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Monday, July 8, 2013

A former Carbon County resident, who spent time in the county prison for assaulting his mother, is facing attempted murder and related charges in Bucks County.

Dale Wakefield Jr., 21, has been accused by police with stabbing a homeless man more than 70 times. The attack is believed to have occurred last Wednesday night.

According to the Bucks County Courier Times, Wakefield fled the state but was located at a motel in Baltimore and arrested. Police are going to extradite him back to Pennsylvania.

Monday, July 8, 2013

BET Lehigh Real Estate, LLC and BET Associates IV, of Horsham, Montgomery County, which purchased from Lehigh Coal and Navigation Coal Company coal lands in Schuylkill and Carbon counties, has challenged the claim by the Tamaqua Area School District it owns delinquent school tax on its holdings in Schuylkill County.

A defense response was filed in the county court to have a lien sought by the school district dismissed. The district sought to have a lien placed against the company in the amount of $80,147.50.

Monday, July 8, 2013

The Nesquehoning Conservation club will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. All members are encouraged to attend.

Monday, July 8, 2013
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The night skies over Summit Hill were bright last Friday during the first annual Fourth of July Fireworks at the Ginder. The event, organized by borough resident, Kevin Steber and Celebration Fireworks, went off without a hitch and was well supported by families and businesses who donated for the cause. Prior to the fireworks display, the Philip Ginder Stadium, located in the southwest corner of Summit Hill, was filled with families enjoying music by DJ Ron Yurichek of Code Blue Productions, and just having a good ol' fashion evening in the park.

Monday, July 8, 2013

A voter polling place was relocated in Rush Township in action taken by the Schuylkill County commissioners in a recent work session held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Approval was granted to Election Director Frannie Brennan to move the Rush Township, Elixir District polling place from the old school house located at 16 Holly Road, Barnesville, to the Rush Township Municipal Bulding, 104 Mahanoy Avenue, beginning with the Municipal General Election to be held on Nov. 6.

Other business

Monday, July 8, 2013

Christ Evangelical Free Church, 2420 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive, West, Lehighton, will host Vacation Bible School Kingdom Chronicles, July 8-12 from 6:30-8:45 p.m. There is no charge.

Children ages 3 by Aug. 31, through those attending 12th grade are invited to attend for Bible adventures, songs, games, fellowship, crafts and food.

The church is located three-quarters of a mile west of Normal Square on Route 443. For more information, call (570) 386-4547.

Monday, July 8, 2013

An undetermined amount of money was stolen during the last few hours of a benefit held to raise funds for the family of Madison "Maddie" Arner, age 7, who died after a fire destroyed her family's McAdoo home June 22.

Robert Vanemon, who helped organize the Flying High With Maddie Fire Safety Day benefit, stated that a bank bag containing an undetermined amount of cash was left in his red Ford Windstar van parked in front of the Keystone Volunteer Fire Company between 5:15 and 5:40 p.m.

Monday, July 8, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The watermelon eating contest seemed to be the perfect contest for a hot summer day,

Jim Thorpe's annual Stay-At-Home Festival which was held at Memorial Park last Saturday and sponsored by American Legion Post 304 gave area residents a great reason to do just that stay at home for the 4th of July holiday.

Speaking on behalf of the American Legion, Legion President Kieth McQuait wished to express their appreciation to the major sponsors who helped make the event possible.

The fireworks were sponsored by Mauch Chunk Trust Company, and the day long musical entertainment was sponsored by the Jim Thorpe National Bank.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Residents of parts of Lehighton borough endured a 41 minute power outage on Sunday night due to a powerful lightning strike at Route 443 and East Penn Road, said a Lehighton Borough electrical crew member.

Power was out from 6:26 p.m. to 7:09 p.m.

The area was hit by a fast moving storm which brought lightning and heavy rain.

Monday, July 8, 2013

The Golden Agers will meet at 1 p.m. today at St. John's Slovak Lutheran Church Social Hall. Members are asked to wear red, white and blue in remembrance of the July 4th holiday.

Sign-ups are under way for the annual picnic to be held at the # 9 Picnic Grove on Aug. 12 beginning at noon. The deadline to sign up is July 22.