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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Luzerne County man, scheduled for trial next week on various sexual assault counts involving a young girl in which he fathered two children, pleaded guilty in Carbon County court.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Contract negotiations between the special education teachers and the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board are at a stalemate.

At its monthly meeting Monday night the board rejected the fact-finders report dated July 30, regarding contract negotiations with the IUs Exceptional Children's Program Education Association. The current contract ended in June.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Avery Keller, 13, left, and Crissa Seviran, 16, wash Sammy, a 3-year-old pregnant heifer, at the Carbon County Fair.

The agricultural area at the Carbon County Fairgrounds in Palmerton was busy Monday with the arrival of the livestock throughout the morning. By mid-afternoon, most of the animals had arrived.

The fair is scheduled to open today at 3 p.m.

Bob Silliman, president of the fair, was busy seeing to last minute details, but stopped to chat.

"The weather this week is looking good fair and warmer, although you can't control the weather," he grinned. "The forecast is good, with only a chance of showers on Thursday. We're here either way."

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Sheryl and George Selby of Kunkletown were the first customers at Kinsley's ShopRite, Brodheadsville, Grand Opening Sunday morning.

More than 400 people were lined up outside the Kinsley's ShopRite on Sunday morning for the Grand Opening of the new store in Brodheadsville.

"I love it! I feel like I'm at a rock concert. I posted it on my Facebook and told everyone that I was in line here at Kinsley's. Some said I was crazy. I told them, I know," said Dori Hurley of Jonas.

A faithful shopper at Kinsley's for over nine years, Dori said she loves the Kinsley people and she's very excited about the new store.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters, paramedics and flight crew care for the alleged hit and run victim.

Rush Township police were dispatched to Quakake just before 9 p.m. yesterday for a report of a man being struck by a vehicle.

Township Police Sgt. Duane Frederick said that 33 year old Keith S. Mcfarland Jr. of Tamaqua was standing along Jones Street when he was allegedly struck by a dark colored vehicle traveling east. A Medevac helicopter landed at Marian Catholic High School's baseball field to transport McFarland to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, for unknown injuries.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The regular meeting of the Tamaqua Borough Council is canceled today.

Their next meeting, open to the public, will be held Tuesday August 21 at 7 p.m. at the Tamaqua Borough Hall, 320 E. Broad Street.

For more information, call (570) 668-3444.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Red Knights Motorcycle Club, PA Chapter 18, presented a check recently to the McFeeley family of Penn Forest Township.

The check presentation occurred at the Albrightsville Fire Station by Darin Weidner, president of the Red Knights chapter.

This check was presented to help the family with expenses due to a fire in their home on July 11.

One family member, C. J. McFeeley, is a junior firefighter with the Albrightsville Fire Department. Another member, Sandra, who is C. J.'s mother, is a fire police volunteer.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

There was standing room only at the Penn Forest Township Supervisors' meeting last night, with residents opposed to a proposed zip line.

The crowd was made up mostly of residents of the Bear View Development.

According to Bill Miller, who was the first to address the supervisors, the residents want to stop a zip line that is being considered for the 400-plus acre parcel located to the back of the development.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Blue Mountain Health System will co-sponsor an AARP Driver Safety Renewal Course on Thurs., Aug. 16, from 12-4 p.m. at the Bowmanstown Medical Plaza, 204 Bank Street in Bowmanstown.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
JACOB SEIBEL/TIMES NEWS Kadie Paules, 12, left, hands West Penn Police Chief Brian Johnson, right, one of the stuffed animals she donated for accident victims.

After hearing about an EMS worker giving a stuffed bear to a young girl passenger involved in a car accident about a week and a half ago, Kadie Paules,12, took the initiative to purchase several shopping bags full of stuffed animals to donate to emergency medical services (EMS) volunteers and fire company volunteers to hand out to accident victims.

She brought the bags full of donations to the West Penn Township board of supervisors meeting at the municipal building last evening to give to Police Chief Brian Johnson so he can distribute them.