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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Riders prepare themselves at the starting line.

Riders took to the mountains and hills surrounding Tamaqua as part of the annual Coal Cracker Classic held Saturday. The event, which started at the Tamaqua Bungalow Park, was open to all ages, and involved three classes ranging from a seven-mile beginner race to a 21-mile expert lap course.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tracey Ciesnolevicz, community relations program manager for UGI Utilities Inc. of Reading, right, presents a check in the amount of $30,000 to Jeanne Miller, director of the SHINE Afterschool program in Carbon and Schuylkill counties, during the recent 14th annual National Lights On Celebration, held locally at Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe.

Monday, October 21, 2013

A Slatington man has been charged with homicide by vehicle and other offenses in a Whitehall Township crash that killed his mother, who was a passenger in his car, and a woman and her teen son, who were in another vehicle.

Monday, October 21, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Robert Miller, with his wife, Ferne, serves as the grand marshal of the Lehighton  Halloween Parade on Saturday. The parade paid tribute to Carbon County 4-H Clubs.

Where can you see marching hula girls, real-life Little Red Riding Hoods with a big Big Bad Wolf, and dozens of children doing handsprings and cartwheels as they pass?

That would be at the annual Lehighton Area Halloween Parade.

The 43rd annual parade, consisting of five divisions, was held in Lehighton Saturday.

Despite a drizzle that lasted over half an hour, the parade was well attended by spectators who lined the route at some points several people deep.

Parade officials were pleased with the turnout of participants and spectators.

Monday, October 21, 2013

A proposal to create a database to track who prescribes, dispenses and gets regulated drugs in Pennsylvania is expected to take another step forward this week as the House of representatives takes it to a final vote.

The House last week considered amendments to HB 1694, also known as the Pharmaceutical Accountability Monitoring System, or PAMS, sponsored by state Rep. Matthew E. Baker, R-Tioga County. State Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon, supports the proposal.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Penn State Extension will host the annual Awards Dinner Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association Inc., 902 Mill Road, Lehighton.

The event is sponsored by Carbon County Conservation District, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Penn State Extension, Carbon County; and USDA Farm Service Agency.

Reservations are required by Oct. 24.

Register at or call 570-325-2788.

Monday, October 21, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Geraldine Correll and Pearl Borger were the Grand Marshalls of the Eldred Township Halloween Parade. Melvin Frable drove them in his Karmann Ghia.

The small village of Kunkletown was overrun with clowns, princesses and a few scary looking zombies on Sunday at the Eldred Township Halloween Parade.

But everyone was in safe hands because a representative from the Monroe County Sheriff's Department was there. And thanks to the Celtic United Pipes and Drums, the music helped put everyone in the mood for a parade.

Monday, October 21, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Freddy Krueger stands atop his hurst terrifies spectators prior to the start of the movie premierE.

Actors of the locally filmed "Within the Woods of Undead County" movie exited limousines prior to walking the red carpet as part of the premiere showing of the movie, held Saturday at the Angela Triplex Theatre in Coaldale.

The premiere event, which has a Hollywood feel, included autographs with actors, runway pictures, limousine arrival, VIP preferences and other pre-show activities.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Grace-St. Paul's UMC Harvest Festival will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the church at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

All children and their families are invited to come for candy, games, crafts, food, a movie and bonfire (weather permitting).

For more information call the church at 570-325-9151or go to

Monday, October 21, 2013

Two Barnesville men were among 17 who entered guilty pleas in Schuylkill County court to criminal charges and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin as follows:

Timothy Wayne Collins, 23, Forest Avenue, Barnesville, unlawful contact with minor through computer on Facebook, sentenced to serve six to 23 months in the county prison, pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account, must be evaluated by the state's Sexual Offenders Assessment Board and shall have no contact with the victim. Collins was cited by Trooper Edward Lizewski.