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Thursday, May 1, 2014

The suspect in the death of a Schuylkill County woman, whose body was found in her home Tuesday afternoon, has been apprehended in New York City.

State police at Frackville said Luis Ramos Nunez-Calderon, 41, was arrested Wednesday evening. Assisting troopers in apprehending Nunez-Calderon were U.S. Marshals and New York City police.

Arrangements are being made to extradite him back to Schuylkill County.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Barbara Fatzinger, a Lehighton High School senior, has won a scholarship to the Governor's School for the Arts, which is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Intermediate Unit.

Miss Fatzinger will attend the School for the Arts at Bucknell University from July 8 through Aug. 11. Her selection was announced last night during a special meeting of the school board and board members agreed to send a congratulatory letter in noting her achievement.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Junior Reserved Officers Training Program

will continue at Panther Valley High School.

The school board has hired Maj. Gerald New as a full-time, permanent Senior Army Instructor at the high school, effective Aug. 1, at a salary based on the U.S. Army guidelines.

Superintendent Rosemary Porembo said New has served in the Army for 20 years and is presently stationed in the state of Washington.

A native of Chambersburg, New told school officials the opening at Panther Valley allows him to return to his home state.

Thursday, May 1, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS A heavy layer of caustic smog with a distinct chemical odor falls onto US209 at the east end of Tamaqua 10:30 p.m. Wednesday during the height of a reported magnesium fire at Hart Metals Inc.

Area firefighters responded to a late-night industrial fire Wednesday at the east end of Tamaqua.

The blaze, reportedly a magnesium fire, resulted in a heavy shroud of fog and caustic smoke with a distinct chemical smell encircling the east end of town.

Units from Tamaqua, Coaldale, Lansford, Summit Hill and other areas were summoned by a 10 p.m. Schuylkill Communications Center report of a commercial fire at Hart Metals Inc., 1415 E. Broad St.

Hart Metals is a magnesium powder manufacturer that has operated in Tamaqua since 1996.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Pooja Gupta and her daugher, Tanisi Gupta, 7, of Jersey City, N.J., get tips on the outdoors from Darryl Brewster of the Pa. Bureau of Forestry at Earth Day program in Jim Thorpe, Saturday.

The Earth Day festival has become one of spring's biggest events in Jim Thorpe.

Even despite the threat of rain, the annual Earth Day festivities attracted large crowds on Saturday which filled the county parking lot to capacity, brought thousands of people to the downtown area, and had quite a variety of events ranging from music to educational programs.

"This is wonderful," said Elaine Marrisho of Binghamton, N.Y. "It's my second time here for this and I'll come again. The people here are wonderful and the events are so diverse."

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tire collection for Jim Thorpe borough residents will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 10, at the borough garage.

The tires are not to be mounted and you must have proof of Jim Thorpe residency.

If you have questions, call the borough office.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Harrisburg Magisterial District Judge Edward M. Lewis was again certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System after successful completion recently of continuing legal education course work. Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, the educational program for magisterial district judges is held in Harrisburg.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Dr. Mark McGalla, principal at Lehighton Area Middle School, recently announced the honor roll for third marking period of the 2013-14 school year.

Principal's list

(95 or higher composite average with no grade lower than a 90)

Grade 8: Justin Ahner, Michael Bongiorno, Savanna Buchinsky, Caine Carpenter, Piper DeMatte, Nica Devlin, Dane Frantz, Julia Frey, Thera Hibbler, Breanna Hoffner, Courtney Keegan-Smith, Patrick Lawler, Alanna Lennox, Alyssa Matika, Alivia Paules, Maura Phelan, Brandon Schnell, Anthony Tavella, Gregory Venuto

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Good Shepherd UCC 3940 Mountain Road in Slatington will host Hymn Sing & Music VI by Marion Straub at 3 p.m. May 4.

The event will feature gospel, vocal and instrumental music and special guests "The Perseverance Jazz Band" with Henry Long Sr. directing.

The event is free, but donations are appreciated.

There will be light refreshments to follow in the Fellowship Hall.

For more information go to www.goodshepherdslatedale.org or call 610-767-9680.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The East End Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, 555 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, is sponsoring a Beef and Brew event for the Preakness Stakes race from 4 to 7 p.m. May 17.

The menu includes a roast beef sandwich, with gravy, on a kaiser roll, cole slaw, pickle, chips and draft beer or soft drinks.

For more information, call 484-293-1331 or visit the auxiliary's Facebook page.