Local delegates who are attending Keystone Girls State at Shippensburg University from June 24-30 were recognized at the "Girls State Tea," held Saturday, June 16 at the American Legion, Post 899 in Walnutport.
A Tamaqua man wanted on a felony burglary warrant was apprehended early Thursday morning after officers learned where he was hiding.
Keith D. Neff, 29, was taken into custody after he was discovered hiding in the attic of his mother's home. Police also charged his mother, Gladys B. Neff, 56, of 119 Pine St., in connection with the incident.
The incident began Wednesday night when officers were asked to check on a property at 307 Arlington St. The owners had received information that someone was in the home when it should have been empty.
Barnesville heritage artist salutes coal mining culture
Joe Evanousky is telling the rich story of anthracite coal and the people who mined it. But he's not using a single sentence.
Instead, the Barnesville man speaks through his hands, relaying every intricate detail through the eloquence of a charcoal pencil.
At age 58, it's a passion he's had all of his life, even though his earliest artwork focused on other subject matter.
Truth be told, the former football coach and art instructor at North Schuylkill School District began doodling as a child while spending time one-on-one with his father.
Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, center, was sworn in as a member of the state Deputy Sheriffs' Education and Training Board Thursday morning by Judge Steven Serfass, left. Nothstein received word from Gov. Tom Corbett's office appointing him to the board as of June 20.
Rosemary Brown, daughter of Gene and Linda Brown of Jim Thorpe, and Mark Goff, son of Kathy and the late Arthur Highland of Lehighton and Chuck and Janet Goff of Amarillo, Texas, were united in marriage on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Flagstaff Resort in Jim Thorpe.
Mayor Michael Sofranko officiated the ceremony.
The bride was given in marriage by her father. The bride's sister, Brandi Brown of Summit Hill, was chosen as maid of honor.
Bridesmaids included Katie Mertz of Jim Thorpe, Daphne Gasker, also of Jim Thorpe and Mary Casnocha of Kunkletown.
There are concerts scheduled tonight and tomorrow night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.
Tonight, US Rails with the Sterling Koch Band perform at 8:30.
The Cast of Beatlemania will perform at the Opera House on Saturday, June 30th, at 8 p.m.
The latest album of U.S. Rails, Southern Canon, is a formidable testament to how tightly knit Ben Arnold, Tom Gillam, Joseph Parsons, Scott Bricklin and Matt Muir have become as a band. They produce some of the finest driving rock 'n' roll and folk rock and around.
Leann Bunch, daughter of Clyde and Debra Snyder of Jim Thorpe was united in marriage to Mark Rawlins Jr., son of Mark and Christine Rawlins of Jim Thorpe on June 16, 2012 at Stonehedge Gardens in Tamaqua.
Michael Cooper of Deer Lake officiated the double ring ceremony.
The bride chose Jessica Kappler to be her maid of honor, while the bridegroom chose Jake Ostrander to perform the duties of the best man.
Others attending the couple included Alainna Bunch, Amy Rawlins, John Grady, Mike Lanoue and Kevin Snyder.
Lehighton police reported on two driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made recently.
Police said Christopher Malick, 41, of 217 Honeysuckle Lane, Lehighton, has been charged with DUI, driving a vehicle at an (un) safe speed, and failing to yield to right-of-way when making a left turn.
The incident occurred about 1:20 a.m. on March 28 at the intersection of Bridge and E. Bridge sts. Given a test, the result was .14BAC.
It was a record-breaking weekend at the June Weatherly Hill Climb as George Bowland from North Carolina won the event with a new record time of 47.592 seconds.
That superseded the standing hill record of 47.715 seconds which was also set by Bowland in September of 2010.
Seventy cars from throughout the country competed on the 1.1 mile course during the two day event which was sponsored by Fairway Subaru of Hazleton and co-sponsored by DeAngelo Brothers Inc. of Hazleton (DBI).
