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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Diane Danielson, director of the Palmerton Area Library, holds two recent paintings by local artist Mary Kocher that will be available at the annual Art Show and Lunch to benefit the library. The event will take place from noon until 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27 at the library, 402 Delaware Ave, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For lunch there is soup, salad, sandwiches, desserts, coffee and drinks. Artwork is for sale and 20 percent of each sale will go to the library.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

It's a loaded question what's the best way to stop an armed assailant, determined to shoot people at a school?

Should a district retrofit its schools with bulletproof doors and glass? Should each school post an armed guard at the main entrance? Or should school employees, who remain anonymous, be armed with concealed guns?

Wednesday, January 16, 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.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

HARRISBURG – Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/ Schuylkill) announced he will again serve on the House State Government, Transportation, Gaming Oversight, and Local Government committees during his third term representing the 124th Legislative District.

"I'm pleased with my committee assignments for the 2013-14 legislative session," said Knowles. "I'm particularly looking forward to working as a member of the State Government and Transportation committees because I already have some legislation in the works that are specific to those committees."

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

As part of a state-wide program to update its facilities, State Police Troop "N" of Lehighton has moved into specially built headquarters along Route 209 in Towamensing Township. The new building, just two-tenths of a mile from the old location, provides the troop with larger, more efficient facilities. "Each troop out-grows its headquarters every 10 years," State Police Maj. Roy Titler said.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Two Tamaqua Area High School students, who are enrolled in the Schuylkill IU 29 School District's vocational program, were among 15 students who met the criteria to be in the National Technical Honor Society for the 2012-2013 school year.

Dr. Diane M. Niederriter, executive director, informed the IU29 Schuylkill Intermediate School Board at its monthly meeting of the results.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS John Kovatch III CEO of Kovatch Organization proudly points out old pictures on the wall of the former Buick Garage (now Ford) in Nesquehoning. The pictures line one end of the show room with plans to add to the collection compliments of Richard "Denny" Creitz of Nesquehoning.

Not many people are aware that there is a gigantic photo display in Nesquehoning at Kovatch's former Buick garage and now Ford division.

Examining the giant size photos, the pictures bring one back to the good old days in Nesquehoning. The photos provided by Richard "Denny" Creitz of town depict scenes of several business establishments and people of the town.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Milo's Kitchen® recently announced that it is voluntarily recalling its Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats from retailer shelves nationally. No other Milo's Kitchen products are affected.

Last week, New York State's Department of Agriculture informed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the company that trace amounts of residual antibiotics had been found in several lots of Milo's Kitchen Chicken Jerky.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Although a number of area school districts closed today due to last night's snowfall, some still had classes today. Pictured are Tamaqua students being picked up on Dairy Road in South Tamaqua. Tamaqua had a two-hour delay today.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One person was injured, a female, Wednesday morning when involved in a crash along a snow-covered SR443 in West Penn Township. The crash occurred about 6 a.m. as the van she was a passenger in slid off the roadway and struck a utility pole. As the van sat on the roadway it was struck by an oncoming vehicle. When the van entered the south berm of the roadway it impacted with and snapped off a utility pole. The crash occurred just east of the intersection with Mill Road. The victim was traveling with a man and an infant child. The driver of the second vehicle was not injured.