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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Carbon County Fair board monthly meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 15, at Blue Mountain Health System Community Center on Sixth and Iron streets, Lehighton. The fair will be held on August 10-14 on Little Gap Road in Palmerton, Pennsylvania. For more information about the fair, go to their website at www.carboncountyfair.com or call (610) 826-1862.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Carbon County Environmental Education Center will be teaching children about carpenter bees and toads at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9.

Participants will make toad and carpenter bee homes to take home.

The program is open to children ages 8-15.

The center is located at the west end of Mauch Chunk Lake Park, just outside of Jim Thorpe, along Lentz Trail.

Please call (570) 645-8597 to register. There is a fee.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Weatherly man was reportedly seriously injured on Tuesday afternoon when he was struck by a truck while riding a bicycle. State police at Hazleton said the incident occurred along South Lehigh Gorge Drive in Lehigh Township, Carbon County, about 5:40 p.m.

Troopers said Edward Grega, 56, was struck by a pick-up driven by Robert Alberswerth, 20, of Weatherly. Grega was flown by Medevac helicopter to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, for treatment.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS  Among the St. John Neumann Regional School students to take part in the school's inaugural Chess Championship were (l-r) Wyatt Trantham, Jonathan Hillanbrand, and Samuel Arnold. Pictured with the students is Peter Kern, Chess Club mentor.

Check. Checkmate.

Those were the words uttered by St. John Neumann Regional School students as they moved their pawns and various other pieces on the chessboard.

In the end, student Wyatt Trantham of was able to capture his opponent's pieces to win the school's inaugural Chess Championship.

The participants were Jonathan Hillanbrand of Lehighton, Samuel Arnold of Northampton, and Trantham.

The championship was a double elimination, in which two losses resulted in elimination from the remainder of the tournament.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Lansford community swimming pool will be offering "Learn to Swim" lessons.

Morning lessons will be held July 18-22 from 10-11 a.m. Evening lessons will be held July 25-29 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. There is a fee.

For "Learn to Swim" lessons, you must sign up at the pool in advance, during pool hours from noon-7 p.m.

Anyone, any age, can sign up for "Learn to Swim" lessons.

For the adults, the pool has lap swim/water aerobics daily from 11 a.m. to noon, Monday through Saturday. It is free with a season pass, but there is a daily fee for those without a pass.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Penn Forest Township Board of Supervisors met Tuesday evening and after a brief executive session gave a raise, fired, hired and promoted various employees in the township.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

A hot-air balloon floats gently over Stoney Ridge near Palmerton. The flight took place the last week of June.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Two women will face trial in Schuylkill County court on forgery related charges following their preliminary hearings before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, last week.

Barbara Wertman, 51, and Melodie Wright, 54, of 114 W. Phillips St., Coaldale, were charged in connection with an alleged fraudulent time card entry. Coaldale Police Chief Tim Delaney filed the charges.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the pavilion in Normal Square. The meal will be catered by Diggety Dog's. For additional information contact Lisa Whitehead, president at turk@ptd.net.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a short county prison term on Tuesday in the county court on child pornography charges.

Adam James Barnes, 21, of Jim Thorpe, was sentenced to serve one to 23 months in the county prison followed by one year probation. The sentence was imposed by Judge Steven R. Serfass on 10 counts of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Barnes previously admitted to having 131 photos of child pornography and 45 movies of child pornography. He was originally charged with 188 criminal counts.