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Friday, July 11, 2014

The Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation announces open registration for the Leadership Carbon Class of 2015. Leadership Carbon is an adult leadership program brought to you by the CCEDC and Lehigh Carbon Community College. It transforms business professionals into action-oriented community leaders while increasing Carbon County's resources and capacity. Classes will run for nine months and meet the first Wednesday of every month from September 2014 to May 2015 at the CCEDC office in Lehighton and occasionally at other Carbon County locations.

Friday, July 11, 2014

In June of last year, a full moon made headlines. The news media called it a "supermoon" because it was 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons of 2013. Around the world, people went outside to marvel at its luminosity.

If you thought one supermoon was bright, how about three? The full moons of summer 2014 July 12, Aug. 10, and Sept. 9 will all be supermoons.

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Tamaqua man who was found hiding in a closet in a borough home was sentenced to state time by a Schuylkill County judge.

Derek Shellhamer, 27, pleaded guilty to access device fraud, theft by deception and receiving stolen property. Judge James Goodman on July 3 sentenced him on the access device fraud charge to pay $443 in restitution to M&T Bank, and serve three months to two years in state prison.

On the theft by deception charge, Goodman sentenced him to a year of probation, to be served at the same time. The charge of receiving stolen property was dropped.

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Mauch Chunk Opera House and its Hill Road neighbors met on Tuesday night to address matters of noise.

After five notices from the Liquor Control Board totaling $2,000 in fines due to noise complaints from nearby residents, leaders at the opera house settled on a peaceful agreement with concerned neighbors.

Operators of the opera house, JTAMS Inc., will continue to take on projects that subdue the amount of noise heard from outside the establishment, especially on the Hill Road side of the opera house where noise can be heard most clearly.

Friday, July 11, 2014
Bob Ford/Times News

Four-year-old twins Harry James, left, and Maurice Cooper

from Nesquehoning help their mother wash her car at Fedor's Car Wash in Lehighton on Thursday.

Friday, July 11, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS J.P. Jordan, Touchstone Theatre, chats with Tamaqua Adult Day Care client Alice Trusky. Jordan was helping Trusky relate her memories of growing up in Tamaqua.

"When the trains with the box cars stopped, some of the hobos would hop down and ask the nearby people for food. Some of them were very hungry and had been without food for a long time.

"My mother always said that when someone asks you for food, feed them. She always had a large pot of soup on the old coal stove.

"Dad would often sit on the porch with them and listen to their stories about their travels. They told him about how they had special signs, and secret words that told the other hobos where they would be accepted and fed."

Friday, July 11, 2014
Midas

Lansford Borough Council wants to see a copy of the state police investigation on a high-profile suicide of part-time officer David Midas eight months ago.

On the night of Friday, Oct. 25, Midas, who was also a lieutenant with the Carbon County Sheriff's Department, was off-duty but hopped into a Lansford borough police cruiser, picked up a fellow police officer, then drove to Broadway in Jim Thorpe, where he fatally shot himself.

The investigation of the incident was handled by the Pennsylvania State Police.

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Carbon County man violated the conditions of his probation and was resentenced to a state prison term recently by a county judge.

Keith Breiner, 52, of Lehighton, was placed on probation for two years on April 17, 2012, for indecent exposure. At the same sentencing proceeding, Judge Steven R. Serfass also sentenced him to serve 90 days to 23 months in the county prison on a corruption of minors charge. The terms ran consecutively.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Feed the People will provide a free community dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. John Lutheran Church, 1 West Abbott St. in Lansford.

Please use the Tunnel Street entrance.

For more information, call 570-657-1480.

Friday, July 11, 2014

A limited number of produce vouchers are still available to Weatherly area senior citizens.

During the Carbon County Commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board talked about the Senior Farmers' Market Program, which offers $20 vouchers to county seniors over 60 years old and who meet income guidelines.

The problem, Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard said, was that a glitch with getting the word out in one area newspaper that serves Weatherly caused the seniors to miss the distribution dates.