An antique, classic and special interest car show is being held on Sunday at the Little League Field in McAdoo. Registration lasts from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Judging starts at 1 p.m. Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for all classes. Also includes Best Of Show, Hard Luck and Longest Distance trophies. Flea market a car corral spaces will also be on site. Event is held rain or shine.
State police at Lehighton reported on the following arrests made by troopers:
Jeffrey Hartpence, 49, of Slatington, showed up at the Palmerton hospital about 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 24, after learning his wife had been arrested for drunk driving.
At the hospital Hartpence created a physically hazardous condition, was intoxicated and began yelling at troopers in the presence of hospital staff and emergency room patients.
He was placed under arrest and charged with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.
A Lehighton woman has been charged with theft from vehicles.
Lehighton police said Pamela Bowman, 35, of 235 N. Third St., has been charged with theft from a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property. Police said on May 16 about 8:25 p.m. Bowman was observed entering several vehicles in the 200 block of S. First St. and, removing a pair of sunglasses and credit cards and identification cards.
Volunteer firefighters used a hydraulic rocker panel ram supporter to push the dashboard back and up off the trapped driver in vehicular accident.
Others attended to an injured man whose four-wheeler crashed into a tree.
Firefighters inflated a 3-stage air bag and inserted wooden blocks to stabilize an overturned van that had the ejected driver (a stuffed dummy) pinned underneath. Monroe County Coroner, Bob Allen and Deputy Coroner, Ian Shedlock arrived and pronounced the victim dead.
June 29, 2003 Ryan Porambo collects three hits at the plate and also gains the pitching win as Lansford pulls away from Beaver-Banks for a 16-4 win in the District 18 11-12 Little League tournament. Two of Porambo's hits are triples. Thomas Eisenhower adds two hits, one a homer, while Ryan Blasko and Aaron Tucker each contribute a double and two singles. The winners, who explode for 10 runs in the second inning, also receive two hits from both Andrew Tucker and David Wagner.
Five persons were killed in a collision of a tow truck and car along a Lehigh County road on Thursday afternoon.
State police at Bethlehem said the crash occurred about 2:36 p.m. at the intersection of Mountain and Bake Oven roads in Heidelberg Township.
Troopers said four persons in a 1997 Subaru sedan, three males and one female, and the male driver of a 1997 Chevrolet C650 truck, died in the crash. A passenger in the truck survived.
Supreme Court ruling does nothing to diminish controversy
Although the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday ruled most of the provisions of Obamacare to be constitutional, the 5-4 ruling didn't diminish the controversy. Republicans in general still oppose it while Democrats stand behind the president. Most conservatives are livid about the ruling while liberals embrace it.
Congressman Lou Barletta, whose district includes Carbon County, termed the high court decision, "a victory for big government and a defeat for individual freedom."
Volunteers with the New Life Assembly of God Church, 407 Schuylkill Ave., in Tamaqua are holding their free Kids Quest program for youth aged 4 to 11 at their church today, tomorrow and Sunday. The program, which will last from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. everyday, will consist of clowns, contests, prizes, games and more. Any child under 4 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (570) 668-4059 or visit them on Facebook.
Ruling defines this election
Chief Justice John Roberts' crucial swing vote Thursday saved President Obama's signature piece of legislation mandated health care but the president and other Democrats should not be doing victory laps.
Many conservative pundits are saying that although Democrats won the battle in the Supreme Court, the 5-4 decision could very well propel Republicans to a bigger victory in November.
Tamaqua Area School District students participating in sports and/or any extracurricular activity, or who have a school parking permit is subject to random drug and alcohol testing, as established in 2010. Random drug testing of non-participating students is also available if the district receives a parental request. Students must provide a signed parental consent form before participating.
McAdoo firefighters, police and ambulance responded to 2 W. Sherman St., at the intersection of SR309, around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday after the the occupants called in a structure fire in the basement. According the firefighters the fire was started and located in the basement of the home. Firefighters pointed out that the occupants were trying to ignited a coal furnace with gasoline. Firefighters placed numerous exhaust fans at exit and entry points to the home. No serious damage or injuries were reported. Firefighters and fire police detoured traffic around the incident.
