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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Staff and patrons of the Hang Loose Bar and Restaurant in Tamaqua held a costumed fundraiser recently in which people were required to bring in non-perishable items as they came dressed in black tie or dress costume attire. Pictured from left placing food items in a collection bin are are Uncle Fester, played by Frank Wilson; High Style Witch, played by Jill George; and mob gangster, played by Ray Trevorah. Hang Loose is a food and new toy donation drop off point.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Tower City man found guilty by a jury of biting the nose of another man during a bar fight, was socked with a large medical bill imposed by Judge John J. Domalakes in Schuylkill County court during his sentencing proceeding.

Robert T. O'Brien II, 42, 231 W. Grand Ave., was ordered to pay $14,070 to the Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville; $2,213 to Boran and Puzzi, ears and nose specialists, $689 to Pottsville Emergency Physicians; $770 to Pottsville Anesthesia Association; and $53 to RX Shoppe.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Eagle Rock Resorts Company, Hazle Township, Luzerne County, owner of a large subdivision in East Union Township, recorded at the Schuylkill County Courthouse a number of lot sales under a time share arrangement.

Undivided 1/50th interest in Lot 412, Eagle Rock Resorts, East Union Township were sold to the following:

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Five first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by county judges.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, the commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured performing are Chelsea Frantz, left, Arienne Serniak, center, and Christian Gardiner.

Youth group members and church parishioners of the St. Peter's Union Church in Mantzville held a murder mystery dinner fundraiser called "Murder, Mayhem and Marshmallows" to raise funds for their expansion project.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Those who attend an organ concert at a Palmerton church this weekend are in for a real treat.

Hosted by the Palmerton Area Historical Society, the concert will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Littte White Church, located at 3rd and Columbia Avenue.

The event will include the dedication of an Allen Organ by Robert Ormesher, Director of Music at Salem Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, who will demonstrate the organ with a selection of popular works.

The Palmerton Area Historical Society recently received the Allen organ as a gift from Dorothy Kegel and her family.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Michael Wink, 10, dressed as the grim reaper, displays his trick or treat bucket while he waits at the front door of a home located on Oxford Street in Hometown.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
MICHAEL A HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Last evening at East Penn Elementary School, the first of four informational community meetings was held to learn about and discuss the new proposed building plan for Lehighton Area School District. Superintendent James Kraky points to a preliminary artist's rendering of the new building plan as proposed by EI Associates.

Tuesday evening, approximately 30 interested community members attended the first of four informational meetings to learn about and discuss the new proposed building plan for Lehighton Area School District.

Welcoming the crowd to East Penn Elementary School, Superintendent James Kraky gave a brief history of the building project process. In November 2008, a district-wide feasibility study was conducted for all facilities to look for problems and best solutions. It was determined that the worst problems were at the middle school.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

HARRISBURG – Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) on Tuesday released the following statement regarding Senate Bill 314, Senator Tomlinson's (R-6) legislation to ban the use of "texting" while driving in the state of Pennsylvania.

"The Senate and House worked together to pass bipartisan legislation aimed at making our state a safer place to drive," said Argall. "We continually see devastating headlines of accidents caused by distracted drivers. I am hopeful this legislation will take the focus off the cell phone and back on the road."

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Eastern Schuylkill Republican Committee will host a rally this Thursday, at 7 p.m., at the Tamaqua Community Center. County and local candidates will be in attendance. Speakers will include State Sen. Dave Argall, State Rep. Jerry Knowles and county commissioner candidates Frank Staudenmeier and George Halcovage.

A dessert reception will follow and door prizes will be awarded.

The Eastern Schuylkill Republican Committee includes Coaldale and municipalities within the Tamaqua Area School District.