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Friday, May 9, 2014

John Waller, a native of Atlanta, Ga., will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. May 18 at Bethany Wesleyan Church, 675 Blue Mountain Drive, Cherryville.

In the late 1990s, Waller was lead vocalist for the band, "According to John." His music was played on CNN during the funerals of two victims of the Columbine shooting in 1999.

Waller now has a solo career. His songs appear in the films "Fireproof" and "Courageous."

His music also can be viewed on YouTube and four of his songs have over a million viewers.

Friday, May 9, 2014
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS @$:  Carbon County mayors agree to send a letter to state officials urging them to pass legislation allowing municipal police departments to use radar. Discussing the matter are, seated from left, mayors Paul McArdle of Summit Hill, Thomas Mase of Lehighton, Chris Olivia of Palmerton, group secretary Jamie Soloman of Jim Thorpe, and standing from left, mayors Jeff Bobish of Beaver meadows, James Romanko of Lansford, and Mike Sofranko of Jim Thorpe.

The Carbon County Association of Mayors agreed to support proposed legislation that would allow local police officers to use radar for speed enforcement.

Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko, who conducted the meeting Monday at the Inn of Jim Thorpe, said Pennsylvania is the only state in the nation that doesn't let local police departments use radar.

Friday, May 9, 2014
Christine Mertz

A Mahoning Township woman has been accused of unleashing a violent assault on her juvenile daughter because of a blocked toilet.

Christine Mertz, 40, was arrested by Mahoning Township police after a report that she hit her daughter twice with a baseball bat, punching her about 10 times, and biting the girl twice.

Mertz is presently in Carbon County jail on a probation violation, according to prison officials.

She is scheduled for arraignment for the incident involving her child on May 21 before District Judge Edward M. Lewis of Jim Thorpe.

Friday, May 9, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Dave Woodman of Jim Thorpe eyes a shot during the billiards competition on Thursday.

Only 38 points is separating the teams during the 2014 Carbon County Senior Games.

The Southern Carbon County seniors are continuing to edge their way into first place with a combined score of 289; but Northern Carbon County is keeping it a close game with a combined team score of 251.

Who will be left standing at the top when all the dust settles from the two weeks of competition? Only time will tell.

Thursday's events included billiards, held at Terpstra's Bar in Jim Thorpe and the Jim Thorpe/Penn-Kidder and Panther Valley senior centers.

Friday, May 9, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Students in the Panther Valley Middle School band include, front from left, Claire Kokinda and Taylor Cichon; second row, Josse Baez and Mike Kilkovich; and third row, Blake Morgans, Zack Kindt and Justin Ogozalek.

Students in Panther Valley School District will be hosting an art show and band concert on Tuesday at the high school.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Join the staff of Tuscarora State Park, in Barnesville, at 10 a.m. May 22 as they explore the mountain behind Locust Lake State Park and visit the Silver Creek Fire Tower.

The pine stands and brush are perfect habitat for birds and other wildlife.

Those wishing to participate should meet at the visitor parking lot at the park located before the contact station.

Bring a bag lunch. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed and get along with people and other pets.

For more information contact Robin Tracey at 570-467-2506. Shine only.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Schuylkill County is gearing up for the May 20 primary election.

Commissioners, at the request of election chief Frannie Brennan, approved hiring 10 machine delivery truck drivers.

They are Robert Schlack, Shenandoah, at $210; Joseph Contrady, McAdoo, at $210; Kenneth Eichenberg, Minersville, at $170; Jason Frantz, Girardville, at $160; William Klinger, Frackville, at $160; Thomas Kurtek, Pottsville, at $140; Walter Leashefski, Orwigsburg, at $220; Wayne Robbins, Frackville, at $210; Walter Taylor, Barnesville, at $210; and Kurt Yoder, Hegins, at $200.

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SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mother's Day was celebrated a little early at the Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Centerthis week, featuring a special breakfast and flowers for all the ladies. Honorees included: (seated), Mary Rigotti, Shirley Milot, Florence Koscak, Betty Murphy and Alice Truskey; (standing) Bertline Bachert, Marlene Roberts, Arlene Yoder and Anna Ritsick.

Friday, May 9, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area School District art teacher Kim Woodward organizes some of the students' examples of commercial art.

Tamaqua Area School District students showcased their affinity for the arts Thursday night with a middle school art show and a spring choral concert featuring middle and high school students.

Art teacher Kim Woodward said she is very proud of her students, whose work included tempura landscape paintings on canvas, clothing design and commercial artwork.

Friday, May 9, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS There are several blighted properties in Coaldale on both sides of East Ridge Street in the 100-200 block. During a meeting Tuesday, residents asked council for solutions.

Four years ago, when Steve and Tammy Harrison decided to move from Jim Thorpe and buy a house, they looked at several communities.

They chose Coaldale partly because the borough had a full-time police department and a well-staffed road crew.

"We chose it for what we saw as quality of life," Steve Harrison said. "People seemed to have pride in their properties and the town.

"We weren't here long when the council got rid of the full-time police and one of the full-time road crew workers," he added.