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Saturday, May 17, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS  Cast members of the feature horror film "Hell House" are shown outside The Haunting at the Waldorf Hotel in Lehighton.

Five years after an unknown malfunction causes the death of multiple tourgoers at a Halloween haunted house opening night, a documentary film crew goes back to the scene of the incident to try to piece together what really happened.

If that sounds like the script for a feature horror movie, that's because it is, as the filming of "Hell House" wrapped up today at The Haunting at the Waldorf Hotel, located at 6235 Interchange Road in Lehighton, right next to the Country Junction.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Here is the list of the Tamaqua Area School District Academic Achievement recipients:

Abe Hassan Memorial Scholarship: Joann Butkus

Air Products and Chemicals Award: Robert Arner, Avery Banavage, Joann Butkus, Nichelle Pucklavage and Jared Sharpe

Alice Konecny Memorial Scholarship: Stefanie Gensure

Arnold Delin Award: Talli Matukonis

Bailey's Building Supplies Top Votech: Cory Schuetrumpf

Benjamin Herring Memorial Scholarship: Makayla Boyle

Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Award: Joann Butkus

Class of 1946: Rachael Jones

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The IRA charitable exclusion, as well as corporate taxation, are among the issues that will be taken back to the office of a state senator.

Those were among the issues raised by members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce during their monthly luncheon on Tuesday.

Peter Kern, chamber president, told members he received a phone call from the office of state Sen. Robert Casey and spoke with the regional manager.

Kern said the regional manager has scheduled for him and Borough Manager Rodger Danielson to meet with Sen. Casey's representative on May 20.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Along Route 248, a few miles south of Danielsville, there is a service station and mini-mart called 5-Eleven on the east side of the highway.

The large sign on the building bears a striking resemblance to the signs on 7-Eleven stores.

Too much of a resemblance, says 7-Eleven, which has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Allentown alleging trademark infringement, unfair competition and trademark dilution by the Lehigh Township business.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Carbon County judges conducted parole/probation hearings on petitions filed by the adult probation office against defendants currently on supervision for violating the terms of their release.

Rodney Green, 42, of Lehighton, had his probation revoked on a charge of criminal trespass on petition filed by probation officer Jillian C. McGinley for violating conditions of failing to report for twice-a-month urine screens which violated the zero-tolerance provision.

Saturday, May 17, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Second from left, Charla Mendes of Palmerton was named Blue Mountain Health Systems' Blue Ribbon Service Excellence Award recipient. It was presented to her by, from left, Nancy Matyas, chairwoman of the Caring Employee Committee; Sylvia Goral, director of human resources; and Andrew Harris, BMHS president and CEO.

Blue Mountain Health System honored employees that demonstrate their dedication and work ethics.

Joe Guardiani, vice president of fund development and government affairs, gave the invocation and he said that, "Our staff and employees are always busy giving the best they can to the people they care for that it's nice to take a breath, to take time to thank our staff for all they do."

Employees of both the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital and the Palmerton Hospital locations, 124 people, received that recognition.

Saturday, May 17, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Madison Teno of Lehighton prepares for her tanning session at Island Breeze Tanning in Lehighton.

In Pennsylvania, a 16-year-old has a number of privileges often associated with those who are older, including the right to drive a car and to get married (with parental consent). But less than 60 days from now, using a commercial tanning facility will no longer be one of them.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Numerous Tamaqua area churches and civic organizations are getting ready for Hunger Weekend, an event aimed at raising awareness of the local hunger issue in providing food to two community food banks.

According to Hunger Weekend organizer Paul Dodson, food banks at the Tamaqua Salvation Army and at Trinity UCC will benefit from the event.

Tamaqua churches and community and school organizations have been invited to participate by making cash donations, gathering food items and by participating in the Hunger Walk at 2 p.m. Sunday through the streets of the community.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

A former Palmerton man was sentenced to state prison Thursday on theft charges.

Alexander Ramirez, 40, formerly of Palmerton, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and was immediately sentenced to a state prison.

Ramirez admitted breaking into a residence along Coal St., in Lehighton, on Sept. 26, 2013, and removing various electronic items.

Saturday, May 17, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Maureen Donovan of Tamaqua, right, has been honored with the Marie Murphy Memorial Award by the Schuylkill County Women's Athletic Association. The award was presented to Donovan by Sister Bernard Agnes, IHM, principal at Marian High School, during the association's annual scholar-athlete banquet. Donovan is a graduate of Marian Catholic High School and is employed as the assistant director of the Center for Leadership and Workforce Development at Lehigh Carbon Community College. The award was given to Donovan for her "outstanding commitment to community service."