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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Dozens of uprooted white pine trees are located on the property of Bob and Barbara Kudile of 149 Sycamore Ave. in West Penn Township. The Kudiles have never seen anything like this and estimate that over 200 trees were uprooted and fallen on their property alone in last week's storm.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Sometime Friday night into Saturday morning, the windows of the Family Dollar in Tamaqua were smashed by vandals. Police ask that anyone with information call them at (570) 668-5000. The store is still open. Tamaqua Crime Watch officials state that anonymous tips can be submitted via www.TamaquaCrimeWatch.com

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe honored all veterans on Memorial Day with its annual Memorial Day parade seen here making its way down North Street on the East side of town and eventually continuing on through the remainder of theborough concluding with a service at he Civil War monument in Downtown Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Runners should set aside some room on their jog logs this weekend.

That's because the 11th annual Running of the Dawgs 5K Run/Fitness Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run will be held this Saturday at the Northern Lehigh Athletic Stadium, 1 Bulldog Lane, Slatington.

Registration for the event is at 7:30 a.m. The 1-Mile Fun Run will start at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. The post race will feature awards, a drawing, and dog costume judging.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

R.W. Fritzinger Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7215 Ladies Auxiliary, Walnutport, presented a Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag program to kindergarten and first grade students at East Penn Elementary School. From left are, adults, Mary Beth Dougherty, representing Sen. David Argall's office, Lucille Rex, Auxiliary member; and Karen Bandzi, president of the Auxiliary; and children, Bryce Potts, Sydney Miller, Trent Scott and Leilani McClure. The program included a video and teaching the pledge of allegiance to the student.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A compromise agreement was reached between the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown and Schuylkill County Commissioners on the amount of real estate tax that shall be paid beginning in 2011 on three church buildings in Coaldale, which no longer serve as houses of worship.

Last fall Panther Valley School District filed a petition in the county court to remove the tax exemption on the buildings and the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals board agreed and fixed market values and assessments on all three church buildings.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Julian Rickert, 8, of Lansford, stands tall withn a U.S. Air Force flag as a member of the Coaldale Sons of the American Legion during Memorial Day services held Sunday at the Seek Memorial in the borough. Julian's grandfathers, James Dvorshock and William Rickert served in Korea and Vietnam, respectively.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Rep. Doyle Heffley will host a visit by the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee in Jim Thorpe to visit local tourism sites and meet with local officials to promote tourism in Carbon County at 3:15 p.m. June 1.

The visit will take place at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Three of five men involved in a confrontation at a Carbon County development that resulted in assaults and damages to property, were sentenced Tuesday in the county court. They were among several defendants who previously entered guilty pleas to be sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Penn Forest incident

The three were involved in an incident that occurred in the Mt. Pocohontas development in Penn Forest Township and occurred on July 14, 2010. Two of the three got short jail terms and the third probation.

Sentenced were:

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A motorcyclist was injured late Tuesday afternoon when involved in a crash with a car along North First Street in Lehighton. The crash occurred at 4:30 p.m. in front of the Kovatch automotive corporation. The biker was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to the Lehighton hospital. The driver of the car was not injured. Police blocked off first street during the incident.