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Friday, March 9, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Area School District has taken an added step to protect the students and staff of the district by having visitors to each school take photos of themselves via a visitor check-in system. A staff member will also monitor and inspect the photo and information prior to allowing anyone to pass. The photo, as well as other detailed information, will be stored in the system's log, as well as printed on a temporary badge the visitor is required to wear.

Friday, March 9, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Rush Township police officers take aim as they qualify at a McAdoo firing range with their newly-purchased AR-15's. In January of 2010, Rush Township supervisors voted to sell the department's rifles. Late last month, Rush supervisors decided the department needed them and chose to repurchase two AR-15's. The vote was 2 to 1, with Jeaninne Motrini and Shawn Gilbert voting yes, and Robert Leibensperger voting no. The AR-15 is a lightweight, 5.56 mm, air-cooled, gas-operated and magazine-fed semi-automatic rifle.

Friday, March 9, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Megan Fredericks, administrative assistant at the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, left; accepts the plaque honoring her for reaching the highest level of emergency management certification through the Pennsylvania EMA, from Mark Nalesnik, director of the Carbon County EMA, while the board of commissioners, background, look on.

Carbon County recognizes its employees for their dedication to their job and to the people of the county, in which they serve.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the commissioners, as well as Mark Nalesnik, director of the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, honored Megan Fredericks, administrative assistant at the EMA, for completing the highest level of emergency management certification possible through the Pennsylvania EMA, the professional level.

Friday, March 9, 2012

An elderly woman was killed as she crossed Main Street in Walnutport Wednesday evening.

The accident occurred in the 400 block of Main Street near the McDonald's Restaurant at around 7:55 p.m. Walnutport Police said.

Brian Magliane, 34, of Walnutport, was operating his 2007 Chevy Tahoe east on Main Street when he struck the elderly woman as she attempted to cross Main Street, police said. The woman sustained severe injuries and died at the scene.

Friday, March 9, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Head Panther Valley football coach Lon Hazlet; Booster Club president Terri Williams and Booster Club vice-president Rich Smith.

The Panther Valley school board on Thursday thanked the football Booster Club for refurbishing the weight room.

Football coach Lon Hazlet said volunteers spent Presidents Day weekend working on the project. The wrestling and basketball boosters clubs donated to the project, as did the Kovatch Corporation.

"We repainted and cleaned everything, we reupholstered everything," he said. "It really turned out nice."

Booster Club president Terri Williams said 20 people spent about 200 man-hours on the project.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Eldred Township board of supervisors received an Alpine Rose update letter from Emil W. Kantra II of Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, who represents Alpine Rose Resort, Inc., in which it stated that the Blue Mountain Preservation Association (BMPA) took an appeal from Environmental Hearing Board Judge Labuskes' Adjudication affirming the issuance of the NPDES Permit to his client by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Aug. 25, 2011. It stated that BMPA has filed its brief. Alpine Rose and DEP has until March 12 to file their briefs.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Controversy continues to plague the Mahoning Township police department. Action by the officer in charge lead to the rescinding of police policies in the township over the objections of two supervisors. The board continued to retain Officer Audie Mertz as the temporary top officer in charge in the township while Police Chief Kenneth Barnes is out for health reasons.

Friday, March 9, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Left to right, Diane Giffels, Pat Black, Joanne Rush, Amanda Heller, Patty Pierce and Margaret Seligman are all members of Zion United Lutheran Church's Knit and Crochet Club and welcome new members.

Patty Pierce and Margaret Seligman noticed that knitting had become quite the rage again.

"We thought there might be interest in knitting at our church and we could perform some kind of ministry at the same time," says Patty.

So the two women got the word out at Zion United Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville, inviting those who knit and those who crochet, and for those who couldn't do either but had an interest in learning. They began meeting twice a month since November 2011.

Friday, March 9, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area High School senior Emily Zancofsky sings the National Anthem to open the preliminary round of the PIAA AAA Wrestling Tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey Thursday.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Show business isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Evidence of the hardships that exist in the entertainment industry will be acted out when the Northern Lehigh High School Little Theater Association presents its spring musical.

The three-day musical, "Gypsy", will show at 7 p.m. tonight, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday in the high school auditorium.

Based on the memoirs of the famous burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee, "Gypsy" is "a classic that features complex characters to challenge the students artistic abilities," according to Charles Weigold III, director.