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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

An armed robbery at a Carbon County business is being probed.

State police at Fern Ridge said the incident occurred at Carrigan's Pharmacy along SR903, at Old Stage Road, in Penn Forest Township.

Troopers said a white male entered the pharmacy about 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday and displayed a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded that the three customers in the business and one clerk to get on the ground behind the register.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Now that the Weissport Playground is completed, council finds it has another issue to deal with vandalism.

Weissport Council members this week discussed contacting a security company to seek a solution to the problem.

Tim Rehrig, council president; said that his goal is to update the borough ordinance relating to vandalism and other issues within the borough to raise the cost of fines.

Currently fines are anywhere from $10 to $300, and he said he would like to raise the fines from the initial $10, to at least $200 for an offense, and up it to $300 or more.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Restaurant at the Station in Tamaqua is holding its 6th annual Gingerbread House contest to benefit the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Toys For Tots drive. The houses are gathered during November and early December and then displayed until the first weekend after New Year. The public is invited to pick a favorite. A small donation basket is found next to each house. To cast a vote, one slips a donation into a basket. The donations are accepted until December 19 when donations in the baskets are tallied.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Palmerton Area High School and Junior High Music Department will present their annual Holiday Concert this Thursday evening, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Instrumental music students in grades seven and eight and the Junior High Chorus will perform first, and will be followed by a performance of the High School Concert Band. There will also be small ensembles and vocal soloists from the high school.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The Panther Valley Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Color Guard, led by Platoon Leader Joseph Bevins, is poised to place the colors in the high school lobby in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

The Panther Valley Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps marked Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Tuesday with a solemn ceremony in the lobby of the high school.

The corps' color guard, led by Platoon Leader Joseph Bevins and including Ashton Walck, Cassandra Schmitt and Angela Piscitelli, marched a perimeter hall from the back to the front of the school as Battalion Commander Courtney Lazar read a Presidential proclamation over the loudspeaker.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Colder temperatures didn't stop Middleport residents from enjoying their annual Memorial Park Tree Lighting recently. In addition to the tree lighting and visit by Santa Claus, guests were treated to free cookies and hot chocolate while they listened to carolers. The event is organized yearly by volunteers from the Middleport Community Organization. Volunteers pictured caroling with Santa in the gazebo at the Middleport Memorial Garden from left are Jackie Markus, Beth Bowers, Christine Kubick, and Ali Rulavage.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Supervisors Tom Newman and Penny Kleintop and retiring state Rep. Keith McCall, center, at the site of the new Towamensing Township municipal building, where he announced a $1.5 million grant.

It was a cold and windy day Monday, but the news state Rep. Keith McCall brought to Towamensing Township was enough to warm the hearts of Supervisors Tom Newman and Penny Kleintop.

The three met in the field behind Jack River's Steakhouse where a new municipal building will be constructed. The project received a financial boost from Rep. McCall, which is part of the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

McCall said a special act had to be passed to make the money available. This is the Capital Budget Project Itemization Act of 2010-82.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Dozens of people came out to take part in the West Penn Lions Club 5th Annual Tree Lighting event held recently at the West Penn Annex building in New Ringgold. In addition to the lighting of the trees outside and singing carols, visitors were treated to free cookies, cocoa (with marshmallows), candy canes, and miscellaneous gifts. Organizer Lion Judy Miller also played her accordion during the event. Trees inside the annex were also lit.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A man serving a state prison sentence after being convicted in Schuylkill County Court by a jury who found him guilty of criminal conspiracy to possess a controlled substance and delivery of drugs, lost his appeal of the conviction. The state Superior Court affirmed the conviction in a recent ruling.

Brandon Ross Snyder, 27, of 107 Second St., Coaldale, was found guilty in December 2009 and sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller in January to serve 21 to 42 months in a state correctional institution.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS World War II veterans Carl Christman, left, and Frank Bayer place a wreath at the World War II monument along Route 209 in Lehighton during a Pearl Harbor Day observance, held by the Lehighton American Legion Post.

Two World War II veterans, both in their 80s, seemed oblivious to the bitter cold yesterday afternoon as they took part in the annual Pearl Harbor Day service in Lehighton.

The ceremony was staged at the World War II monument along Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard (Route 209). The highway is named after a Lehighton area resident who died while fighting in World War II.

Staging the program was the Lehighton United Veterans Organization.