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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Justin Neff, 26, with addresses in Tamaqua and Minersville, has been charged by Tamaqua Police after he allegedly pawned items leased to a resident of 119 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Neff was staying with family at that address when he allegedly removed a television set and a PlayStation 3, owned by Rent A Center, from the home on Feb. 6. He and a friend took the items to Reading, where Neff pawned them for cash.

He has been charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Weatherly Area PTA will be holding a Family Reading Night on Friday, March 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Weatherly Elementary/Middle School cafeteria.

A number of activities are planned including Rhyme Races, Mixed Bag, Create a Creature, and Tell Me a Story. Refreshments will also be available.

In addition, a surprise guest reader will attend. The PTA will also hold a drawing for the book "Every Thing On It" by Shel Silverstein.

For more information, call Donnell Stump, PTA president, at (570) 579-8801.

Saturday, March 3, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Owner Ray M. Swartz etches someone's pet dog into a piece of granite. He also adds color to his etchings.

A new type of business containing an eclectic shoppe of stones and art gifts has etched its way into Jim Thorpe.

The store, called Swartz's Etchings & More, is owned by Ray and Barbara Swartz of Tamaqua and offers a vast array of affordable personalized granite crafts; such as decorative stones and jewelry, healing stones, etched pet portraits, and even personalized memorials or flat markers. Ray also pointed out that all his work is handmade and one of a kind, adding, "My work lasts much longer than normal laser etching."

Friday, March 2, 2012

Lehigh Carbon Community College and Carbon Career & Technical Institute are gearing up for the first ever 36-week SHINE STEM Career Academy, which is open to any Carbon County student in grades six through eight.

To learn more about getting your child involved in the career academy, Rachel Strucko, coordinator of the SHINE STEM Career Academy; as well as other SHINE officials, will be visiting area middle schools to answer questions and provide enrollment information. Officials will be at the following schools. Events will be held from 4 to 6 p.m.

Friday, March 2, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Entertainer Jack Kulp checks a sound board prior to the grand opening show at the center.

The former Salem United Methodist Church (SUMC) in Tamaqua officially reopened its doors yesterday as the area's newest multipurpose center for music, arts, theater and education.

Last night's grand opening kickoff of the new Community Family Arts Center in downtown Tamaqua drew an enthusiastic crowd of visitors who were treated to a wide array of live music and song. Some visitors to the center, located at 125 Pine St., (SR309), could be seen tapping their feet, while others clapped their hands or snapped their fingers to the beats.

Friday, March 2, 2012

A telecommunication's engineer testified the cargo airport proposed to be built in East Union Township, Schuylkill County, would greatly cause interruptions in television receptions in the homes in the township by planes landing and taking off.

The testimony was presented by Philip Rubin, head of the RFK Engineering firm, Washington, D.C., who was called as a witness to testify on behalf of Service Electric Cablevision which has 12 satellite dishes which would be located less than two miles from the proposed cargo airport.

Friday, March 2, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

For years, there have been rumors of the imminent closing of the Sunoco fuel terminal on Taggertsville Road/Tuscarora Park Road (bottom of Hometown Hill) in Tamaqua. Those rumors have finally come true, as the TIMES NEWS has learned this morning that Sunoco Logistics will be closing its Tamaqua terminal as of June 1, 2012.

Local dealers have been notified by Sunoco Inc. of the closing, which will affect all local companies providing customers with heating oil, ultra low sulphur diesel fuel and kerosene.

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, will hold an Easter Egg Hunt, at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the library. the library. Prizes will be awarded, there will be craft projects and free treat bags. children must be preregistered by March 17. Call the library at (570) 645-3780. Each child must bring his or her own basket. The library is also accepting books, except for encyclopedias, text books and Reader's Digest condensed books.

Preschool story time continues to be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays.

Friday, March 2, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Attorney Seth Miller, standing right, is sworn in, assisted by his grandparents, Eddie Andrews, Ruth Andrews, and June Miller; and his father Ronald Miller.

Attorney Seth E. Miller was recently sworn into the Carbon County Bar Association by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic.

Attorney Miller practices law with the firm of William G. Schwab and Associates which is located in Lehighton. He has been working as a legal intern with Schwab's practice for the past three years while attending law school and he currently practices bankruptcy and general civil law in both the state and federal courts.

Friday, March 2, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The former J.E. Morgan Knitting Mills factory, located at 143 Mahanoy Ave. in Hometown, was purchased by Alan James Inc., of Nesquehoning.

The former J.E. Morgan Knitting Mills Inc. factory in Hometown, which had numerous owners since 1984, has again passed ownership.

Alan James Inc., of Nesquehoning, purchased the 40.47 acre property for $1.655 million on Wednesday.