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Monday, September 17, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Vicar Ben Siebert is the new pastor-in-training for St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Summit Hill and Zion Lutheran Church, Nesquehoning. From left are Brian Buzik, secretary of church council at St. Paul's; Siebert; and Dr. Louis Vermillion, church council member.

For the past year and a half, the Rev. Marjorie Keiter has been one busy pastor.

In addition to serving her home church of St. John Lutheran in Lansford, she has also served as interim pastor of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Summit Hill as well as Zion Lutheran Church in Nesquehoning.

For the next year, however, Keiter will get a little break as she hands over the reigns to Vicar Ben William Siebert from Celina, Ohio.

Monday, September 17, 2012

An Albrightsville area teen, who is an outstanding athlete at Jim Thorpe Area High School, was seriously injured Sunday as the car he was a passenger in crashed while it was racing another vehicle, state police at Fern Ridge said.

Khaaliq Lynch, 17, a junior at Jim Thorpe, was reported in the trauma unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, after being flown by Medevac helicopter Sunday afternoon. The accident occurred along Jonas Road in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, about 12:08 p.m.

Monday, September 17, 2012
Larry Neff/TIMES NEWS Police investigate the scene in downtown Lehighton early today after a male was reportedly shot in a second-floor apartment at 198 S. First St. The shooting is the apparent result of a domestic incident.

Lehighton police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred early this morning in which one person was shot and another is in custody.

According to reports, a male was shot in a second-floor apartment at 198 S. First St. The shooting was reported about 3:41 a.m.

The location is above two store fronts, one being the occupied by the Carbon County Republican Committee.

The male who was shot was taken to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, and admitted. No condition report was available because his name has not been released.

Monday, September 17, 2012
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The 2012-2013 Marian Catholic High School Peer Listeners were inducted at a special Mass, held Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the high school. Peer Listener inductees included: (front row) Samantha Faust, Joshua Green, Breanna Esposito, Mary Grega, Emily Betterly; (back) Diana Ketusky, Anthony Agosti, Marykate Sherkness, Sarah Zurawa and Cassandra Mantz.

Monday, September 17, 2012
Ron Gower/Times News Frank Kuhn, owner of Mallard Market in Lehighton, checks out the meat department of the supermarket. Mallard Market is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Kuhn said one of the things which "we kind of hang our hats on" is fresh meat and deli.

Ten years ago, Frank Kuhn took the risk of leaping from working in a secure job that offered a weekly paycheck to opening his own business, a supermarket he called Mallard Market.

A decade later, not only is the business flourishing but the store has shown impressive growth.

Kuhn and his wife Karen purchased the former Golden Key IGA Market in 2002 and converted into Mallard.

Extensive renovations occurred to the store, including a modern front entrance, new produce, meat, and deli cases, a new roof, and additional product lines.

Monday, September 17, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lisa Mazzarella, a producer and host with WVIA TV, shows Jim Thorpe residents a portion of an "Our Town" documentary. WVIA is in the process of creating "Our Town: Jim Thorpe" with the help of area residents. The documentary's final planning meeting will take place on Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall.

Members of the WVIA TV "Our Town" documentary production team visited Jim Thorpe last week to lay the groundwork for "Our Town: Jim Thorpe." More than a dozen members of the community attended this first organization meeting to learn more about the project.

WVIA is a public broadcasting station (PBS) that serves northeastern Pennsylvania and the central Susquehanna valley. The station reaches more than 20 counties within Pennsylvania.

Monday, September 17, 2012
Ron Gower/Times News Members of the Mahoning Valley Fire Company symbolically push a newly-purchased pumper into its bay at the conclusion of a dedication program held on Saturday.

It was the Mahoning Valley Fire Company's opportunity to sound its own horn Saturday, both literally through sirens and other sound devices on its apparatus, and figuratively in the first-rate firefighting capabilities of its members.

The volunteers of the fire company dedicated a 2013 KME pumper that it purchased at a cost of $467,217.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The East Carbon County Democratic Club will hold it's regular monthly meeting this coming Tuesday evening, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Penn Kidder School Campus. The school is located on Route 903, approximately one-quarter of a mile past the 903/534 traffic light.

Some of the following issues are on the agenda for discussion: photo identification requirements, current voter registration lists, proper poll workers conduct outside and inside the polling place, and registering volunteers to work the polling venues.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Panther Valley School Board approved a number of personnel moves Thursday.

The board:

Ÿ Accepted the resignations of grade 6 paraprofessional Ann Davis, effective Jan. 1, 2013, and of substitute custodian Lisa Turchick, effective immediately;

Ÿ Hired Jared Smith as a short-term substitute high school Social Studies teacher, effective retroactively to Aug. 23 and to continue to a date yet to be determined. He'll be paid $135 a day;

Saturday, September 15, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Schuylkill County Retirees held their 26th annual member appreciation picnic at the Bungalow Park in Tamaqua. This was the second time it was held in Tamaqua. Organizers stated 45 members attended. Any pension-collecting retiree living in Schuylkill County can inquire by calling Joan Deitrich, president, at (570) 668-4679.