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Friday, February 10, 2012

Grace-St. Paul's United Methodist Church is having its February Free Community Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 4-6 p.m.

The church is located on 40 Church Road, just off Route 903 in Penn Forest Township, next to the butterfly sanctuary.

For more information call the church at (570) 325-9151.

Friday, February 10, 2012
LIZ PINKEY/Special to the TIMES NEWS Two Warriors for Faith teams come together before playing a fun game of baseball. Warriors of Faith is a new organization that is promoting fun and family values in a competitive environment. The organization is currently taking registrations for the spring season of co-ed baseball for children ages 3-12.

In today's busy world, families often have to juggle commitments to school, afterschool activities, sports, and church. One organization is hoping that their unique approach to organized activities will help lessen that burden on families and help them share and enjoy nurturing both their physical and spiritual needs.

Friday, February 10, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley School director R. "Mickey" Angst, right, is escorted from Thursday's public school board meeting by Lansford Police Officer Joshua Tom.

Panther Valley school board's vote on whom to hire as an elementary school secretary on Thursday ended with school director R. "Mickey" Angst being escorted from the meeting by police.

The trouble unfolded after a motion to hire Mary Ann Krajnak, wife of school district maintenance supervisor George Krajnak, failed by a 4-5 vote. Angst, along with Irene Genther, Bill Hunsicker, Koreen Nalesnik and Anthony DeMarco, had opposed the hire. David Hiles, Jeff Markovich, Michelle Markovich and Richard Zabroski were in favor.

Thursday, February 9, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from Delano, Ryan Township and Mahanoy City responded to an overturned Chevrolet Uplander that occurred around 10 p.m. yesterday on the Burma Road near the top of Brockton Mountain Road at the borders of Ryan Township and Mahanoy Township. The driver was Derrick Dennis of Mahanoy City. No serious injuries were reported. State police also responded.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Carbon County is making sure they have more nurses available at the prison.

During special county salary board and prison board meetings on Wednesday, the boards established a temporary full-time LPN position at the prison and then hired a nurse to fill the position.

The salary board voted unanimously on establishing the position at the AFSCME Union prevailing rate, effective Feb. 8. The prison board, then voted in favor of changing the status of Judith A. Veron, who recently graduated from nursing school, to temporary full-time LPN, effective Feb. 14.

Thursday, February 9, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS In the Winner's Circle for the Cub Scout Pack 98 Pinewood Derby are: Front, left to right, Ryan Bonser, Wolf, 1st; Christopher Staunton, Wolf, 2nd; Elijah Heckman, Wolf, 3rd; Mitchell Bordne, Tiger, 1st; Nathan Calhoun, Tiger, 2nd; Mario Mondillo, Tiger, 3rd. Back row, left to right: Kane Morrison, Webelos I, 2nd; Raymond Pasqua, Webelos II, 3rd; William Pecorale, Webelos II, 2nd; Patrick Miller, Webelos II, 1st; Tyler Ewing, Bear, 3rd; Christopher Lopez, Bear, 1st; Ryan Kajetzke, Bear, 2nd; Austin Ciuppa, Webelos I, 3rd; Billy Chechel, Webelos I, 1st.

Cars were lined up. The release was given and handmade cars made out of pine raced toward the finish line.

And another Pinewood Derby began in the Pleasant Valley Elementary School cafeteria for members of Cub Scout Pack 98.

Each Scout that participates started with a block of pine wood, four plastic wheels and four nails. The finished car must use all nine pieces, must not exceed a certain weight (usually five ounces), must not exceed a certain length and must fit on the track.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Palmerton woman was hospitalized as the result of a two-car crash that occurred late Tuesday evening in Walnutport.

According to the Walnutport Police Department, LoriAnne Carden, 23, of Palmerton, was driving her 2006 Ford east on Main Street at the intersection of Main Street and Route 145 at around 10 p.m. when she failed to stop at the red light, causing her to strike Robert Reinhart, 45, of Palmerton, who was driving his 2010 Dodge Charger northbound on 145.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Contracts on behalf of juveniles and seniors were approved by the Schuylkill County commissioners at a brief public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

On behalf of the Children and Youth Services purchase of services were made with The Summit Academy, Pittsburgh, for summit residential at $99.20 per day; sanction and diagnostic unit at $150.85 per day; and sleepy hollow female residential at $190.35 per days.

Thursday, February 9, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Motorists traveling SR443 in West Penn Township Wednesday morning paused to enjoy watching this large flock of turkeys feeding in a corn field at the intersection with Mantzville Road. Many of the fowl were young while several adult males were seen strutting with their tails fanned in a symbolic act of mating. Large flocks of turkeys such as this are becoming more prevalent with the reintroduction of the bird, which in many places was almost extinct.

Thursday, February 9, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The driver of a 1995 Chevy Blazer lost control on the slick roads and crashed into a pole yesterday around 6 p.m. while traveling on Owl Creek Road in Tamaqua. The driver, Marco Baker, Summit Hill, stated that he just purchased the SUV a few hours prior. A female and a small child were also in the SUV during the accident. The only injuries noted was a small scratch on the child from the seat belt. Tamaqua police officer Peter Wysochansky. Tamaqua borough trucks were out last night spread salt on borough roads.