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Saturday, January 12, 2013

In an article recently about the Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization donating $40,000 to the Summit Hill Fire Department, it was incorrectly stated that the money as for their truck fund.

The donation from SHCIO will be used towards their air pack project.

Saturday, January 12, 2013
A run for guns

Gun sales in Pennsylvania appear to be surging in the wake of the Dec. 14 mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, and ahead of proposed laws that would restrict firearm ownership.

One recent day, Weatherly gun shop owner Tom Sipos took a breather from waiting on customers to talk with a reporter about sales.

"There's a big time surge. It's crazy. My business is probably 10 times more than it used to be," he said.

Friday, January 11, 2013

The annual meetings of the stockholders of the local banks were held this morning, and re-election of directors took place as follows:

Mauch Chunk National Bank - P. J. Binder, Jacob C. Loose, Ira G. Ross, William Twining, R. S. Ruddle, P. R. Swank, Hayden P. Prout, and Samuel Weiss Jr.

Mauch Chunk Trust Company - J. M. Hess, Frank Nest, W. R. Wilhelm, W. E. Nothstein, Austin Boyer, Ben Branch, J. J. Dougherty, and G. S. Kirby.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Diamond Fire Company, 110 Main St., Walnutport, will be hosting a flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the social hall. The event will feature 100 vendor tables with many specialty and collectibles vendors. There is free admission, ample parking and the kitchen will be open. Tables are available by contacting Joe at 610-767-7695 between 6 and 8 p.m. Event benefits the Diamond Fire Co.

Friday, January 11, 2013

The Kidder Environmental Advisory Commission met on Wednesday evening for its first meeting of 2013.

The members have set a tentative date of May 11 for the annual spring workshop. The Carbon County Environmental Center will be presenting a program on "Birds of Prey." At this time the date and agenda is still subject to change.

The committee reported that it has distributed 2,320 copies of the "Green & Blue Pages" to date.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Grace-St. Paul's UMC will host a free community dinner on Saturday, Jan. 19.

The ham and baked potato dinner will be served from 4-6 p.m.

Grace-St. Paul's UMC is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903 and next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information, call the church at (570) 325-9151.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Firefighters were called to 1045 Summer Valley Road in New Ringgold around 3 p.m. Thursday for a report of a structure fire with possible entrapment. When they arrived they noticed smoke filling the home. Reacting quickly, firefighters rushed to extinguish a garbage container on fire after a cigarette was accidentally dropped in it. The container was located next to the elderly homeowner's bed. New Ringgold Ambulance paramedics treated the elderly man while firefighters placed fans at multiple entry and exit points of the home to expel the smoke.

Friday, January 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Browsing the Pa. Attorney General's website (, West Penn Police Chief Brian Johnson stresses that residents should research and report any scams to the Attorney General or their local police department.

Police are noticing an increase in the number and types of new scams in our area.

"In the past few days alone, we've received multiple reports from area residents receiving phone calls or Internet correspondence offering false security installations, gas and electric services, free vacations and even headstones," said West Penn Police Chief Brian Johnson.

"Unfortunately scammers are becoming smarter and more sophisticated in the methods they use to commit their crimes," said Johnson. "People need to be more cautious when confronted with these new crimes."

Friday, January 11, 2013

A Carbon County jury panel found a Easton man guilty of 10 criminal counts, including attempted rape, following a three day trial this week.

The panel deliberated Wednesday afternoon and early evening before finding John Anthony Vega, 29, guilty of two counts each of criminal attempt-rape forcible compulsion, burglary and criminal trespass, three counts of indecent assault, and one count of simple assault.

Friday, January 11, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS One of four cars involved in a Schuylkill County crash Thursday lies on a flatbed truck.

A driver ran a red light at a Schuylkill County intersection and caused a four vehicle crash. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the accident occurred about 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the intersection of state routes 443 and 183, in Friedensburg, Wayne Township.

Troopers said Lois S. Zanini, 86, of Schuylkill Haven, driving a 1994 Buick LeSabre, was westbound on 443 and failed to stop for a red traffic light at the intersection.