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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Middle School recently selected their Students of the Month for the Month of April. Students were recognized for their outstanding efforts in academics and conduct and each received a certificate and a gift card. From left are Erica Baba, grade six; Sophia Damian, grade seven; and Keri McMullen, grade eight.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Roll up your sleeves

Students in local school districts are meeting state vaccine deadlines, thanks largely to school nurses. All but a few students in Panther Valley, Palmerton, Weatherly, and Jim Thorpe districts have met the vaccination regulations, and school officials are confident those students will get their shots.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

An elderly man was injured Tuesday morning when he was dragged by a pickup truck down a long steep dirt driveway as he was reportedly working on the vehicle. Reports from the scene were the victim was working near or under the truck when it started to drift back down the drive. His foot was caught on the truck dragging him the distance. When the truck reached the bottom of the driveway it made a sharp turn backing into a group of bushes and a large tree. The victim was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to an area hospital.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Lehighton man was sentenced to a Carbon County jail term on Tuesday for beating to death a dog and then threatening a person who witnessed the act.

Randy Earl Miller, 21, was sentenced to a total of seven to 14 months in prison by Judge Joseph J. Matika on one count each of cruelty to animals and terrorisitc threats.

The case has a long history dating back to March 24, 2006, when state police at Lehighton arrested Miller for an incident in Weissport.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Western Pocono Jaycees will hold its 17th annual West End Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 24 at the West End Fair Grounds, Route 209, Gilbert. Rain or shine. Proceeds from the car show benefit the Western Pocono Jaycees. There will be music by Chris Eckert, Pocono Old-Tyme Farm Equipment Association peddle tractor pulls, Pocono Mountain Garden Railway Society, flea market, craft show, refreshments.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The programming committee of the new Tamaqua Community Arts Center will meet today at 6 p.m. at the center, 125 Pine St. Any new volunteers or interested members are encouraged to attend the meeting. For more information, contact center director Micah Gursky at (570) 668-6899 or via the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership website, www.tacp.info

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Looking for something different and fun to do this summer? Why not consider Arts in Motion classes at the Palmerton Area Library?

The Arts in Motion classes will be for mixed ages parents, grandparents and children.

They will explore music and movement with various instruments, dance, fine and gross motor skills in a relaxed, nonperformance oriented setting where children explore and learn at their own pace with Rachel DeMicco of Palmerton and owner of Jim Thorpe Arts in Motion, a dance, fitness and performing arts studio, located at 434 Center St., Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

HARRISBURG (AP) – A Republican-penned bill that would pave the way for state takeovers of Pennsylvania school districts veering toward financial collapse has the support of Gov. Tom Corbett and began advancing in the Legislature on Tuesday over the objections of Democrats.

The Senate Education Committee voted along partisan lines to send it to the full Senate in the hopes that the bill will reach the governor's desk before the Legislature takes its traditional two-month summer break from Harrisburg.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Standing in front of the store are, from left, Marc Ray, new owner; Bill Spotts of Mad Hatter Stripping and Refinishing; and Adam Ray.

After being closed for a few months while it's owner chose to retire, Hummel's Good Furniture, a well-known custom and unfinished furniture store in Orwigsburg, has reopened under new ownership and a new name, Sculps Hill Good Furniture.

Charlie Hummel, owner of the 25-year old business, had closed his store along Route 61 on Jan. 22 so he could retire. Hummel didn't have to look very far for a buyer. His stepson, Marc Ray, chose to buy the business, which is located at 1142 Centre Turnpike (SR61).

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Lehighton United Veterans Organization will be conducting Memorial Day services in the rural areas of Weissport and Lehighton on Sunday, May 27.

The West group will be leaving Legion headquarters at 8:40 a.m. Richard "Reds" O'Donnell, past legion chaplain, is the West group director. UVO chaplain James H. Wentz will offer prayers at all of the services for the West group.