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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Tamaqua man falsely accused of entering a Lansford home faces minor drug charges, according to information recently released by borough police.

Jason Wersinger, 34, of 410 Elm St., Tamaqua, faces misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from the incident, which happened on April 26 at 149 W. Ridge St.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by officer Shawn Nunnemacher, here's what happened:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Panther Valley High School distinguished honors and honor roll for the fourth marking period of the 2013-2014 school year has been announced by Principal Joseph A. Gunnels.

Distinguished

honors

Seniors: Jessica Bauder, Madison Blasko, Kylie Catena, Darrian DeMatto, Tyler Devonshire, Nathaniel Hrebik, Katie Kabana, Jacob Ligenza, Desiree McGarrity, Marley Mikovich, Gabriella Mistretta, Shannon Morris, Leonard Ogozalek, Patrick Owens, Samantha Snyder, Austin Stuckley, Jacob Szczecina, Richelle Van Horn.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Frederick J. Jaindl Scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled in agriculture in a two- or four-year institution of higher learning.

This $2,000 scholarship will be given on Aug. 27 at the Ag Awards Program in the Agri-Plex building during the Allentown Fair.

To apply for the scholarship you must have exhibited a competitive entry at the Allentown Fair for at least one year. You must complete a two-section application and send it to the Allentown Fair office before Aug. 12.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Lehighton AMVETS Post 106 will hold its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lehighton VFW on South Street.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Do students enjoy writing?

The answer would have to be yes, according to Patti Jo Boyd, Palmerton Junior High School eighth-grade Language Arts teacher. Every year she evaluates how to make writing fun, interesting, educational and beneficial to all students.

"The key to success includes informative, reflective, rewarding and creative writing opportunities," she says.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Art in the Park, the Lehighton Area Chamber's annual showcase for budding artists, was held in the Lehighton Borough Park.

Shozo Nagano of Jim Thorpe, an internationally recognized artist, judged the competition, which attracted 30 artists and 16 crafters.

About 2,000 people attended the art festival, according to LACC President John Angelo. Darryl Arner, coordinator, said the event was double the size of last year's festival. Besides the arts and crafts, the festival featured food stands, face and mural painting for children, and a clown giving balloons to children.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — Candy maker Hershey Co. says its 2014 profit will be around the low end of its earlier forecast, and it is raising prices as costs rise.

The company said Tuesday that prices for ingredients such as cocoa, dairy and nuts have risen since the beginning of the year, and it expects increases for packaging, fuel and other costs.

It's raising prices for most of its products about 8 percent, on average. The price hike will take time to work into the market, and so the company doesn't expect it will help 2014 results much.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources closed Beltzville State Park in Carbon County to swimming today for the fifth time this summer due to high bacteria levels found in a water sample taken on Monday.

According to Terry Brady, deputy press secretary of the DCNR, water samples are taken daily, and the park's reopening depends on an acceptable result from the samples.

The standard bacteria level is determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Previously, Brady said a number of factors make the lake prone to high bacteria counts.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It's all about the dogs at the Carbon County Animal Shelter.

Tom Connors, director of the shelter, announced that there is a new program available at the facility that aims to help socialize the dogs and make them feel loved.

The program is called in-house fostering, and so far it has been a success.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
SUSAN BRYANT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Volunteer firefighters from 14 fire companies fought a three-alarm fire just after noon Tuesday at 4701 Route 309 in Schnecksville. Six more companies were on standby in the area.

Sixty-one cats and two dogs were killed when a three-alarm fire broke out shortly after noon Tuesday in a 200-year-old North Whitehall Township building.

The structure housed four apartments and two businesses.

Schnecksville Fire Chief Ron Stahley said 60 to 70 firefighters from 14 fire companies fought the blaze at 4701 Route 309 in Schnecksville.

Six more companies were on standby in the area.