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Monday, March 31, 2014

The Diocese of Allentown said plans for consolidation of two Tamaqua churches have been under discussion for a long time and the time has come, according to a statement issued by spokesman Matt Kerr.

In a letter from Diocese of Allentown Bishop John Barres read at all Masses this weekend in Tamaqua, it was announced that effective July 1, 2014, St. Jerome and SS. Peter and Paul Parishes will merge and become the new St. John XXIII Parish.

Monday, March 31, 2014
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Dan Serfass and his 8-year-old son, Owen, of Lehighton fish the Mahoning Creek Saturday morning. Send us your photos at www.tnonline.com. Click on the "submit a photo" link in our gallery section.

Fishing season opened Saturdayin a limited area, including Schuylkill, Northampton and Lehigh counties and Lizard and Mahoning creeks in Carbon County. Trout fishing will be open statewide on April 12.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The 35th Carbon-Tamaqua Telethon offers a Salute to Survivors at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5.

During this segment, survivors are introduced and encouraged to talk briefly about their battle with cancer.

The telethon airs live from Penn's Peak just outside Jim Thorpe.

Survivors are asked to confirm their appearance at gtay200@verizon.net or by calling 570-668-4451. Callers are asked to provide their names and where they live.

The telethon benefits the American Cancer Society.

Monday, March 31, 2014

HARRISBURG Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today reiterated her support for legislation to help address the state's opioid prescription drug abuse epidemic after agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation along with agents from the Philadelphia DEA Diversion Task Force arrested and charged a Philadelphia woman on 257 counts of fraud, forgery and identity theft for obtaining prescriptions for narcotics.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Palmerton Telephone Company announced that an upgrade in its central office switching equipment will take place overnight Tuesday.

The process is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. on that date and should be completed before 6 a.m. the following morning. If all goes as planned, customers in the Bowmanstown, Kresgeville, Kunkletown and Palmerton exchanges will wake up Wednesday with service provided by a new state-of-the-art telephone switching exchange capable of new advanced services.

Monday, March 31, 2014

A number of theft cases made up the bulk of the docket last Tuesday in the court of District Judge Stephen Bayer of Tamaqua. The hearings included two brothers charged with running a marijuana growing operation in their home.

Monday, March 31, 2014
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Many people were surprised this morning when they woke up to find the lawns and roads covered with snow and ice. Amidon Street in Summit Hill has a coating of mostly ice. In Tamaqua, snow covered the streets. Up to 10 inches of snow fell in counties north of us, according to reports. The snow and ice caused schools to have two-hour delays this morning.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Scott Thomas of Pottsville and Mary Beth Dougherty of Girardville have announced their intention to seek re-election to the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania.

Dougherty was first elected in 2000, while Thomas began his term of service in 2008.

The team was also elected as delegates to the Republican National Convention in 2012, representing the voters of the 17th Congressional District.

Aside from leadership roles in the Republican Party, Thomas and Dougherty are both active in their respective communities.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Rose Breakfast

The United Methodist Women of Grace-St. Paul's United Methodist Church will host a Rose Breakfast from 9:30 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 5, at the church at 40 Church Road, Jim Thorpe, just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

The guest speaker will be Desha Utsick, a Christ Servant Minister of Grace-St. Paul's and a resident of Jim Thorpe. Her topic will be "Nature Change and Spiritual Transformation." Guest pianist will be David Westrip and guest flutist will be Nancy Moyer.

Soup and Scripture

Monday, March 31, 2014

Readers reacted to the merger of Tamaqua's two Catholic churches:

Candy Moyer: "This breaks my heart. My entire family has been lifelong members of St. Jerome's. Hate to see the name changed for either church. There is tradition to all who have gone there."

Rose Marie Inama: "Just like St. Bartholomew in Brockton and it is heartbreaking. The bottom line is there is nothing you can do or say to make it different."