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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A proposed skateboard/bike park may someday be located at the borough-owned vacant lot seen here at the southwest corner of Diamond and Chestnut streets in Slatington.

Ideas abounded at a recent Slatington Parks and Recreation Commission meeting.

Most vocal was member Jon Rinker, who said he would like to see the borough-owned vacant lot at Diamond and Chestnut streets, which the commission has discussed making into a park, become the new skateboard/bike park that teens and other young adults in the area have been trying to make come to fruition.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Seniors at Pleasant Valley High School received awards and scholarships for their scholastic achievements. Monetary awards to the students aided their expenses for their future education.

Awards were given to students ranging from $250 to $46,000, and over 40 students were recipients.

Some students received scholarships from their future colleges, while others took home memorial or athletic scholarships, among others.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

On Monday evening, fire crews from Nesquehoning, New Columbus and Hauto, as well as Nesquehoning Ambulance and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources were dispatched to the area of Route 54 near the breast of the Hauto dam and the high tension lines for a reported brush fire.

Hauto Fire Chief David Walls confirmed the fire and discovered the inside of an abandoned building that once served as a switching station for PPL was on fire.

The building is located on Lehigh Coal & Navigation property.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court told a lawyer to respond to an accusation that he acted without the permission of a death row inmate who wants to waive his appeals and be executed.

The nation's highest court on Monday declined to review the sentence of Michael Ballard, 40, who pleaded guilty to killing his ex-girlfriend and three others in Northampton in June 2010.

Attorney Marc Bookman had asked the court to review a state Supreme Court decision upholding the death sentence.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) — A United Methodist Church appeals panel has overturned the church's decision to defrock a pastor who presided over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony and said he would perform other gay marriages if asked.

A nine-person church appeals panel issued an opinion Tuesday reversing a lower church court decision.

The church suspended Frank Schaefer, of Lebanon last year for officiating his son's 2007 wedding. The church then defrocked Schaefer because he wouldn't promise never to preside over another gay ceremony.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Services have been announced for Jason "Jay" Hahn of Andreas, whose body was found Saturday in Blythe Township.

Jay was a kind and loving man, he loved pets and was a true “hippie’ at heart, he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

The funeral will be Friday at 3 p.m. at Lamar Christ Funeral Home, Hometown. Interment will follow in Zion Cemetery, Tamaqua.

A memorial fund has been set up at a local bank to provide assistance with funeral expenses for the family of Tamaqua murder victim Jason J. Hahn.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Weatherly Area High School Principal Stuart Tripler has released the Honor Roll for the fourth marking period.

Principal's Honor Roll: Students must achieve a 95 average or better with no grade below 90.

Freshmen: Samantha DeSpirito, Morgan Gower, Jacqueline Henry, John Hinkle III, Evan Kunkle, Christopher MacNeal, Gabrielle Obert, Zachary Peiser, Kimberly Ray, Lynea Reiner, Autmn Shoener, Dana Weiss.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Plains, Luzerne County, woman apparently has a real affection for the Hometown Commons Walmart, as evidenced by the five preliminary hearings she recently had scheduled before District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua.

Barbara Lynn Figueiredo, 34, of 236 Maffett St., waived her right to those hearings, electing to have her cases heard in Schuylkill County Court. In each case, she was charged by Rush Township police, either Sgt. Duane Frederick or Patrolman Adam Sinton.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWSA Lansford-based team was called Too Inspired to be Tired. From left, all from Lansford, are Zack Swolensky, Nicole Schminkey, Georgiana Butler, June Butler, Austin Stuckley and Savanna Stuckley.

Music brought them together as acquaintances, parents who met because their children were in the Panther Valley school band.

Sharing the fight against cancer, which touched both their families, brought them closer.

Friday night, their families combined to form team Too Inspired to be Tired, and they led the parade that kicked off the Relay for Life of Tamaqua and surrounding communities.

The event began at 2 p.m. Friday and continued until 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tamaqua Area High School stadium.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Troxell Road will be closed for resurfacing this week, weather permitting.

The road will be closed daily from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Thursday.

Drivers may bypass the closure by using Mahoning Mountain Road from Route 443, or Gilberts Hill Road from Route 443 to Christman Road to Mahoning Mountain Road.