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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) — A United Methodist Church appeals panel has overturned the church's decision to defrock a pastor who presided over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony and said he would perform other gay marriages if asked.

A nine-person church appeals panel issued an opinion Tuesday reversing a lower church court decision.

The church suspended Frank Schaefer, of Lebanon last year for officiating his son's 2007 wedding. The church then defrocked Schaefer because he wouldn't promise never to preside over another gay ceremony.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Services have been announced for Jason "Jay" Hahn of Andreas, whose body was found Saturday in Blythe Township.

Jay was a kind and loving man, he loved pets and was a true “hippie’ at heart, he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

The funeral will be Friday at 3 p.m. at Lamar Christ Funeral Home, Hometown. Interment will follow in Zion Cemetery, Tamaqua.

A memorial fund has been set up at a local bank to provide assistance with funeral expenses for the family of Tamaqua murder victim Jason J. Hahn.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Weatherly Area High School Principal Stuart Tripler has released the Honor Roll for the fourth marking period.

Principal's Honor Roll: Students must achieve a 95 average or better with no grade below 90.

Freshmen: Samantha DeSpirito, Morgan Gower, Jacqueline Henry, John Hinkle III, Evan Kunkle, Christopher MacNeal, Gabrielle Obert, Zachary Peiser, Kimberly Ray, Lynea Reiner, Autmn Shoener, Dana Weiss.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Plains, Luzerne County, woman apparently has a real affection for the Hometown Commons Walmart, as evidenced by the five preliminary hearings she recently had scheduled before District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua.

Barbara Lynn Figueiredo, 34, of 236 Maffett St., waived her right to those hearings, electing to have her cases heard in Schuylkill County Court. In each case, she was charged by Rush Township police, either Sgt. Duane Frederick or Patrolman Adam Sinton.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWSA Lansford-based team was called Too Inspired to be Tired. From left, all from Lansford, are Zack Swolensky, Nicole Schminkey, Georgiana Butler, June Butler, Austin Stuckley and Savanna Stuckley.

Music brought them together as acquaintances, parents who met because their children were in the Panther Valley school band.

Sharing the fight against cancer, which touched both their families, brought them closer.

Friday night, their families combined to form team Too Inspired to be Tired, and they led the parade that kicked off the Relay for Life of Tamaqua and surrounding communities.

The event began at 2 p.m. Friday and continued until 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tamaqua Area High School stadium.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Troxell Road will be closed for resurfacing this week, weather permitting.

The road will be closed daily from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Thursday.

Drivers may bypass the closure by using Mahoning Mountain Road from Route 443, or Gilberts Hill Road from Route 443 to Christman Road to Mahoning Mountain Road.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Pennsylvania DUI Moving Memorial will be at the Mahoning Township Walmart from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday.

Carbon County Assistant District Attorney Jean Engler and police officials will speak at 10:30 a.m.

The memorial lists the names of persons killed in Pennsylvania by impaired drivers.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Palmerton and Lehighton area drivers will have even more issues this week. In addition to the McCall bridge work, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is working on Route 248.

From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, street sweeping will be conducted between Interchange Road and the Northampton County line. Lane restrictions will be in effect in both directions.

Lane restrictions will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday for roadwork between Interchange Road and the Northampton County line.

Monday, June 23, 2014

A 19-year-old Walnutport woman has been charged with homicide by vehicle and other offenses in a North Whitehall Township crash that killed a 65-year-old Walnutport woman.

Courtney Alexis Quinn, of 4411 Katlyn Drive, Walnutport, was charged today, with one count each of homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, and summary offenses of crossing into another lane, driving at an unsafe speed, and careless and reckless driving.

Monday, June 23, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A report released Monday detailing the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case faults police and prosecutors for long delays in bringing charges but found no evidence that politics affected the investigation.

The report, commissioned by Attorney General Kathleen Kane and written by former federal prosecutor Geoff Moulton, blamed a three-year time lapse in filing charges on communication problems, an expungement of a 1998 complaint about the former Penn State coach and a failure to take certain investigative steps early on.