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Thursday, March 14, 2013
MIKE HROMYAK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Male students selected for the 2013 Schuylkill County Band Festival include: Douglas Friend, Jared Sharpe, Jonathan Hadesty, Timothy Lehman, Damian Munoz and Joey Franko.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Imagine a plant with an appetite for destruction.

Not just any plant, but a plant that feeds on human flesh and blood.

Spectators can witness the havoc firsthand when the Northern Lehigh High School Little Theater Association presents its spring musical "Little Shop of Horrors".

The musical will be shown Friday through Sunday in the high school auditorium. Show dates are at 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday.

General admission is $10 each, $8 for students and senior citizens.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Rush Township Board of Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. today to consider the adoption of two proposed ordinances. The ordinances would amend the current one governing open burning and the establishment of an escrow account for insurance proceeds from a fire loss to pay delinquent claims and to be held as security for costs of demolition and removal.

This meeting will be held in place of next week's regularly scheduled meeting.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Schuylkill County Employees Retirement Board authorized the termination of one of the 12 financial firms which manage the county employees retirement fund in action taken at its monthly meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Several Coaldale residents spoke on a variety of matters at a contentious public council meeting Tuesday.

Following another heated discussion involving the February 2012 furlough of the town's three full-time police officers to save money, resident Nick Ritzko, verging on tears, pleaded with council to put to public vote the question of whether the borough should increase its property tax levy to raise enough revenue to rehire the officers and the two borough workers who were also furloughed.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A St. Patrick's Friday Bash will be held Friday at the West End Saloon, 1121 Mauch Chunk Road, in Palmerton.

The event, which is also being hosted by the Claddagh Keepers giving circle, will benefit the Carbon County Friends of Animals and the Animal Shelter.

It will include a VIP DJ and Rock & Roll Dance Party starting at 9 p.m.

Thursday, March 14, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Lansford Police Chief John Turcmanovich, left, arrests Carl Stevens Jr. after Stevens smashed out all the windows in the police station and tax collector's office at 1 W. Ridge St.

A Nesquehoning man is behind bars today after taking a tire iron to every window in the Lansford police station Wednesday afternoon, smashing the glass door to the tax collector's office and a large adjacent window, and sitting down for a smoke while he waited to be arrested. He waved at Police Chief John Turcmanovich as he arrived.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

As Catholics around the world celebrate Wednesday's election of Pope Francis I, and are joined by those of other denominations, Allentown Diocese Bishop John Barres has announced plans to formally offer thanks for the new pontiff.

In a statement issued yesterday afternoon, Bishop Barres called upon "every person of good will to pray for Pope Francis that he will be successful in upholding the dignity of all human beings in his service to the world."

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Carbon County Environmental Education Center, located at the west end of Mauch Chunk Lake Park along Lentz Trail, will host "Skins and Skulls for Kids," at noon, on March 16.

During the program, the group will take a close-up look at skins and skulls, teeth and talons during various activities. They will also learn about the differences between herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores.

The program is designed for children between the ages of 6 and 10, but all ages are welcome.

There will be snacks following the event.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Carbon/Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society is in need of volunteer drivers for its "Road to Recovery" program. The program provides volunteer transportation to cancer patients to and from their treatment sessions.