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Wednesday, May 9, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Standing below the projected video displaying 'Everybody is Created Beautifully' are students Alexandra Miller, 16; Haleigh Jacob, 17; teacher Thelma Urban; Amanda Hinkle, 16; and Rebecca John, 17. Not pictured is Tyler Billig.

Students and staff at Tamaqua Area High School have come together to draw greater attention to a national problem.

Realizing the lifelong effects of bullying, a number of students from Thelma Urban's language arts class put their minds together recently to produce a video portraying facts and stories relating to the short- and long-term effects of bullying, as well as the lifelong scars it can leave.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Both the Tamaqua Elementary School and West Penn Elementary School will be holding student science fairs today at each school from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A defendant scheduled to go on trial Tuesday changed his mind and entered into a plea bargain and pleaded guilty to a new charge, while verdicts were reached in two criminal trials held Tuesday.

Amend complaint

Joseph W. Oliver Jr., 38, of Jim Thorpe, entered a plea to one count of possession of an instrument of crime after the Commonwealth agreed to amend the original complaint filed against him.

Oliver was originally charged by state police at Lehighton with three counts of sexual abuse of children-possession of child pornography.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

In a photo that ran in Monday's edition of the TIMES NEWS, with the story Fun-N-Safety Fair held in Jim Thorpe, the boy coloring a coffee filter was misidentified. His name is Tanner Yurchak, 7, of Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

With the school year winding down the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board acted on activities for the summer school program and approved 15 students nominated for graduation at the conclusion of the 2011-12 schoool year in action taken at the monthly board meeting held at the Maple Avenue Campus in Norwegian Township.

Teachers to be employed to provide Extended School Year (ESY) service to eligible students at the Maple Avenue Campus during the summer of 2012 not to exceed 100 hours at $25 per hour were as follows:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Sophia "Sue" Kester of Walnutport contributed to the World War II war effort through her work at Bethlehem Steel.

Among the many women who took defense jobs during World War II was Sophia "Sue" Kester of Walnutport. She worked at Bethlehem Steel operating a 10-ton crane.

The 92-year-old Kester was born in Palmerton and graduated from Stephen S. Palmer High School in 1937.

"We went through the Great Depression. Dad worked in the Zinc Company and Mom was mostly at home," she said.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A preliminary hearing scheduled for three suspects arrested in connection with a pair of armed robberies at a convenient store in Palmerton last month has been continued.

James Dee Archer, 33, Freddie M. Knight, 38, and Arlene Ann Jones, 44, all of 302 Delaware Avenue, were set to have their hearing today before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton

No new hearing date has yet to be established.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The State Planning Board has given its approval to the $1 million Lehigh River Gorge Project for Carbon and Luzerne Counties. The $1 million is for land acquisition by the state of 6,985 acres for what will be a new state park. The proposal now will be presented to Governor Ray Shafer for final approval. Much of the land to be acquired involves the abandoned right-of-way of both the Central Railroad of New Jersey and the Lehigh Valley Railroad.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Coaldale may not be able to afford to give its code enforcement officer an additional $500 a year, but council is seeing what it can do to let him use a borough van to help cut the costs of doing his job.

Council at a public meeting Tuesday praised Jamie Lee Nicholas for the great job he's doing making sure property owners keep their buildings up to code. But his $4,000 annual stipend doesn't stretch very far, given the cost of gas.

Although council would have liked to have given Nicholas the money, the borough is struggling to make ends meet.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Marta Gabriel, center, regional manager for U.S. Sen. Patrick Toomey's office, and Caroline Allen, right, coordinator at Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Network, speak with SHINE student Serenity Acevedo during a recent visit to the L.B. Morris SHINE center.

SHINE afterschool officials recently welcomed Marta Gabriel, regional manager for U.S. Sen. Patrick Toomey's office, to the Jim Thorpe centers.

During the meeting, Jeanne Miller, director of the SHINE program; and Dr. Barbara Conway, Jim Thorpe Area Superintendent; as well as other county and SHINE officials, talked about the importance of the SHINE program and how it bridges the gap in areas where students struggle academically.