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Saturday, November 15, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Lenders participating in the Guppy Tank are, from left, Deb Price of Mauch Chunk Trust; Mark Haldaman of First Northern Bank and Trust; Paul Macknosky of Northeast Pennsylvania Alliance; and Leigh Magnotta of MetroAction.

Carbon County wants businesses to flourish.

To help make sure this happens, the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation recently held an entrepreneur series to help people with business ideas, as well as small businesses in the community, learn about starting or growing a successful company. This is the third year for the series.

A total of 11 participants sat in on the classes, which went through seeing if an idea would be a good business for the area, if participants are ready to be business owners, the finances involved and building a business plan.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

One defendant opted for a preliminary hearing, two failed to make an appearance in court and the rest all waived their rights during a Nov. 6 session in the court of District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua.

Leroy J. Kowalczyk, 69, of Tamaqua, went through with his preliminary hearing, charged with defiant trespass by communication. The charge stems from an Aug. 2 incident and was filed by Rush Township Police Sgt. Duane Frederick. After hearing the testimony, Bayer determined there was enough evidence to send the case to court trial.

Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Meed's Memorial Methodist Church in Nesquehoning will hold its annual free Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 23.

The dinner will include turkey and all the trimmings, dessert and beverages.

Seatings will be at 3 and 5 p.m.

Please call 570-669-6764 or 570-669-9212 to make a reservation for either seating.

If leaving a message, leave your name, phone number and what seating time you would like.

Reservations will be taken until Thursday.

Friday, November 14, 2014

What are you thankful for this year?

Tell us, in 150 words or less. Send your replies to tneditor@tnonline.com and include your name, address and contact information.

We'll print as many responses as we can in Wednesday's edition.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Football scoreboard

District 11 Class AA championship
FINAL
Northwestern 28, No. Schuylkill 26

Eastern Conference Division II championship
FINAL
Northern Lehigh 53, Pine Grove 6

Check back for photos and see Saturday's Times News for complete coverage.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Football scoreboard

District 11 Class AA final
4:00 left in 2nd quarter
Northwestern 14, No. Schuylkill 7

Eastern Conference Division II final
2nd quarter
Northern Lehigh 14, Pine Grove 0

Friday, November 14, 2014

Date: 11/14/2014 05:49 PM

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - State police spent about $11 million on the manhunt for a survivalist charged in the ambush slaying of a trooper outside his barracks, according to a cost breakdown released Friday.

Thousands of law enforcement officers from the Pennsylvania State Police and numerous other state and federal agencies took part in the 48-day search for Eric Frein, who was captured by U.S. marshals outside an abandoned airplane hangar in the Pocono Mountains on Oct. 30.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Several people were injured Friday afternoon when involved in an accident along Route 309 in West Penn Township.

The crash occurred around 2 p.m. in the southbound lanes.

It appeared the driver of a southbound Jeep Grand Cherokee was south bound and stopped in the passing lane to make a left turn onto a private lot when it was rear ended by southbound car. Several ambulances and paramedic units are on scene treating the injured.

West Penn Fire Police are maintaining traffic control at the site as West Penn Chief of Police Brian Johnson investigates the incident.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Increased postal rates have been established by the 80th Congress and will go into effect on Jan. 1. Special delivery rates will be boosted from a minimum rate of 3 cents to 15 cents, and a maximum rate of 35 cents to 45 cents, based on weight.

Money orders now sold for between 6 and 22 cents will be upped to a minimum of 35 cents.

Postage on third class mail, now 1 and 1/2 cents for 2 ounces will be increased to 2 cents for the first 2 ounces with an additional cent per additional ounce.

Friday, November 14, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Margaret Lusch of Beaver Run wrapped 75 shoeboxes for Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church's Operation Christmas Child project.

Margaret Lusch of Beaver Run has found a way to bring smiles to children's faces. She gift-wraps shoe boxes. But these aren't just any old shoe boxes. These are very special shoe boxes.

Her church, Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church at 222 North St., Lehighton, participates in a Samaritan's Purse program called Operation Christmas Child. The congregation donates items for three different age categories from 2-14 years old. The boxes are prayed over as they are filled and then shipped to children in need in over 150 countries as a way to share God's love in a tangible way.