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Monday, June 25, 2012

A family fishing program will be offered at Locust Lake State Park, in Schuylkill County, on Wednesday, June 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. It is an educational program designed for families with little or no fishing experience. Families will learn basic fishing skills and have an opportunity to practice those skills while fishing together during the program.

Monday, June 25, 2012
DJ Brad Murphy, who has pH-positive chronic myeloid leukemia, holds the microphone as Jennifer Betz, Jim Thorpe, sings "Just Having Met You." Murphy's leukemia is in remission.

"A combination of teams, volunteers, sponsors and community made this event a great success," said Marsha Resch during the 19th annual Relay for Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities, which was held over the weekend.

This year's event took place at the Panther Valley stadium in Lansford.

More than two dozen teams, consisting of more than 200 participants, took part, raising $81,762 during the event and via fundraisers held by teams before the Relay.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Two Lansford men were among 12 who entered pleas of guilty to criminal charges in the Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller.

Shawn Michael Murphy, 33, of 237 W. Abbott St., was sentenced to serve three to 12 months in a state correctional facility and a concurrent 12 months probation for retail theft from the Walmart Store in Hometown and for possession of a drug paraphernalia (pipe).

Monday, June 25, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Standing next to Korean War monument at the Lehighton American Legion Post are officers of the Korean Last Man's Club, l-r, John R. Williams, vice president; Robert D. Berger Jr., president; and Leroy Goldberg, secretary/treasurer, prior to 46th annual banquet, Saturday.

Dozens of veterans from the Korean War attended the 46th annual banquet of the Korean Last Man's Club Saturday at the Lehighton American Legion Post.

The event was held two days before the 62nd anniversary of the start of the war.

In charge of the meeting was club president Robert D. Berger Jr. He remarked, "May our ceremonies tonight deepen our reverence for our departed comrades."

Berger also placed the wreath on the Korean monument in front of the Legion Post.

A highlight of the meeting was re-election of officers.

Monday, June 25, 2012

The seven-year-old grandson of the Lehighton woman who drowned in the Lehigh River on Friday afternoon, died early Saturday morning at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, where he was flown following the swimming accident.

The Lehigh County coroner's office said Nolan Ritchie, of 113 Sixth St., Coaldale, died at 1:05 a.m. The coroner's office said he died due to complications of drowning and ruled the death accidental.

Monday, June 25, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Police from several communities, including a state police K-9 unit, converged on a residence at 418 West Catawissa St. in Nesquehoning Friday morning. Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith stated police were acting on a search warrant in an ongoing investigation. Above, Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith discusses the evidence removed from the home with Lansford Officer Christopher Ondrus and Lansford criminal investigator Jack Soberick.

Police from several communities, including a state police K-9 unit, converged on a residence at 418 West Catawissa St. in Nesquehoning Friday morning.

At the time, Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith stated police were acting on a search warrant in an ongoing investigation.

Nesquehoning police early Monday would not release details of the matter, referring questions to Smith, who was not available Monday.

Monday, June 25, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS James Hearity, regional manager for Seitz Bros., shows the students what clover mites look like.

Science can be fun, especially when it's hands on.

Last week, over 30 soon-to-be fourth grade students in the Panther Valley School District learned all about weather and natural disasters through an annual science camp, held at PV Elementary in Nesquehoning. This year's theme was weather.

During the week-long camp, the students received the opportunity to learn how to measure rain, determine which way the wind is blowing, make weather predictions, and erupt homemade volcanoes.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Three area residents were among 20 defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller as follows:

Christopher Lee Crook, 23, of 14 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, theft of leased property, a laptop computer and playstation from Rent-A-Center, Hometown, Rush Township, placed on probation 12 months, pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund, perform 20 hours of community service, and make restitution of $2,222.37 to the store. Crook Was cited by Patrolman Corey Herring.

Monday, June 25, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Newly installed officers are: Burdell Steigerwalt, Wayne Engle Sr., Past District Governor Bob Argot, Henry Altemose, Kathy Nunemacher, Raymond Nunnemacher, William Ravert, Emma Moyer and Edward Steigerwalt. Duane Hawk was not present.

Scholarships and honors were presented at the Charter Night banquet of the Bowmanstown-Parryville Lions Club on June 18 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club. At the same time, new officers were named.

Lion Burdell Steigerwalt gave the invocation saying "Once again it is charter night, a night when we bestow on our members the honors they are due. We hope and pray for them. For all our blessings we say thank you."

Saturday, June 23, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Left to right, Allentown Art Museum arts and education manager Kathy Odorizzi, Artist-in-Residence Victor Stabin, and Panther Valley High School art teacher Kimberlee Burkett review Daedal Doodle 2.0 at the Allentown Art Museum celebration of works by Panther Valley students.

An exhibition of the work of Panther Valley students, who participated in the spring semester's Artist-in-Residence Project, is currently showing at the Allentown Art Museum in conjunction with the exhibit, "Victor Stabin-Daedal Doodle: An Extraordinary Journey through the Alphabet."