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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Area snowmobilers interested in taking the Pennsylvania Snowmobile Safety Course may enroll for the course, according to Dennis Blocker and Richard German, who have volunteered to organize the program in this area.

The program is designed for youngsters 10 to 15 years of age.

The course consists of one eight hour session. The safety training will be held at Blockers Enterprises, 770 State Road, off Route 248, Parryville, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. There is no charge to attend the safety course.

Thursday, September 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteer firefighters with the Lake Harmony Fire Company march in step during the state parade.

The New Jersey State Fire Chief's Parade Judges Association released the results of the 132nd Annual Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania convention parade held on Saturday in Lake Harmony, and hosted by both the Lake Harmony and Albrightsville fire companies.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Schuylkill County Prison Board held a special meeting Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville to take action on a personnel matter dealing with a correctional officer.

The greater part of the meeting was held in executive session to discuss the problem and when the meeting was opened to the public the board acted on two quick motions.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Palmerton man accused of the alleged rape of a female has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Wayne Smith Jr., 24, of 832 Mauch Chunk Road, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

Instead, Smith opted for a waiver, which means he will next go before the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas for a pretrial status conference at 9 a.m. Nov. 8.

Smith faces charges of rape by forcible compulsion, aggravated indecent assault, and indecent assault.

Thursday, September 29, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The Palmerton Community Fitness Center is under new ownership. Pictured are manager Taylor Knight (seated), and owner Janet Knight (standing).

A popular exercise facility in Palmerton is under new ownership.

Located at 346 Delaware Avenue, the Palmerton Community Fitness Center is now family-run.

Taylor Knight serves as manager, while her mother, Janet Knight, is owner.

To commemorate the change in ownership, an open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

All ages are welcome. There will be a one-month membership give away, family packages and 3-month special. Food and drinks will be provided.

Thursday, September 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Band Drum Majors pictured from left are Tyler Walters from Hamburg; Emma Fisher from Mahanoy Area; Justine Ellis, Shannon Faust, Cody Kelly and Melissa Keifer from Minersville; Samantha Kovacs, Nicole Fiscella and Carly Miller from Southern Lehigh; Shannon Shuttlesworth, Michelle Murray from Williams Valley; Carissa Hope from Tri-Valley; Marissa Murgia, Michelle Salvemini from Bangor; Brittany Carter, Morgan Kismiller from Pottsville; and Steve Moyer, Molly Betz from Tamaqua.

The Tamaqua Area Athletic Center radiated with sounds of marching band music Saturday night during the Tamaqua Area Band Booster's 15th Annual Land of the Running Water Band Adjudication Festival, which was held indoors due to weather.

Performing field shows were 13 participating bands from Panther Valley, Hamburg Area, Mahanoy Area, Minersville, Southern Lehigh, Williams Valley, Wilson Area, Tri-Valley, Emmaus, Exeter, Bangor, Pottsville and Tamaqua Raider Marching Band, which hosted the event.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A public hearing will be held to discuss the Central Carbon Regional Comprehensive Plan will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. today at the at the Lehighton Borough Annex Auditorium, 110 N. Third Street, Lehighton. The meeting will be facilitated by Allen G. Heist, PMP, project manager, Stell Environmental Enterprises, Inc. Elverson. Heist has spent most of the year developing and refining the plan.

Invited guests to the meeting are members of the four planning commissions that comprise Central Carbon County: Mahoning, East Penn and Franklin townships and the Borough of Weissport.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Panther Valley School Board has approved personnel changes.

The board accepted the retirement of high school cafeteria head cook Lennora Goida, effective May 12, 2012; the immediate resignation of varsity girls softball coach James Gilbert; the retirement of high school Special education teacher Joan Kennedy, effective Dec. 23, 2011.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

National Christian recording artists and author, David and Karen Brickley will be speaking at the Ebenezer E.C. Church every Sunday during the month of October at the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

For more information, call 325-2855. The church is located at 441 Center Ave.

Women of ELCA

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Miss Lisa Digiglio, a junior at Panther Valley High School, has been selected the Rose Queen for the 1977 St. Therese Shower of Roses celebration which will take place Sunday at Our Lady of Mounty Carmel Church, New Columbus. Attendants will be Trieste Digiglio and Theresa Izzo. The First Rose Princess is the queen's sister, Joanne, a freshman at Panther Valley. The Second Rose Princess is Michelle Damiano, a Panther Valley High School sophomore.