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Thursday, April 3, 2014

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The soldier who killed three people at Fort Hood never saw combat during a deployment to Iraq and had shown no apparent risk of violence before gunning down fellow service members on the same military base that was the scene of an infamous 2009 mass shooting, authorities said Thursday.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Relay for Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the Salvation Army, 105 W. Broad St., Tamaqua.

All committee and team members are encouraged to attend as plans for the annual Relay for Life will be discussed.

The relay will be held June 20 to June 21.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday opened bids for three demolition projects. They will review the bids, and award the work at a later date.

The properties to be demolished at are 911 Brock St., Ashland; 106, 108, 112 and 116 W. Main St., Girardville, and at 0 Cedar Alley in Frailey Township.

Bidders for the Ashland project were: Affordable Construction and Demolition of Coal Township: $12,940; Madonna Enterprises of Port Carbon: $32,000; Patriots Construction Co. of Hazleton: $19,400; and Northeast Industrial Services of Shamokin: $28,890.

Thursday, April 3, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Sophomore members of Marian Catholic High School's English class presented the Living Stations of the Cross last Friday. Taking part in the presentation were, from left, Ryan kelly, Nicole Ambruch, Cooper Moore, Chris Stager, Devon Mrochko, Emily Pulaski, Jack Hurst and Mark Buchinsky.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Art students

Art students of the month for January in the Lehighton Area School District include:

Franklin

Elementary School

Kindergarten, Zachary Schrantz

First grade: Alaina Reinheimer

Second grade: Dawson Keiser

Third grade: Kaylie Gaumer

Fourth grade: Cassidy McGee.

East Penn

Elementary School

Kindergarten: Calli Peiffer

First grade: Anya Fenoff

Second grade: Hailey Hricik-Gabbey

Third grade: Alexis Kester

Fourth grade: Rylie Bryfogle.

Shull-David

Elementary School

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is trying to educate teens, parents and schools on cyber bullying.

To help understand what cyber bullying is and how to stop it from happening, she has released the following tips on ways to protect yourself and others around you.

High School students

Thursday, April 3, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Navy Club of Carbon County, Ship 260 NCUSA held its annual election of officerson March 31. Installed were, seated, Robert Siesputowski, junior executive officer andhistorian; and standing from left, William Flail, three-year trustee; Anthony Onichmowski, chaplain; Richard Tamplin, master at arms; Scott Reinhart, commander; StanleyJaroszewski, senior executive officer; Phillip Parsons, ship's writer; and John J. Mauro,paymaster. The officers are elected for a one-year term. The oath of office was administered by Joseph Toth, past national senior executive officer.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

St. Jerome Regional School in Tamaqua will hold an open house for its Early Childhood Center from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Visitors to the facility, located on West Broad Street, will have the opportunity to meet the teachers of the pre-K, kindergarten and first-grade classes, tour the classrooms and see technology in action by way of smartboards and iPads.

Registration for new students will be accepted and transfer grants are available for students in grades one through eight.

Thursday, April 3, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Special Agent Janene Holter of the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office, addresses the students at Jim Thorpe Area High School on Wednesday. Holter spoke about the harmful effects cyber bullying has on everyone.

"Sticks and stones may break my bones; but words will (always) hurt me."

That was one of the messages Jim Thorpe Area High School students received Wednesday during a presentation on cyber bullying.

The presentation by Special Agent Janene Holter of the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, was the spring kickoff event for the school's Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.

Holter, who has over a decade of experience working with drugs and bullying, spoke about the growing epidemic of cyber bullying, which can happen to anyone using cellphones and social media sites.

Thursday, April 3, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS There is a parking lot issue at Rita's Italian Ice that has patrons walking from the First Northern Bank & Trust parking lot, then along Route 209 to get to Rita's. Chestnuthill Township supervisors see this as a safety issue that needs to be addressed.

Chestnuthill Township supervisors and Three Twins Realty, the owner of Rita's Italian Ice, were unable to come to an agreement on a sidewalk issue.

Its land development plan was tabled until the Tuesday, May 6, meeting.

Chuck Gould, Chestnuthill Township supervisor chairman, said he was not in favor of approving the plan until an issue of a sidewalk is resolved.