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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Two of 12 persons arrested last year as part of what authorities called, "Operation Golden Dope", entered guilty pleas on Carbon County court Monday. The two were among four persons scheduled to select juries on Monday to hear their case but instead entered into plea bargains.

Dealing heroin

Zachary Robert Lienhard, 20, and Amanda Dawn Rogers, 23, of Nesquehoning, each pleaded to one count of criminal conspiracy to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Jordan Ruzicka, a senior at Palmerton Area High School, will graduate with the rest of the PAHS Class of 2011 during commencement exercises this Wednesday. Last month, she received her associate degree in applied science and math with honors while still in high school.

Talk about getting a leg up on the competition.

Come Wednesday at 7 p.m., senior Jordan Ruzicka will graduate with the Palmerton Area High School Class of 2011.

But, unlike her fellow classmates, this will mark the second time in less than a month that Ruzicka dons the cap and gown.

Just several weeks earlier, Ruzicka lined up for commencement exercises as part of the Lehigh Carbon Community College Class of 2011.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Caregiver stress is a well-known and serious consequence of long term caregiving, yet many family caregivers do not know where to turn for help. They frequently ignore their own physical and emotional needs in order to care for loved ones suffering with Alzheimer's Disease.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, an Alzheimer's Support Group will meet at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe. The group will meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Food pantry

The Shepherd House Food Pantry at Ebenezer E.C. Church will be open on Saturday, June 11 from 9-11 a.m. Please note the change in hours. Recipients must reside within the Jim Thorpe School District. The pantry is located at 441 Center Ave. in Jim Thorpe. Please call (570) 325-2855 for more information or to volunteer.

Vacation Bible School

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Philadelphia Press Association announced Sunday that several works published by the TIMES NEWS in 2010 have been singled out for the "Best of the Best" awards, the PPA's recognition of outstanding writing and photography in the Tri-State metro region.

In PPA competition, TIMES NEWS work is judged against daily newspapers in Greater Philadelphia, Delaware and New Jersey.

TIMES NEWS articles by Donald R. Serfass, Karen Cimms and Amy Miller will be recognized.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

About two dozen vehicles in Lehighton and Mahoning Township had tires slashed Friday night and into the early morning hours of Saturday.

Among the vehicles were two transport ambulances parked in the 800 block of North First Street (Mahoning Township).

Ken Barnes, chief of police in Mahoning, sad a majority of the tires slashed were on the left front of the vehicles.

In Mahoning, the vandalism mostly happened in the 800 and 900 blocks of North First Street.

In Lehighton, a lot of the damage was on North Second Street and North Third Street.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Volunteers with Carbon-Tamaqua Chapter of the American Cancer Society held their first annual scavenger hunt recently through the streets of Tamaqua. The hunt was held in Sunday in conjuction with their annual ice cream social and "Paint the Town Purple" tree lighting event. Teams were given a list of tasks and items to take photos with via their digital cameras or camera phones. Three trophies were also awarded to the teams that finished first.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area High School students recognized at the Class of 2011 Top Ten Percent Dinner sponsored recently by the Palmerton Exchange Club were (front row, l-r) Kristen Romano, Amber Hettler, Derek Szena, Jordan Ruzicka, Jillian Farkas (back row, l-r), David Kenion, Jarett Kleintop, Joseph Tyahla, Elizabeth Hahn, Samantha K. Smith and Blake Campbell. Missing from the photo is Andrew McReynolds.

Determined. Dependable. Driven.

Above all else, this particular batch of Palmerton Area High School students appear ready to conquer any obstacle that comes before them.

Sponsored by the Palmerton Exchange Club, a dozen PAHS students were honored at the Class of 2011 Top Ten Percent Dinner held recently at the Aquashicola Fire Company.

Thaddeus Kosciolek, junior high school principal, thanked the Exchange Club, and wished the students the best of luck in their future endeavors.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, and state Sen. John Yudichak, 14th District, will hold an event to help combat increasing gang activity in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The two lawmakers are sponsoring a Gang Awareness and Action Panel Discussion on Wednesday, June 8, at 6 p.m. in Room K-1 of the Kostos Building on the Penn State Hazleton Campus, University Drive, Sugarloaf Township. The event is open to the public free of charge.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A custom trophy cabinet containing medals, photos, plaques, boots, and a helmet of a Lehighton native who devoted his life to the military, was dedicated during a program held at the Lehighton American Legion Post. The cabinet was dedicated in memory of the late Major General Bert A. David. In conjunction with the program, Lehighton Mayor Wilbur Bauchspies announced that he proclaimed today as "Major General Bert David Day" in the community. About 100 people attended the program.