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Wednesday, January 2, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Dollar General store in Tamaqua helped to raise and collect many types of holiday and seasonal donations for the Tamaqua Salvation Army recently. In addition to the holidays, their donations will help families throughout the year. The store is a regular supporter of the Tamaqua Salvation Army. Pictured from left are Dollar General Sales Associate Ramona Russell of Coaldale, Salvation Army volunteers Jesse Durning and Frank Latham of Lansford.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Schyler Cordova, left, a junion at Lehighton Area High School, will be part of the National Honor Choir, a group of high school students selected by the American Choral Directors Association, in Dallas, Texas in March. With Cordova is David Perkins, LAHS choral director.

Schyler Cordova, a junior at Lehighton Area High School, has been selected to perform with a national high school choir in Dallas, Texas.

The selection was announced by David Perkins, music director at LAHS.

Perkins said every other year, the American Choral Directors Association sponsors the National Choirs.

He said Cordova was selected to this year's ensemble.

She was chosen from almost 3,800 students across the country to form one of the National Honor Choirs to perform in Dallas, Texas March 13-16.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Wayne Barry of 2nd Street in Kline Township shovels snow out from his driveway after a couple days of intermittent snowfall.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Palmerton Concourse Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 502 Lafayette Avenue, Palmerton.

The program for the evening is "Christine's Secret Garden", featuring exotic teas, fine china, and accessories.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

13 lighted eagles cascaded up the side of the ABC Hi-Rise during Tamaqua's 14th annual New Year's Eve Eagle Rise.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Operators of a farmers market have filed appeals in Schuylkill County court to reverse the action of the West Penn Township Zoning Hearing Board's findings that they violated the township's zoning ordinance.

The appeals was filed by Steven and Valerie Dunn, of 59 Peach Drive, New Ringgold, who operate a roadside produce stand at the intersection of state routes 309 and 443 in South Tamaqua.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Palmerton Area Democratic Club elected new officers for 2013 at their annual meeting on Dec. 13. From left are: Sarina Berlow, president; Sandi Peters, vice president; Marian Hoffner, retiring secretary; Mari Seib, incoming secretary; Janine Carazo, incoming treasurer; and in the back, Steve Agostinelli, retiring treasurer.

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Fireline Hotel in Bowmanstown. The topic will be "Our New Year Message to Governor Corbett and the Pennsylvania Legislature."

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The combination of freezing rain and wet snow over the past few days has left many holiday yard ornaments bearing the weight, as is pictured here in the front yard of a Coaldale home.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A 10-year-old Schuylkill County youth was struck by a car Monday evening while walking along a county road with his brother and later died from the injuries.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the victim as Chase R. Pahula, of Pine Grove.

According to troopers Pahula was walking westbound along SR443 (Suedberg Road), in Pine Grove Township, about 8:25 p.m. with his 17-year-old brother. Troopers said Donald R. Hunsicker, 52, of Lebanon, was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer westbound and negotiating a right hand curve.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Erick Mack, 31, 334 W. Patterson St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place on Oct. 19-20 at 332 W. Patterson St. Charges were filed by Det./Sgt. Jack Soberick and Officer Joshua Tom. Mack is charged with eight counts of arson, risking a catastrophe, retaliation against a witness or victim, six counts of recklessly endangering another person, unsworn falsification to authorities, and two counts of criminal mischief.

He was arraigned and committed to prison under $100,000 cash bail.