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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A total of 17 men and one woman have been charged with disorderly conduct by the Lehighton Police. The charges resulted from a street fight between about 40 local residents and 10 carnival workers early Saturday morning on South First Street, Lehighton. The charges were to be issued today, according to District Magistrate Harry Heydt, Jim Thorpe. More arrests will be made, police said. The melee between the area men and the workers resulted in injury to two persons.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Monroe County Crime Stoppers are seeking the identity of this young man who is accused of making unauthorized charges on a credit card.

Monroe County Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest in a theft investigation.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Is the Ninth Street Bridge in Lehighton slipping into more serious deterioration?

At least one member of Lehighton Borough Council believes it is.

Scott Rehrig, vice president of the council, told the council, "The bridge is dropping some more."

Rehrig urged that a letter be sent to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation asking if it knows when repairs to the bridge will occur.

He said the bridge is used by school buses as well as truck traffic and he has concerns about safety.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Several events are scheduled for the Labor Day weekend at the two state parks in Schuylkill County.

The events are set for Tuscarora and Locust Lake parks.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Lehigh Carbon Community College and Carbon Career & Technical Institute have began a partnership to bring non-credit courses to the Carbon County area this fall.

Barbara Platt, continuing education coordinator for LCCC, explained that the partnership began after CCTI opened its new facility for classes through the college.

"I went over and took a tour and was very impressed with the classrooms, studios and entire layout," Platt said of CCTI, located in Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A fishing boat lies on its side on the New Orleans shore following Hurricane Gustav and Ike.

(Editor's Note: Hurricane Isaac hit New Orleans late last night as a Category 1 storm on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which struck in 2005, and only one week before the anniversaries of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, which pounded the gulf coast in 2008. This is a first-person account by TIMES NEWS reporter Andrew Leibenguth, who volunteered as a national disaster responder and shelter manager with the American Red Cross during Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Weissport's popular Redneck Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday in the Weissport Park in the center of the town.

The festivities, including the Redneck games, contests, food vendors and live entertainment, will be from noon to 10 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds from the event benefit youth recreation in Weissport. The event is sponsored by the Weissport Recreation Committee.

The event will open on Saturday morning with the dedication of the new gazebo in the borough park and to thank the sponsors who helped support the event.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum in Lansford will be celebrating Labor Day Weekend with a variety of fun and educational activities each day. The main day will be Sunday September 2 in conjunction with the Old Time Miners Picnic beginning at 11 a.m.. The event is open to the public and all are welcome. The Old Fashioned Miners Picnic features a variety of great homemade ethnic foods and desserts that the coal region is famous for. Everyone is invited to enjoy the fun and great foods. Seating will be available in the picnic pavilion. Take outs are also available.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Parryville United Methodist Church, Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, will host a free luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Please note that this monthly luncheon has been changed this month to the fourth Saturday, rather than the last Saturday of the month. This change is for the month of September only.

The regular schedule of the last Saturday of the month will resume in October, barring any major holidays.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Anyone interested in learning more about Girl Scouting in the Tamaqua-Panther Valley area is welcome to attend a meeting this Thursday, at 6 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church, Greenwood and Mauch Chunk Streets, Tamaqua.

In addition to learning more about scouting, there will also be the opportunity to sign up for Girl Scout Service Unit 310.