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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Lisa Price/TIMES NEWS Abby Billig, wearing leopard tights, playing the part of a domesticated cat, and Hannah Betz, playing the part of a hen, talk to the uglyduckling, played by Jake Beers.

Nearly everyone knows the Hans Christian Anderson story "The Ugly Duckling."

But not everyone knows the musical adaptation of the tale, a play called "Honk," which adds a few twists that aren't in the children's story. Students from Tamaqua Area School District will perform "Honk" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the middle school auditorium.

They worked through a first dress rehearsal Monday.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Concourse Club of Palmerton honored Arissa Marie Snyder of Palmerton as a Guiding Star for March.

The Guiding Star is chosen by a committee of high school teachers of the Palmerton Area School District.

A Guiding Star must be a female in the top 25 percent of the senior class and involved in both school and community activities.

Arissa is the daughter of Justine and Michael Snyder. She has a brother, Brett.

Her hobbies include reading, hiking and spending time with friends and family. Her interests include cheerleading, science and animals.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A district judge on Tuesday cleared a candidate for state representative of charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and related offenses.

District Judge James Ferrier of Orwigsburg dismissed the charges against James A. Barton, also of Orwigsburg, after a preliminary hearing.

Barton, 49, is challenging fellow Republican state Rep. Jerry Knowles for his 124th District seat in the May 20 primary election.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Police clean up debris from the three-car crash Tuesday afternoon. Additional photos on Page 2.

A crash involving three cars along Route 248 near Parryville shut down the four-lane highway for over an hour Tuesday afternoon.

The incident happened at the intersection of Club Road between Parryville and Bowmanstown, in Lower Towamensing Township, at 1:58 p.m.

Debris was spread across the roadway. Two vehicles came to rest in the eastbound lanes while the third car was off to the side of the westbound lanes.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Friends of the Palmerton Area Library, 402 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, will sponsor its annual photography show at the library from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 30.

Anyone interested in entering their photos in the show should bring their work to the library by Thursday, March 27, before 5 p.m.

All photos should be framed with a wire on the back ready to hang.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance, and refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

Call the library at 610-826-3424 for more information

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Lehighton area residents who are concerned about rising school taxes are invited to attend a meeting of concerned taxpayers at 7 o'clock tonight at the Franklin Township Fire Hall.

Free refreshments will be available.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

All Saints Episcopal Church, 301 N. Second St., Lehighton, will hold a free community meal from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 20 at the church. The menu will be chili with macaroni and bread with ice cream for dessert.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Borough Council paid tribute Tuesday to Councilman John Trudich, who passed away earlier this month

For the second time in less than a year, Tamaqua Borough Council members said goodbye to one of their own.

Councilman John Trudich's empty seat at the table was draped in black as council opened the meeting with a few words about the man who had served on council for more than a decade, including several years as its president.

Recalling the unexpected passing of Ken Smulligan in September, Councilman Tom Cara said he remembers the two men sitting next to each other at the table, as friends.

"Now they are friends in heaven," he said.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Carbon County Chamber and Economic Development will host a new member orientation at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Home Solutions Partner, 3295 Forest Inn Road, Palmerton.

An after hour mixer will follow at 5:30 p.m. Those who attend will be entered to win a $400 Home Solutions Partners gift certificate.

To register, call Kasara McLaughlin at 610-379-5000 or email

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The House Human Services Committee voted unanimously to pass Rep. Doyle Heffley's (R-Carbon) resolution calling for a task force to study the rising trend in the use of heroin and abuse of prescription opioid drugs across Pennsylvania. The bill now awaits consideration by the full House.

"The abuse of heroin and prescription drugs is a growing problem in Carbon County and across the Commonwealth," Heffley said. "It is time to start working together to find solutions to this problem and I feel this resolution is a step in the right direction."