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Thursday, June 13, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Bound for Kentucky Headed for Bear Branch, Kentucky with the Tamaqua Youth Ministries are, front l-r, Cheyenne Johnson, Tyler Hollenbach, Rebecca Ansbach, Francesca Gerace, Salena Johnson; back l-r, Miranda Amey, Samantha Wagner, Olivia Stettler, Autumn Harmon and Elizabeth Kelshaw.

Members and advisors with Tamaqua Youth Ministries (TYM) will spend about a week in Bear Branch, Kentucky as part of mission work with Big Creek Missions. Cheryl Nemeth, local mission organizer,stated, "While there, we will be providing assistance to the two poorest counties in the United States." She added they will be working with 6 or 7 church groups from around the nation. She said that each member raised their own funds to go on the trip. A 15 passenger van was also donated by Bob Weaver Chevrolet of Pottsville for the group to use. TYM members will leave around 3 a.m. Sunday.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Grace-St. Paul's UMC will host a free Community Dinner from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Dinner will be spaghetti and meatballs.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903 and next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information call the church at (570) 325-9151.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Go Blue, Go White ... and again, Go Blue, Go White ...

Tamaqua Area School District and Penn State's Hazleton Campus are joining forces to benefit students from the elementary to high school levels, according to ventures discussed by the school board during a meeting Tuesday.

Starting June 17, over two dozen Tamaqua students from second through fifth grades will be attending a weeklong Robotics Camp at the Tamaqua Elementary School.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

A road project will cost Lower Towamensing Township over $150,000 to complete.

On Tuesday, the township's board of supervisors unanimously agreed to award a contract in the amount of $153,943 to Hanson Aggregates, of Stroudsburg, to do base repair and paving on Hemlock Street.

That bid was $44,955 less than the next lowest proposal of $198,898 turned in by Lehigh Asphalt, Tamaqua.

Other companies that bid were Hazleton Site Contractors, Hazleton ($202,203); Bracalante Construction, Inc., Northampton ($227,573); and Eastern Industries, Inc. of Center Valley.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce's summer concert postponed for this evening is postponed again due to weather.

Next Thursday's regularly scheduled performance by the Christopher Dean Band will be held as planned.

Today's postponed performance by Lizard Creek is moved to the Thursday after, June 20. The concerts are the first in a series of free bi-weekly concerts held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. outside the Tamaqua Train Station throughout the summer, courtesy of the chamber and sponsors. Spectators are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or towel.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Long time privy digger and bottle collector Bob Perrin of Coaldale will present a program on digging and collecting antique bottles in our area tonight at the Lansford Historical Society Museum.

Perrin has been locating and digging the sites of old outhouses in backyards of many homes throughout the Panther Valley and beyond for many years.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A New Jersey resident has been charged with criminal homicide for the murder of a friend at a Monroe County home.

Pocono Mountain Regional police arrested Charles Derr, 52, of 18 Maple Ave., East Hanover, on Tuesday and charged him in connection with the death of Matthew Stilwell, 53, of Richboro, Bucks County.

Police said the incident occurred on July 9, 2012, at 5338 Woodland Drive, in Tobyhanna Township.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Christopher Czapla, principal, Tamaqua Area Middle School, has released the names of students attaining honor roll status for the final marking period of the 2012-2013 school year. To be eligible for Highest Honors, students must maintain a cumulative average of 95 or higher, with no grade lower than a 93. For High Honors, students must earn grades of 90 or higher, with no grade lower than 86. An average of 86 or above, with no grade lower than 78 is required for honors status.

Highest honors

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Baer Memorial Swimming Pool in Lehighton will be the venue for the fourth annual Lehighton School and Community Educational/Safety Program on Friday, June 14 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The event was originally planned for Thursday, but was rescheduled due to rain in the forecast.

This free evening of swimming, food and activities is sponsored by Lehighton Area School District Title One Department and Baer Memorial Swimming Pool.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A former Carbon County man pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the county court to a drug possession count. He was one of three to enter a guilty plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Vehicle stop

Enrique Ortiz, 47, formerly of Lansford, and now residing in New York City, N.Y., was arrested on the drug count on Jan. 12, 2012, along SR248 at Bowmanstown after a vehicle stop made by state police at Lehighton. He was initially stopped for a equipment violation.