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Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Tamaqua Community Arts Center and yoga instructor Amy O'Brien are offering a unique way to help the Wounded Warrior Project.

Proceeds from a beginner yoga class will benefit the project in memory of Spc. Christina Joy Leone, who died July 11, 2012. She was the daughter of Wayne and Cheryl Leone of New Ringgold.

The class will be held from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Jim Thorpe Community Watch will host its annual Halloween in the Park event for all Jim Thorpe children on Sept. 27. The event will be held from 4 to 8:30 p.m., at Memorial Park.

The event is designed to give the community the chance to have a family night out in the park.

There will be hayrides, face painting, pumpkin painting, crafts, games, food, a parade, finger painting and more.

All children will be given a bag to use for Trick or Treat night while supplies last.

The rain date is Sept. 28.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

For each and every one of the past five years, more pedestrians have been struck, and killed, in Schuylkill County than in Carbon County.

Does that mean Carbon drivers are more careful than their Schuylkill counterparts?

Are Schuylkill pedestrians less careful than those in the neighboring county?

Probably neither, according to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation safety press officer Sean Brown.

"The difference in numbers is mostly due to the fact that Carbon is a much smaller county, with less population and less traffic," Brown said.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

HUDSON, Fla. (AP) – A Florida home, owned by a Nesquehoning family, was part of a grizzly murder this week, while the victims and suspect also have ties to the Lehigh Valley area.

On Thursday, Pasco sheriff's deputies were checking on the family, identified through search warrants obtained by both The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times as Margaret and Greg Brown; and their 27-year-old daughter, Megan, all formerly of the Lehigh Valley, but no one was home. The Browns currently rent the Hudson home from Tara and Ben Cellini of Nesquehoning.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pocono Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.

Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Lehighton man, already serving a state prison term, was sentenced to another after pleading guilty on Friday afternoon to new criminal counts in the county court.

Anthony Ray Hartranft, 44, pleaded guilty to one count each of defiant trespass and persistent disorderly conduct and was immediately sentence by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve a total of 12 to 24 months in a state prison (six to 12 on each count consecutive).

Hartranft is currently in the state system on a parole violation and is serving a six-month term.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Jim Thorpe Neighborhood Bank and its Holding Company, JTNB Bancorp Inc., recently announced the appointment of Joseph T. Svetik to its board of directors.

JTNB CEO and President Craig A. Zurn said he is excited about the vast experience and opportunities that Svetik will be able to bring to the bank. Zurn said Svetik "brings more than 40 years of various managerial and leadership experience and adds a wealth of regulatory and banking knowledge to our community bank."

Saturday, September 6, 2014
PHOTO BY RICK GONZALEZ Nellie McKay will perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the 37th annual Celebration Of The Arts in Delaware Water Gap.

Acclaimed singer-songwriter and Pocono Mountains resident Nellie McKay has appeared on Broadway, performed on the "Late Show With David Letterman" and tours coast to coast.

Now, she'll be one of the COTA Cats.

McKay performs a rare solo concert in the region, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7, at the 37th annual Celebration Of The Arts, Delaware Water Gap.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A plaque was presented during the opening ceremony of the 25th annual Palmerton Community Festival on Friday to the family of David Dailey Sr. for his many years of dedicated service. Pictured are, from left, granddaughter Meghan Dailey, son David Dailey Jr., wife Eileen Dailey, son Jim Dailey, festival committee secretary Jane Stroup, and festival chairwoman Susan Arner.

Hard working, dedicated, and a strong sense of humor.

David Dailey Sr. has embodied those traits for as long as anyone can remember.

Unfortunately, times have changed, and at present, Dailey, of Palmerton, is dealing with dementia.

But, that didn't stop him from being recognized for all of his contributions to the community.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Traffic signals like this one in Tamaqua can prove to be  confusing for motorists and pedestrians alike. The  pedestrian crossing signal says it's safe to go, but turning  traffic has a green light.

No driver wants to hit a pedestrian, just as no pedestrian wants to be hit by a vehicle.

Trying to avoid such situations can sometimes be tricky, especially with confusing traffic signals.

In most municipalities, the bulk of traffic signals have buttons for pedestrians to push when they want to cross the street.

However, the majority of these signals do not stop traffic in all directions, leading to some confusion for motorists and pedestrians alike.