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Friday, October 19, 2012

A Tamaqua woman filed a civil suit against her church and president of the church council seeking monetary damages over alleged breach of contract of a book she wrote depicting the history of the church.

The suit was started by Francis L. Stahl, 12 Miller Lane, Tamaqua R.D., against Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 101 N. Greenwood St., Tamaqua, and George Taylor, 200 N. Lehigh St., Tamaqua.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Schuylkill County Zoning Board issued 25 permits in September for $4,025 with the construction costs estimated at $1,959,237. Those who obtained permits were:

Friday, October 19, 2012

Two area projects were reviewed by the Schuylkill County Planning Commission at its monthly meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Friday, October 19, 2012

A request to extend Hemlock Drive's subdivision plans was rejected by Mahoning Township supervisors unanimously unless a letter of extension was received by the township by October 12, 2012. While the motion carried unanimously, two representatives for the project, George Fetch and Nawall Hadeed arrived later in the meeting with a sketch of the plan. Supervisors advised the two men to present the sketch to the township's planners at their next meeting.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Rush Township board of supervisors approved the township's revised submission at last evening's meeting in the municipal building to receive a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for $60,000.

According to the board, the money will be used for sanitary line replacement on Chestnut Street and from Hunter Street to Ridge Street and to Ryan Avenue, 1,100 feet of pipe and laterals.

Friday, October 19, 2012
Addison Krall, 5, dressed as a pirate, leans down for candy thrown from a passing firetruck.

Ghosts, ghouls and goblins marched down Andreas Road as hundreds of onlookers watched during the annual Halloween Parade in Andreas.

The parade, organized by both the West Penn Lions Club and Andreas Sporting Club, consisted of over two dozen participating groups. Leading the parade was West Penn Police Chief Brian Johnson, followed by members of the Andreas VFW Post 5069 and the parade's Grand Marshals Bryan and Sharon Miller.

"A lot of work goes into this parade every year," said parade coordinator and West Penn Lion Lisa Sharpe.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Free New Life Blessing Shoppe, held via the New Life Assembly of God Church in Tamaqua, will be open this Saturday October 20th, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Volunteers will be giving away clothing, shoes and other items free to the community. Church parishioners stressed that all are welcome. The free event will take place outside the church, 407 Schuylkill Avenue.

Friday, October 19, 2012
Prior to the House session Wednesday in Harrisburg, the Rev. James Burdess of St. Joseph's Church in Summit Hill, provided the opening prayer. He also ended with the benediction.

"No matter what title I hold here in Harrisburg, the most important job title I could ever hold is Dad."

That was the closing statement given by Keith R. McCall, former Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, during his portrait unveiling held in front of many friends, family members, state officials and current members of the House Capitol Wednesday in Harrisburg.

McCall's portrait will be placed with other Speakers and historic figures, like Benjamin Franklin and other House leaders in the first-floor hallway of the ornate Capitol.

Friday, October 19, 2012

These three old beauties were registered at the West End Rotary Oktoberfest and Car Show. Left to right is a 1926 Ford T owned by Elvin Gower, a 1916 Ford T owned by Karl and Jane Kirchhofer (which won President's Choice Award) and a 1916 Buick Touring Car owned by Carmen Alpaugh. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Western Pocono Community Library, Jackson Township Fire Co. and other community organizations.

Friday, October 19, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Amber Steigerwalt, 19, of Lehighton, and Jacob Wertman, 23, of Lehighton, are escorted to their preliminary hearing Thursday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Charges against a Carbon County man and his girlfriend who allegedly plotted to kill a family member have been bound over to court.

Jacob Wertman, 23, of Lehighton, and Amber Steigerwalt, 19, of Lehighton, will have a pretrial status conference in the county Court of Common Pleas on Nov. 15.

Wertman and Steigerwalt had a preliminary hearing Thursday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton on charges they allegedly conspired to kill Wertman's grandmother at her home in Ashfield, East Penn Township, with whom the defendants lived.