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Friday, July 5, 2013

Eight finalists of the first annual Greater Carbon County Junior Miss Pageant, sponsored by the Weatherly Area Jaycees, have been announced.

Competing in the October 12 pageant will be Carolyn Kuchera, Cindy Petrole and Beth McConnell of Marian High School; Alice Carter of Palmerton; Carol Ann Stickler of Tamaqua; and Jill Faust, Jill Redash and Melody Watson of Weatherly.

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The skies above McAdoo were filled with fireworks during the McAdoo Fire Company's annual fireworks display held during their annual bazaar.

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Swimmers enjoy an early evening dip on a hot, muggy Independence Day at Tamaqua Bungalow Park. A few miles away at Tuscarora State Park, the lake re-opened to the public after a high bacteria count closed the beach to bathers on Wednesday. Others chose to stay indoors and enjoy the comfort of air conditioning.

Friday, July 5, 2013

This month's local TV report by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) highlights the inaugural Schuylkill County Youth Summit recently held at the Schuylkill County Courthouse.

The event featured local legislators, business leaders and community organizations in a forum-setting with over 150 local high school students, who asked questions ranging from education, government and jobs.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Recommendations made by Election Director Frannie Brennan for a special election to nominate school directors for the Hazleton Area School District were approved by the Schuylkill County commissioners at Wednesday's work session, held at the Pottsville courthouse. The election, to be held on Tuesday, July 23, will take place in five precincts located in the northeastern part of the county.

Similar action is expected to occur in Carbon County when the commissioners meet on Thursday.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Although not formally charged, a local doctor is accused by the state Office of the Attorney General of obtaining over $400,000 worth of prescription pills at three area pharmacies with the intent of reselling them.

Dr. John "Jack" Manzella, who is part of Manzella Family Healthcare with offices in Palmerton, Jim Thorpe, and Tamaqua, is named as a conspirator to Robert James Kosch, 56, of Newark, N.J.

Nobody else affiliated with Manzella Family Healthcare is mentioned as being involved in the incidents.

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TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Greg Rentschler (first from left), manager, and John Kleintop (right), general manager, of Rentschler Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram of Slatington, present a check in the amount of $2,720 to Jim Nemeth, president of the Palmerton High School Basketball Parents' Club, that was raised at the Free Test Drive and Antique Car Show held recently in Palmerton.

It's the time of year when summer basketball camps are all the rage.

Participation in the summertime activity is all but a sure thing for Palmerton High School boys and girls basketball teams, which have Rentschler Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, of Slatington, to thank for it.

The dealership recently presented a check to the Palmerton High School Basketball Parents' Club in the amount of $2,720, which was raised during a Free Test Drive and Antique Car Show held in May at Leon George Bus Company in Palmerton.

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Kim Gear, left, the Youth Market director at the American Heart Association of Northeast PA, presented the Fit-Friendly Gold Achievement Award for 2013 to Pleasant Valley School District as a Fit-Friendly worksite. The Fit-Friendly Worksite Recognition program is an award given by the AHA's "My Heart. My Life. My Initiative." It is intended to be a catalyst for positive change in the workplace across America. It recognizes worksites for making the health and wellness of the employee a priority. Accepting the award is, center, Bonnie Grammes, PVSD's food services director. Right, Dr.

Friday, July 5, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Rentschler Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, of Slatington, has donated $1,020 to St. John Neumann Regional School that was raised during the school's annual Art Show and Drive For the Kids program. Pictured are, front l-r, St. John Neumann students Jonathan Hillanbrand (eighth grade), Layne Brunner (first grade), Delia Winas (first grade) Timothy Hillanbrand (sixth grade); and back l-r, Greg Rentschler, manager, Sister Virginia Stephanie, principal, and John Kleintop, general manager.

St. John Neumann Regional School's scholarship fund has just been accelerated.

That's thanks in no small part to Rentschler Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, of Slatington, which presented the school with a check in the amount of $1,020 recently.

The money was raised during the school's annual Art Show held in May at its Palmerton campus, which was also the sight where representatives from the Chrysler brand and the dealership joined with parents and teachers for a Drive for the Kids fundraiser.