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Monday, April 7, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Model and media personality Peaches Geldof, the second daughter of Irish singer Bob Geldof and member of a talented, troubled family who grew up in the glare of Britain's tabloid press, was found dead Monday at age 25.

There was no immediate word on the cause of Geldof's death at her home in Wrotham, Kent, southeast England, but police called it "unexplained and sudden."

In a family statement, Bob Geldof said: "Peaches has died. We are beyond pain."

Peaches Geldof had acknowledged using drugs in the past but said in a 2009 interview that she had quit.

Monday, April 7, 2014

OLEY, Pa. (AP) — Fire has destroyed an old eastern Pennsylvania farmhouse that officials say was the site of a murder that resulted in the last public execution of a woman in Pennsylvania history.

The cause of the Oley Township fire on Saturday night, which killed three dogs, remains unknown. State police in Reading estimated damage at $250,000 or more and said the home appears to be a total loss, The Reading Eagle (http://bit.ly/1mUkzLn ) reported.

Monday, April 7, 2014

An alleged threat last week in the Palmerton Area School District through social media remains under investigation.

State Police at Lehighton said this morning no new information is available on the incident they have been investigating since last Friday.

Efforts to reach Superintendent Scot Engler for an update were unsuccessful today.

On Friday, Engler said the alleged threats all occurred outside of school hours.

Engler said at that time the district, as well as state police, were aware of alleged threats being distributed via the Internet.

Monday, April 7, 2014
Singer Danny Farole of Nesquehoning sings during the 35th annual telethon of the  Carbon-Tamaqua Chapter of the American Cancer Society held at Penn's Peak. Farole has performed at all 35 telethons.

The 35th annual telethon of the Carbon-Tamaqua Chapter of the American Cancer Society drew crowds at Penn's Peak over the weekend. Dozens of performers, ranging from professional bands to solo acts to school and church groups provided entertainment during the two-day event, which was also broadcast live by Blue Ridge Communications TV-13. A highlight was the presentation of Courage Awards to four people who have bravely battled cancer. A record $213,330 was received in pledges.

Monday, April 7, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

About 15 years ago, Palmerton area woodsmith Elbert George chopped down a sugar maple at his yard near Forest Inn. Expecting to see typical rings in the woodgrain identifying the tree's age, George was amazed to find each cross-section slice of the trunk displaying a spectacular splash pattern of reds and some blues similar to an abstract expressionist painting. George said he's never seen anything like it before or since. He preserved the pieces and took a sample to a public farm sale in Andreas on Saturday morning to discuss the oddity with naturalists and outdoors experts.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System wants kids to be safe and healthy in their everyday activities.

To help students be the best they can be, the hospital is hosting its 25th annual Children's Health Fair on Friday, April 25, at the Lehighton Recreational center, Eighth and Iron streets, Lehighton. This year's theme is "Here Comes the Circus."

Monday, April 7, 2014

The 11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Marian Catholic High School will be held on April 19 at the high school. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the hunt scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

The event is open to all children up to and including those in second grade. Gift bags will be distributed to all participants, with additional special prizes. It will be held rain or shine.

Sponsors are the Marian Student Council and the Marian High School Development Office. For more information, call 570-467-0641.

Monday, April 7, 2014

The bugaboo of delinquent taxes reared its head last night as the Tamaqua School Board looked forward to drawing up its 1936-37 budget.

With more than $85,000 outstanding and little chance of getting it soon, the district's finances are in serious shape. And the same situation is expected during the next term.

Monday, April 7, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS The siren on top of Rush Township's Hometown Fire Department signals when there is an emergency in the area. A resident complained about the siren at a recent meeting of the Rush Township board of supervisors.

Since 1948, the siren atop the Hometown Fire Department has been the community's alarm system, alerting firefighters and the public that an emergency is in progress.

One resident, Joe Shamonsky, wants it to stop.

At a Rush Township Supervisors' meeting last week, Shamonsky said that most of the firefighters now have pagers and cell phones, which he said can be used to summon them. During the public comment portion of the meeting, Shamonsky said he was tired of being awakened by the siren.

Monday, April 7, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS American Cancer Society telethon committee members include, front, from left, Mary Ann Dulaney, Lisa Hiles, Kathy Dombrosky, Kathryn Hofherr, Cary Sinclair and Maureen Donovan; and back, telethon producer George Taylor, chairman Joe Krushinksy, Rick Peters, Bud Wychulis, Ann Marie Calabrese and Lori Kane. At the conclusion of the 35th anniversary event, the telethon brought in a record $213,330 in pledges.

Thanks in part to an anonymous donor who gave $10,000 in the waning moments of this weekend's American Cancer Society telethon, a record $213,330 was received in pledges.

This topped the record set last year of $212,911.

This was the 35th year for the telethon, the key fundraising event of the Carbon-Tamaqua Chapter of the ACS. It was staged at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe and broadcast live by Blue Ridge Communications TV-13.