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Monday, September 16, 2013

The Tamaqua Salvation Army will be opening its prayer room for a continuous 24 hour/7-day period during the week of Sept. 22 through Sept. 28. The continual week of prayer is part of a Salvation Army worldwide effort to bathe participating communities, and the world, in prayer.

Each of the Salvation Army's Network of Prayer Rooms is pledging to pray for 24 hours a day for a specific week, carrying the "baton of prayer" from location to location.

Monday, September 16, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Emergency vehicles park on the shoulder of the road on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Franklin Township this morning, after a tractor-trailer went over a steep embankment, killing the driver.

A truck driver was killed during a one-vehicle accident this morning on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The truck reportedly went left the southbound lanes of the Turnpike and went over a steep embankment.

He was pinned inside the cab of the vehicle and was extricated by local rescue personnel.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by a representative of the Carbon County Coroner's office. The identity of the deceased was not known this morning.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Several area residents were among 52 who were arraigned Monday morning at the Schuylkill County courthouse on criminal charges before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested jury trials. They were:

Marilyn Ann Shamonsky, 58,of 2071 West Penn Pike, New Ringgold, charged by West Penn Patrolman Corey L. Frey, with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, failing to drive at a safe speed, and careless driving last April 28 on Pine Hill Road and was involved in an accident.

Monday, September 16, 2013

A dinner will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance building, 902 Mill Road, Lehighton, to benefit Ginger Outlaw, a patient from Lehighton who is battling breast cancer. The dinner will include open-faced turkey, filling, corn, pumpkin pie, and a drink. There will also be a Chinese auction, bake sale, 50/50 drawing and more. Anyone who wishes to donate for the bake sale or Chinese auction can call (610) 379-4319. Donations can also be sent to: Ginger Outlaw Breast Cancer Fund, 49th Avenue, Lehighton, Pa. 18235.

Monday, September 16, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Greg Soltis, left, and Matt Kuntz of the Walnutport Canal Association remove a fallen tree from the Lehigh Canal at Walnutport.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Zion United Church of Christ, a landmark structure at Second and Iron street whose clock towers dominate the Lehighton landscape, currently stands veiled in scaffolding as workers renovate its masonry and fenestration.

The church, built in several phases a century ago, is likewise being renovated in several phases. Restoration of the side of the building facing Iron Street was completed a year and a half ago.

The current renovation began in July and is anticipated to be completed by November. The final phase, to renovate the clock tower, has not been scheduled.

Monday, September 16, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Linda Yulanavage, Executive Director, Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce, and Dale Freudenberger, President, Tamaqua Historical Society, place flowers at the Tamaqua Train Station in honor of the late Ken Smulligan. Smulligan, a member and past president of Tamaqua Borough Council. Smulligan played a key role in the restoration of the historic station. He died unexpectedly last Monday at the age of 66.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation is hosting a new member orientation and Business After Hours Mixer, hosted by the Carbon County Art League from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the CCEDC office, 137 South St., Lehighton. New member orientation is from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and the Carbon County Art League Mixer is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Monday, September 16, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Anthropologist Matt Bielecki displays a model of the Taung Child fossil as he discusses early mankind's evolution with, l-r, Michael Schirra, Howard Tokosh, andMischele Williams. Bielecki gave a presentation, Humanity Unearthed on Saturday, at the Mauch Chunk Museum.

Monday, September 16, 2013
Daniel M. Miorelli

A Tamaqua man, a former member of the Tamaqua school board, has died of complications after falling off a tractor in Lansford.

Daniel M. Miorelli, 54, of 163 Owl Creek Road, died at 3:55 a.m. on Saturday at St. Luke's Hospital in Fountain Hill.

According to the coroner, Miorelli fell from the back of a trailer just after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 99 Riley St. in Lansford, where he was employed. The injury resulted in a fractured left hip.