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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Weatherly Area High School Principal Stuart Tripler has released the Honor Roll for the fourth marking period.

Principal's Honor Roll: Students must achieve a 95 average or better with no grade below 90.

Freshmen: Samantha DeSpirito, Morgan Gower, Jacqueline Henry, John Hinkle III, Evan Kunkle, Christopher MacNeal, Gabrielle Obert, Zachary Peiser, Kimberly Ray, Lynea Reiner, Autmn Shoener, Dana Weiss.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Plains, Luzerne County, woman apparently has a real affection for the Hometown Commons Walmart, as evidenced by the five preliminary hearings she recently had scheduled before District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua.

Barbara Lynn Figueiredo, 34, of 236 Maffett St., waived her right to those hearings, electing to have her cases heard in Schuylkill County Court. In each case, she was charged by Rush Township police, either Sgt. Duane Frederick or Patrolman Adam Sinton.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWSA Lansford-based team was called Too Inspired to be Tired. From left, all from Lansford, are Zack Swolensky, Nicole Schminkey, Georgiana Butler, June Butler, Austin Stuckley and Savanna Stuckley.

Music brought them together as acquaintances, parents who met because their children were in the Panther Valley school band.

Sharing the fight against cancer, which touched both their families, brought them closer.

Friday night, their families combined to form team Too Inspired to be Tired, and they led the parade that kicked off the Relay for Life of Tamaqua and surrounding communities.

The event began at 2 p.m. Friday and continued until 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tamaqua Area High School stadium.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Troxell Road will be closed for resurfacing this week, weather permitting.

The road will be closed daily from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Thursday.

Drivers may bypass the closure by using Mahoning Mountain Road from Route 443, or Gilberts Hill Road from Route 443 to Christman Road to Mahoning Mountain Road.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Pennsylvania DUI Moving Memorial will be at the Mahoning Township Walmart from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday.

Carbon County Assistant District Attorney Jean Engler and police officials will speak at 10:30 a.m.

The memorial lists the names of persons killed in Pennsylvania by impaired drivers.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Palmerton and Lehighton area drivers will have even more issues this week. In addition to the McCall bridge work, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is working on Route 248.

From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, street sweeping will be conducted between Interchange Road and the Northampton County line. Lane restrictions will be in effect in both directions.

Lane restrictions will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday for roadwork between Interchange Road and the Northampton County line.

Monday, June 23, 2014

A 19-year-old Walnutport woman has been charged with homicide by vehicle and other offenses in a North Whitehall Township crash that killed a 65-year-old Walnutport woman.

Courtney Alexis Quinn, of 4411 Katlyn Drive, Walnutport, was charged today, with one count each of homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, and summary offenses of crossing into another lane, driving at an unsafe speed, and careless and reckless driving.

Monday, June 23, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A report released Monday detailing the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case faults police and prosecutors for long delays in bringing charges but found no evidence that politics affected the investigation.

The report, commissioned by Attorney General Kathleen Kane and written by former federal prosecutor Geoff Moulton, blamed a three-year time lapse in filing charges on communication problems, an expungement of a 1998 complaint about the former Penn State coach and a failure to take certain investigative steps early on.

Monday, June 23, 2014
Muskett

Deanna Muskett-Mease of Tamaqua is seeking information about her son, Seth Muskett, 22.

According to Muskett-Mease, Seth's vehicle, a Dodge Caravan, was found abandoned after having been involved in a crash on Tuscarora Mountain Road about three weeks ago.

Muskett-Mease said she is not sure of the date the vehicle was found or which law enforcement agency is investigating. She said that Pennsylvania State Troopers informed her of the crash, but she has not heard from her son since that time.

Monday, June 23, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Jennifer Maynard, left, of Lansford, hands flowers to her daughter, Maddison, 7, as they help build a community garden at Bertsch and Center streets in Lansford. About 30 people participated in planting flowers and vegetables on the vacant lot. It was a project by Grace Community Church.

A dormant plot of ground was given vibrant new life on Saturday morning.

A community garden was created at the corner of Bertsch and Center streets where a movie house had once stood. The theater was torn down several years ago, with the borough obtaining the lot.

Grace Community Church was given permission by Lansford Borough Council to create the community garden.