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Thursday, February 2, 2012

The honor roll and principal's list for students attending the Penn Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area Elementary School for the second quarter of the 2011-2012 school year is as follows.

Honor roll

Grade 3: Rebecca Benincasa, Sharon Buell, Kieran Conway, Mia Dailey, Brielle DeCarolis, Anabel Dent, Max Flannick, Aidan Frank, Luca Gajovich-Protich, Raisa Hoehn, Rachel Kempton, Jordyn Person, Rylee Rockwell, Rachel Roman, Chelsea Shepherdson, Heather Sherrill, Nadya Soliman, Angelina Zangara

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The United States Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency will hold a public meeting in Carbon County on Monday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m., at the Big Creek Grange Hall 1559, located at 275 Grange Road, Lehighton. The purpose of the meeting is about the possible consolidation of the Carbon and Monroe FSA county office.

Bill Wehry, state executive director for the Pennsylvania FSA, and members of his management team will be present at the meeting.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Navy Rear Adm. David P. Keller, originally from New Tripoli, returned home to meet with family and friends after recently being named comptroller of the Defense Logistics Agency, responsible for budgeting and administering $15 billion for maintenance and repair supplies for all the nation's armed services. He's the son of John and Virginia Keller. He is a graduate of Northwestern High School, and a 1970 graduae of Muhlenberg College, after which he enlisted in the military and was sent to Officers Candidate School.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, has an array of tax forms, including the PA-40 forms and booklet; U.S. Individual Income Tax Return 1040 and 1040 instruction booklet; 1040EZ Income Tax Return for Single and Joint Filers with No Dependents and 1040EZ instruction booklet and the 040A U.S. Individual Income Tax Return and 1040A instruction booklet.

For more information, please call (570) 645-3780.

Thursday, February 2, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Donna Marie Randall leaves the office of District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe.

A hired caretaker for a patient with Down syndrome, who allegedly struck the woman she was caring for, yesterday waived a hearing that was scheduled on the charges.

Donna Marie Randall, 47, of West Abbott Street, Lansford, was scheduled to have the charges heard before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe. Those charges are neglect of a care-dependent person, simple assault and harassment.

Randall was an overnight caretaker for Caroline Herman of Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

AARP will be at the Lehighton Recreation Center every Tuesday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. doing taxes for people with low to moderate income staring today until April 15.

Thursday, February 2, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Luckily, no major injuries were reported in a four vehicle accident that occurred Wednesday around 3:30 p.m. on the top of the Hometown Hill, SR309, in Hometown. Traffic in both directions moved slowly as emergency responders were called and all the vehicles were towed away. Reportedly, while driving north Kim Sponseller, of Barnesville, driving a white Ford E-150 Mahanoy City school van, stopped in the passing northbound lane after a vehicle in front of her stopped to wait for an opening in southbound traffic to turn left onto Wayne Avenue.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Four defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the pleas from the following:

Pamela L. Bowman, 35, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded guilty to one count of receiving stolen property, as a misdemeanor two. She was arrested by Jim Thorpe police for an incident at the Jim Thorpe Market that occurred on Aug. 18, 2011, in which she took $12.98 worth of merchandise.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Charles X. Block, 251 W. Broad St., in Tamaqua will be holding the first of two customer and community appreciation days tomorrow at their business in celebration of Tamaqua's economic growth. Free refreshments and other items will be offered.

The event is also held as part of their celebration of new ownership of the business, which is keeping the same name. The two day event will be held tomorrow and next Thursday, Feb. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday, February 2, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Rev. Suzanne Brooks-Cope is the new Stated Supply pastor at St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown.

St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown, welcomed the Rev. Suzanne Brooks-Cope to the pulpit, Sunday, Jan. 22 as it's new Stated Supply pastor.

She introduced herself and offered a brief biography during the morning's worship service.

She was born in Baltimore, Maryland, one of five children. She graduated from Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia.

A biology major studying pre-med, she was very active in chapel and religious activities on campus.

It was during her senior year she began struggling with her "sense of call to the ministry."