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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Marie Bonenberger McMullen recently celebrated her 95th birthday. She was born Jan. 4, 1922, in Brockton, where she lived until moving to the Schuylkill Center in Pottsville.

Marie was married to the late Bernard McMullen. They have five children: Marie, wife of Art Tennant of Tamaqua; Bernie of Atlanta, Georgia; Joe of Tempe, Arizona; Pat of San Antonio, Texas; and the late Marian.

She has 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tamaqua Area School District has approved several curriculum changes at its high school.

On a 6-0 vote, with directors Thomas Rottet, Aaron Frantz, and Wanda Zuber absent, the school board on Tuesday agreed to change its high school graduation requirements.

The changes include dropping computer applications from a full-year one-credit course to a semester 0.5-credit course, while adding your employability skills as a half-year 0.5-credit graduation requirement. Previously, students were required to have one credit of computer applications to graduate.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

(AP) Four people are displaced after a fire Wednesday at 113 S. Jackson St., Pottsville. A man who lives there credited his cat with alerting him to the fire. “The cat woke me up,” Jo Bottor, 57, said.

He was sleeping on a couch in the first-floor living room and woke up to the cat pawing him. He noticed a dog bed was on fire near a propane fireplace. He carried the cat to safety.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A total of four defendants entered guilty pleas to driving under the influence and related charges of Monday in Carbon County court.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the pleas from the following:

Bambi Ravanna Kearns, 34, of Newfoundland, Wayne County, was arrested on June 27, 2016, along Wilbur Street by Weatherly police. A test revealed the presence of a controlled substance. She also pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sentencing was deferred so Kearns can obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Trinity happenings

Sunday worship at Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., with Holy Communion begins at 9:30 a.m. Gluten-free communion wafers are available for those with allergy issues. “Jack and Jill Sunday” will be also observed. The preschool children will take part in the service by singing songs and reciting rhymes. The Rev. Nancy Moore presides. Vicar Lauren Heywood assists. Coffeehouse fellowship is at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday church school classes for students age 3 through sixth grade begin at 10:45 a.m.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Schuylkill County man pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Monday to theft incidents.

He was one of three defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Two thefts

William Joseph Wassel, 42, of Port Carbon, pleaded to one count each of theft and retail theft in separate incidents.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Ed Harry, a retired union leader and lifelong Democrat who switched to the GOP to vote for Donald Trump, eats breakfast in Plymouth on Jan. 5. AP PHOTO/MATT ROURKE Copyright - Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

PLYMOUTH — Towns along the Susquehanna River are filled with people whose grandparents worked in coal mines, garment factories and small manufacturing companies. But those jobs are long gone in Luzerne County, and Wilkes-Barre, the county seat, has seen its population drop by more than half. Dozens of public officials have fallen to scandal.