according to a just completed study of cancer mortality and morbidity by the State Department of Health. The study shows that during the five year period from 1971-1975, deaths from cancer in the county averaged 100 a year, as against 135 such deaths during 1976, giving the county a cancer mortality rate for the year of 258.6 per 100,000 population, and a five-year rate of 212.8. Lung cancer was the highest of the causes of cancer deaths.

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Taking advantage of warmer Spring weather, Mike Swilp of Cumbola takes a few practice swings before starting his game at the White Birch Golf Course with friend Julian Grubb.

Monday, April 15, 2013

On Monday, April 15 at noon in the Pennsylvania State Capitol Media Center, Harrisburg, Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) will join fellow legislators and other advocates to announce legislation that would use the money from the privatization of Pennsylvania's liquor store system to fix our state's roads and bridges.

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Palmerton Area School District board of directors will hold Budget & Finance Committee Meetings on Monday, April 29, and Monday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m.