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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Misericordia Players student theatrical group will present three performances of "The Laramie Project," a play that addresses issues of hate, intolerance and the human spirit, from March 29-31 in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall. All the shows begin at 8 p.m. and tickets are available at the door.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Some 6,000 Panther Valley miners idle over a seniority dispute may not return to work before Monday. President Mark F. Brennan of District 7, United Mine Workers of America, said no meeting is scheduled today with officials of the Lehigh Navigation Coal Company. The dispute involved the transfer of a man from the Lansford No. 9 to No. 6 colliery. Two-thousand miners walked out on Monday and the remaining workers Tuesday.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Richard "Rusty" Taylor, CEO of Lehigh Anthracite Coal LLC of Tamaqua, right, addressed a meeting of the Coaldale Lions Club. Taylor described the operations of Lehigh Anthracite in the 8,000 acre property located in the Panther Valley. He outlined the projected growth of Lehigh Anthracite and described current operations. Taylor spoke about the personnel policies of Lehigh Anthracite and emphasized that Lehigh Anthracite is striving to be a resposible corporate citizen of the Panther Valley and surrounding areas. Pictured with Taylor is Bob Ames, left, president of the Coaldale Lions Club.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The first of two groups takes to the icy water during Saturday's Schuylkill County polar plunge in Deer Lake to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

More than 1,000 spectators came to watch as 90 people ignored chilly temperatures and jumped into Deer Lake Pond in Deer Lake as part of the Schuylkill County Second Annual Polar Plunge to benefit Make-A-Wish.

"It was cold," said event organizer Denna Krammes, 33, a Tamaqua and Orwigsburg resident, who also serves as team captain for Russo's Pizza Make-A-Wish softball league.

"We wanted to do something to benefit sick kids," she added. "If a Make-A-Wish is the last memory they have, then we are grateful to be part of that."

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

State police at Fern Ridge said that Greg Earl Demage, 30, of 1025 Center St., Jim Thorpe, was the only suspect in the deaths of a Kidder Township couple.

In a press release issued Tuesday troopers said that Demage was the lone suspect in the deaths of John Carnochan, 77, and his wife, Mildred Carnochan, 75, who resided at 33 Wolf Hollow Drive, in Split Rock Resort, Lake Harmony. Their bodies were found about noon on Saturday, Feb. 25, by township police who went to the home to check on the welfare of the couple.

Troopers also officially called the deaths a homicide.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Although a waiver for the sidewalks for the Packerton Yards project was denied by Mahoning Township supervisors on a 4-1 vote, the board approved the other two pending waivers as well as two-thirds of the failed waiver.

Supervisor Travis Steigerwalt was the lone member to want to approve the sidewalk waiver out of concern for the possible delays and complications it could create with the railroad crossing over which this sidewalk will have to be constructed.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The weekly scheduled routine street sweeping will resume in the borough of Lehighton on Wednesday, March 7. This will include all of N. First St., the 100 block of S. First St., and Bankway, between the hours of 4 and 6 a.m.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pennsylvania State Police have issued the following warning about bottle bombs.

Incidents involving homemade "bottle bombs," also known as "acid bombs," "works bombs," and "pressure bombs," have been reported for at least two decades. Due to the increased prevalence of instructional videos and manuals on the Internet, these bombs are now surfacing more frequently. These explosive devices are easily concocted by utilizing common household ingredients, thus making them quite popular.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tamaqua's First United Methodist Church is hosting "Messiah in the Passover," a vivid demonstration showing how Jesus fulfilled the ancient feast of Passover, Saturday, March 31, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Jim Thorpe Area High School guidance department will hold scheduling information meetings for parents on Thursday, March 8 in the high school auditorium at the following times:

* 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for students entering 9th grade.

* 7:30 to 8 p.m. for students entering 10th through 12th grades.

The meetings are being held to inform parents of the courses available to students in the 2012-2013 school year. The programs will include question and answer sessions.