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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Joe Shamonsky of Hometown, who fell ill during a Rush Township supervisors' meeting Thursday, was transported by Tamaqua Ambulance to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, where he was admitted. His wife Shirley said Friday that he was being treated and remained a patient there.

Shamonsky had spoken during the public comment portion of the meeting, and argued with the supervisors and code enforcement officer Bill McMullen over a shed that supervisor Jeanine Motroni has on her property.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Ryan Heller, physical education instructor at S.S. Palmer Elementary School/Parkside Education Center, accepts a plaque from Kim Gear, Youth Market director for the American Heart Association of Northeast PA.

After this type of performance, it's rather evident Palmerton Area School District elementary students will literally jump through hoops to succeed.

Kim Gear, youth market director for the American Heart Association of Northeast PA, attended Tuesday's school board meeting to bestow recognition upon Ryan Heller, physical education instructor at S.S. Palmer Elementary School/Parkside Education Center.

Friday, September 19, 2014

State Police have asked Barrett and Price township residents to shelter in place.

Residents should not go outdoors and stay away from windows, as the manhunt for the man who shot state police continues.

Police from all areas have surrounded a house in Canadensis, near the home of Eric Frein's parents.

Frein, who is charged with fatally shooting Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass, has been in hiding since last Friday night's ambush of the Blooming Grove state police barracks.

A shelter is open at Barrett Township Fire House for people who cannot get home.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Nearly eight months to the day Emily Brong was seriously injured in a car crash, she valiantly returned home to Palmerton, and was greeted with a hero's welcome.

Fellow high school classmates lined up along the 200 block of Delaware Avenue on Thursday to greet Emily, a junior at Palmerton Area High School, upon her arrival into town.

Several firetrucks accompanied Emily, 16, as she was driven home by her mother, Beth Brong.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Local Scores:

North Schuylkill 47 Marian 26 FINAL
Panther Valley 33, Shenandoah Valley 21 FINAL
Tamaqua 26, Schuylkill Haven, 23 OT FINAL
Pleasant Valley, 47, Allen 14. FINAL
Northwestern 41, Wilson 3. FINAL
Palisades 22, Palmerton 21 FINAL
Jim Thorpe 20, Tri Valley 14 FINAL
Lehighton 21, Blue Mountain 14 FINAL
Northern Lehigh 20, Notre Dame Green Pond 6 FINAL

Other Pa. Scores:

PREP FOOTBALL

Abraham Lincoln 28, Mastbaum 12

Berks Catholic 44, Columbia 7

Bethel Park 48, Canon-McMillan 0

Blairsville 28, Ligonier Valley 7

Bloomsburg 28, Montgomery 0

Friday, September 19, 2014

Alcohol remains available at Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, despite venue operators having put its liquor license in escrow last week.

"We can't charge for alcohol, so we've been giving it away, but asking for donations," said Dan Hugos, executive producer at the opera house.

"Right now, we're putting the cap at two drinks. It is an option that we wanted to give to people coming to our shows."

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Lehigh County woman admitted stealing at a Carbon County ski resort, while another woman, with a long history of thefts, also entered a guilty plea Thursday in Carbon County court.

They were among 10 defendants to enter pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Takes jacket

Jennifer Lynn Carr, 37, of Coopersburg, pleaded guilty to one count of receiving stolen property.

Friday, September 19, 2014

A new program at Carbon Career and Technical Institute will give students small rewards for doing good deeds.

Principal Brent Borzak announced during Thursday night's meeting of CCTI's joint operating committee that the program is called "Stepping Up."

"We have the student of the marking period, but we wanted to look for another way to recognize students who are exhibiting positive behavior in our school," Borzak said.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Palmerton Area Library has announced "Weird Pennsylvania" to be presented at the library upstairs in the gallery at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at 402 Delaware Ave. in Palmerton.

This free program of tales of the weird and strange in Pennsylvania is presented by Victorian Vanities Inc.

This organization is known for its excellent historical educational programs designed exclusively for libraries across the state.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Please use the side door entrance by the ramp. Elevator access is available.

Friday, September 19, 2014
Jean and J. Carl Hafer Sr. are celebrating birthdays and their anniversary this month.

Jean and J. Carl Hafer Sr. of Tamaqua have a lot of celebrating to do in September.

Mrs. Hafer turned 90 years old on Sept. 13, while Carl will celebrate his 92nd birthday on Sept. 21.

Jean is the daughter of the late Oswald and Nellie (Gallagher) Fisher and has a sister, Margaret "Peggy" Gallagher. She attended St. Jerome's School and was active with the former Catholic Women's Education Association and the SS. Peter and Paul Ladies Auxiliary. She also served as a Cub Scout den mother for 18 years.