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Thursday, October 10, 2013

A former Mahanoy City man, who assaulted a police officer received a state prison sentence. He was one of five sentenced on criminal charges in Schuylkill County court.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Barnesville man was among 10 machine delivery drivers hired by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at a public meeting Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville to deliver the electronic voting machines to the 129 precincts for use on election day, November 5.

Hired were:

Thursday, October 10, 2013
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There were over 40 amazing works of art like these quilts on display in the sanctuary at St. Peter's United Methodist Church in Saylorsburg at its Awesome Autumn Quilt Exhibit and Craft Expo. The exhibit showcased the many talents of parishioners from quilts, quilted wall hangings, knitted and crocheted afghans, crocheted tablecloths, jewelry, notecards and so much more.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Claddagh Keepers Giving Circle will host That 70s Show Halloween DJ Dance Party at 9 p.m. Saturday at the West End Saloon, 1121 Mauch Chunk Road, Palmerton.

Stop in early for dinner and support the cause; 70s attire is suggested. There will be a trivia contest and giveaways.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Family Promise, Carbon County's homeless families and children.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

School safety was on nearly everyone's minds at Monday evening's meeting of the Jim Thorpe Area School Board following last week's deadly attack at an Amish school in Lancaster County and an incident in which bottles of ketchup were thrown at two Jim Thorpe school buses returning from the Minersville football game on Friday evening.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Carbon County 4-H clubs and members will be honored in this year's Lehighton Area Halloween Parade.

The 43rd annual parade will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. The rain date is 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.

At the front of the procession will be Carbon County's longest-active 4-H volunteer Robert "Bob" Miller of Franklin Township.

He will be riding with his wife, Ferne, who also is a long-time 4-H member and volunteer.

Julie Harris, chairman of the Lehighton Area Halloween Parade Commitee, said last year marked the centennial celebration of 4-H.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The partial government shutdown has affected the market value of the retirement fund of Schuylkill County employees.

Controller Cristy Joy, secretary of the county retirement board, reported to the board Wednesday that the market value of the fund, as of Wednesday, dipped from $115,191,417 to $114,351,199.

Prior to the partial shutdown the market value had climbed steadily as the fund reached record heights.

Thursday, October 10, 2013
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Dana Sytnik, helps her son Evan, 7, draw a chalk rainbow on the sidewalk in front of their West Broad Street home in Tamaqua.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Advanced Green Solutions will hold an electronic and universal waste recycling event at the Palmerton Borough Garage, 402 3rd St., Palmerton. The event will take place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Residents and small businesses are welcome to take their old, used electronic and universal waste to the borough garage. They will offer a no charge drop off service at the site location for most electronics.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Simon Kramer Cancer Institute in New Philadelphia will be hosting its annual Fall Pumpkin Festival Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. on the outside grounds of the institute.

The free event includes corn maze, carnival food, music, entertainment, games and crafts.

The event also includes a pumpkin and gourd painting/decorating contest.

Any donations received will benefit the Educational and Scientific Fund of the Simon Kramer Institute.

The institute is located at 15 Alliance St. (the old school on the hill).