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Thursday, January 17, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS The Carbon County Animal Response Team welcome a new leadership team on Wednesday evening. From left are Diane Sharpless, coordinator; Mark Richards, co-coordinator; and Donna Kattner, secretary/treasurer.

Carbon County's Animal Response Team has new leadership.

During the group's reorganizational meeting on Wednesday evening, it was decided that Diane Sharpless would take over as the team's coordinator.

Carleen Ladden, who served as the group's president for the last two years, welcomed Sharpless into the new lead role.

Others appointed to leadership roles include Mark Richards, co-coordinator; and Donna Kattner, secretary/treasurer.

Thursday, January 17, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The driver of this truck, belonging to DPS Trees, struck a utility pole after losing control yesterday morning along Summer Valley Road (SR895) in New Ringgold. Responding were West Penn Police. No serious injuries were observed.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A proclamation was adopted by the Schuylkill County Commissioners to endorse the efforts of organizations working to prevent homelessness in the county, in action taken at the board's public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Jason Gormley of Schuylkill Township was named the first chairman of the newly-formed Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission, during a meeting held in the Schuylkill Township Municipal Building, Mary-D. The commission is an intermunicipal cooperative initiative involving Tamaqua, West Penn Township, Walker Township, and Schuylkill Township. Rush Township declined to participate. Pat Stefanek of Tamaqua is vice chairman; Mike Hromyak is secretary, and Bryan Miller of West Penn Township is treasurer.

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS Among those who gathered for the Prayer Vigil of Mourning and Hope Focusing on the Events at Sandy Hook Elementary held recently at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Palmerton include (l-r) Pastor Jody Neifert, Pastor Paul Schoffstall, Pastor Deborah MacLean, Pastor Fr. Abraham Valiath, Pastor Rev. William T. Campion, Rev. Sean G. Carpenter, and Pastor Rev. Michael F. Quinnan.

On this night, they set aside their respective faiths and came together as one to pray for a grief stricken community.

About 200 individuals attended a Prayer Vigil of Mourning and Hope recently at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Palmerton.

The ecumenical service focused on the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary, and was held in honor of the victims and their families of last month's Connecticut school shooting.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Marian Catholic High School, Hometown, will celebrate Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 27 through Feb. 1. The celebration will begin with open houses at the high school as well as the Catholic feeder schools in the Carbon-Schuylkill area. This year's Catholic Schools Week theme is "Catholic Schools Raise the Standard."

The celebration will begin with an Open House at Marian, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Marian High School in Rush Township.

Thursday, January 17, 2013
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Cathy Fritzinger, center, president of the Panther Valley Women's Club, presents a donation of $250 and a book to representatives of the Pathstone Headstart Center, Coaldale. Receiving the donation are Bernetta Frantz, left, CFDS Deputy; and Jeanette Triano Sinn, right, Pathstone administrator.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe, will hold a free community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27. The menu will be spaghetti and meatballs.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The 13th annual Pocono Polar Bear Plunge will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at Henning's Pond, Albrightsville. Interested individuals must preregister at Robert Christian's Restaurant, Route 940, Pocono Lake or by calling (570) 646-6600 by Feb. 12.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A member of a drug ring, which operated in Carbon County, was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday to three years in prison.

Imani Simelani, 30, of Allentown, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

Simelani admitted his part in a drug ring that operated in Carbon County in 2006 and 2007. He was one of 11 people indicted in 2007 following an investigation by the FBI and state police. The 10 others in the case also pleaded guilty.