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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Due to the inclement weather, the Palmerton Area School Board meeting that had been scheduled for Tuesday evening has been postponed to Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

An Albrightsville teenager injured in a car crash Sunday remains in critical condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Khaaliq Lynch, 17, was badly hurt when a car in which he was a passenger crashed while racing with another car, according to a report issued by state police at Fern Ridge.

Lynch, a junior and star athlete at Jim Thorpe Area High school, was flown to the hospital after the crash, which happened at 12:06 p.m. along Jonas Road in Chestnuthill Township, police said.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Joan Turko (left), coordinator of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce Scarecrow Display, hands a flyer to Tracey Downing (right), owner, of Bert's Steakhouse & Restaurant at 416 Delaware Avenue, with regard to the second annual event. Businesses in the borough are asked to place a scarecrow that identifies their respective business, either in their window, or, in front of their building, in the month of October.

Some creepy-looking objects are about to pop up around Palmerton.

So odd-looking, in fact, that they're bound to leave quite the impression on those who pass through the borough's downtown.

A series of straw men dressed in old clothes will ring in the second annual Scarecrow Display, sponsored by the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Joan Turko, coordinator of the display, noted the promotion and celebration isn't limited to only Delaware Avenue, as private homes are welcome to participate and show their creativity.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Panther Valley School District will either have to replace a sidewalk along its new parking lot at the football stadium, or seek a waiver through a zoning board hearing.

Lansford borough council on Thursday denied the district's request to be permitted to do without the sidewalk at the parking lot on West Bertsch Street.

The district demolished a dilapidated industrial building in July 2011, then paved over the lot to be used for parking at football games. The work also removed the sidewalk.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a county prison term Tuesday afternoon for having a sexual relationship with a boy five years younger than her.

Elizabeth G. Vanhorn, 23, of Parryville, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve six to 23 months in prison on a charge of of statutory sexual assault, followed by one year probation, and the same term for a charge of unlawful contact with a minor. The terms run concurrently.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Dave Wargo/special to the times news Carbon County Quilters Guild Treasurer Ellen Meli displays a custom quilt top of her own design that will eventually be backed and sewed to be sent to wounded troops through Andrews Air Force Base as part of the Quilts of Valor program.

About 25 men and women came together for a day of quilting, food and fellowship as the Carbon County Quilters Guild sponsored a special event called "Quilts of Valor" at the Summit Hill Heritage Center last Saturday.

The all-day event resulted in seven lap quilts and tops being assembled and sewn by the volunteers. They will be sent to Andrews Air Force base for distribution to injured soldiers and veterans returning from combat.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Karoly Kis III

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Linda Kelly has announced that the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit had arrested two men accused of using the Internet to solicit what they believed to be teenage girls and sending nude webcam videos to the "girls."

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Fairway Motors's driver Al Corazza gets airtime over a dangerous curve.

Visitors from throughout the nation watched the 51st fall Weatherly Hill Climb last weekend.

In addition to watching the 101 vehicles challenge the one-mile hill in Weatherly, visitors also enjoyed food and games provided by local non-profit groups and churches, as well as a National Guard display.

Weatherly Hill Climb Association President Joe Cyburt was thankful for the volunteers and sponsors, adding that donations are being accepted for next season's races.

The results will be soon posted online at www.pahillclimb.net

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Rustling leaves. Howling winds.

Something touching your shoulder.

Things that go bump in the night.

Orbs and spirits. Zombies.

No, this isn't a Stephen King novel, or even a Bruce Smith movie. It is, however, what some imagine while walking through a cemetery at night.

There are no promises of any of the above, but you will have an educational evening as you learn about the people who reside in the Gilbert Cemetery, or Salem Cemetery as it was known.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

An Albrightsville area teen injured in a car accident Sunday remains in the intensive care unit of the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township campus.

Khaaliq Lynch, 17, a junior and outstanding athlete at Jim Thorpe Area High School, sustained very serious injuries while a passenger in a car which crashed while racing another vehicle, according to state police.

Lynch was flown to the Lehigh Valley Hospital by MedEvac helicopter. No other details of his condition were available.