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Friday, December 19, 2014

During a meeting Thursday, Rush Township adopted a balanced budget with no tax increase, keeping the millage at 5.62.

Revenues are projected at $945,794, with expenditures at $910,286.

The supervisors also adopted a disturbing the peace ordinance.

According to the ordinance, actions or behaviors that compromise the safety of people or property within Rush Township are prohibited.

Any person who violates the ordinance can be brought before a magistrate and fined up to $500.

In other action the supervisors:

Friday, December 19, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News Todd Sheckler, left, general manager of the Nesquehoning McDonald's, and Bertha Shreffler of Meed's United Methodist Church collect the gifts that will be going to children in the Panther Valley School District. McDonald's has been hosting the "Angels on a Tree" program for eight years.

The generosity of a Nesquehoning partnership will ensure over 60 children in the Panther Valley School District receive the top items on their Christmas list this holiday season.

The eighth annual "Angels on a Tree" event is a combined effort of the Nesquehoning McDonald's, Meed's United Methodist Church and an anonymous outside source known only as "Saint Nick."

Friday, December 19, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

It's not even Christmas yet, but already angels on high are working on New Year's Eve, 150 feet high to be exact. Tony Fannock, Tamaqua, left, maintenance supervisor of ABC Tamaqua High Rise building, works at the roof edge Thursday to tighten clamps of an oversized 2015 sign with Frank Fabrizio, Brockton, in preparation for Dec. 31.

Friday, December 19, 2014
MARY TOBIA/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Nothing like a crafty art project to get your mind off the stress that the holidays can sometimes bring on. New Seasons, a free membership program for people over the age of 50, held a Christmas party recently at the Blue Mountain Palmerton Campus. Seventeen women attended the Holiday Post Brunch 'N Learn. Those in attendance enjoyed a light lunch and then were able to make a variety of different crafts under the leadership of art therapist, Kathy Karanink. It is reported that crafting can focus the mind which can ease stress and increases happiness during the hectic holiday season.

Friday, December 19, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Pleasant Valley Middle School's Builders Club collected donations from students, staff and community to help out some of the community's less fortunate this holiday season. They collected food items (over 1,000 cans), paper products, personal hygiene and cleaning

Friday, December 19, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) A former Philadelphia day care owner has pleaded guilty in the drowning death of a boy at her unlicensed day care center.

Tianna Edwards, 32, faces up to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges.

Prosecutors say it took police nine hours to find 7-year-old Isear Jeffcoat's body in the murky backyard pool at her mother's house.

They say Edwards dropped off 20 children and toddlers for a swim in June 2012 and then left.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Two from Lehighton

are named defendants

Jay Frey and Angela Rothermel, husband and wife, of 313 Anjay Aerial Lane, Lehighton, have been named defendants in a civil action filed in the prothonotary's office.

The plaintiff is Mary Counterman of Jessup, who is represented by attorneys Thomas W. Munley and Jason J. Mattioli of Scranton.

The suit lists a tort claim of "slip and fall" and the plaintiff is seeking money damages. The suit was started by the filing of a writ of summons in which the specifics of the complaint have not yet been brought before the court.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Stephen Toth, principal of Tamaqua Area Senior High School, has released the honor rolls for the first marking period of the 2014-2015 school year.

To be eligible for Highest Honors, students must have an average of 95 percent or above with no grade below 93 percent in a major subject. For High Honors, students must have an average of 90 percent or above with no grade lower than an 86 percent in a major subject. Honor roll members must earn an average of 86 percent or above with no grade lower than a 78 percent in a major subject.

Highest Honors:

Friday, December 19, 2014

A young Schuylkill County mother who put her dead newborn's body in the trash has pleaded guilty to concealing the death of a child and abuse of a corpse.

Judge James Goodman on Dec. 10 accepted the plea of Tara Paltanavage, 23, of Middleport. He ordered a pre-sentence investigation before imposing punishment at 2 p.m. Jan. 26, 2015.

Prosecutors in October dropped a charged of recklessly endangering another person.

Friday, December 19, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Laura Beltz

Laura Beltz has been named the Slatington Women's Club's Girl of the Month for December.

Beltz, a senior at Northern Lehigh Area High School, has been on student council for all four years in high school, SADD, Spanish Club and Yearbook and on the Principal's List throughout high school.

She enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to country music, traveling and working at Weis Markets.

Beltz will be attending Shippensburg University to major in accounting and hopefully become an accountant or financial adviser.