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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Cressona Band will perform two free concerts in the Tamaqua area this month.

The first will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Heisler's Dairy Bar in the Lewistown Valley. A concert will then be held from 7 to 9 p.m. July 23, at the East End Playground.

Both events are free and will include performances by the newly formed Junior Cressona Band.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS A MedEvac helicopter landed in the parking lot at Tamaqua Middle School Tuesday night.

A man who had overdosed on heroin was flown by MedEvac helicopter from the parking lot at Tamaqua Middle School at about 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Tamaqua police, South Ward Fire Company, Tamaqua ambulance and Tamaqua Fire Police assisted at the scene.

According to Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz, people who had been with the man at a location on Railroad Street ran to the Tamaqua ambulance building seeking assistance.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Grace-St. Paul's United Methodist Church will host a free community picnic with hamburgers, cheeseburgers and hot dogs from 4 to 6 p.m. July 19.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information, call the church at 570-325-9151.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

West Nile virus is present in Carbon County.

According to a report by the Pennsylvania West Nile Virus Control Program, released Tuesday, one mosquito sample tested positive for West Nile virus in the county so far this year. The sample was taken from Lehighton.

This sample makes the number of reported positive results in the state 46.

Amanda Witman, press aide of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, said that the number of positives is "lower relative to other years at this point in time."

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Matthew Hunsinger

A Massachusetts resident was arrested earlier this month for his part in an attempted theft incident at the Walmart store in Mahoning Township.

Township police said at 3:08 a.m. July 8, they responded to Walmart for a retail theft. Two people involved fled the scene in a Honda Accord with a Massachusetts registration. As a Mahoning officer arrived, he located a third person involved running down the embankment away from the store.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Bob Ford/Times News Troopers from Pennsylvania State Police Troop N, Lehighton, recite the Call of Honor at the dedication of the new station Tuesday morning.

The Call of Honor, as recited Tuesday during the dedication of the new state Police at Lehighton barracks in Towamensing Township:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

During a meeting Tuesday, the Tamaqua School Board hired two special education teachers. Kate Pluchinsky, Freemansburg, will receive an annual salary of $44,472 and Kristen Tubbs, Palmerton, will be paid $47,381.

In addition, the board hired Marsha Rodgers as elementary band director, middle school band director and assistant band director. Samantha Yachera will be elementary chorus director. John Buglio will be the chorus director for the middle and high schools.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Palmerton Area School District has hired several professionals to fill out its education ranks.

By a unanimous vote, the school board on Tuesday agreed to hire a pair of guidance counselors, a Life Skills instructor and three elementary teachers.

Christine DeLong was hired as the Life Skills teacher for grades 7-10 at the high school, Bachelors Step 1, at the rate of $38,319, effective Aug. 11.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Join Mary Ann Owens at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Locust Lake Amphitheatre, in Barnesville, when she will speak about the ancient art of storytelling and how it was used in the past.

She will also be sharing some Native American stories using puppets and audience participation.

The program will be moved to the program shelter near the camp store in case of inclement weather.

The program is free to the public and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Cody Kale

A Schnecksville man is in jail after leading police on a high-speed chase, weaving in and out of the lane on the Mansion House Hill Saturday night.

The original call began in Summit Hill, shortly before 9 p.m., when police reported a vehicle trespassing on property at East White Bear Drive.

The car, a black sedan with a loud exhaust, fled the area at a high rate of speed.

A short time later a resident reported seeing the car near the old jail on Broadway in Jim Thorpe.