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Monday, March 31, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) — An umpire's call was overturned Monday for the first time under Major League Baseball's expanded replay system, with Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun ruled out instead of safe.

Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez challenged the sixth-inning play at Miller Park in the season opener won by Milwaukee, 2-0. Braun was originally called safe at first base by umpire Greg Gibson on a leadoff infield single fielded by third baseman Chris Johnson.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Tamaqua Area School Board last night approved a $450,000 bond issue, authorized $24,500 for asbestos removal from the swimming pool area, and accepted the resignation of board member Andrew Tuzinski.

Board President Harry Everhart also announced plans to seek an early contract with the Tamaqua teachers.

The bond issue will finance a major renovation program mostly at the senior high school.

Monday, March 31, 2014
SS. Peter and Paul's Lithuanian Catholic Church of Tamaqua.

Two Tamaqua houses of worship with a combined total of 284 years of service to the community will merge on July 1 into a new church known as St. John XXIII Parish.

Parishioners learned Saturday that SS. Peter and Paul Church and the Church of St. Jerome will be consolidated under one clergyman.

The Rev. William Linkchorst, pastor of SS. Peter and Paul's, advised parishioners Saturday he will retire. Linkchorst made the announcement during regular service.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Diocese of Allentown said plans for consolidation of two Tamaqua churches have been under discussion for a long time and the time has come, according to a statement issued by spokesman Matt Kerr.

In a letter from Diocese of Allentown Bishop John Barres read at all Masses this weekend in Tamaqua, it was announced that effective July 1, 2014, St. Jerome and SS. Peter and Paul Parishes will merge and become the new St. John XXIII Parish.

Monday, March 31, 2014
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Dan Serfass and his 8-year-old son, Owen, of Lehighton fish the Mahoning Creek Saturday morning. Send us your photos at www.tnonline.com. Click on the "submit a photo" link in our gallery section.

Fishing season opened Saturdayin a limited area, including Schuylkill, Northampton and Lehigh counties and Lizard and Mahoning creeks in Carbon County. Trout fishing will be open statewide on April 12.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The 35th Carbon-Tamaqua Telethon offers a Salute to Survivors at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5.

During this segment, survivors are introduced and encouraged to talk briefly about their battle with cancer.

The telethon airs live from Penn's Peak just outside Jim Thorpe.

Survivors are asked to confirm their appearance at gtay200@verizon.net or by calling 570-668-4451. Callers are asked to provide their names and where they live.

The telethon benefits the American Cancer Society.

Monday, March 31, 2014

HARRISBURG Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today reiterated her support for legislation to help address the state's opioid prescription drug abuse epidemic after agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation along with agents from the Philadelphia DEA Diversion Task Force arrested and charged a Philadelphia woman on 257 counts of fraud, forgery and identity theft for obtaining prescriptions for narcotics.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Palmerton Telephone Company announced that an upgrade in its central office switching equipment will take place overnight Tuesday.

The process is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. on that date and should be completed before 6 a.m. the following morning. If all goes as planned, customers in the Bowmanstown, Kresgeville, Kunkletown and Palmerton exchanges will wake up Wednesday with service provided by a new state-of-the-art telephone switching exchange capable of new advanced services.

Monday, March 31, 2014

A number of theft cases made up the bulk of the docket last Tuesday in the court of District Judge Stephen Bayer of Tamaqua. The hearings included two brothers charged with running a marijuana growing operation in their home.

Monday, March 31, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Many people were surprised this morning when they woke up to find the lawns and roads covered with snow and ice. Amidon Street in Summit Hill has a coating of mostly ice. In Tamaqua, snow covered the streets. Up to 10 inches of snow fell in counties north of us, according to reports. The snow and ice caused schools to have two-hour delays this morning.