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Monday, August 26, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Praying the rosary for world peace on Sunday in Hometown are, l-r, Thomas and Donna Carrigan, Tamaqua; Beverly Fazio, Barnesville; Kim Brobst, Walker Township; Joan Yacobenas, Hometown and Val Seroka, New Ringgold. Also part of the group: Joyce Minehan, Lisa Frederick, Walter Camier and Pat Rabayta.

They're not from one particular church, but they share in a message.

And it's a message that lives on, even after 96 years.

"We're here to pray for peace in the world," said Thomas Carrigan, Tamaqua, on Sunday as he and five others gathered to continue their practice of praying the rosary in public. "It goes back to Fatima," he said.

The group meets on the fourth Sunday of each month. Sometimes the group is twice as large. And that's fine, they say. The more, the merrier.

"We welcome everyone. You don't even need to be Catholic," said Joan Yacobenas, Hometown.

Monday, August 26, 2013

A Tamaqua woman, who was found guilty by a jury last June 4 of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol following a trial in Schuylkill County court, was sentenced by Judge James P Goodman after he receiving a pre-trial report on any past record.

Crystal Fegley, 33, of 109 Lafayette St., was placed for five years in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) with a minimum of 24 months to be subject to the standard conditions of the program and the balance of the five year sentence to be served subject to the standard conditions set by the state.

Monday, August 26, 2013

There will be a regularly scheduled meeting for the Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club on Wednesday, August 28 at 7 p.m. Members are reminded to bring their project books to each meeting. Members are also reminded that their project records and books are due at this meeting. This is for livestock projects only.

Monday, August 26, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The West End Fair's Got Talent show made its debut on Sunday night to a packed crowd. The winning acts were: Left to right, 1st place, Katie Rubino; 2nd Basket of Red Pandas, John Schillinger, Bryan Iadisernia, Gabby Hochfeld, Rachel Wilde; 3rd Downtown Dance, Hannah Von Zup, Jessica Massimino, Jessica Gallucci, Cecelia and Olivia Hoogestraat.

It was perfect summer weather to open the e 92nd Annual West End Fair, Sunday.

Even though the exhibit buildings were closed as the judging for thousands of entries was going on, there was still tons of fun to be had.

Quarter Midget Racing thrilled race fans and Nicole Donatone and The Hawks entertained on the Main Stage with a pleasant mix of old country and new. Melody's Dance Studio got everyone energized with their dancing feet and the Olympik Karate Center showed off their amazing skills.

Monday, August 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Playground fun Alivia Woodring, 5, gets help across the monkeybars by grandfather Larry Murphy of Tamaqua, during back to school party Saturday in Tamaqua's North and Middle Wards.

An estimated 250 people showed up to enjoy the last few days before school during the North and Middle Ward's back to school party held Saturday night in Tamaqua. The entirely free event included DJ music, a band, food, school supplies and chances to win larger items. Having fun on the tire seesaw are Anthony Hartzell, 12, and mother Jeri Hartzell of Tamaqua.

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Carbon County Veterans Affairs Office will be closed the week of Sept. 9-13, due to mandated VA training.

It will reopen Sept. 16.

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program this week.

The program was resurrected earlier this year as a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community.

For one-week periods, the club will fly the American flag at the Ludlow Park site to remember current and former town residents who gave service to our country.

As the program continues this week, five members of the Chickilly family who served during World War II will be recognized. They include:

Monday, August 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A pickup truck is parked at a home in rural Schuylkill County where a shooting occurred on Saturday, in which an intruder was shot dead by the homeowner.

An 18-year-old teen, who allegedly broke into a Schuylkill County home, was shot dead by the homeowner during a confrontation.

State police at Frackville said the incident occurred about 5:29 p.m. on Saturday at 57 Steep Mountain Road, New Ringgold, in East Brunswick Township.

Troopers identified the victim as Zachary Foster, of 150 N. Market St., New Ringgold, a neighbor.

The homeowner and shooter was identified as Curt Stein, 49.

Monday, August 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

State police at Frackville reported investigating a one vehicle crash about 12:55 p.m. on Sunday along SR54 in Ryan Township.

Troopers said Carmen M. Cruz, 50, of Mahanoy City, was driving a 2001 Subaru Forester eastbound when she suddenly veered into and through the westbound lane. The vehicle went onto the north berm and went through a dirt area before striking some small trees. The vehicle then went up an embankment before coming to rest.

Cruz and her passengers, Patricia Santana, 40, and a three-year-old female, also from Mahanoy City, were all not injured.

Monday, August 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A homeless man from Lehighton was taken into custody for building a campfire in front of the Verizon building in downtown Tamaqua around 5:15 a.m. today. Passers-by called 911 after seeing the man huddled around the fire. Police said the man is expected to be cited for public drunkenness. Tamaqua Salvation Army offered assistance to the man. Pictured extinguishing the campfire are South Ward Fire Chief Mark Bower and Police Cpl. Dwayne Hacker.