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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A 22-year-old Parryville woman, who says she is pregnant with a child from a 16-year-old boy, is facing court charges.

Elizabeth Gail VanHorn allegedly had sexual relations with the boy for the past 14 months when the boy was 14.

She has been charged by state police with statutory sexual assault, indecent assault, and harassment.

She was arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe and freed on 10 percent bail. The bail was set at $25,000.

Detective Lee Marzen of the Jim Thorpe Police Department is the investigating officer.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A good samaritan had a gun pointed at him and was robbed, according to state police at Schuylkill Haven.

Troopers said Jordan Berg, 22, of New Ringgold, was driving along SR61 southbound in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County, about 3 p.m. on Monday, June 13, when he stopped at a disabled Chevrolet Blazer along the southbound side of the road to offer assistance.

The Blazer was stopped near Fessler's USA in Deer Lake, troopers said.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
TIMES NEWS file photo School officials will be awarding a bid to demolish the old industrial building near the football stadium in Lansford.

The Panther Valley School Board wants to tear down the deteriorating old industrial building next to its football stadium in Lansford, and eight companies are vying for the job.

School officials opened the bids on Monday and expect to award the project to the lowest responsible bidder when the board meets at 7 p.m. June 23, said business manager Kenneth R. Marx Jr.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Carol Zickler/special to the times news

Speaking at the recent Nesquehoning Memorial Day service were left to right Walter Breiner, VFW commander; Amanda Breiner, VFW Auxiliary president; main speaker Brian Sommers; Thomas McKeever, and Ed Coll, president of American Legion Post 172.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Nesquehoning man was lodged in Carbon County Prison yesterday following arraignment on drug charges.

Paul Nicholas Niedzialek, West Center Street, was arraigned in the office of District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

The charges stem from an incident on March 11 in Nesquehoning.

He was charged with criminal conspiracy, which is a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors.

The controlled substance allegedly was heroin.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Terry Steigerwalt, left, is presented a shotgun for his marksmanship by Dr. Edward Miller; and Larry Richards, right, who organized the event.

There was plenty of shooting action as regional marksmen raised nearly $25,000 during the Fifth Annual Shoot for a Dream event held June 4 at Whitetail Preserve in Conyngham.

For most of the morning and early afternoon, shooters aimed at 100 clay disc targets to raise funds for Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter. Whitetail Resort, located outside of Hazleton in the Conyngham Valley, also supports and works with children of special needs.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Tim Tkach, principal at Lehighton Area High School and Jamie Drake, treatment program manager, for Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol program, preview a video about drug and alcohol abuse that was created by students at Lehighton Area High School.

Helping youth learn how to make wise choices about drugs and alcohol use will be the topic of the Community Drug and Alcohol Seminar to be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 at the Lehighton High School auditorium.

That night, parents will learn the signs to look for if they suspect their child is abusing drugs and alcohol. Also invited to attend are educators, community groups, politicians and members of the community.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Times News Pictured from left are retiring teachers Barbara E. Herring, Hope Harakel, JoAnn Dobrosky, TEA President Frank Wenzel, retiring teachers Vicki Feliciano, Janet Smetana and Jean Newton. Not pictured is John Potlunas and Mary Ruth Taylor.

The Tamaqua Education Association (TEA) honored nine retiring teachers from the Tamaqua Area School District during its retirement dinner held on June 10 at Capriotti's in Tresckow.

TEA president and master of ceremonies Frank Wenzel, Tamaqua Superintendent Carol Makuta, Elementary Assistant Principal James Fasnacht, TASD President Larry Wittig, former principal Tom Ponting, and other TEA and retirement committee members, welcomed the honorees as they spoke of their many accomplishments during the ceremony.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Some Panther Valley residents are on Cloud 9 today after meeting "Old Blue Eyes" in the flesh. When Frank Sinatra, along with daughter, Nancy, and comedian Charlie Callas, opened a week-long run in Atlantic City, seated at stageside, as Sinatra's personal guests, were Bob and Marigrace Parfitt of White Bear, adn Bob's sister and brother-in-law, Natalie and Walt Whiteman of Winston-Salem, N.C. After the show, the two couples were invited backstage to spend some long-to-be-remembered moments with the legend himself.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

All the kindergarteners from the St. Jerome Regional School in Tamaqua performed a number of music skits for their parents and teachers as part of their graduation day program held Tuesday in the school gym.