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Friday, May 6, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Under the direction of Roxanne Scott and assistant director, Rollene Gougher, Pleasant Valley Middle School presents the musical "Mulan Junior." They invite you to travel back to the legendary, story-telling days of ancient China with this action-packed musical stage adaptation of Disney's 1998 film "Mulan." The Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan (Kristina Adams, center,) and her mischievous sidekick Mushu (Vincent Picciotti, left) to save the Emperor. Other cast members include, left to right, Elizabeth Gillen, Rachel Wenrich, Lydia Shank, Amina Jones and Lisa Bretzger.

Friday, May 6, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A large number of awards, appreciations, and scholarships were presented to many band members following the Tamaqua's combined spring band concert held recently at the Tamaqua Center for Performing Arts. Select students pictured with Tamaqua Area High School Band Director John F. Potlunas, from left are Eileen Flamini, who received the John Philip Sousa National Award, Steven Christ, who received the Tamaqua Raider Band Booster Scholarship, and Dan Starry, who received the Patrick Gilmore Award.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Schuylkill County man that was shot to death by state police as they entered his home, which was believed to be a methamphetamine manufacturing facility, sustained two fatal gunshot wounds according to the county coroner.

Jeffrey A. Wolfe, 56, of 6 Blue Mountain Heights, Wayne Township, was shot twice in the chest and suffered a perforated lung, coroner Joseph E. Lipsett said. He ruled the death a homicide.

Friday, May 6, 2011

State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) announced funding for three projects in Carbon County totaling more than $1 million. The money comes in the form of grants from the "local share assessment" or (LSA) account generated by the gaming industry.

"The grants will provide much needed funding for three worthwhile projects during a time of financial difficulty for state and federal governments," said Yudichak. "The projects will provide a wide range of benefits for county residents that include community development, infrastructure and recreation," he added.

Friday, May 6, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Under the direction of Robert Young, Pleasant Valley High School's Shaky's Players will delight and astound you as they present Shakespeare's, "Taming of the Shrew" on Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m., to be held in the old auditorium. The spirit of William Shakespeare will be front row center in the old auditorium and the cast invites everyone to watch the antics of Katherine and Petruchio.

Friday, May 6, 2011

With childhood obesity on the rise in the United States, Carbon County is hoping to educate children on how to make better lifestyle choices that will curb this rising trend.

On Thursday, the county commissioners voted to declare Wednesday, May 11, as county "Pop-out" day, a day to substitute sugary drinks such as soda, sports drinks and juices for water.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Hearings resumed before the Schuylkill County Zoning Hearing Board Thursday evening at the courthouse in Pottsville on the application of a Pittsburgh firm seeking to construct a cargo airport and business park in an area partially in East Union Township.

The township supervisors continued to raise objections to the county zoning board holding the hearings as they believe it should be before the township's hearing board. The county board ruled it had jurisdiction.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Steven Behr, Principal of the Tamaqua Area School District's elementary schools, has released the names of students earning honor roll status for the third marking period of the 2010-2011 school year. This list includes students from the Tamaqua and West Penn Elementary schools. To be eligible for High Honors, students must earn straight As. To earn honors, students in grades four through six must earn four As and two Bs, while third grade students must earn three As and one B.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The process of updating the Act 537 sewage facilities plan for West Penn and Walker townships has hit a few snags in Walker Township. Several residents of the Reynolds area of the township appeared at last night's township meeting to voice concerns over soil testing that is to be conducted on private property. Ten sites were designated as testing sites between the two townships and nine of the sites have had the testing completed. However, the owners of the 10th.

Friday, May 6, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS LeRoy Hawk is uncertain if his family home will be rebuilt after a fire destroyed it April 11, but friends and family offer their support by holding a spaghetti dinner benefit for him tomorrow from 4-7 p.m. at the Kunkletown Volunteer Fire Co.

Because LeRoy Hawk of Saylorsburg has shown his care and concerns for his neighbors all his life, his neighbors, friends and family now want to show him how much they care for him.

Hawk lost his two-story home on Princess Run Road and its contents to a devastating fire on April 11. To help him recoup some of his losses, a benefit spaghetti dinner will be held on Saturday, April 7 from 4-7 p.m. at the Kunkletown Volunteer Fire Co.

He's somewhat embarrassed by their kindness but says, "I appreciate everything people are doing for me" and will be at the dinner.