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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Preparations have been made for the sixth Annual Connell McCall Memorial Fishing Tournament to be held on Saturday, May 10, at the Nesquehoning Creek, sponsored by the Nesquehoning Conservation Club. Helping to make the event successful are members of the Friends of Connell McCall and the Emmett McCall Familyof Lansford, as well as area businesses. Pictured above, Bob Perrin, right, a member of the Friends of Connell McCall, accepts anenvelope containing donations to the club from Denise Coccio and John Surma of 209 Auto Repair, Coaldale.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
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A former National Football League player will tackle the bullying issue as part of a free motivational speech at Palmerton Area High School.

"An Evening with Joe Ehrmann" will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the high school auditorium.

Ehrmann will speak on "How Sports can Transform Lives," in an effort to educate the community on the real meaning of sports and the message they should be receiving from coaches and teachers.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The 2014 United Way of Carbon County Annual Dinner that was held recently at La Dolce Casa at DiMaggio's in Tamaqua.

Rick Tweed was introduced by Dr. Lisa Bleicher, current UWCC president. He represented the newest participating agency, the Penn-Kidder Ministerium After School Program.

The Penn-Kidder Ministerium After-School Program provides working parents with peace of mind in the knowledge that their children are safe and being well supervised during the critical after-school hours.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The League of Literaries, a local youth writers group, meets every Tuesday, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

The league is open to anyone in grades 6 through 12.

For more information, call 570-668-1192.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The 26th annual Carbon County Senior Games kicked off today with an opening ceremony, followed by two rounds of competition.

Today's events included shuffleboard and bean bag toss.

Wednesday will include competition in shooting basketball and darts, both to be held at the Lehighton Recreational Center, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Who will win this year's commissioners' cup?

Will it be North Carbon County, comprising PantherValley, Weatherly and Jim Thorpe senior centers? Or will it be South Carbon County, made up of Lehighton and Palmerton centers?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Several police departments responded to the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit's Palmerton Alternative Education building in Palmerton Monday morning after scanner reports indicated that three students were out of control. At least one juvenile was arrested at the school, according to the scanner reports.

At least one juvenile was arrested Monday morning after an incident broke out at a Carbon County Alternative Education building.

According to scanner reports, the incident occurred around 8:45 a.m. at the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit's Palmerton Alternative Education building, 480 Delaware Ave.

Three students were out of control, according to the scanner report. Palmerton Police Department responded to the scene and requested backup.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Five Monroe County residents and two men from California have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Scranton on criminal conspiracy charges in connection with the distribution of methamphetamine in the county.

The U.S. Attorneys Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced the indictments on Monday, stating the alleged distribution occurred between 2013 and 2014.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling northbound on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) between the Mahoning Valley (Exit 74) and Pocono (Exit 95) Interchanges, to be prepared for a single-lane traffic pattern to be in effect from 7 a.m. today through 3 p.m. Thursday.

At 7 a.m. construction crews established a single-lane pattern northbound, closing the right lane between milepost A90-A91.5 for slope remediation. The pattern will remain in place until 3 p.m. Thursday.

Monday, May 5, 2014

An Eldred Township man is heading to court on charges of killing his neighbors in March.

Garry Sherwood Flyte, 54, of Kunkletown is charged with shooting Jeffery A. Place, 54, and Place’s son Steven Powell, 30, at 6:50 p.m. March 19 at Place’s home on Meixsell Valley Road.

Place was pronounced dead on the scene, and Powell died while undergoing surgery at Pocono Mountain Regional Medical Center, where he had been taken by ambulance. He could not be taken by medical helicopter due to torrential rains that evening.

Monday, May 5, 2014

The May Touchdown Club meeting is being rescheduled 6 p.m. Monday, May 12, at Jim Thorpe Area High School.

At 6 p.m. today, club members will attend the school board athletic committee meeting to complete its request to play junior high and junior varsity home games at the stadium for the 2014-2015 season and beyond.

The public is encouraged to join the club tonight in support of this request.

The meeting will take place at the district office on Center Avenue in Jim Thorpe.