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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Northern Lehigh School District will hold kindergarten registration by appointment in April.

Parents may register their child at Peters Elementary School on Monday, April 15, Tuesday, April 16, or Wednesday, April 17.

In order to enter kindergarten in September, a child must be 5 years old as of Sept. 1, 2013.

At the time of registration, parents must provide the child's originally issued birth certificate, a record of the child's immunizations, and parent photo identification.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Following next week's worship on Jan. 13, the youth of Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will have a soup sale to help fund their Hurricane Sandy Relief mission trip in the summer.

Thursday, January 3, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Ron Gilbert, owner, Covered Bridge Inn, stands inside his new kitchen addition.

An expanded kitchen area and Pizza To Go have been added to a longtime Palmerton restaurant.

The new features are a part of a 60-by-20 addition at the Covered Bridge Inn, located at 4300 Little Gap Road.

Owner Ron Gilbert said half of the addition is the kitchen area, and the other half, the Pizza To Go component.

"It took us five years to build this from inception," Gilbert said. "We did all the work by ourself, except for the electric work."

Gilbert, who purchased the restaurant in 2002, said plans had been in the works for some time.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Two Lehighton men charged with burglarizing a Mahoning Township residence yesterday waived their preliminary hearings, sending the charges to Carbon County Court.

Shane Jefferson, 20, and Justin Mooney, 24, had hearings scheduled before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe.

Each is facing a total of 10 charges. Eight of those 10 are felonies.

Jefferson was recommitted to the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A former Nesquehoning Catholic priest, who was defrocked by the Allentown Diocese in 2007, has been charged in Maryland with sexually assaulting a boy in 1981.

According to reports, former priest Bruno M. Tucci, 70, who served as pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Immaculate Conception churches from 1987 to 2002, and now resides in Salisbury, Md., was arrested and charged by Ocean City police on Dec. 11, with one count fourth-degree sex offense and one count child abuse by a custodian in the second degree.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Adults throughout Pennsylvania have a new opportunity to become volunteers for the 4-H Stream Teams Program.

A free, online training will be held by Penn State Extension to teach interested adults how to form and guide youth in the 4-H Stream Teams Program. This training is open to anyone who already works with youth, such as 4-H volunteers, scout leaders, camp directors, or classroom teachers and to any adult that is looking for an opportunity to share their interest in the environment with youth.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

About a week's worth of intermittent snow has supplied our area with a lot of the white stuff. Heavy snow weighs down the branches of this tree along Snyder Avenue n McAdoo.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Lowell R. Koch, a 46-year-old turkey farm owner and operator in Tamaqua R. 1, has been selected the 1978 Master Farmer Award, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Farmer Magazine and Cooperative Extension Service of Pennsylvania State University. Koch's Turkey Farm produces 160,000 turkeys annually. When he first entered the turkey business, he was in partnership with his father and they had 1,500 turkeys and a laying flock. In 1970, his turkey production topped 100,000.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club (LALLC) made donations to the Carbon-Schuylkill Marine Corps League at their regular monthly meeting. Two $100 donations were presented to Tom Fenon, left, and Joe Balogach of the Marine Corps League. Linda Benner, second from left, made the donation to Fenon for the Toys for Tots program. Kimberly Babcock, right, made the check presentation to Balogach for the Marine Corps Literacy Program. Second from right is Lisa Whitehead, club president. Each club member brought a new toy that was donated to the Toys for Tots program.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A crowd of enthusiastic spectators filled the 200 block of East Broad Street during Tamaqua's New Year's Eve celebration.

A section of downtown Tamaqua resembled Times Square Monday evening as over 800 cheering spectators counted down to 2013 during Tamaqua's 14th annual New Year's Eve Eagle Rise held in downtown Tamaqua. The event is held every year courtesy of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce and area sponsors.

Relatively "warm" temperatures in the low 30s and the lack of precipitation contributed to one of the largest crowds since the first New Year's event was held as part of the borough's Founding Bicentennial celebration in 1999.