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Friday, August 29, 2014

The DARE program is returning to Panther Valley Elementary School.

Nesquehoning Borough Council, during its monthly meeting on Thursday, approved the school's request for the program.

Mayor Sam Kitchko said that he spoke with Police Chief Sean Smith, a certified DARE instructor, about doing the program at the school, and Smith agreed.

He said the school was looking to purchase the books, and he has already spoke to businesses and has secured some donations for the pizza party and prizes.

Kitchko said the program would not cost the borough anything.

Friday, August 29, 2014
Paul Canevari presents PPL's donation to LGNC's Dan Kunkle with the center's habitat gardens in the background. The gardens are an important part of many field trips and Naturalist Club activities.

The Lehigh Gap Nature Center recently received $2,000 from PPL in support of its field trip programs for the Carbon County school districts and the center's Naturalist Clubs for K-12 students.

Friday, August 29, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Diane Huber, left, and Chris Eckhart, co-chairs of the Concourse Club of Palmerton's annual Palmerton Community Festival Art and Photography Show, display prizes that will be available during the event.

The Concourse Club of Palmerton is accepting entries in its Annual Palmerton Community Festival Art and Photography Show.

The event coincides with the festival which is Sept. 5-7. The Art and Photography Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 6 and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 7 at St. John Neumann School, Third and Lafayette Avenue in Palmerton.

There are category divisions for youth and adults which include all media paintings and black/white and color photographs.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Schuylkill County Judge James Goodman on Aug. 20 sentenced April Ann Reznick, 31, of Coaldale, to 12 months of probation on access device fraud and theft by deception charges.

Reznick also has to pay $50 restitution to First National Bank, and pay court costs and fees.

The charges stemmed from a Nov. 11, 2013, incident at the BRL Grocery Outlet, Tamaqua.

Friday, August 29, 2014

A bear attack led to the death of a 20-pound terrier mix dog in Mahoning Township on Saturday, according to police.

A resident of Westside Road reported the dog's death, after the body was found on Fairview Drive, police said.

A necropsy determined the cause of death was a bear attack.

"We haven't received any complaints, but a resident who lives near the intersection of Spring Hill Road and Orioles Drive, just northeast of where the dog was killed, reported seeing a mother and two cubs in the area," said Mahoning Township Police Chief Audie Mertz.

Friday, August 29, 2014

A man suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend in Shenandoah in April was extradited from New York City Thursday afternoon and arraigned before District Judge Anthony Kilker of Shenandoah.

Luis Ramos Nunez-Calderon, 41, was arraigned on charges of criminal homicide, first-degree murder, third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, criminal trespass and two counts of aggravated assault.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Tuscarora State Park will host the "Spirit of Tuscarora Trail" hike at 1 p.m. on Sept. 1.

The trail is 4.5 miles and moderate in difficulty. This trail will take you through many diverse habitats and runs along the pristine Locust Creek.

Enjoy the beautiful views of the lake and the summer wildflowers. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.

Please meet at the upper beach parking lot.

For more information, contact Robin Tracey at 570-467-2506. Shine only.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Blue Mountain Conference Center and Ski Resort is holding a blood drive from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., today, in the Alpine Ballroom.

There is an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types. Blood donations are being sent to hospitals as quickly as they are being received.

All presenting donors will receive a $5 coupon toward Slopeside Restaurant; free coupon for Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee and doughnut; and a $2.50 coupon off Turkey Hill ice cream.

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Barnesville man killed in a motorcycle crash Wednesday night will have a military funeral at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Brian C. Bittner, age 38, of Tuscarora, died from injuries sustained due to a motorcycle crash on Route 309 South in Rush Township.

Bitter was a Tamaqua High School graduate, class of 1995, and served in the United States Air Force as a maintenance Tech and Crew Chief during Desert Shield having been deployed to Kuwait.

Friday, August 29, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Route 309 in West Penn Township was reduced from four lanes to one lane following a head-on crash Friday morning. The accident occurred just north of the intersection with Clearview Crossing. A northbound vehicle crossed over into the southbound lanes, striking another head-on. West Penn police are investigating the incident. No further details or the identities or conditions of the drivers involved were available as of press time.