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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dinkey Memorial Church in East Penn Township, one of the oldest church buildings in Carbon County, is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

To commemorate this special occasion, the congregation has planned a celebration to be held Oct. 5.

A worship service will be held at 8:30 a.m., with special music provided by "Lost & Found" starting at 8:15 am.

"Joyful Noise" will continue the celebration, providing musical entertainment from 10 to 11 a.m.

The day will conclude with a luncheon held at approximately 11:30 a.m. in the church social hall.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a state prison term on Tuesday in the county court for her part in the operation of a methamphetamine lab and putting her two children in danger in its operation.

Amanda Messinger, 23, of Lehighton was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve a total of 18 to 48 months in a state correctional institution on counts of criminal conspiracy to operate a methamphetamine lab and endangering the welfare of a child. She previously pleaded guilty to the charges.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton campus will hold a Miller-Keystone blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 17 in the hospital parking lot, located off Lafayette Avenue.

Donors will be eligible to win a Dunkin' Donuts gift card or Carbon County Chamber gift certificate.

For more information or to schedule a time to donate blood, call 610-377-7350.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS  Christina Obrecht, president of Crusaders For A Cause Inc. presents a check for $1,000 to Dr. John Glick from the cancer center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

A cancer center in Philadelphia is the latest to benefit from the proceeds generated from a spring carnival held in Palmerton.

Crusaders For A Cause Inc. earlier this month presented a check for $1,000 to Dr. John Glick from the cancer center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

The donation came via the proceeds from its annual spring carnival, which raised just under $5,000 in May in the Palmerton Borough Park.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A "downtown mall" was proposed for First Street in Lehighton during the reorganization meeting dinner program of the Lehighton Chamber of Commerce held at Mahoning Valley Country Club.

"The Downtown Mall" is the idea of Frank Brunner, Lehighton, who with Dan Watt, presented an artist's conception of the business section. The pavements along the east side of the borough park would be removed and the street widened.

The mall would extend from Coal Street to Iron Street.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tamaqua School Board approved a first reading of policies which will add electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes, to the list of tobacco products which are banned in school buildings and on school grounds, and in vehicles such as buses and vans which are under control of the school district.

The policies to be amended include those for administrative employees, professional employees and non-instructional employees.

The ban will also be in effect for members of the public who are attending school events.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Palmerton Area School District is in the market for a new business manager.

That comes after the school board, on an 8-0 vote on Tuesday, approved the resignation of business manager Diane Serfass, effective on or before Dec. 8. Director Susan Debski was absent.

Afterward, board President Tammy Recker told Serfass she will be missed.

"We are very sad to see you go," Recker said.

Serfass resigned from the post because she has accepted a position as business manager at the Monroe Career & Technical Institute in Bartonsville.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Jeffrey Collins, Tamaqua's first artist in residence, explains how he combines acrylic mediums and yarn to create a look all his own,producing art that's a cross between painting and sculpture. Collins introduced his special gift Saturday at an exhibition inside the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, where the Columbus, Ohio,resident announced he intends to remain in Tamaqua because "there's always something going on."

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lehighton Area School District has a little more work to do before ground can be broken on its new football stadium.

Members of the Carbon County Planning Commission voted to recommend conditional plan rejection for the plan on Tuesday.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Beth Anne Mumford, state director of Americans for Prosperity, will speak at a meeting of the Lehighton 9/12 Project at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Lehighton American Legion Post.

A general meeting of the Lehighton 9/12 Project will precede the meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Sandy Dellecker, president of the Lehighton 9/12 Project, said Mumford will speak on a variety of topics including the president's war on coal via the EPA, updates on paycheck protection and Common Core.

Attendance is free.

Those attending can have dinner at the Legion beginning at 5 p.m.