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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Adam Bahrey of Barnesville was the winner in the Greyt Hound Hustle, hosted by Pocono Greyhound Adoption.

The 5K Run/Walk was held June 7 at the Tuscarora State Park in Barnesville to promote greyhound awareness and adoption.

This year's race was "In Memory of Ren," a greyhound adopted by Tammy Fatzinger and her family of Quakake.

Ren developed cancer shortly after being adopted. The loss was devastating to the Fatzinger family.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Sharon Stanley/Special to the Times News Newly appointed Councilwoman Amanda Trelease is sworn in by Slatington Mayor Walter Neidermeyer at Monday's special Slatington Borough Council meeting.

Several pressing issues were discussed, and one acted upon, at a special meeting of the Slatington Borough Council Monday night.

First up, council discussed appointing someone to fill the vacancy left by former President Daniel Stevens, who resigned effective June 1, because he had applied for the position of borough manager.

Councilman Jon Rinker said Amanda Trelease had expressed an interest in serving on council and that, to his knowledge, she was the only person to have done so.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
John Ruzicka

Two men were charged with burglary and related counts for an incident in Mahoning Township.

On Sunday at 3:09 p.m. township police received a report of suspicious people at a home along Oak Grove Drive. The home was previously damaged by fire on Feb. 15.

The homeowner had not yet moved back, due to the damage, and a neighbor alerted police about the two men.

An officer arrived within five minutes and found two men inside the garage area of the home holding copper.

They were identified as Robert Ruzicka, of Palmerton, and John Ruzicka, of Mahoning Township.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Josh Evans, class president and valedictorian of the 2014Palmerton Area High School graduating class, gives his addressduring Monday's graduation ceremony at Penn's Peak.

One's identity cannot be found on a certificate, or a piece of paper.

Instead, it's found in how a person treats others, how hard they work when no one else is looking and how they respond to challenges in their life.

That was one of several messages shared with members of the Palmerton Area High School Class of 2014, which graduated Monday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

In all, 110 students received diplomas during the 106th annual commencement exercises, which began with a performance of "Wanting Memories" by the high school chorus, featuring senior Benjamin Winn.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Weissport escaped paying civil penalties which would have been imposed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency because the borough has failed to comply with the federal agency's orders.

EPA has ordered Weissport to comply with its latest request within 30 days. The tiny community is being required to adopt a stormwater ordinance, which provides for public outreach, education and documentation within the community.

Attorney Mike Greek recommended that council members adopt the sample ordinance provided by the EPA before the end of the month.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Drug suspect Glenn Bowman is led from arraignment Monday by Tamaqua policeman Cory Herring during a major drug sting in the Tamaqua area.

Seventeen drug dealers or users were located, with most rounded up Monday, while three others were confirmed as already in confinement in the largest drug sting operation in the Tamaqua area in years.

"We had 17 body warrants for the Tamaqua area," said Schuylkill County District Attorney Christine A. Holman as law enforcement officers from the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force, Schuylkill County Sheriff's Office, and police departments from 10 municipalities joined forces and converged on Tamaqua and local communities.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Robert Evenden will speak on "The Case for a Convention of States" during a meeting of the Lehighton 9/12 Project on June 26 at the Lehighton American Legion Post.

A general meeting of the Lehighton 9/12 project begins at 6:30 p.m., and Evenden's talk starts at 7 p.m.

The American Legion will be open for dinner at 5 p.m.

Sandy Dellecker, president of the Lehighton 9/12 Project, said "This meeting is imperative."

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Dr. Barbara Conway

The Jim Thorpe Area School Board welcomed a new member while saying goodbye to two of their own Monday night at the final school board meeting for Dr. Barbara Conway, the retiring superintendent of schools for the district.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Tamaqua Area Community Theatre will be holding auditions for three upcoming productions "The Groom Has Cold Feet," "The Woodsman and the Fairy" and a "Midsummer's Night Dream."

"The Groom Has Cold Feet" is an old time Western murder mystery, which will be performed in August.

Auditions for actors and actresses, between the ages of 12 and 20, will be held July 14, 15 and 16, beginning at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Here are the names and charges of those rounded up Monday in a wide-scale drug bust in Schuylkill County:

Ÿ Glenn Leroy Bowman, 50, Hazleton: Two felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver (marijuana), misdemeanor possession of a small amount of marijuana, criminal use of a communication facility.