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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

FEB. 11

Food pantry set in JT

The Shepherd House Food Pantry at Ebenezer E.C. Church will be open on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 9-11 a.m. Recipients must reside within the Jim Thorpe School District and fall within TEFAP income guidelines. The pantry is located at 441 Center Ave. in Jim Thorpe. Park in the Cherry Avenue parking lot and enter through the rear entrance.

Call (570) 325-2855 for more information or if you are able to help with setting up the pantry on Feb. 10 at 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Charles "Chuck" Thamarus

The St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee of Jim Thorpe and Carbon County has selected a Nesquehoning man who has been involved in the Ancient Order of Hibernians since its inception in 1997 to serve as Grand Marshal of the 15th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Charles "Chuck" Thamarus of 157 W. Columbus Ave. will lead the 2012 parade down Broadway on Sunday, March 11, beginning at 1 p.m. The event is also dedicated to all veterans of all branches of the Armed Services, parade committee officials announced.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
BERNIE O'HARE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli speaks at a news conference Monday, detailing grand jury findings concerning Municipal Energy Management, Lackawanna County, and its alleged bilking of Bethlehem Township.

Lured by the promise of big savings, Bethlehem Township, along with the coal region towns of Coaldale, Lansford, Nesquehoning, Jim Thorpe and Tamaqua, paid Municipal Energy Managers hundreds of thousands of dollars to help them buy street lights from PPL instead of leasing them.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Lehighton man recently pleaded guilty to two drug charges and was immediately sentenced to a jail term in Carbon County court.

James Kutchera Jr., 25, pleaded to one count each of possession of a controlled substance-heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

He was arrested on Dec. 1, 2011, following a vehicle stop in Beaver Meadows. The initial stop was for speeding.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua-based musicians and performing artists Jack Kulp and Kathy Rimm are among a group of volunteers hoping to turn the former Salem Evangelical Church into a community arts center.

Adaptive re-use of a former church complex could give birth to the area's newest multipurpose center for music, arts, theater and education in downtown Tamaqua.

The exact configuration won't be known until the public offers input into selecting the optimum use of the former Salem Evangelical Church, 125 Pine St., Route 309, Tamaqua.

"Our hope is to develop a center open to everyone that could serve as a performance venue, art studio, instructional workshop and other similar creative uses," said Tamaqua Area Community Partnership executive director Micah Gursky.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

An administrator and a consultant for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program informed the West Penn Township board of supervisors at Monday evening's meeting in the municipal building what it can do with the $100,000 grant the township is receiving.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Under public comment at the Feb. 6 meeting of the East Penn supervisors, Joe Ehritz said there was an article in the Pennsylvania Township News magazine suggesting supervisors make better use of the media to spread information. Crime watch and parks and recreation information are two that benefit easily.

Ehritz said he hopes the supervisors keep up with patching roads because when the weather changes there will be a lot of potholes.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Panther Valley High School announced two winners in an oratorical contest held at the school. The outstanding orators are Patricia Matta, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Matta of Lansford, a sophomore whose oration was entitled "Untimely Death," and Joseph Brand, a senior, whose oration was "What Has Happened to Our American Values." Brand is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Brand of Summit Hill. Runners-up were Bonnie Angst and John Rajnic.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Three area men entered guilty pleas in Schuylkill County court to drug charges and received state prison sentences from President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Ricardo Lloyd Knight, 23, of 203 1/2 Lehigh St., Tamaqua, on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance in Tamaqua was sentenced to serve three to six years in a state correctional facility and the sentence is to begin at the expiration of a sentence imposed in New York.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Jose Nunoz

Two men arrested by Tamaqua police following a high-speed chase late Sunday night are garnering a lot of attention from local, state and federal law enforcement officials, and are suspects in a string of armed robberies throughout the area.