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Saturday, December 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The winners of the Tamaqua Beautification Association's annual Cookie Contest were announced during the Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas tree lighting event at the Depot Square Park. The categories consisted of drop cookies, bar cookies and decorated cookies. All cookie entries were shared with the community following the event.

Saturday, December 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua LEO Club members Tim Lehman, 15, Karina Derr, 16, and Makia Stocker, 17, place decorated ornaments onto the Christmas tree in the lobby of the St. Luke's Hospital, Coaldale. Tamaqua Lions Club members also helped decorate the tree.

Saturday, December 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Seniors held their annual Christmas celebration Thursday at the Tamaqua Community Center. At right, president Jean Machamer, Paul and Marlene Randig have a laugh with Santa, played by George Hosler.

Saturday, December 10, 2011
COURTESY/RUSH TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT Franklin Kunkel III of Quakake, suspect in the Wal-Mart theft.

Thanks to surveillance pictures taken by Wal-Mart and tips from concerned citizens, Franklin Kunkel III, 21, of Quakake, a parolee, is behind bars, suspected of stealing almost $8,000 worth of portable electronics from the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Hometown.

Photos of Kunkel and another man appeared in the TIMES NEWS and other media outlets Immediately after the brazen Thursday morning robbery. This resulted is numerous tips, leading to the arrest of Kunkel.

Police reported that Kunkel shook the display case inside the store so hard he broke the lock off.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

After years of planning, investigating, and studying as many as five different sites, ground was officially broken on a 180-acre site on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning this afternoon for Carbon County's new correctional facility. About 50 county, borough, and township officials joined the three-man board of commissioners for the ceremony. The prison is expected to carry a price tag of $7,848,800. Commissioners Dean D. W. DeLong, Thomas C. Gerhard, and John D. Mogilski spoke during the brief ceremony.

Saturday, December 10, 2011
Brenda Dorshimer, Kunkletown "I still have the rattan doll baby carriage I got when I was little. It had been my cousin's. My mom made a new mattress and blanket for it with little bunnies. It's over 70 years old and means a lot to me."

Do you still have any Christmas gifts that you cherish from when you were a youngster? Describe them.

Saturday, December 10, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Sgt. Eric Edmundson and his father, Ed Edmundson, meet the some of the group who sponsored his hunting expedition in Mahoning Township. From left are, E.J. Caterson, Brad Christman, Eric Edmundson, Ed Edmundson and Dr. Ben Houser.

A true hero with a passion for hunting enjoyed some Carbon County hospitality during his quest for a white tail deer last week.

U.S. Army Sgt. Eric Edmundson of New Bern, N.C., enjoyed a full week of hunting the rolling hills on the properties of Dr. Ben Houser and Brad Christman and his wife, Dr. Angela Houser of Mahoning Township.

As a member of C Troop, 4/14 CAV, 172nd Stryker Brigade, Eric was seriously injured in a roadside bombing in Iraq in October 2005. He received shrapnel wounds to the right leg and abdomen, fractured two vertebrae and his right leg.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Chestnuthill Township supervisors approved the 2012 Budget and Fiscal Plan, 3-0. The good news is that the millage rate will remain at 4 mills and the budget requires tax no increase.

The General Fund budget expenditures total $3,989,650. The road maintenance expenditures is 40 percent of the budget at $1,604,623. $700,803, or 18 percent, will be spent on public safety.

Friday, December 9, 2011

The next Hour of Honor will be on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Veterans Monument in front of Monroe County Courthouse, Stroudsburg.

The Hour of Honor is held in remembrance of our troops killed in the current war against terror.

Friday, December 9, 2011
iPods and iPhones stolen from Hometown Wal-Mart

Rush Township police in Schuylkill County are looking for 2 males who stole several thousand dollars worth of iPods and iPads from the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Hometown.

The theft occurred at 3 a.m. on Thursday. Both males in the surveillance photos and videos appear to be in their late teens to mid-20s and over 5 feet tall. The first male suspect has an above average build, black hair with possible ponytail, black chin-beard, and was wearing a black/dark-hooded sweat shirt (with white/gray hood inner), gray shirt/sweater, blue jeans and black/dark shoes.