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Friday, October 18, 2013

A Carbon County man admitted in the county court on Thursday that he had sexually assaulted two young girls in separate incidents.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Members of the Lansford American Legion Post are making plans to raze the old post home on Ridge Street, which stands in front of the modern brick structure completed the rear in 1950.

A fund-raising campaign to pay for the project is now under way. Target date for the demolition is next spring.

The old home with its big front porch is deemed beyond repair. Contractors desiring to submit bids to raze the building are asked to present them to the post home or to Post Commander Frank Priggins.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Members of the Coalcracker Barbershop Chorus will be hosting a free open house from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St.

Men and women who like to sing are invited to join chorus members as they provide entertainment and demonstrations of a cappella four-part close harmony singing in the barbershop style.

All ages are welcome to attend. Members encourage visitors to bring a friend and join the group for a fun afternoon of singing and harmony.

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Tax Collection office of Terry McElmoyle will be closed Saturday and will reopen Monday, Oct. 21.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church, North Street, Lehighton, will hold Sunday School (all ages) at 9:30 a.m.; morning worship at 10:45 a.m.

Women's prayer meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday and wrapped in prayer ministry at 7 p.m. Friday.

Kid's Club for children kindergarten through fourth grades will resume Oct. 28 and every Monday from 6-7:15 p.m.

Miller Keystone Blood Drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 at the church to benefit Mervyn Miller.

Friday, October 18, 2013

The 43rd annual Lehighton Area Halloween Parade will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The rain date is 2 p.m. Sunday.

Julie Harris, parade chairman, said honored this year will be the 4-H Clubs of Carbon County. Leading the contingent of 4-H members will be Carbon County's longest serving member, Robert Miller of Franklin Township and his wife Ferne.

Harris said registration on Saturday will be 2 to 3:45 p.m.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Kidder Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 held its second annual open house last Saturday.

The event, organized by Lieutenant Jess Rickert, 21, of Kidder Township, was put together as part of the national Fire Prevention Week.

"We need to bring fire awareness to children and adults," said Rickert. "We teach fire safety. We had a kitchen fire demonstration, and we had hose and equipment demonstrations. The kids really enjoyed the visit from Smokey Bear. We also had the firefighters come through in turnout gear.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Grace-St. Paul's UMC in Penn Forest Township will host a free meatloaf and mashed potato dinner from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

The church is located at 40 Church Road, just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information call the church at 570-325-9151, or visit the church website at www.gracestpaulsumc.org.

Friday, October 18, 2013

State police in Pennsylvania say a Texas man has been arrested in the 1968 slaying of a Bethlehem Steel employee.

State police Cpl. Tom McAndrew says 67-year-old Richard Keiper, of Boyd, Texas, was arrested Thursday and will be returned to Pennsylvania to face homicide charges in the death of Alfred Barnes.

Barnes was an assistant to the vice president at Bethlehem Steel. Hunters in Monroe County found his body in a Chestnuthill Township field on Oct. 19, 1968. He had been shot multiple times.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Lehighton AMVETS, Elwood Miller Post 106, will meet at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lehighton V.F.W.