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Friday, August 16, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

About a dozen youth from the 325 Folk Dance Ensemble out of Berwick performed traditional Russian and Eastern European folk dances yesterday evening during St. Mary's Orthodox Church's kid's festival held outside the church in Coaldale. Father Michael Demko said the dances vary from Russian the Eastern European folk styles. Father Demko added that the kids really get into their performance.

Friday, August 16, 2013

If you are still in the market for Panther Valley school clothes, one mother has organized a way to help people obtain uniforms for their Panther Valley students at a low cost either a token donation or by swapping your outgrown clothing.

A Panther Valley School Clothing Swap will be held at the Summit Hill Heritage Center on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until clothing runs out.

Friday, August 16, 2013

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. "Chicago Fire" is holding a nationwide contest in search of the perfect firehouse pooch.

The winner, to be named "'Chicago Fire' Top Dog," will make an appearance on both "Today" and on the popular prime time drama series about the Windy City heroes.

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Lehighton Area Middle School held their academic awards program on June 7.

The American Legion Auxiliary Award was presented to Cera Gaston.

The American Legion Award was presented to Tyler Dietz.

The Senator David G. Argall's Good Citizenship Award was presented to Tia Brownmiller and Kaitlin Higgins.

The Franklin Township Lions Award was presented to Tia Brownmiller and Ty Sharrow.

The Joseph M. Rakos Memorial Award was awarded to Pengcheng Zhang.

Outstanding student and outstanding effort awards were presented by each team.

Friday, August 16, 2013
 Kyanna Dilliard, 11, plays a game of frog splash with friends.

St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Coaldale held their 5th annual kid's festival Thursday evening outside their church. The lively event drew over 200 visitors and included numerous family games, activities, large inflatables and foods. A section of East Phillips Street was closed during the festival for larger rides and games. Father Daniel, who stated his appreciation to all the volunteers, said the festival gets larger every year.

Friday, August 16, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS

Tyler Hager, 8, of Palmerton, proudly holds up this sign in which he thanks patrons who supported his Alex's Lemonade Stand during the borough's 42nd annual Sidewalk Sale held earlier this month. Tyler, whose goal was to raise $200 for pediatric cancer, shattered that mark as he collected just shy of $1,740.

Friday, August 16, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Volunteer firefighter EJ Yescavage works late into the night preparing his fire company's trucks for next week's 59th Annual Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters' Association Convention in Mahanoy City. Yescavage, along with fellow firefighters from Tamaqua's East End Fire Company, have spent many late nights upgrading their truck. Some recent improvements consist of new cabinet LED lights, corner side mirror, labeling, AED, driving camera and cab lights. The convention parade is scheduled for next Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Friday, August 16, 2013

A new psychiatric outpatient clinic in Carbon County is doing well, officials report.

During the Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative Board meeting on Wednesday, Kellie Price, supervisor of Behavioral Health Services at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21, updated the group on the clinic, which "aims to provide support and assistance in the development of adaptive skills in order for the client to function positively in their family, school and community."

Friday, August 16, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Emergency responders were called to the intersection of West Spruce and S. Railroad streets, Tamaqua, just before 7 a.m. today, after a driver crashed into the support of a railroad crossing. Police reported that Mark John Ankner Jr., Wilkes-Barre, the driver of a black Hyundai GLS V6, was traveling east down W. Spruce Street, when he lost control and struck the crossing. Ankner, who initially complained of hand pain, later refused treatment. Police said charges are expected to be filed. Patrolman Thomas Rodgers is the investigating officer.

Friday, August 16, 2013

A Lehigh County man admitted to his part in multiple thefts at the Wal-Mart store in Mahoning Township, while a drug dealer was among a total of 14 defendants in pending cases to enter guilty pleas on Thursday in Carbon County court.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas.

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Trujillo Luis Daniel Gonzalez, 25, of Allentown, and formerly of Tobyhanna, pleaded guilty to his part in multiple thefts incidents at the Wal-Mart store. He also pleaded to drug charges.