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Monday, October 28, 2013

The Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program this week.

The program was resurrected earlier this year as a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community.

For one-week periods, the club will fly the American flag at the Ludlow Park site to remember current and former town residents who gave service to our country.

As the program continues this week, the flag will fly in honor of John "Jackie" O'Gurek.

Monday, October 28, 2013

A Tamaqua girl, 10-year-old Sandra Perla, one of 10 children of Mr. and Mrs. John Perla, 136 Spruce St., Tamaqua, suffered third degree burns over most of her body when fire broke out in the bedroom of her home at 10:45 last night.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Panther Valley School Board appointed a new truant officer last week, but not everyone agreed with the appointment.

Summit Hill resident Roobhenn Smith will be new truant officer, beginning Nov. 25 at a pro-rated salary of $29,141.25.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Investigators are looking into whether mental illness played a role in the death of an off-duty eastern Pennsylvania deputy sheriff after he took another off-duty officer hostage at gunpoint before fatally shooting himself, police said Saturday.

State Police Cpl. Shawn Noonan told the Associated Press that investigators are trying to figure out what motivated Carbon County Deputy Sheriff David Midas and said they were interviewing co-workers and family members to see whether there were signs of mental illness.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Carbon County Veterans Council will be holding a "Show of Patriotism" rally from 1-3 p.m., Nov. 2, at the Palmerton Veterans Memorial, Palmerton Town Green, Delaware Avenue.

All veterans are welcome to attend. Wear your uniform, hat and bring a flag.

Saturday, October 26, 2013
MICHAEL HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pistol League awards were presented Friday evening at a special dinner at Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club in Mahoning Valley. Pictured are Junior League champions Emily Rotherforth who earned second place and Brian Rotherforth, winning first place honors.

Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club in Mahoning Valley was the site of the eighth annual Pistol League Awards Dinner on Friday.

"It was a good year," said Thom Tkach, league president. "I want to thank everyone who participated especially the youth."

Tkach also serves as vice president of Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club.

During the awards ceremony, honorees received trophies.

Junior League champions are Brian Rotherforth, who won first place, and Emily Rotherforth, who earned second-place honors.

Saturday, October 26, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Jamie Andrews, medical aide; Tom O'Donnell, wildland firefighter; Michael Hagg, junior firefighter; Sean Reichart, structural firefighter; George Unangst, fire police; Shane Peters, Hazmat; Andrew Dettmer, fire safety; Rick Hildebrand, chief; Shawn Lubenetski, rope rescue and Greg Petruccelli, water rescue; all participated in the presentation.

In a video shown by Lehigh Township Fire Company on Oct. 13, two cars crash at a busy intersection. Fire Chief Rick Hildebrand said it demonstrates one of the firemen's biggest problems: Vehicles do not slow down when there is an emergency involving traffic.

Hildebrand said the two people controlling traffic at the corner had been pulled back because of the number and speed of cars going through the intersection. Two minutes later the accident happened where they had been standing.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Palmerton residents will have no property tax increase next year.

Borough council unanimously agreed on Thursday to grant tentative adoption to the 2014 budget with no tax increase.

Should council adopt a budget with no tax increase, it would leave the millage rate unchanged at 8.27 mills for a fifth straight year.

That would mean the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000, which would be assessed at $50,000, would again pay $413.50 to the borough next year.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

A "Taste of Chocolate," will celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Jim Thorpe Yoga, 434 Center St., Jim Thorpe.

The event includes speakers Tricia Schaefer, oncologist skin care specialist of Truespa Skin Care Center and Richard Graham, breast cancer survivor; of Jim Thorpe Yoga, mediation and relaxation facilitator. Register at 61-0-377-7070.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Recently, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said you're either "moving forward with courageous reforms" and "piloting new and better assessments" (the graduate school term for "standardized tests"), or you're one of the "arm chair pundits who insist our efforts are doomed to fail." Duncan exposed his own fallacy when he said, "Many people in the real world, outside the beltway and blogosphere, have tuned out this debate." Actually, the opposite is true. In the birthplace of the legislative dumpster fire known as No Child Left Behind, most Texans are lining up against test-driven reforms.