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Friday, July 1, 2011
AP Photo/Reading Eagle, Tim Leedy An Oct. 15, 2009 photo shows Berks County Sheriff's Deputy Kyle Pagerly with his partner Jynx in in Sinking Spring. Pagerly died in a shootout Wednesday night as law enforcement officials tried to serve a warrant at a rural Pennsylvania home. Burglary suspect Matthew Connor also died in the shootout.

ALBANY, Pa. (AP) – A burglary suspect who fatally shot a sheriff's deputy trying to serve a warrant had left a suicide note days earlier and was dressed in camouflage when he was killed in a shootout with police, authorities said Thursday.

The 25-year-old suspect, Matthew Connor, and Berks County Sheriff's Deputy Kyle Pagerly died in the exchange of gunfire after police arrived at the Albany Township home of Connor's girlfriend Wednesday night with a warrant for his arrest, state police said.

Friday, July 1, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The purple traps are placed in specific areas, usually along major roads, to catch and study infestation levels of the Emerald Ash Borer, an introduced pest of ash trees. Pictured is one of the traps located on the Hometown Hill, SR309.

"What are those hanging purple things all over the place?"

That is what people are asking each other regarding sporadic sets of purple hangers, resembling Asian hanging lanterns, placed high in trees adjacent to major roads throughout the area.

They are actually entomology program traps placed there by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to catch and study the infestation levels, if any, of the Emerald Ash Borer beetle.

Friday, July 1, 2011

he Theater Club, a spinoff of the Carbon Schuylkill Community Theater, is holding its next workshop on Sunday evening, July 10 at 7 p.m. at the Carbon County Cultural Project, next to the Flow restaurant at 268 W Broadway, Jim Thorpe.

The workshop on Ad-Libbing A Character on the Fly will be led by Mark Davalos. Davalos is a professional wrestling instructor who has appeared on three episodes of the Jerry Springer Show.

Friday, July 1, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Penn's Peak Radio is in the process of collecting items to be sent to our troops overseas and the Panther Valley Senior Center has joined in the event. At the center Elaine Stockmal and Margaret Dolena on left and Helen Mongi on right gathered the items to be taken to Penn's Peak Radio next week. A list of needed items appears on the Penn's Peak website.

Friday, July 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Lead investigator and creator of NEPA Paranormal, Bob Christopher, points to floating dust on one of his surveillance monitors. Christopher stated dust is commonly mistaken for paranormal activity.

'Ghost Detectives', a paranormal reality television show featuring NEPA Paranormal, a group of paranormal investigators from Wilkes-Barre, will focus on the Tamaqua Elks Lodge and its paranormal history during one of its series shows to appear late tonight.

Friday, July 1, 2011

HARRISBURG – State Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) on Thursday announced the General Assembly has released $50 million of its reserve account to restore funding for public schools.

"After hearing from many different taxpayers at numerous town hall meetings throughout all of the six counties I represent, I am pleased to say we listened to their message and are releasing $50 million from the General Assembly reserve account to offset cuts to education," Argall said.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., July 11, at the Schuylkill Medical Center-South. The session is free and open to all local female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the session, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Look Good, Feel Better is offered in a group setting, providing participants with cancer education, information and support.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Six people who were given a chance to clear their name of a criminal charge, failed to do so, and now must face trial and if convicted the record follows them for the rest of their lives.

President Judge William E. Baldwin, at a hearing in the Schuylkill County Court, removed them from the ARD (Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition) Program, which is a probation program limited to first offenders of non-violent crime. They were sentenced to serve 12 months on probation and had they completed it their names would be cleared of the criminal charges.

Friday, July 1, 2011
Dina Depos/Special to the Times News Pictured receiving the Pauline Holmberg Recognition Award are Frank Tongue, left, and Jesse Durning, right, with Tamaqua Salvation Army Major Sharon Whispell. The award was given by the family of the late Pauline Holmberg, who became a dedicated soldier of the Salvation Army Corps at age 16 and continued to commit her entire life to the Tamaqua Salvation Army Corps, passing away at age 93.

Tamaqua Salvation Army board members, Corps soldiers and community members attended their annual appreciation dinner in the community gym of the Salvation Army to recognize employees, volunteers and local supporters who were integral in supporting the Salvation Army over recent years.

Friday, July 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Steve Brosky and Jimmy Meyer entertained a crowd of blues listeners during a Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series held Thursday at the Tamaqua Train Station. The free concert was sponsored by Mauch Chunk Trust. The Chamber's next concert is Thursday July 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and features The BC Combo. For more information about the free concerts, call the Chamber at (570) 668-1880 or visit their website at www.tamaqua.net.