Thursday, May 25, 2017

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Pennsylvania lottery has drawn the second $100,000 Early Bird Bonus Drawing prize as part of the 4th of July Millionaire Raffle, and the ticket was sold in Schuylkill County.

The winning ticket number, 00065910, was randomly drawn from among 33,179 Millionaire raffle ticket numbers sold from May 9 to May 15.

The ticket was sold at Puff Discount Cigarettes, 12 N. Main St., Shenandoah, Schuylkill County.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Trinity United Church of Christ, 22 Lafayette St., Tamaqua, will hold a buffet-style chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Takeouts will be available. Call 570-668-4630 to order or for more information.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A chicken or beef dinner will be held June 8 to benefit the American Hose Company of Tamaqua. Sales will be by advance tickets only and all meals will be takeout. Pickup will be between 4 and 6 p.m. at 39 Mauch Chunk St., Tamaqua.

To order, call 570-668-2101. Free delivery to the Majestic House and Tamaqua ABC Hi-Rise.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A bear trying to get doughnuts has ripped off the bumper of a car used to deliver doughnuts in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports ( ) Todd and Kim Robertson awoke early Monday to a black bear trying to break into their delivery vehicle.

There were no doughnuts inside it at the time but Kim Robertson says the smell that had lingered in the car appeared to have attracted the bear.

The bear made its attempt on Monday as the car sat parked in the couple’s driveway.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tamaqua Area School Board recently approved the following:


• Patti Sue Coleman, full-time custodian, $7.25 an hour for 90-day probationary period, $8 an hour after; Richard Evans, Logan Miller, Hannah Stott and Tyler Marian, summer custodians, $7.25 an hour.

Music department

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Packer Commandery No. 23 of the Knights Templar of Pennsylvania Eric Johnson, eminent commander, speaks about the life and accomplishments of Asa Packer in front of the Packer family monument at his grave site in the Mauch Chunk Cemetery in Jim Thorpe as fellow Knights watch. From left, Allen S. Heydt, past commander; Vernon L. Fritz, junior warden; Ralph W. Clay II, captain general; James Roan, generalissimo; and Edward Hawk, past commander, recorder. VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Packer Commandery No. 23 of the Knights Templar of Pennsylvania conducted a wreath-laying ceremony at Asa Packer’s grave site in the Mauch Chunk Cemetery in Jim Thorpe.

They then visited the Asa Packer Mansion nearby, where another ceremony was held, followed by a tour of the mansion. They hoped to shed light on some of the things that Asa Packer was involved in as a Mason.

Asa Packer was born in Mystic, Connecticut, on Dec. 29, 1805. He became a carpenter’s apprentice to his cousin Edward Packer in Susquehanna County, where he learned to build and repair canal boats.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A golf tournament at Mahoning Valley Country Club will benefit the Friends of the Lansford Pool.

The first “Friends of Lansford Recreation” tournament will be held at 11 a.m.June 11.

The tournament is a four-person scramble.

The cost includes golf, snacks and a barbecue lunch.

Drinks will be available for purchase. Club policy prohibits outside alcohol.

To sign up, call Nathan Halenar of the Friends at 484-629-5833.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pleasant Valley School District will vote on a measure to lay off teachers Thursday night.

The enrollment in the district has continued to decline over the last few years.

The agenda for Thursday evening’s board of education meeting lists four middle school teachers being considered for furlough. One of these teachers, a science teacher is also listed for retirement.

In addition to the four teachers listed, six teachers are being considered for transfer.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania is closer to complying with a federal law that requires people to prove they are legal U.S. residents in order for their driver's licenses to be valid for federal purposes.

The state Senate voted Tuesday 49-1 to approve a bill directing state government to comply with the 2005 Real ID law. The bill still requires House approval.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania prosecutor is opening an independent probe into a fatal shooting by state police troopers.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli announced Tuesday that a detective will begin gathering evidence on Saturday's shooting death of 47-year-old Anthony Ardo of Lower Mount Bethel Township.