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Saturday, March 31, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Kara Knoblauch chops vegetables for chicken soup.

What began in the early 1990s as a handful of women learning basic cooking skills on a couple of hot plates in a vocational school classroom has blossomed into a fun, full-scale nutrition education program, one that even sends participants home with bags of free groceries.

The program will hold its next set of classes from 9 a.m. to noon on May 4, 11, 18 and 25 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lehighton. To register for the free classes, call Stanley Haupt at (610) 377-6048.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Nicole Baranowski, 38, of 111 North First St., Lehighton, has been charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, theft by deception and theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property by Lehighton Police Department.

Police reported that on March 17, 2012, Baranowski, store manager of the Dollar General Store, Lehighton, failed to make a deposit of $2,345 into the Dollar General's account. Baranowski later admitted she used the money for her personal use.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) recently voted in support of legislation that passed in a bipartisan manner through the House that would protect Pennsylvania and property owners from unfair mechanics' liens filed by subcontractors if those property owners paid their contractors in full.

"As many homeowners have discovered, these threats against properties prohibit them from selling or refinancing their homes, as well as obtaining other types of loans," said Heffley. "The liens also make it difficult for property owners to receive services for work still under warranty."

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Michael J. Parrish of Effort has been found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his girlfriend and their toddler son nearly three years ago.

The jury in the Monroe County case announced the guilty verdict just after 5 p.m. on Friday, only an hour and a half after closing arguments were heard.

Parrish could now face the death penalty for the double murders.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tomorrow night the crowds will begin their mamrch to McGinley's auditorium, where the all-night dance of the Diligent Fire Company will be held. Profound interest is manifested an indications point to a record breaking attendance. In addition to this community being largely represented, there will be a big representation from neighboring towns and adjoining counties.

A feature will be the music by two orchestras, Werley's of Tamaqua and Marburger's of Reading, two of the best in the state.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lehighton Police Department is investigating a vandalism report which occurred to the Lehighton Grove Playground, resulting in damages of $1,600. The police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact police at 610-377-4003. All calls will be kept confidential.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lehighton police have charged Robert Lee Neff, 48, of 433 White St., Summit Hill, with theft of failure to make required disposition of funds received, theft by deception and theft by unlawful taking.

Police noted that between January 2008 and January 2012, Neff, being the treasurer of Lehigh Fire Co. No 1, stole over $64,000 from the fire company's account by writing checks to himself or to "petty cash,"

Of the $64,000, three certificates of deposit totaling $39,000 was transferred to the checking account.

Saturday, March 31, 2012
A firefighter battles Friday's fast-moving fire in West Penn Township.

Fire fighters from two counties battled a fast moving brush fire Friday afternoon in West Penn Township.

The fire was first reported near 3 p.m. in the 1400 block of Spring Road near Cold Spring Rroad. Flames were racing up a steep embankment into a heavily wooded area.

Fire companies from West Penn No. 1, Mahoning Valley, Tamaqua and Lehighton responded. The flames were fanned by high winds and fed by dry brush.

Fire fighters were on scene for two hours.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Pennsylvania De-partment of Health is banning a Schuylkill County hospital from admitting patients and performing operations.

On March 23, officials at Saint Catherine Medical Center Fountain Springs in Ashland were informed by the Department of Health that it is being banned from any admissions into the hospital.

On Friday, the ban was expanded to also include surgeries, as well as emergency and out-patient procedures.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Any Tamaqua firefighters interested in joining the Tamaqua Fire Police are encouraged to attend their next meeting at the Tamaqua Borough Hall on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

For more information call (570) 668-1234.