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Thursday, August 16, 2012

An exciting evening of wrestling will give a boost to those struggling with cancer.

The Zoostock WXWC4 Wrestling Benefit Show, to be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Panther Valley High School. Proceeds benefit the Carbon Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society at Telethon 2013.

The highlight of the event will be cheering on Panther Valley's own Gene Snisky defend his WXWC4 Championship.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

September happenings at the Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford:

Wednesday, Sept. 5: "Introduction to Photography," from 7-9 p.m. The presentation will be given by Tom Applegate.

Monday, Sept. 10:Spectrum Manor Residents (special program), from 6-8 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 12: "Introduction to Genealogy," from 7-9 p.m. The presentation will be given by Kathy Marek.

Wednesday, Sept. 19: "Introduction to Facebook," from 7-9 p.m. The presentation will be given by Tom Applegate.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

This Saturday, Aug. 18, from 1 p.m. until 11 p.m. Dylan Krum Day will be celebrated at Fritz's Lanes, 100 S. Second St. in Lehighton.

There will be cosmic bowling from 9-11 p.m. as well.

Dylan lost his battle with pediatric follicular lymphoma on July 15, 2010 at just 15 years of age.

Fifty percent of the proceeds from lane rentals and shoe rentals from Dylan Krum Day will benefit the "In Dylan's Arms" ministry and the Dylan Krum Scholarship Fund. There will be other events throughout the day to help raise even more money for both causes.

Thursday, August 16, 2012
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, Lansford.

St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, Lansford, has served God and the people of the Panther Valley and Tamaqua areas since 1892.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Grace-St. Paul's UMC will host a free community dinner from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.

The church 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.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Lansford man waived a preliminary hearing yesterday on charges that he threatened to mutilate the Carbon County prothonotary and her staff.

Steven Allen Walck Jr., 27, of West Bertsch Street, who is currently awaiting a hearing on an unrelated attempted homicide charge in another case, allegedly wrote a letter to the prothonotary while in prison detailing the threats.

He is being held in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $250,000 bail on the attempted homicide charges and an additional $10,000 (10 percent) bail on the charges against the prothonotary.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Lieutenant Dave Midas of the Carbon County Sheriff's Office has issued a notice about a telephone scam.

"Any citizen that receives a solicitation from any county sheriff's office especially Carbon County should contact our office immediately and ask to speak with the sheriff or a supervisor," Midas warned.

Midas said it has come to their attention that there have been phone solicitation or communications using the name of the local sheriff's office.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

On two separate occasions in Lehighton in 2010, a then 14-year-old girl allegedly was grabbed on the behind by a 38-year-old man - once while leaving church. In both cases, she told her youth pastor. He apparently never reported the incidents to police.

Two years later, the man has finally been arrested.

Yesterday, the individual accused of the assaults faced a hearing on the charges.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A project to install basketball courts at a recreational facility in Lower Towamensing Township appears to have come in under bid.

On a 2-1 vote, the township's board of supervisors agreed on Tuesday to award a contract to Bruce N George Paving & Excavating, Kunkletown, in the amount of $79,520. Supervisor Brent Green was opposed.

The contract is to build basketball courts at the Stoney Ridge P.A.R.C. along Fireline Road. However, supervisors said the bid award is contingent on the review of the township's engineer.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Members of Dedicated Fitness in Palmerton participate in cross-training exercises to build their strength and endurance Monday morning in the borough park. The class meets three times a week from 9-10 a.m.