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Thursday, May 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison buys the first Poppy from Tamaqua American Legion Poppy Queens Shelby, 10, and Ariel Frederickson, 10. They are the daughters of Shawn and Kelly Frederickson of Tamaqua.

Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison buys the first Poppy from Tamaqua American Legion Poppy Queens Shelby, 10, and Ariel Frederickson, 10. They are the daughters of Shawn and Kelly Frederickson of Tamaqua.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

One Day. One Night. One Hope.

It is with that conviction that participants will converge at the Lehighton High School football stadium this weekend for the 12th annual Relay For Life of Lower Carbon County and Surrounding Areas.

Free and open to the public, the event kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, and runs for 24 hours until 10 a.m. Sunday. All proceeds benefit the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society.

Cheryl Haas, event chair, said the theme of this year's event is "Carnival for a Cure."

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Nine-year-old Douglas Cook of Tamaqua wrote a letter to Mayor Frank Walton asking that a "duck crossing" sign by placed on the Elm Street bridge. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cook of East Elm Street. His concern for the safety of ducks crossing in the busy area of Elm Street and Schuylkill Avenue began one day recently when his mother was driving down Elm Street toward the Little Schuylkill River and a little duck waddled onto the road. Mrs. Cook braked hard enough to avoid striking the duck.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Churches in the Diocese of Allentown will be taking up a special collection on one of the weekends in June to benefit the victims of the devastating tornado that struck Moore, Okla., and its surrounding area last week.

In his communication to pastors directing that the collection be taken up, Diocese of Allentown Bishop John Barres said, "We cannot help but be moved to reach out in Christian charity to those affected."

Proceeds of the collection will be forwarded to Catholic Charities USA, a conduit for monetary donations in areas of devastation in the U.S.

Thursday, May 30, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Western Pocono Community Library held its first Pet Parade. It had 19 entries and all but one were dogs in various breeds and sizes. Some received prizes.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Effective June 1, PPL Electric Utilities' price to compare will be higher for residential customers and lower for small businesses.

The new price to compare for residential customers will increase to 8.2 cents per kilowatt-hour, up from 7.2 cents per kilowatt-hour currently.

For small business customers, the new price to compare will decrease to 7.7 cents per kilowatt-hour, down from the current 10.8 cents per kilowatt-hour. A full list of PPL Electric Utilities' new rates for all rate classes can be found at www.pplelectric.com/choice

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Detectives from the Schuylkill County District Attorney's Office, along with the county drug task force, sheriff's department, office of the state Attorney General, and several local police departments conducted a drug sweep this week with warrants for 10 individuals.

District Attorney Karen Byrnes-Noon said the felony warrants were for street level dealers and were the result of investigations conducted by the county drug task force.

"We will continue to pursue drug dealers wherever they sell these poisons in our neighborhoods," said Byrnes-Noon.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Tamaqua man lost his appeal from a sentence imposed after a jury convicted him of drug charges when a panel of judges of the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the sentence

George J. Bonetsky, 35, of 214 Brown St., was found guilty by a jury on Sept. 12, 2011, of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin to serve six to 23 months in the county prison plus an additional 12 months on probation.

Thursday, May 30, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Nesquehoning Memorial VFW Post 8008 installed new officers Friday evening. From left are, Lee Thear, senior vice commander; James Mulholland, commander; Ted Dacey, post chaplain; Rick Ellis, junior vice commander; and Don DeMarco, installing officer. Not pictured is Stanley Gieniec, service officer.