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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Damage was done and items were stolen at the concession stand of the Panther Valley little league soccer field.

The soccer field is in an isolated area behind Panther Valley Middle School. However, there are security cameras positioned there, police said.

Joseph Fittos Jr., chief of police in Summit Hill, said the incident was reported to police at 1:14 p.m. Sunday. It's not known when the actual incident happened.

Fittos said the door of the refreshment stand "was completely ripped off" and there were items tossed throughout the field.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Candidates for the 17th Congressional District will present their platforms at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Parryville Volunteer Fire Co. No. 2, Parryville.

Speaking will be Republicans Matt Connolly, Matthew Dietz, and David "Doc" Moylan, who are vying to face incumbent Democrat Matthew Cartwright in the November general election. There will be a question-and-answer session.

On Tuesday, May 13, a forum of 17th District Congregational candidates will be held at the Lehighton American Legion, 314 Veterans Ave., Lehighton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the forum will begin at 7.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Defendants who recently elected to waive their right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Stephen Bayer of Tamaqua included a Hazleton man accused of abandoning a male pit bull in McAdoo.

Navib Antonio Arias, 23, of 166 S. Laurel St., was charged by patrolman Jeffrey Tanner with five counts of cruelty to animals, failure to have his dog licensed, abandoning a dog and failure to get his dog a rabies shot.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), in conjunction with the Carbon County commissioners will hold a free public and private grant writing seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Carbon County Communication Center, 1264 Emergency Lane in Nesquehoning.

The seminar will introduce the basics, as well as the complexities of the grant application and submission process. Those who attend the event will also learn how to research and find private and government funding sources they are eligible for through a variety of websites and online tools.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Restroom construction

New restrooms are being constructed at the Summit Hill Little League baseball field on East Richards Street. In the right photo, Kenny Daney lays block for the walls of the structure. At left, Travis Romansky works on the wall. The field is heavily used for spring, summer and fall baseball.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
 District Deputy Grand Master Robert J. Neff distributes appreciation pins to the first responders from the Grand Master and Grand Lodge of the Free Masons of Pennsylvania.

First responders from within the Lehighton and Palmerton area school districts were honored during a short ceremony at the Lehighton Masonic Lodge No. 621 in Lehighton, Thursday.

Almost two dozen first responders and other guests received refreshments in the Masonic Lodge's fellowship hall while waiting for the Masons' meeting to close.

Towamensing Fire Company Chief Wayne Knirnschild said he received word about a month ago and decided to attend with several of his fellow firefighters.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Members of the Weissport Redneck Festival Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Weissport Borough hall.

Anyone interested in joining the committee is invited to attend. Volunteers are always welcome.

For additional information, call 610-377-5559.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The 2014 Russell "Bups" Ahner Memorial Benefit Baseball Game between the Jim Thorpe Old-timers and Franklin Township Old-timers will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Christman Little League Field in Franklin Township.

A bake sale and Chinese auction start at noon.

Anyone who wants to donate an item for the Chinese auction should do so after 8 a.m. on May 18.

Proceeds will benefit Anastasia Susko of Jim Thorpe.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Penn-Kidder Elementary School has announced the honor roll for the third quarter of the 2013-14 school year.

Honor roll

Grade 3: Jave Butler, Bryana Calcano, Zariyah Cartagena, Willow Cashman, Katrin Cavanaugh, Jayden Chambers, James Chimenti, Richard Clarke, Nicole Corino, Benjamin Durange, Gianna Filosa, Amelia Flick, Antonio Jusino, Catalino Morales, Jackolyn Munson, Lisa Napoletano, Emily Patitucci, Rosemarie Reilly, Bailey Rogers, Justin Selby, Nichole Suero, Brandon Swartz, Aurora VanAuken, Andrew Warner, Alexis Wenzel

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The last week of April was a busy one in the court of District Judge Stephen Bayer of Tamaqua with two days set aside for the judge to hear criminal cases.

Four defendants chose to have preliminary hearings, one failed to appear and the rest all decided to wait until their cases were called in Schuylkill County Court.

Justin E. McArdle, 27, of 426 Arlington St., Tamaqua, didn't fare well with his preliminary hearing. Bayer found there was enough evidence to send charges of conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking to the county level.