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Saturday, May 10, 2014
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Tristynn Eckhart of Coaldale came across this scene while walking with her children at Glen Onoko Falls in Jim Thorpe. You can submit your photo by clicking on the link in the photo gallery section of our home page at tnonline.com.

Saturday, May 10, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  The Rev. William T. Campion, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Palmerton, and Michele Mullikin, Director of the Bishop's Annual Appeal, gather after a recent mass at the church.

Walk with Christ.

That is the theme of the 2014 Bishop's Annual Appeal, as told recently to members of the Sacred Heart Parish in Palmerton.

The Rev. William T. Campion, priest of the church, opened the mass.

"The month of May is being dedicated to Our Blessed Lady, Mary," Campion said. "This month and October are dedicated to Mary."

Michele Mullikin, Director of Stewardship and Annual Giving, Allentown, is a parishioner at Sacred Heart Parish, as well as the director of the Bishop's Annual Appeal.

She and her husband joined the parish several weeks ago.

Saturday, May 10, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Terry Smith, left; and his mother Beattie Smith, both of Lehighton, are both competing in the 2014 Carbon County Senior Games. The pair is one of a few mother/child duos who have participated in the games at the same time.

With Mother's Day this Sunday, it's nice to see children enjoying time with their mother.

For Terry Smith of Lehighton, he is spending time with his 88-year-old mom, Beattie, in a different way.

The pair has been shuffling, tossing and putting together as they compete in the 2014 Carbon County Senior Games.

The Times News caught up with Terry and Beattie early Friday just as the miniature golf event at Heisler's Cloverleaf Dairy in Tamaqua was getting under way.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Special Olympics PA Carbon County (SOPA) is hosting their annual Track & Field Competition Saturday, May 17, at the Jim Thorpe Area High School Stadium.

The group needs many volunteers to help run this event successfully. Volunteer opportunities include registration, uniform distribution, security, concession stand, officials table, runners for scores, set up/clean up, measurers, timers, athlete escorts, high-fivers, equipment retrievers and so on.

Saturday, May 10, 2014
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Members of the Lehighton Boys and Girls Band, from left, John Siani, Samantha Siani, Jacquelin DePue and Steven Fatzinger show the check for $200 they received from the Penn-Kidder Lions Club at a recent meeting. The check is earmarked for new windows at the hall.

Saturday, May 10, 2014
Winners of the men's 85 and up bracket in miniature golf are, from left, Don Neifert of Panther Valley, silver; Tom Zuber of Panther Valley, gold; and Jim Anewalt of Lehighton, bronze.

The Carbon County Senior Games has helped keep area seniors young at heart for the last 26 years.

Each year, over 200 men and women from five county senior centers come out to throw, shoot, swim, dance, and putt their way into the winner's circle.

Saturday, May 10, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Dr. Ron Bernard DVM, examines a puppy.

The chihuahua was pregnant and the kitten had inhaled smoke.

Rescuing animals is a part of an emergency response that really matters to the people who own them. Earlier this year, responding to a fire in Cressona, Schuylkill County's Animal Response Team cared for a pregnant dog and kitten, transporting them to receive veterinary care.

Friday, May 9, 2014

ORWIGSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A county coroner in eastern Pennsylvania says a 92-year-old man who died after a fight at a nursing home died of natural causes.

WFMZ-TV (bit.ly/SIYG5I) said the Schuylkill County coroner made the announcement Friday.

Investigators said Fred Govern was involved in a fight with another male resident at the Pinebrook Personal Care and Retirement Center near Orwigsburg on March 17.

He was taken to the hospital for minor head and facial injuries but went into cardiac arrest and died.

 

Friday, May 9, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican Party of Pennsylvania is attacking front-running Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf in fliers being mailed to registered Democrats.

A Republican Party spokeswoman declined Friday to say how many fliers were sent out and where the fliers are being sent.

The Wolf campaign says it's not sure exactly where the fliers are being mailed.

Friday, May 9, 2014

POTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - An appeals court has upheld the life sentence given to a man convicted of fatally beating his neighbor with a cast-iron window weight during a burglary of the victim's eastern Pennsylvania home.

Twenty-year-old Jarvin Huggins of Mahanoy City claims he shouldn't have received a mandatory life prison term for his first-degree murder conviction, because he had a "mental age" of only 11 or 12 at the time of the April 2012 crime.