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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

An old-fashioned gospel concert featuring The Hinkle Family from Texas will be hosted by Mount Eaton Church in Saylorsburg at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free, and an offering will be taken for the group.

Directions to the church may be found at Contact the church office at 570-992-7050 or

Mount Eaton is a nondenominational church serving the West End of Monroe County since 1884. Mount Eaton Church holds worship on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings and offers a variety of programs for family members of all ages.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Nesquehoning man faces two counts of driving under the influence stemming from a June 15 traffic stop along Route 443, according to Mahoning Township police.

Lewis Labosky also faces one count of careless driving. A test showed his BAC was .18 percent.

Police said Labosky's vehicle swerved over the double yellow and fog line several times just before 1:30 a.m.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 27.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Lehighton man admitted his part in the theft of a television and jewelry in Carbon County court on Monday. He was one of three defendants to enter a guilty plea in pending criminal cases before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Mahoning incident

Shane A. Jefferson, 22, pleaded to one count of criminal conspiracy-theft, as a felony three.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tensions were high at Slatington's finance/planning/zoning, public safety, and human/community services committee workshop meeting Monday, the first attended by Slatington's newly hired borough manager.

It began when resident Kris Burek, a former council member, said she had recently filed a right-to-know request for meeting minutes from the 2011-14 borough board of health but that "there are none."

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Children living in Carbon and Lehigh counties, going into first through sixth grades, are invited to attend Good News Club Day Camp at Mauch Chunk Lake Park in JimThorpe.

Camp activities include crafts, games, singing, swimming, Bible verses and lesson time, as well as a missionary story time.

There is one remaining session to choose from: Aug. 4-8. Each session runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The cost for campers is $26.

For more information or to register, contact the office of Child Evangelism Fellowship of Carbon-Lehigh Counties at 610-377-3632.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital bills. Their mortgages, auto loans or student debt pile up, unpaid. Even past-due gym membership fees or cellphone contracts can end up with a collection agency, potentially hurting credit scores and job prospects, said Caroline Ratcliffe, a senior fellow at the Washington-based think tank.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Several people were injured Tuesday morning in a head-on crash along SR145 in Lehigh Township. The crash occurred just after 9 a.m. At least one person was flown from the scene. No other information was available at this time.

Monday, July 28, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps.

The familiar knocking of knuckles spreads only one-twentieth the amount of bacteria that a handshake does, researchers report. That's better than a high-five, which still passes along less than half the amount as a handshake.

So fist bumps — popularized by Barack Obama and others — seem to be the wisest greeting, especially during cold and flu season, said researcher David Whitworth of Aberystwyth University in Wales.

Monday, July 28, 2014

REVERE, Mass. (AP) — A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado just north of Boston on Monday, causing extensive damage in Revere, where roofs were ripped off buildings and dozens of large trees were uprooted.

Officials in Revere, a coastal city of about 53,000, said there no immediate reports of serious injuries, but several people suffered minor injuries, including a baby who was in a car and hurt by flying glass and an elderly woman who suffered cuts.

Monday, July 28, 2014

When Luna Rossa was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning, a bit of Gilbert history was destroyed too.

It's not quite known when it was built, but Fern Serfass of Kresgeville remembers when it was Green Gables, owned by Arlington and Ardella Smale.

Sixty-seven years ago, Fern and Stanley Serfass were married on Aug. 2, 1947, and they and their wedding party went to Green Gables for a celebratory meal.

"Alma was a great cook and they served really delicious meals there," recalls Serfass.