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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A reunion for Korean War veterans from Pennsylvania will be held July 27 in Williamsport to mark the 60th anniversary of the truce signing ending the war on July 27, 1953.

The Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County Inc., will host the three-day gathering, open to Pennsylvania veterans of any branch of service who served during the Korean War ear (June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955) whether in Korea or stationed elsewhere with the U.S. military.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The ink hasn't dried on Tamaqua School District's 2013/2014 budget, and it's already taken a hit. During a meeting Tuesday, when directors passed the budget, Assistant Superintendent Raymond Kinder told directors that the districts' Title One funding has been reduced by 7 percent.

The budget for 2013-14 holds the tax rate at 33.36 mills and absorbs a $1.4 million shortfall by making up the difference from the districts' reserve fund balance. Revenues are projected to be $25.3 million and expenses $26.7 million.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Five area residents were among 12 who were sentenced on criminal charges in Schuylkill County court.

Wayne Faillace, 43, of 325 Schuylkill Ave., Tamaqua, pleaded guilty to theft of personal property from the vehicle of Rodney Button, Tamaqua, and was given credit by Judge James P. Goodman of serving 133 days in the county prison and was released on parole for 12 months. He was ordered to pay $50 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), and make restitution of $62.54 to the victim. Faillace was cited by Tamaqua Chief Richard Weaver.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Flames erupt through the roof of the home of Richard and Connie Kistler in the Mahoning Heights section of Mahoning Township this morning. See additional photos on Page 2.

Eight fire companies rushed to the home of Richard and Connie Kistler, 52 Todd Lane in Mahoning Township around 8:30 a.m. this morning after an oxygen tank reportedly exploded.

The home is located in the Mahoning Heights section of the township.

While Mahoning Valley fire chief Mark Ebbert said the fire is still under investigation, Richard Kistler said the fire was the result of his oxygen tank exploding and cited the power switch on top of the tank as the cause.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The cost to eat breakfast and lunch will increase slightly next year in the Palmerton Area School District.

On a unanimous vote, the school board agreed on Tuesday to approve the breakfast and lunch prices for the 2013-14 school year.

The new costs are as follows: Elementary breakfast, $1.05; elementary lunch, $2; secondary breakfast, $1.15; secondary lunch, $2.10; and adult lunch, $3.30.

The 5 cent increases are a result of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, whereby districts are required to increase lunch prices annually.

In other business, the board:

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Local naturalist Joe Lankalis uses a strong magnet to determine if a mysterious rock located behind the Dutch Hill baseball field in Tamaqua has any magnetic properties. Some area residents were under the impression it was the remains of a meteorite. "This very heavy, dense rock is similar to sudo fossil and possible pyrite concretion commonly located in shale pockets," said Lankalis, who served 32 years as a high school science teacher and nature enthusiast. "This non-magentic rock is about 300 million years old, but definitely not a meteorite."

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Runners take off from the starting line.

Staff members and volunteers with the St. Jerome Regional School in Tamaqua held their annual 5K walk/run on Saturday in Hometown in memory of 2nd grade teacher Debra Earley, who passed away in April of 2011 to cancer.

The walk/run started at the Marian High School and stretched about three miles around the school. Funds collected from all the participants went to the American Cancer Society. Hometown Fire Police directed traffic around the area.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Registration is under way for Kingdom Rocks Vacation Bible School at the Gospel Chapel, 2022 Main St., Northampton, which will take place from July 22-26, from 9 a.m. until noon.

Space is limited so register early.

For more information call the church office at (610) 262-8101 or visit

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Lodge 621 Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania, Lehighton, presented $500 scholarships to two college bound students. From left are, Lauryn Solt, recipient; Keith Billig, scholarship committee; Patrick Totaro, senior warden; and Courtney Getz, recipient.

Lehighton Lodge 621 Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania, Lehighton, have announced the recipients of the 2013 scholarships for higher education.

Courtney Getz and Lauryn Solt, both of Palmerton, each received a $500 scholarship to pursue their educational goals.

Getz, a 2012 graduate of Palmerton High School, is the daughter of Ricky and Yvette Getz. She will be attending West Chester University, pursuing a degree in medical technology.