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Monday, March 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Temperatures in the higher 50's and low 60's brought almost everyone outside over the weekend. In Tamaqua, Saturday's temperatures ranged from a cold 31 to a comfortable 62 degrees. Record high for this day in Tamaqua was 72 degrees set in 1977. Pictured bustling with activity is the North and Middleward Playground in Tamaqua.

Monday, March 11, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The occupants of two vehicles escaped injury Sunday afternoon when involved in a crash in Towamensing Township. The accident occurred just before 5 p.m. at the intersection of Forest Inn and Stage Coach roads. One of the vehicles, a sport utility vehicle. came to rest on an embankment at the north east corner of the intersection while a car entered the east berm of Forest Inn road for a distance then re-entered the roadway crossing both lanes coming to rest along the south berm. State police at Lehighton are investigating the incident.

Monday, March 11, 2013

LEHIGHTON In an effort to raise awareness about the increasing use of drugs and alcohol among the youth across Carbon County and Pennsylvania, Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) will host a free Carbon County Drug and Alcohol Awareness Expo on Thursday, April 18, from 6-8:30 p.m., at the Lehighton Area High School.

Monday, March 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Enjoying themselves on a giant inflateable are Tamaqua students Kayla Wickersham, top, Gabby Freed and Luke Toth, 3.

Over 50 Tamaqua Area High School students donated a good portion of their Saturday to raise awareness and donations for pediatric cancer research during the Tamaqua Area Student Government's (TASGA) 2nd annual Mini-THON. The mini-dancathon, held in the gymnasium, lobby and pool, consisted of dancing, DJ music, bands, co-ed teacher vs. students basketball tournament, large inflateables, moon-bounce, dunk tank, body paint, food and much more.

Monday, March 11, 2013
KELLY BOERNER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Just over 80 walkers, some half-naked or in costume, carry signs make animals noises and dance during the Tamaqua YMCA's first annual Winter Walk For Animals held over the weekend in Tamaqua.

More than 80 walkers, some half-naked or in costume, took to the streets of Tamaqua Saturday morning in protest of weather-related cruelty to animals during the Tamaqua YMCA's first annual Winter Walk For Animals. Gaining high attention, walkers danced, made animal noises and constantly yelled "bring animals inside" to passing motorists and onlookers.

Monday, March 11, 2013

In a 31 page memorandum opinion a Carbon County judge has denied the Panther Valley school board from banning one of its members of attending executive meetings. But the court sided with the board in its request in limiting the same board member from disclosure and dissemination of confidential and privileged information or material.

Judge Joseph J. Matika made the ruling in the case involving R. Mickey Angst and the Panther Valley Board of School Directors.

Monday, March 11, 2013

A Tamaqua man has filed a malpractice suit in the Schuylkill County Court against a Tamaqua physician and against two healthcare providing organizations seeking compensation under the Wrongful Death Act.

The action was started by Vaughn Wunderlich, of 800 Hazle St., individually and as executor of the estate of his deceased spouse, Gayle Wunderlich, against the physician and institutions who provided medical care for his wife. Named as defendants were the following:

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Palmerton Area School District board of directors will be holding a Budget & Finance Committee meeting today at 5:30 p.m. in the high school library, 3525 Fireline Road, Palmerton.

Monday, March 11, 2013
Six-year-old Brooklynne Winger, left, and 7-year-old Fiona Winger, both from Palmerton, were just two of the hundreds of kids anxiously awaiting the start of the 16th Annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade in Jim Thorpe on Sunday.

On Sunday, Jim Thorpe once again bustled with activity and the distinctive sound of bagpipes as thousands of spectators lined the route of the 16th Annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade as it made its way down Broadway.

Celebrating St. Patrick and Irish heritage, the parade was sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Alec Campbell Division 1 of Carbon County and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernian Molly Maguire Division 1 of Carbon County.

Monday, March 11, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Lehighton Fire Department and fire police are on-duty at the corner of Fourth and Mahoning streets in Lehighton when police raided what they said was a confirmed methamphetamine lab on Saturday. Two individuals were arrested and face felony charges as a result of the raid.

A raid at a home in Lehighton on Saturday by police and fire department personnel resulted in the dismantling of a 'confirmed' methamphetamine lab and the arrests of two individuals.

The activity occurred at a residence at 400 Mahoning Sreet, which is at the intersection of Fourth and Mahoning streets.

Arraigned on charges before District Judge Joseph D. Homanko of Weatherly and committed to Carbon County Prison, were:

Ÿ Todd Stephen Greene, 38, of 400 Mahoning Street, Lehighton.