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Sunday, May 25, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Tamaqua Volunteer Fireman’s Relief Association, representing the borough’s four fire companies, grouped and walked somberly along Broad Street on their way to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church for the 85th Annual Memorial Service, held at 6 p.m. Saturday.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kurt Busch was back in his comfort zone, sliding into his familiar NASCAR ride only hours after he starred in the Indianapolis 500.

On deck in the nightcap, a shot at racing history.

Sunday, May 25, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

Member of the American Legion and veterans organizations visited cemeteries today to honor those who served our country.

The day included services at the following cemeteries: Williamstown, Jacksonville, New Tripoli U.C.C., Heidelberg UCC, 9:45 a.m.; Neffs Lutheran,; Seventh Street Catholic Church, Fairview, Friedens and Presbyterian.

On Monday, the organization will leave the post home at 8 a.m. and head to Catholic Cemetery, Washington Street, 8:05 a.m.; Slatedale, 8:30 a.m.; Trout Creek Covered Bridge, 8:50 a.m.; and form for the parade at the post home at 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, May 24, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Sparse attendance marked the 68th annual opening of the Palmerton Memorial Pool on Saturday.

A little over a dozen visitors turned out for the start of the 2014 pool season on a day that was marred by murky weather.

Despite the pool temperature at a chilly 64 degrees, the few who did turn out said they were glad to be there.

As he slowly tiptoed into the cooler than usual pool, Matthew Andrews of Palmerton, was among them.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — A man found unresponsive at a popular Pennsylvania scuba diving spot has died.

Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek tells The Express-Times of Easton (http://bit.ly/1p6rZvX ) that 54-year-old Pax Williams was pronounced dead Saturday afternoon after being pulled from the water at Dutch Springs. The 50-acre lake and water park has a number of underwater attractions for divers.

Lysek says the cause and manner of death are under investigation.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

A Carbon County man is facing theft and forgery charges.

State police at Lehighton said Donald W. Smale, 40, of Summit Hill, was charged. Troopers said in his capacity as an intellectual development disabilities program specialist, formerly employed by the nonprofit organization, NHS, he allegedly misused, defaulted and stole funds from two clients assigned to him.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

A pair of land development plans in Palmerton, one of which pertains to the recently opened Dunkin' Donuts shop, have been shot down.

By a 5-0 vote on Thursday, borough council rejected the Joseph Bennett land development plan at 555 Delaware Ave. which houses the Dunkin' Donuts shop. Councilman Michael Ballard and council President Terry Costenbader were absent.

Council turned down the plan based on compliance of the Municipalities Planning Code, as well as the borough engineer's review of the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance.

Saturday, May 24, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Bob Horn, Palmerton - "Yes. Probably much more."
Saturday, May 24, 2014

HARRISBURG Governor Tom Corbett today announced the availability of up to $1 million in JOBS1st PA grants to improve and enhance existing apprenticeship programs in the state so that apprentices acquire the skills necessary to compete in the 21st century. The funding will be made available by the Department of Labor & Industry through its re-employment fund.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Coaldale Fire Chief Rich Marek resigned Thursday, after 39 years in the department, including 24 as chief.

Friday night Marek put much of the blame on "Facebook drama" and "cyber-bullying."

"There were things going on outside the department, personal issues, which were brought into the department where they shouldn't be," Marek said. "It affected the way we (the firefighters) could work together."