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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pennsylvania State Police executed 76 arrest warrants, including several known gang members, in connection with a firearms and narcotics bust early Wednesday in Shenandoah.

Following a 12-month investigation by state police and the Shenandoah Borough Police Department, arrest warrants were executed and numerous search warrants were served on participants involved in a widespread narcotics distribution network in the Shenandoah area.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Local folk musician Jay Smar has traveled far and wide since quitting his day job to pursue his love of music, including touring Scotland twice in the past five years. Along the way, he has performed at numerous prestigious folk festivals, had his composition of the"Ballad of Glen Onoko" inducted into the Library of Congress,composed music for a BBC Wales documentary and been recognized by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He returns to his Coaldale area roots this Friday with a performance at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Carbon County woman was placed on probation Monday on a drug charge and also a theft count.

She was one of five defendants who previously pleaded guilty to criminal charges and were sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

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Tammy G. McMullen, 46, of Jeddo, Luzerne County, and formerly of Summit Hill, was sentenced on charges of criminal conspiracy-possession of a controlled substance-heroin, and possession.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS The December 5 lighting of Tamaqua Depot Square Park during the 6 p.m. Arrival of Santa Parade will launch the 19th Annual Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas Festival, set for Dec. 5-7

The 19th Annual Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas Festival is set for Friday through Sunday, Dec. 5-7.

The festival includes attractions and entertainment geared to all ages and much of it free to the public. The festival message is that the special magic of the holidays is part of all of us right here at home, according to organizers.

The community showcase unites clubs, churches and organizations to stage one of the largest holiday festivals in Schuylkill County, according to Jean Ann Towle, chairman, who said a committee of volunteers has been working months to arrange details.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Schuylkill County's Juvenile Justice Department will be buying a new $27,241 car from a Nesquehoning company, at no cost to the county.

Commissioners on Wednesday approved the purchase of a 2015 Ford Police Interceptor from the Kovatch KME Inc. The car will be paid for from the department's 2014 budget by way of a state contract, COSTARS.

The department will get the car by mid-December. There will be no cost to the county because the money is from administration fees for state grants and from Act 148 mileage reimbursements.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Students at Panther Valley Elementary School joined with Blue Ridge Communications in helping with the Stockings for Soldiers program. The program sends food and hygiene items to troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. The students gathered seven boxes filled with goodies for the military and $81 to put toward shipping costs. They also constructed handmade cards and donated small Christmas decorations to help spread Christmas cheer to the soldiers away from home for the holidays.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Sometimes, you just can't stop the music. Tamaqua rock band Won Ton is back after a two-year hiatus and better than ever. Originally founded in 1998, the band has gone through several changes over the years but members just keep coming back to their roots. Vocalist Kyle Dunkelberger, bassist Mark Beltz, guitarist Todd Sterner and drummer Tommy Banditelli cover such rock icons as The Eagles and Rage Against the Machine, as well as create their own originalstudio pieces. The band will perform a benefit concerton Thanksgiving Eve at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lehighton borough will accept bids for a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer until noon on Dec. 5. A bid opening will follow at 12:30 p.m.

The blazer has about 57,100 miles on it, and is being sold as is, with all faults, and without any warranty whatsoever.

The successful bidder are responsible for all transfer costs involved.

Any prospective bidder who wishes to view the vehicle may contact Al Steigerwalt at 610-554-5123, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Borough council could make a bid award when it meets at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Special to the Times news From left are Bob Condly, Ruby Craig, Ruthann Binder, Ginny Crowther, Vicki Ackterman and Anita Wisler as they display some food baskets they collected for local food pantries.

The Faith-Paced Walkers Club wrapped up the year with a brunch and donated food items brought to each walk to Trinity Lutheran Church of Lehighton, Dinkey Memorial Church of Ashfield and Zion UCC of Lehighton. The group completed 32 walks this year with an average of 25 people per walk.

The club donated approximately 300 items of food to local food pantries and thanks the local businesses that contributed gift cards to encourage the walkers.

Walks begin again in April and anyone interested in joining can contact Anita Wisler at 610-377-5395.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday hired a Butler Township woman as a mental health program specialist 1 at $44,714 a year.

Kathy Quick will start her job on Dec. 1.

Commissioners also hired a new senior programmer/analyst for the county's MIS department. He is Ronald Souchak, Ashland, and will be paid $23.90 an hour. Souchak starts his new job Dec. 1.