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Friday, May 2, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Heather Moore, left, and Destinie Moutrie hold up anti-bullying signs during Jim Thorpe Area High School's bully prevention parade Thursday morning. The parade, whichincluded the school's band, snaked through the halls of the school and was heldin conjunction with the Million T-Shirt March against bullying, a worldwide anti-bullying rally held on May 1. Jim Thorpe Area School District has begun an anti-bullying campaign earlier this year.

Friday, May 2, 2014
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Kelsey Van Horn, daughter of Richard and Nancy Van Horn, Nesquehoning, has been selected to represent Panther Valley High School at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership seminar. The seminar allows students to

recognize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective leaders in their home, school, and community. The seminar will be held at Shippensburg University May 15 to May 18. With Kelsey is Joseph Gunnels, high school principal.

Friday, May 2, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Christian Fields, left; cuts apart silk flower stems as Nathan Fields looks on.

The Jim Thorpe High School National Honor Society (NHS) is assisting with floral creations for a special event.

On Thursday morning, members of the group helped St. Luke's Miners Campus Black Diamond Community Chair, Diane Luicana, and the Black Diamond Creative volunteer, David Lautt, to create the upcoming Black Diamond Garden Party floral silk centerpieces and to discuss decorating for the event on May 31.

Friday, May 2, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS James Bynon, a member of the Blue Raider Concert Band, plays the baritone saxophone.

The Tamaqua Area School District hosted its annual Spring Concert on Thursday evening in the school auditorium. The musicians performed under the direction of band Director Mark Beltz.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Students in the Lehighton Area School District can expect to start next school year before the Labor Day holiday.

The school board on Monday unanimously approved the 2014-15 school calendar, which calls for students to start classes on Monday, Aug. 25.

Additionally, Superintendent Jonathan Cleaver noted that five make up days have tentatively been built into next year's school calendar.

Those dates are Jan. 2, Feb. 13, April 1, April 2, and April 7.

The last student day for the 2014-15 school year is scheduled for Thursday, June 4.

Friday, May 2, 2014
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Workers install temporary traffic lights at the  intersection of Bankway and Bridge streets at the Lehighton end of the Weissport/ Lehighton bridge Thursday. The lights will help with the traffic flow for the detour during the rehabilitation of the McCall Bridge.

In anticipation of the detour for the project to rehabilitate the McCall bridge, temporary traffic lights are going up at the intersection of Bankway and Bridge streets at the Lehighton end of the Weissport/Lehighton bridge to help traffic flow.

The work is being done by C.M. High Inc., traffic signal contractor, of Myerstown.

Workers on Thursday set up a traffic "island" in the middle of the intersection with a boom truck to connect the wiring, while a nearby inspector watched as they worked.

Friday, May 2, 2014
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Matthew J. King, vice president, public relations for Americare Home Care Services Inc. of Bloomsburg, right, presents a $775 check to Henry Desrosiers, American Legion Post 304, Jim Thorpe, service officer. Americare is the endorsed home care company for the Pennsylvania American Legion. The money will be used to help cover costs for the upcoming 61st annual fishing derby, hosted by the American Legion and Germantown Grove Association, for Carbon County's special needs students. The event will be held in the Germantown section of Jim Thorpe on May 8 and 9, beginning at 9 a.m.

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is holding a free STD screening from 1 to 4 p.m., May 5, at the Gnaden Huetten Medical Office building, 281 N. 12th St., lower level, suite A, Lehighton.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Department of Health at 570-325-6106.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Weissport Recreation Committee will hold its annual giant yard sale at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 24. The rain date is May 25.

There will be over 100 vendors selling a variety of household items and baby items, toys and furniture.

Anyone who wants to donate baked goods can drop them off that morning or call Tammy Solt at 610-377-4147.

Vendor setup time is 7 a.m. Spaces are available.

Friday, May 2, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Police confiscated 3.5 pounds of marijuana of various grades, in drug raids conducted Thursday evening. Also collected were 8.5 grams of cocaine, an assault rifle and more than $1,000 in cash. See  additional photo on page 2.

Tamaqua Police conducted raids on two locations Thursday evening, initially taking three people into custody.

One of the suspects, Ashley Weirich, 20, of 308 Washington St., Tamaqua, was later lodged in the Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $25,000 straight cash bail.