Cody Mann has been named to the dean's list at Penn State University-University Park. He attained a 3.63 GPA for the spring semester.
He is majoring in Information Sciences and Technology and will be entering his sophomore year in the fall.
Cody is a 2011 graduate of Jim Thorpe High School. He is the son of Lynn and Julie Mann of Jim Thorpe.
A Schuylkill County woman was caught in the act of attempting to enter a county business.
State police at Frackville said the incident occurred about 4:07 p.m on Tuesday, June 26, at the Jiffy Mart, located at 146 N. Second St., Girardville.
Troopers said Melinda Marie Mahmod, 18, of Girardville, was observed on the roof of the business attempting to gain entry. She was taken into custody and charged with attempted burglary and related counts, troopers said.
Ciara L. Startzel and Robert W. Mercer, 126 Center St., Tamaqua.
Marcia B. Clark, 7675 Kaleb Grove, Colo., and Shane C. Regula, 86 Valley View Road, Zion Grove.
Kimberly F. Atkins and Greg A. Ziolko, 30 Shepp St., Sheppton, East Union Township.
Gwyneth L. Davies and Nathan R. Navitsky, 398 W. Cottage Ave., Tamaqua.
Despite being only two weeks since both lanes of SR309 in Tamaqua were diverted onto the new temporary steel bridge, contractors are almost half way through the demolition of the original concrete bridge, which was deemed structurally deficient.
On June 15, traffic flow on the old bridge was stopped and diverted onto the new temporary 150-foot-long, 38-foot-wide steel Baily-type Acrow bridge, which runs over the Little Schuylkill River.
Army Reserve Pfc. Matthew J. Lakey has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
Monday, July 9, the Palmerton Area Historical Society's meeting will be a mystery tour. Members and guests should meet at the parking lot across from Hager's Furniture by 6 p.m. (note earlier time) to car pool to the site. This replaces the usual meeting at the library.
Wendy and Thomas Williams of Lehighton observed their second wedding anniversary on June 19. They were married at the Franklin Township Fire Company by the Rev. James Ziegenfuss.
Wendy is the daughter of Truman and Joy Andrews of Franklin Township. She is a first-grade teacher at Franklin Elementary School.
Thomas is the son of Kay Williams and the late Ishmael Williams of Florida. He is a retired firefighter from Bethlehem.
A team's heart and determination can simply be measured when adversity strikes during the course of a ball game.
The Lansford 11 and 12 year old baseball squad, which has been fighting to win ball games all summer, showed Jim Thorpe that when adversity strikes they will strike back.
After giving up a four-run lead in the third inning, Lansford rallied to score two runs and eliminate the Olympians from the District 18 tournament by a score of 6-4.
The Lansford success started in the second inning.
A popular sub shop in downtown Tamaqua celebrated its re-grand opening recently. Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce members, Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison and shop staff were on hand during the event of the Tamaqua Subway, located at 36 West Broad Street.
As a professional wrestler, A. J. "Tony" Petrucci has fought the very best; names like "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, "Polish Strongman" Ivan Putski, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, Hillbilly Jim and Davey Boy Smith.
Not to mention the late Andre the Giant, who was 7-foot, 4 inches and weighed 525 pounds.
He has wrestled all over America including Hawaii. He fought opponents in Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Africa, and throughout Canada and Europe.
"I got to see the world and I didn't have to join the service," he laughed.
Janelle, left, and Christopher, right, join their dad, Jim Frable, for a Father's Day treat of homemade strawberry shortcake with homemade ice cream at St. Matthew's UCC's Strawberry Festival. Janelle said it was "Good" and Christopher liked the shortcake the most. Their dad said what he liked best about the Strawberry Festival was "It's close to home so I can get one now and get one later. It's the best Father's Day meal they could have."