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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Carbon County Career and Technical Institute seniors graduated on June 9. The following students received awards and recognition.

Nicole Henry was named valedictorian and Tiffany Ruch, salutatorian. The senior class officers were Trisha Ruch, president; Crystal Sparrow, vice-president; Tiffany Ruch, secretary and Ray Zuber, treasurer.

Special awards

Jonathan Baptiste and Nicole Henry: Scholastic Excellence Award for academic achievement and leadership as a high school scholar.

Aaron Papay: United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/times news Pictured from left are first place female walker Mary Leo, first place male walker Tom Lager, cancer survivor Susie Bortnick, organizer Katie Moran, cancer survivor Jamie Tatusko, first place female runner Megan Moran and first place male runner Kyle Picht. In taking first place in the dog walk is Tesla, 2-year old chocolate lab, pet of Mike Gimbor.

A window of sun on Saturday assurred for a great turnout at the 5th Annual ZooStock 5K Run/Walk Challenge to benefit the Carbon-Tamaqua unit of the American Cancer Society.

Runners and walkers were also encouraged to walk with their pets. The Panther Valley Running and Fitness Club took part in organizing the event. The 3.1-mile course stretched through the streets and roads of Lansford ending at The Sports Zoo and Halftime Bar Zoo Crew.

The run/walk was followed by award presentations and a food fest inside. Cancer survivors were also honored during the event.

Monday, June 13, 2011
 DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS A utility worker assesses the situation near the Hometown Nursing Center after trees fell onto power lines.

Excessively strong, late springtime storms continue to wreak havoc in our area.

Men and women of Hometown fire police were busy manning a barbecue chicken fundraiser on Saturday at Hometown Fire Company on Route 54 when a storm blew through, toppling trees and bringing down power lines near the Hometown Nursing Center. The volunteers had to relinquish those duties for the day in order to direct traffic at the scene.

Monday, June 13, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/times news Brian Serfass, Tamaqua, jumps over logs during the RORR Dash for Cash Motorcycle Challenge held Saturday night outside Tamaqua.

Tamaqua's coal pockets buzzed with activity Saturday night as The Reading Off-Road Riders (RORR) held their annual night-time Dash for Cash Motorcycle Challenge.

Hundreds of fans watched in Newkirk, just outside Tamaqua on SR-209, as experienced riders mastered the 60-degree slopes, logs, sharp turns and riding at night.

Andrew DeLong of Morgantown was the AA Class winner, while Chris Epting of Hamburg won in Class AA, and Jason Thompson of Tamaqua won in Class B.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Lansford police have arrested three borough residents and have charged them with arson and other criminal counts.

They are:

Jeremy Schmick, 27, West Ridge Street – Arson, criminal conspiracy, two counts of criminal trespass, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal mischief.

Michael Zuber, 25, of East Ridge Street – Two counts of arson, criminal conspiracy, two counts of criminal trespass, and criminal mischief.

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Wherys Family will be at Faith Alive United Methodist Church, 678 Pine St., Palmerton (Bowmanstown area) at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 26.

The Wherys Family is an evangelistic preaching and singing family ministry team from Northumberland. Randy and Wendy have been singing together for more than 30 years and have been blessed with five children who are part of the ministry.

Monday, June 13, 2011
 Larry Neff/special to the times news

West Penn Township police are investigating a crash which occurred late Friday night along SR895, about a half-mile east of SR309. Police found a car which appeared to be traveling east when the driver lost control, entered the right berm mowing down a set of guardrails, then rolled down an embankment. The driver, from Stroudsburg, was not at the scene when police arrived. They later learned he was driven to the St. Luke's Miner's Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, by a friend. West Penn Chief of police Brian Johnson and officer Jason Lorah are investigating.

Monday, June 13, 2011

An appeal was filed in the Schuylkill County court by the Coaldale Community Ambulance Association from the ruling by the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board which removed the ambulance group exemption on its headquarters building at 300 W. Ridge St.

The appeals board also imposed a tax base on the property, ruling the fair market value was $93,680 and assessed it for tax purposes at $46,840.

Monday, June 13, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

A two-car accident shortly before 6 p.m. Friday shut down White Bear Hill (SR902) for more than an hour. No serious injuries were reported but both the car and pick-up truck were disabled and had to be towed. A delay by the tow truck arrival resulted in the delay in reopening the road. The Summit Hill Fire Department responded. Traffic control was handled by Summit Hill fire police. Borough police are investigating.

Monday, June 13, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TN PHOTO ILLUSTRATION  This TIMES NEWS illustration used in the Amber Lantern story, published November 10, 2010, has been awarded a national second place for daily newspaper feature photography. The photo was used to illustrate a full-page story, 'The Amber Lantern Massacre,' which also earned a national second place as determined by the National Federation of Press Women, Arlington, Va.

A feature story that appeared in the TIMES NEWS on November 10, 2010, has won two national awards, one for writing and one for photography, as announced late last week.

'The Amber Lantern Massacre' was a full page story recounting the gang-related, unsolved murders which took place exactly 73 years ago, June 14, 1938, on Lincoln Drive in Rush Township, then called Route 29, the Hometown-Hazleton highway.