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Friday, January 10, 2014

A series of informational sessions will be held across the state to detail changes to Pennsylvania's Small Games of Chance Act, according to Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon).

The sessions involve Act 90, which Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law in November.

The additions to the Small Games of Chance Act allow the owners of most retail liquor licenses to apply for a new Tavern Gaming License. That new license will give the owners the ability to offer tavern raffles for charitable causes, along with pull-tab games and tavern daily drawings.

Friday, January 10, 2014
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St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, at 106 Delaware Ave. in Palmerton, recently celebrated its Christmas. Pictured in front of the neatly decorated Christmas trees are, from left, Chris Oliva, congregation member; Ralph Brown, congregation member; the Rev. Evhen Moniuk, pastor; Louise Lazarchick, congregation member; and Bernie Lazarchick, congregation member.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Weatherly High School will host a free Financial Aid Night at 6 p.m. Monday Jan. 27, in the high school cafeteria.

District high school seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend this informative session to get a better understanding of the student aid process and how to begin planning to fund their higher education.

Linda Pacewicz, a student aid expert from Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, and Rita Moran, Academic Specialist at Educational Opportunity Centers, will be available to provide information and answer questions.

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Over-60-Club of Palmerton will meet at noon on Jan. 21 inside Palmerton Borough Hall.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Mark A. Kessler, the suspended Gilberton borough police chief, will get his day in Schuylkill County court.

He filed a petition for a preliminary injunction against the mayor and council of the borough to have the hearing in the county court and his request was granted. The borough had scheduled to move the hearing to Lackawanna County.

Friday, January 10, 2014

A Carbon County man was scheduled to go on trial Thursday in the county court but instead made a plea bargain with the district attorney's office and entered a guilty plea in the pending case.

Russell Alan O'Gorman, 45, of Lansford, was scheduled to face a jury on charges of unlawful contact with minors (a felony three), and misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of children, indecent exposure, and indecent assault.

The jury panel was selected on Monday to hear the matter before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Friday, January 10, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Andrew Bowman of Slatington stands with his grand champion dairy goat, Peppermint, at the Pennyslvania State Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Harrisburg – Peppermint, a Saanen dairy goat exhibited by Andrew Bowman of Slatington, Lehigh County won Best Doe in Show at the Junior Dairy Goat Show on Thursday, at the 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show, Harrisburg.

Bowman of Jama Goats has proudly been showing goats for six years.

Judge Jeff Kline of Crowley, Texas said "Unfortunately, it's an unusual time to show dairy goats because typically this time of year they are pregnant and not producing milk. However your supreme doe has exceptional depth of body and an impressive mammary system for this time of the year."

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Pleasant Valley School District board of directors is considering raising pay for substitute teachers.

Carole Geary, superintendent, introduced a survey of substitute teacher rates throughout the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 districts. The rates vary from a low of $70 (Pen Argyl) to a high of $100 at some other schools like Pocono Mountain and Bethlehem Vo-Tech. PV pays $80 a day.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Several fire companies are on the scene of a working house fire on Ben Titus Road in Rush Township.

The call originally came in as a house fire but the fire quickly engulfed the home.

Reports are coming in that two dogs died in the fire.

According to unconfirmed reports, companies called to the fire include Hometown, Quakake, Delano, Ryan, Tamaqua and McAdoo departments; as well as Tresckow, Hazle Township, Weatherly, Mahanoy City and Walker Township fire departments for tanker trucks.

We have a reporter on the scene.

Friday, January 10, 2014

When Robert Gill of Lehighton checked his email one recent morning, he found a message that advised him to immediately respond by sending his email address and password in order to avoid losing his account.

Gill, 73, called state police at Lehighton, who said they could do nothing about the scam.

Gill deleted the message, and called the TIMES NEWS to help spread the word that email scams are making the rounds, and are constructed more cleverly than ever.