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Thursday, March 13, 2014

PHILADELPHIA Granting universities the power to authorize charters could strengthen schools in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania.

Now, 44 out of 500 school districts in the commonwealth oversee the creation and revocation of charters, but Senate Bill 1085 would grant institutions of higher education power to authorize the schools, assuming responsiblity for opening schools, overseeing existing schools and closing those failing to meet academic standards.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A number of driving under the influences cases were recently scheduled for preliminary hearings before District Judge Stephen Bayer in his Tamaqua office.

John Dominic Krell, 41, of 68 N. Kennedy Drive, McAdoo, waived hishearing on charges of DUI of alcohol, DUI of a controlled substance, DUI of a combination of drugs and alcohol, speeding and careless driving. The charges were filed by McAdoo patrolman Steven Homanko following a March 9, 2013, incident.

Krell was released on his own recognizance.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

An elementary school in Lehigh Township was placed on lockdown Wednesday morning as police searched for a man who may have been armed with a gun.

At 9:14 a.m., a Lehigh Township Police officer attempted a traffic stop on a red Mini Cooper, recognized as belonging to a person with active arrest warrants.

As the officer turned around to initiate the traffic stop in the area of Blue Mountain Drive and Route 946, the vehicle abruptly turned into a parking lot and the driver, Ryan Redline, fled on foot into the woods.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The public is invited to an evening of prayer, song and silence at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 30 at All Saints Church, 21 N. Cleveland St. in McAdoo, in the spirit of a Taize Prayer Service.

The Taize community developed a unique style of singing prayer with short, simple melodies and short, classic phrases repeated over and over. The repetition of one verse, often taken from the Bible, allows one to absorb the message deeply. The song becomes kind of a singing meditation, helping one to become aware of the loving presence of God within.

Thursday, March 13, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua artist Jeff Rimm discusses elements of inspiration at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center. Rimm's art and photography exhibit is currently one of several on display at the gallery.

The Tamaqua Community Arts Center is currently featuring multi-media art displays by local talent.

One of the exhibitors is TCAC volunteer Jeff Rimm, Tamaqua, a life-long painter, charcoal and pencil artist, woodburner and photographer who specializes in outdoor, local, regional, industrial and railroad scenes.

"I've done it from the beginning, ever since I could hold a pencil," he said.

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Ron Gower/tIMES NEWS Author Ellen Hopkins, seated facing camera, speaks with students in the library of Panther Valley High School, Thursday. She told the students about the consequences of drug abuse and how important reading and writing are.

Author Ellen Hopkins doesn't apologize for the content in some of the books she's written.

She writes about drugs, sex, rape and abuse.

On Wednesday during a visit to Panther Valley High School, she told the students, "I write as honestly as I can."

She says it is honesty that attracts young people to her novels.

Hopkins, of Nevada, added, "It's not always pretty, but I think it's important you realize this stuff happens."

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Deeds recorded

Beaver Meadows

Dawn M. Rossi to Dawn M. Wilkinson, Drums, property on Berwick Street, $1.

East Penn Township

Tax Claim Bureau of Carbon County to Bradford S. Bennett, Sunbury, property along Blue Mountain Road, $1,577.77.

Kidder Township

Stephen A. Borland to Mark V. Cassidy, Seaville, N.J., property at 55 Eastwoods, Snow Ridge Village, White Haven, $90,000.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

State Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) has announced that after facilitating meetings among area local municipalities, the Northern Lehigh Community Center and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, a $10,000 Peer-to-Peer Study Grant has been awarded.

"It was a pleasure to work with local officials to secure the necessary funding to move forward in a collaborative effort to bring more recreational and park opportunities to area residents," said Harhart.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

After two years of hard work, the sun is now shining on local arts with the unveiling of the Tamaqua Performing Arts Hall in the former Salem Church, Pine Street. The new theaterfeatures a wooden stage, lighting and sound systems, new seating, carpets, pub tables and chairs. Budding thespians are dwarfed by the high proscenium arch, shown here, as rehearsals for a wide array of productions and presentations kicked into high gear this week.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Perhaps it's not quite the storm of 1888, but the storm of '93 definitely will be one for the record books.

A massive storm is preparing to dump a foot or more of snow on the area today and will be accompanied by intense near-hurricane strength winds.

Blowing and drifting snows are expected to exacerbate the problem throughout the weekend, and state police and transportation officials are warning people to stay off the roads.