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Monday, March 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A group takes to the dance floor during the event.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities held their annual "Power of Purple" Pre-Relay party over the weekend in honor of those who survived cancer and are still fighting cancer. The event, which was held in the social hall of the Hometown Fire Company, consisted of music, games, dancing, door prizes, giveaways and food.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Home A. Clute exhibited the wonderful proficiency of the telephone to a party of friends in the Lehigh Valley office, the Mansion House in Mauch Chunk, and at White Haven. The wires worked well and conversations were carried on without any trouble. The Mauch Chunk party were entertained by some singing by the ladies in White Haven.

Monday, March 11, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Coordinating the National History Day Region #6 Competition held at Jim Thorpe High School on Saturday, March 16 are (left to right): Bill Allison, a member of the Mauch Chunk Historical Society, on the board of the Mauch Chunk Museum, and a member of the Jim Thorpe Area School District Board of Education, and Ron Ellison and Chris Holub, teachers and History Club advisors at Jim Thorpe High School.

This year's National History Day's theme is turning points in history, and for the first time Jim Thorpe High School has been selected to host the regional National History Day competition - making the event a turning point in the school's history.

On Saturday, March 16, upwards of 300 students will be coming to JTHS from all over Region No.6: Luzerne, Schuylkill, Columbia, Carbon, Montour, Lehigh, Northampton and Northumberland counties, bringing exhibits, films, performances, and re-enactors to demonstrate their proficiencies in History.

Monday, March 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Temperatures in the higher 50's and low 60's brought almost everyone outside over the weekend. In Tamaqua, Saturday's temperatures ranged from a cold 31 to a comfortable 62 degrees. Record high for this day in Tamaqua was 72 degrees set in 1977. Pictured bustling with activity is the North and Middleward Playground in Tamaqua.

Monday, March 11, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The occupants of two vehicles escaped injury Sunday afternoon when involved in a crash in Towamensing Township. The accident occurred just before 5 p.m. at the intersection of Forest Inn and Stage Coach roads. One of the vehicles, a sport utility vehicle. came to rest on an embankment at the north east corner of the intersection while a car entered the east berm of Forest Inn road for a distance then re-entered the roadway crossing both lanes coming to rest along the south berm. State police at Lehighton are investigating the incident.

Monday, March 11, 2013

LEHIGHTON In an effort to raise awareness about the increasing use of drugs and alcohol among the youth across Carbon County and Pennsylvania, Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) will host a free Carbon County Drug and Alcohol Awareness Expo on Thursday, April 18, from 6-8:30 p.m., at the Lehighton Area High School.

Monday, March 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Enjoying themselves on a giant inflateable are Tamaqua students Kayla Wickersham, top, Gabby Freed and Luke Toth, 3.

Over 50 Tamaqua Area High School students donated a good portion of their Saturday to raise awareness and donations for pediatric cancer research during the Tamaqua Area Student Government's (TASGA) 2nd annual Mini-THON. The mini-dancathon, held in the gymnasium, lobby and pool, consisted of dancing, DJ music, bands, co-ed teacher vs. students basketball tournament, large inflateables, moon-bounce, dunk tank, body paint, food and much more.

Monday, March 11, 2013
KELLY BOERNER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Just over 80 walkers, some half-naked or in costume, carry signs make animals noises and dance during the Tamaqua YMCA's first annual Winter Walk For Animals held over the weekend in Tamaqua.

More than 80 walkers, some half-naked or in costume, took to the streets of Tamaqua Saturday morning in protest of weather-related cruelty to animals during the Tamaqua YMCA's first annual Winter Walk For Animals. Gaining high attention, walkers danced, made animal noises and constantly yelled "bring animals inside" to passing motorists and onlookers.

Monday, March 11, 2013

In a 31 page memorandum opinion a Carbon County judge has denied the Panther Valley school board from banning one of its members of attending executive meetings. But the court sided with the board in its request in limiting the same board member from disclosure and dissemination of confidential and privileged information or material.

Judge Joseph J. Matika made the ruling in the case involving R. Mickey Angst and the Panther Valley Board of School Directors.

Monday, March 11, 2013

A Tamaqua man has filed a malpractice suit in the Schuylkill County Court against a Tamaqua physician and against two healthcare providing organizations seeking compensation under the Wrongful Death Act.

The action was started by Vaughn Wunderlich, of 800 Hazle St., individually and as executor of the estate of his deceased spouse, Gayle Wunderlich, against the physician and institutions who provided medical care for his wife. Named as defendants were the following: