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Friday, September 26, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Family Promise of Carbon County is raising money to help homeless families.

When you are homeless, you feel there is no hope for a better life.

You worry about your bills, your family, your children and your future.

You may work minimum wage jobs, trying to scrape together enough to feed your family for the next week and hopefully find shelter.

In Carbon County, there is a light in the darkness that can help families in need.

Family Promise of Carbon County provides hope for people who have no place to call their own.

Friday, September 26, 2014

An evening of Barbershop Chorus music will be held Sunday at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, featuring three distinct groups the Coal Cracker Chorus, the Ring Leaders and the Ches-Mont Jubilaires Barbershop Chorus.

The local Coal Cracker Chorus is now making its home at the art center.

Composed of 12 members, ranging in age from 16-85, the chorus has been delighting local fans for more than 60 years.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Schuylkill Countycommissioners on Wednesday hired Jordan Hoffman, New Ringgold, as project coordinator for the county prison.

Hoffman's duties include updating policies and procedures and coordinating training. She'll work on a per diem basis and earn $11 an hour at the newly created job.

Other personnel moves were:

Friday, September 26, 2014

Palmerton plans to stay the course in an attempt to find relief for a group of residents who pay substantially higher flood insurance rates.

Several residents affected by hefty flood insurance premiums again voiced their displeasure with their current set of circumstances to borough council on Thursday.

Raberta Hans, of 435 Franklin Ave, who resides in the primary area where residents have been affected, asked council for an update on the situation.

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Schuylkill County judge has reduced the bail of a Coaldale man charged with aggravated assault and attempting to flee a police officer.

Judge James Goodman agreed to reduce Brian Danchak's bail from $25,000 cash to $25,000 percentage bail, which means he was able to gain his freedom by posting $2,500.

Goodman ordered Danchak, 42, to stay at 272 E. High St. in Coaldale and not have or consume drugs or alcohol unless prescribed by a medical professional.

Danchak was charged on Sept. 4 by officer Joseph Krebs.

Friday, September 26, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The new officers for the White Birch Ladies Golf League in Barnesville have been installed. They are, seated from left, Jean Balas, secretary/treasurer; Joan Demko, president; and Helen Lauricilla, scorekeeper. Back row, Anne Marie Hoppy, publicity; Pat Papinchak,handicapper; and Shirley O'Brien, Sunshine Fund. Missing from the photo is Missy Carrigan.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Charity Challenge 5K "Run for the Ice Cream" held recently at Heisler's Dairy Bar in the Lewistown Valley, just outside of Tamaqua, raised over $1,700 for various charities, nonprofit organizations, community causes and emergencies through the efforts of 207 runners, walkers and sponsors.

Every participant also received a free ice cream sundae.

Friday, September 26, 2014

There will be a hike starting at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 1, exploring the mountain behind Locust Lake State Park and visiting the Silver Creek fire tower.

This hike is 8 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The pine stands and brush are perfect habitat for birds and other wildlife.

Participants will meet at the visitor parking lot at Locust Lake park located before the contact station.

Bring a lunch and your dog for a nice relaxing hike in the woods. All pets must be leashed and get along with people and other pets.

Friday, September 26, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area Education Association chief negotiator Kathy Mansell shakes hands with School Board President Larry Wittig. The teachers and the school board have reached an agreement on a three-year pact.

Tamaqua Area School District teachers have a new three-year contract.

The district's school board held a special meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, and the teachers met in a separate area at the same time.

The school board convened only long enough to go into executive session, which lasted about 45 minutes.

There are 150 teachers in the district, and 130 showed up for the vote, which was 111-19.

According to the terms of the contract, the teachers on average will get a raise of about $1,500 per year for each of the three years.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Knights of Columbus will participate in the Shower of Roses celebration in Nesquehoning on Oct. 5 in full regalia or tuxedo.

Mass is at 1 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend.

Grand Knight Francis O'Donnell needs to know who will participate. Contact him at 570-325-2485.