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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Laura Cressley, a 2012 graduate of Lehighton Area High School, was the recipient of the Burger King Scholarship Award.

The recipient of the 2012 BURGER KINGTM Scholarship Award is Laura Cressley from Lehighton Area High School. She was presented a scholarship award of $1,000.

Created in memory of BURGER KING® co-founder James W. McLamore, the BURGER KING™ Scholars program has awarded a total of 17,064 scholarships to deserving students and employees across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, representing $17.6 Million in awards since the program's inception in 2000.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the West Penn Lions Club held their annual barbeque recently at the West Penn Community Park. The event consisted of free music, kids activities and time with friends. Luke Behr, 6, Andreas, throws a ball and string during one of the activities held during the picnic.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Hearings were held by Judge Charles M. Miller in Schuylkill County court on summary appeals filed from rulings made by magisterial district judges.

Courtney T. Deangelo, 24, of 434 Hazle St., Tamaqua, lost his appeal as the court agreed with the district judge and found him guilty of three motor vehicle code violations and imposed fines and costs. He was found guilty of operating a vehicle without required financial responsibility (car insurance), fined $300, failing to carry a driver's license, $25 fine; and failing to carry a vehicle registration card, fined $25 plus $150 costs.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
AP Photo Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after the first day of jury selection in his trial in Bellefonte Tuesday.

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) – Most of the men and women who may render a verdict in Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse case have been chosen, and their ranks reflect the strong role Penn State plays in its surrounding community.

Nine of the 12 main members of the jury were selected Tuesday, and they include a rising senior at the college, a retired soil sciences professor with 37 years at the university, a man with bachelor's and master's degrees from the school and a woman who's been a football season ticket holder since the 1970s.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A free luncheon will take place at Parryville United Methodist Church, corner of Chestnut and Main Streets, Parryville, on Saturday, June 30, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. All are welcome.

The church is also hosting a Vacation Bible School from June 18-22, from 6-8:30 p.m.

The program is designed for ages 4 years through 8th grade.

For more information, call Beverly at (610) 377-5538.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A new configuration to the Palmerton Area Junior High School schedule continues to be met with vehement opposition.

The secondary reorganization process was debated as part of a special meeting of the school board on Tuesday, at which time audience members expressed their displeasure with the modification.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Graffiti mars the plate glass windows and garage doors at a former car dealership along Hometown Hill on Route 309 in Rush Township. Similar vandalism appeared at this and other locations over the weekend and is being investigated.

Police in Tamaqua Borough and Rush Township are investigating a recent wave of graffiti vandalism on public and private property in both municipalities as the recent spree prompts a debate on social networks.

Although no official complaints by property owners had been reported to Tamaqua police as of Tuesday morning, local police are aware of the incidents and have taken action.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Fast action by a Lehighton teenager prevented serious fire damage to his family's residence. Chris Fredericks, 15, of Coal Street, heard his mother yell there was a fire. He said he first grabbed a pitcher of water and hurled it on the burning wall, then ran outside and grabbed a garden hose, which he used to knock down the flames. The fire at the John Fredericks residence occurred shortly after 5 p.m. Damages were confined to a rear pantry. Dwight Nothstein, assistant fire chief in Lehighton, praised the youth for his quick actions.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Leadership Carbon enjoyed a successful year with the unveiling of its newly revamped program. The Class of 2012 had 12 participants who did a tremendous job as a class and with their group project, "Guiding Carbon Youth to Inspire Community Growth."

Leadership Carbon is currently recruiting new members for the Class of 2013. The deadline for application submission is June 30, 2012. Interested individuals should request an application immediately or file online at www.leadershipcarbon.com.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Carbon County Navy Club Ship 260, in conjunction with Immaculate Conception Church in Jim Thorpe, will hold its yearly Blessing of The Flags on June 9, at noon.

All organizations who have American flags are invited to come and get the flags blessed and fly them on Flag Day. Also invited were the sheriff, Carbon County commissioners, and state and federal legislators.

For more information, call Robert "Ski" Siesputowski at (570) 645-3643.