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Thursday, June 26, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Brooke Smith paints her papier-mâché brain during the annual science camp, held at Panther Valley Elementary School in Nesquehoning, on Wednesday. She and over 30 Panther Valley students are learning about the body and how to be healthy. For more photos, see our photo gallery at www.tnonline.com.

Science can be fun, especially when it's hands on.

This week, over 30 soon-to-be fourth-grade students in the Panther Valley School District are learning all about the body, how each system works together and getting healthy through an annual science camp, held at Panther Valley Elementary in Nesquehoning. This year's theme is "Got health?"

During the weeklong camp, the students received the opportunity to learn about the heart, brain, skeletal system, nervous system, circulatory system and eating healthy.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

No services

There will be no Saturday evening worship services, this week, at St. John's Lutheran Church on South Avenue. On Sunday, following the morning worship, there will be a spaghetti dinner. The dedication of the memorial garden will take place following the meal at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Water reports

The annual JimThorpe water reports have been mailed to the residents of Jim Thorpe. If you have not received one, and would like to receive one, please contact the borough office at 570-325-3025.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Children living in Carbon and Lehigh counties, going into first through sixth grades, are invited to attend Good News Club Day Camp at Mauch Chunk Lake Park in JimThorpe.

Camp activities include crafts, games, singing, swimming, Bible verses and lesson time, as well as a missionary story time.

There are three sessions to choose from: July 7-11, July 21-25 and Aug. 4-8. Each session runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The cost for campers is $26.

Thursday, June 26, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from across Northampton and Lehigh counties responded to a church fire early Thursday morning in Lehigh Township.

The fire was first reported just before 2 a.m. in the roof of the gymnasium of the Bethany Wesleyan Church along Blue Mountain Drive.

Ladder trucks placed firefighters on the roof of the structure to battle the flames.

Several holes were opened in the roof to reach those flames.

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Christine Mertz

A Mahoning Township woman, who is accused of striking her daughter with a wooden baseball bat because of a clogged toilet, waived her preliminary hearing Wednesday and will likely enter a plea agreement.

Christine Mertz, 40, of 111C Jamestown St., Lehighton, attended the hearing without a lawyer.

After being arraigned on the charges by District Judge Edward Lewis in Jim Thorpe, Mertz said, "I just want to get this over with."

Thursday, June 26, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Ominous clouds form over West Penn township as a large storm front covers the area bringing heavy rains and damaging winds.

There is still a chance of showers tonight, mainly before 9 p.m. Friday will be partly sunny with a high of 82 and a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Lehighton borough zoning board gave the green light tonight for the school district to move ahead with its $5 million stadium project.

The stadium will have a turf field, a field house and stadium-style bleachers.

Read the complete story in Thursday's Times News.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A 61-year-old Schuylkill County woman is dead as the result of a violent head-on crash along Route 54 in Butler township Wednesday afternoon.

The crash occurred at 12:45 p.m. just east of the village of Gilberton in Butler township. The Schuylkill County coroner’s office identified the victim of the crash as Mary Lou Leiby of Ringtown.

Butler township police were assisted at the scene by an accident reconstruction team of state troopers from the Frackville

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Barnes

A Lansford man was jailed Tuesday after he appeared in Carbon County court at a guilty plea proceeding under the influence of controlled substances.

William D. Barnes, 36, was scheduled to plea in before Judge Joseph J. Matika to one count each of criminal mischief and simple trespass.

He was charged by Lansford police with an incident on Jan. 28 at 10 W. Ridge St. A more serious charge of burglary was to be dropped in a plea bargain.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) — A suburban Philadelphia school board will consider a revised policy on a school newspaper's refusal to print the word "Redskins" when referring to its sports teams or mascot.

A Neshaminy school board committee recommended Tuesday that the full board on Thursday take up the policy that would bar the Bucks County high school newspaper from banning the name of the mascot from its editorials or its letters to the editor, The Bucks County Courier Times (http://bit.ly/1o31BAM) reported.