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Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Kunkletown man died just inside the front door to his home after allegedly being shot by his neighbor Wednesday evening, and his son died on the operating table of gunshot wounds, said Monroe County coroner Robert Allen.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Schuylkill County woman who tried to hire a hit man for $500 to kill her former landlady and the landlady's boyfriend was sentenced Tuesday to two to 10 years in state prison, followed by another 10 years of probation.

Jamielynn Reilly, 37, of Sheppton, was sentenced by Judge John Domalakes on two counts of solicitation to commit aggravated assault.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Schuylkill Countycommissioners onWednesday approved sales of properties for delinquent taxes.

The properties were sold to the highest bidders at a Feb. 7 public repository sale.

Of the 62 properties, two are in the TIMES NEWS coverage area.

They are 71 Sunny Drive, Schuylkill Township, which was purchased for $1,377 by Jeremy Hunter; and a property on Blue Mountain Drive in West Penn Township, which was purchased for $901 by Snowgreen Acres Ltd.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

St. Luke's University Health Network is sponsoring a Diabetes Support Group. Monthly meetings will be held in the community room at the health network's Miners Hospital Campus in Coaldale.

Each month, a different diabetes relevant topic is explored. Topics are based on ways to improve blood sugar control and quality of life. Meetings are generally 45 minutes long and include a question and answer period.

This month's meeting will be held on March 25. Reservations are not required and there are no fees. For more information, call 570-645-8107.

Thursday, March 20, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Approximately 100 residents and staff of Hometown Nursing Center enjoyed a St. Patrick's Day party on Monday March 17. Entertainment was provided by Al and Deidra, pictured here with the residents. Residents were served a ham dinner prepared by the dietary staff.

Thursday, March 20, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Beth Brong, standing, the mother of 10th-grade student Emily Brong, discusses her daughter's progress at Tuesday's Palmerton Area School Board meeting.

A Palmerton Area High School student who was seriously injured in a car crash in January continues to make strides in her recovery.

Beth Brong, the mother of 10th-grade student Emily Brong, used Tuesday's school board meeting as a platform to thank the school district, and community as a whole, for its support of her daughter.

Emily, a sophomore, has been hospitalized after she was involved in a crash on Jan. 19 in Franklin Township.

"You don't understand how our lives have changed since," Brong said. "The outpouring of support is just phenomenal."

Thursday, March 20, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Penn-Kidder Lions Club President Manuel DaCosta presents the March Student of the Month award to Joshua Jenkins. On hand for the presentation were his parents, Beverly and Gregory.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A spring open house will be held from 4 to 7 o'clock tonight at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, 307 Coal St., Lehighton. Meet the teachers and principal, take a tour, get answers to your questions.

If you can't make this date or time please call the school office at 610-377-4466 and speak to Sherry Sernak, principal or Mrs. Stellar, school secretary and schedule a time convenient for your family.

Thursday, March 20, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Walnutport Canal Association Vice President and historian Marilyn Kaul, left, and President Doug Boehrer look on as Dean Hower, Lehigh Township Rails-to-Trails Conservancy vice president, presents one of two new historical markers, donated by the LTRTC, for placement along the canal.

In addition to officially and unanimously electing the four officers and two board of trustee members it had nominated last month, the Walnutport Canal Association tackled several key issues Wednesday.

First up, recently elected borough council member Patrice Hunsicker said she was there to introduce herself as the council's newly appointed recreation board liaison.

"I'd like to get to know what you guys are doing," Hunsicker said, "and how you would like to have me (assist you) … in presenting ideas to council."

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Eastern Schuylkill Democrats will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 24. The meeting will be held at the Hang Loose, 300 E. Broad St., Tamaqua.

New members are always welcome.