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Saturday, May 30, 2015

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania prosecutor says no charges will be filed in a crash that claimed the life of an 11-year-old girl earlier this month.

The Lehigh County district attorney's office said the 82-year-old driver could not have avoided the May 18 accident that killed Abigail Zukowski of Emmaus.

Authorities said Friday that he was driving at or below the speed limit and had a green light when the girl either walked or ran into his path on a busy Emmaus street.

A 10-year-old girl, also a student at Jefferson Elementary School, was injured.

Saturday, May 30, 2015
Betty Mullen Brey of Weissport competed in the 1955 Olympics.

One of Weissport's brightest lights was dimmed on March 21 when former resident Betty Mullen Brey passed away in Orlando, Florida.

Because of Brey, Weissport has a connection to the Olympics and the University of Notre Dame.

Brey was born in Weissport in 1931, the daughter of Charles and Evadna Mullen. Her four brothers were all heavily involved in stick and ball sports, especially basketball, but those activities weren't deemed suitable for a young girl at the time.

To keep her busy and away from the boys' sports, her father suggested swimming.

Saturday, May 30, 2015
Rockne Newell

STROUDSBURG (AP) A northeastern Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty Friday to homicide for gunning down three people at a 2013 municipal government meeting because he was angry about being forced off his debris-strewn land.

Rockne Newell was sentenced to three consecutive life prison terms, plus 61 to 122 years. Relatives of the victims looked on as he changed his plea three months after a judge ruled that the 61-year-old disabled junk dealer was competent to stand trial.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

By now I am sure you all are aware of my passion for photography.

As much as I love taking baby, family or senior pictures for people, I really just love to stop everything, (including the car), and take pictures of things that stir my heart and make me happy.

If I could I would have a camera strapped to my neck during all of my waking hours so that I would never miss a shot.

Today, I read a most interesting article about an emerging photographer who may very well take the photography world by storm.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Nesquehoning Lions Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Lengyel's in Nesquehoning.

All are welcome.

For more information or membership application, call 570-669-9919.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Carbon County Commissioners voted on a number of personnel items during their weekly meeting on Thursday.

Actions are as follows:

Ÿ Hire Robert Bevich of Summit Hill as a summer supervisor for the Liquid Fuels program, effective June 1.

Ÿ Hire Erin Bucci of Jim Thorpe as a lifeguard at Mauch Chunk Lake Park, effective May 29.

Ÿ Hire Matthew M. Hudicka of Nesquehoning as a summer laborer for the Liquid Fuels program, effective June 15.

Ÿ Hire Hunter R. Simmons of Jim Thorpe as a summer laborer for the Liquid Fuels program, effective June 8.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Marian Catholic chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America was represented at the 2015 Pennsylvania FBLA State Leadership Conference by 11 members and the chapter adviser, Patricia Patton. The conference was held in April at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Schuylkill County's Penn State Master Gardeners will host a composting clinic on Tuesday. The clinic is free and will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Schuylkill Ag Center, 1202 Ag Center Drive, Pottsville.

Registration is required.

The program is made possible through a joint collaboration of the Schuylkill County Conservation District and the Penn State Cooperative Extension.

For more information, or to register, call 570-622-4225, email schuylkillmg@psu.edu or visit the website at http://schuylkill.extension.psu.edu.

Saturday, May 30, 2015
Judy Dolgos-Kramer/Times News Front row, from left: Scout Master Ray Attewell, Matthew Miller, Luke Eggert and Christopher Miller. Back row: Margaret and Clyde Miller, Tarra and Eddie Eggert, and Judy and Dave Miller.

Ray Atwell, Scout Master of Troop 555, often starts his presentations with the same story.

"About 13 years ago, I attended a Christmas party and was introduced to someone as the local Scout master. The man I was introduced to, fairly well-known, with a very athletic son, turns to me and says, 'Scouting, that's where kids go who can't do anything else."

Atwell recounts that he respectfully held his tongue and moved on, but the story stayed with him.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The fifth annual Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Heritage Half Marathon Run/Walk is open for online registration at http://race.delawareandlehigh.org. The event will be held at 8 a.m. Nov. 1.

Responding to input from previous years' participants lamenting headwinds and the course's slight uphill, new race director Ed Eppler worked with local municipalities to reverse the course.

The new course starts at Northern Lehigh High School in Slatington and finishes at Canal Street Park in Northampton.