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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Carbon Leadership Program is accepting applications for its Class of 2013, noting it is seeking individuals interested in improving their ability to take a positive role in the community and better themselves in the work place.

The Leadership Carbon Program is designed to develop knowledgeable, skilled, committed, and action-oriented community leaders.

Leadership Carbon brings together participants once a month September 2012 through May 2013.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Eighteen defendants in pending cases entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the pleas.

Bowmanstown

incident

James Leroy Luckenbaugh III, 27, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of terroristic threats, indecent exposure and institutional vandalism. A burglary charge was dropped in a plea bargain.

Luckenbaugh was arrested by state police at Lehighton on Sept. 5, 2011, for incident at a residence along Fireline Road in Bowmanstown.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A carjacking incident that began early Tuesday morning in Luzerne County, ended in Carbon County with the arrest of four individuals.

State police at Hazleton said the incident began along Interstate 81 in Rice Township, and ended with the arrest of the four following an intensive search in the woods of Packer Township, Carbon County. The incident also caused the shutdown of SR93 between Stockton Mountain Road, in Hazle Township, Luzerne County, and SR209 in Nesquehoning.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The dedication of a new drinking fountain recently installed at a Slatington park will soon be on tap.

Northern Lehigh Future Focus will conduct a news conference at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, at the Slatington Memorial Park, located at Second & Main streets in Slatington.

In the event of inclement weather, the news conference will be held underneath the gazebo in the park.

Along with the dedication of the fountain, the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber Foundation will be recognized for their contribution to the project as well, according to NLFF member Robert Stettner.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Two members of the Lehighton Police Department were praised this week by borough officials for their heroic efforts during a tragic incident last Friday in which two people drowned.

Full-time patrolman Bob DeFuso and part-time officer Ryan Kennedy were the first emergency responders at the Lehigh River near the Lehighton-Weissport trestle, where a woman and her grandson drowned.

Both officers, in full uniform, went into the river and along with some other individuals pulled the unconscious victims from the water. They then proceeded with CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Locust Lake State Park naturalist Robin Tracey will lead a Salamander program at the park at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 30. She will discuss salamander anatomy, habitat, and role in the ecosystem. A field identification capture and release walk will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Participants are asked to meet at the amphitheater at the park and bring a plastic container for animal collection.

For more information, call Tracey at (570) 467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The event will be held in nice weather only.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
TIMES NEWS file photo Becky's Drive-In, located along Route 248 in Walnutport, has been selected as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

It's been one of the area's premier entertainment destinations for as long as anyone can remember.

After all this time, Becky's Drive In, Inc. at 4548 Lehigh Drive, along Route 248 in Walnutport, shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Much to its enchantment, the drive in has been selected as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

Mary Mayberry, president, Becky's Drive In, said the family is "honored" by the distinction.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured with the donation box are, from left, Sue Dolan, a Tamaqua LEO Club advisor and member of the Tamaqua Lions Club; Gayle Heath, director of the Tamaqua Public Library; Erica Dolan, member of the Tamaqua Lions Club; and volunteer Carmen Caruso IV, 19.

Carmen Caruso IV, 19, saw that donated items were being stolen from the Tamaqua LEO Club and Lions Club donation area at the Tamaqua Public Library.

Caruso decided to take initiative and create a more secure way to keep donated items, such as cell phones, ink cartridges and reading/sun glasses. He spent a week or so, and with help from family, created a wooden, lockable storage container to hold donations.

He added that the box is separated into three different donation compartments. The Tamaqua LEO Club also made a $100 donation to the library.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Scamper

St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, is also preparing for the 42nd annual Switchback Scamper, 10K Run and 5K Walk. It is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 21, beginning at 2 p.m. For more information call Walter Schlenner, (570) 325-8342 or Bonnie Hoffman, (610) 554-3528 or leave a message at the church office, (570) 325-4255.

Registration forms will be available at a later date.Annual clothing drive/give away

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
A mine rescuer steps up the steep ladder of an escape chamber of the mine.

More than 70 trained volunteers and mine rescue personnel from local, state and federal agencies took part in a Mine Emergency Response Drill (MERD) competition Tuesday at the No. 9 Mine in Lansford.

During the competition, officials with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), were placed at numerous locations inside and outside the mine, testing the abilities of three mine rescue teams. Each of the three teams, all from Anthracite Underground Rescue in Tremont, was comprised of coal or stone miners.