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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Schuylkill County judge sentenced a defendant, who pleaded guilty to criminal charges, to spend up to the minute and seconds a sentence imposed which placed her under house arrest with electronic surveillance.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Senior High School students Francesca Gerace and Mikayla Dillman organized this year's See You At The Pole prayer event at Tamaqua Area Senior High School.

Today marks the 23rd anniversary of a movement created by a group of youth ministers in Texas, now a global event known as "See You At the Pole."

More than three million students throughout the world were expected to participate in the annual event.

In Tamaqua, more than 60 people ignored the chilly weather to gather at the flagpole in front of the Tamaqua Area Senior High School, almost two thirds of them students.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The state department of transportation invites people to participate in its first online public meeting to discuss updates to the agency's 12-year plan.

The Webcast will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. Those interested in participating can register at www.TalkPATransportation.com.

Questions may be submitted in advance to ra-penndotstc@pa.gov.

In Carbon County, the plan includes the Route 903 Jim Thorpe bridge replacement project; the Packerton Yards bus park - Mahoning Township safety improvement; Bowmanstown Borough bridge preservation activity.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a community education program on Fecal Incontinence at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, in the ground floor community room at the Gnaden Huetten campus at 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Lower Towamensing Township board of supervisors will hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Grant money and projects are among the topics slated for discussion.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Each morning we awaken to experience this roller coaster ride called life.

Gain a greater insight into that excursion when Blue Mountain Community Church in Palmerton presents The Journey this Saturday at 6 p.m.

Cliff Eckhart, who currently serves as the overseer of Men's Ministry, said The Journey is a new Saturday evening service being offered that represents a first for the church.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Anne Martino Gallery Show will be held in October at JT Natural Impressions, 92 Broadway, Jim Thorpe. The opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. For additional information, call (570) 954-4520 or see the website at jtnaturalimpressions.com.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Church on the Rock youth group pictured are, front row, from left, Samantha Snyder, Storm Alvorado, Gabriella Mistretta and Emily Devonshirel; back row, Noah DeMatto, Cassidy Ryan, Aidan Cleary, youth group leaders Matt and Lindsey Veron, Sarah Bauer, Tyler Devonshire and Jacob DeMatto.

Recently, several Panther Valley High School students and members of the youth group at Church on the Rock in Summit Hill, attended a rally at Baptist Bible College in Clark Summit in preparation for the See You at the Pole global day of student prayer, which is being held at schools across the country on Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Joe Kearns, MS, CRC, LPC rehabilitation therapist, spoke to those who attended the Pocono Medical Center's health event at Western Pocono Community Library. The program was in response to the Ross Township tragedy to help the community in the healing process.

Seven weeks ago, on Aug. 5, Rockne Newell opened fire on a room full of unsuspecting people at a Ross Township supervisors' meeting. Three men died as a result. Others were injured. All who were there have emotional scars they will live with forever.

A community woke up the next morning in shock and grief.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Carbon County Fair board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 Blue Mountain Health System, Gnaden Huetten Campus, community room, Lehighton. Members are asked to make a note of the change in date.

Any individual or organization interested in becoming a vendor at the 2014 fair is asked to call Bob Silliman at (570) 325-8685. Anyone who would like to become involved with the Fair is asked to contact Liz McElwee at lmcelwee2@msn.com. For more information about the fair, go to their website at www.carboncountyfair.com or call (610) 826-1862.