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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS These rocks observed this morning along a portion of State Route 248 westbound, west of the Bowmanstown exit, caused several vehicles to sustain flat tires Tuesday evening.

Several vehicles sustained flat tires Tuesday evening as the result of rocks down along a portion of Route 248 near Bowmanstown.

State Police at Lehighton said troopers responded at 7:29 p.m. to a report of rocks in the roadway along State Route 248 westbound, west of the Bowmanstown exit.

The rocks were in the roadway, and caused three vehicles to have flat tires. No injuries were reported, nor was there any severe damage to any of the vehicles.

Troopers cleared the road of debris, directed traffic, and assisted with motorist on scene.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

It's game time for an Allentown man who punched an official in the face at a youth basketball contest in Palmerton.

Michael Vannote, 26, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing today before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Vannote faces charges on one count each of assault on sports official, simple assault, harassment, and disorderly conduct.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Trooper Brian Shandra of the Lehighton barracks:

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Carbon County Fair board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital Community Room, ground floor, 211 N. Twelfth St., Lehighton.

Any individual or organization interested in becoming a vendor at the 2012 fair is asked to call Bob Silliman at 570-325-8685. Anyone who would like to become involved with the Fair is asked to contact Liz McElwee at lmcelwee2@msn.com. The fair will be held on August 7-11 (Tuesday through Saturday), 2012 on Little Gap Road in Palmerton, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Eighth-grader Johnna Lawrence, second from left, was honored as the December Student of the Month from the Penn-Kidder campus of the Jim Thorpe School District by the Penn-Kidder Lions Club. Club member Nita Nydam, right, presented her with a certificate at the club's breakfast meeting at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony. Also present at the meeting were Johnna's mother Barbara Braswell, left, and brother Todd Lawrence, back.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A survey has been sent out regarding the Middle Carbon County Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan.

The survey asks for residents' opinions about the parks and recreation in their area. The results of the survey will be used to create an improvement plan for parks and recreation in the area.

The Middle Carbon County Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan is in correlation with the Middle Carbon County Comprehensive Plan.

The municipalities which are a part of the Middle Carbon Comprehensive Plan are: Summit Hill, Lansford, Jim Thorpe and Penn Forest Township.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

WASHINGTON U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, again called on President Obama to increase or at least continue at the current level the funding for home heating assistance for veterans and seniors through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Deeds recorded

Kidder Township

Nicholas Tumulty to Carlos J. Rivera, Long Pond, two transactions, Lot 105, Section A, Holiday Poconos, $5,242.50, and property at 106 Henning Drive, Albrightsville, $147,000.

Patricia O'Connell to Patricia O'Connell, Fort Myers, Fla., Ridgewood Country Estates Lot 7, Section B, $1.

Joseph T. Mayer to Charles Joseph Weber Sr., HC 1 Box 72, Albrightsville, parcel No. 34A-21-A5.01, $62,500.

Sheriff of Carbon County to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, McLean, Va., property at 366 Laurel Woods Drive, Lake Harmony, $1.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be meeting at the LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua in room 104/105 on Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. for all committee and team members. The meeting is open to all participants and anyone wishing to get involved.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Ernest Troy Freeby faces life in prison

A Carbon County jury panel deliberated for more than five hours late Monday afternoon and evening before finding a Lansford man guilty of first degree murder of his wife, who disappeared.

Ernest Troy Freeby, 36, faces a mandatory life without parole sentence. The panel of seven women and five men also found him guilty of tampering with evidence. They reached their verdict at about 9:25 p.m., after beginning deliberations about 4 p.m.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Could the Carbon County Fair have an additional 47 acres of land to operate its popular annual fair on?

Representatives of the Carbon County Lion/Lioness Fair Association certainly hope so, and plan to broach the subject to the Lower Towamensing Township Zoning Hearing Board.

A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, at which time the organization plans to discuss its intention to use about 47 acres of a 700-acre tract of land located at 2645 Little Gap Road for a fairgrounds and recreational complex.