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Thursday, September 1, 2011

A town hall meeting being held today by Senator Pat Toomey at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe was not sponsored by the Lehighton 9/12 Project as reported in Wednesday's newspaper.

The TIMES NEWS regrets the error.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Commonwealth is expected to conclude sometime today presenting testimony in the murder trial of Julius Enges, of Reading, charged with the alleged fatal shooting of Bruce L. Forker in his home in his home in Shenandoah in May 2010.

Judge Jacqueline Russell, presiding over the trial in the Schuylkill County Court has held long hours in the four day trial in order to complete it this week because the court's regular criminal court term gets underway after Labor Day. A panel of jurors were brought in Wednesday to select jurors for criminal cases to be heard.

Thursday, September 1, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Coaldale Police Chief Tim Delaney uses the new, custom-made computer donated to the borough by Jim Thorpe National Bank.

Coaldale police have new ammunition in the war on crime, thanks to a local bank.

Jim Thorpe National Bank has donated the money for a custom-made computer to the department. It replaces the department's previous computer, bought for $150 on eBay about five or six years ago, said Chief Tim Delaney.

"You'd sit here, you'd download or try to access something, and you'd go in, get a drink, come back, and you'd still be waiting," he said. "This new one is lightning-quick."

Thursday, September 1, 2011
Special to the Times News Damion Bower of Walnutport has spent the summer working as an intern in Rep. Julie Harhart's office.

Damien Bower of Walnutport hopes to be governor some day. The Northern Lehigh senior has been working in Rep. Julie Harhart's office as an intern for his student project. The office is in the Slatington borough hall.

But his interest in politics began earlier when he and his father Kip made a hobby or arguing national politics.

He was looking for a student project and his first idea of working at the Walnutport carnival was no good because he would be out of town at that time.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Carbon County Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct a Patriot's Day (9/11) memorial service on Friday, Sept. 9, at 8:40 a.m. in the Josiah White Park, Jim Thorpe.

All residents are urged to attend and honor those who lost their lives in the tragic events that unfolded on Sept. 11 a decade ago. Fire, police and ambulance personnel, and veterans organizations are also invited to attend.

Thursday, September 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters have to utilize portable water tanks when fighting fires in rural areas, since fire hydrants aren't readily available.

West Penn, New Ringgold and Tamaqua fire companies routinely come together to test the limits of their response, water storage and pumps in the event of a large rural fire. In most communities, fire hydrants are readily available to provide needed water to a fire. But in most rural areas, firefighters have to rely on portable water tanks to hold water.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Weissport Redneck Festival will be held this weekend, Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4, in the Weissport Park, which is held smack dab in the middle of the town.

Festivities, including the Redneck games, contests and food vendors and live entertainment will be from noon to 9 or 10 p.m. both days. Proceeds from the event benefit youth recreation in Weissport. This festival lets everyone be part of the event or they can cheer on the participants who compete in the contests.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The line up of guest speakers has been announced for the annual Tamaqua Area 9/11 Remembrance Service. The event will be held Sunday, Sept. 11, the tenth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil, at the Hometown Nursing Center on SR54 in Hometown. The annual event was moved to the nursing center last year as organizers took steps to include almost 20 military veterans who reside at the center.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Despite suffering over 36 hours of no power, neighbors on Rymin Road in Hometown came together to relish the company of each other during their blackout lantern party. Neighbors, all holding flashlights, enjoyed snacks and refreshments as they socialized around a lantern while watching PPL crews work in pitch black to restore their power. A tree had fallen onto powerlines behind one of the homes on Rymin Road early Sunday morning causing a community wide blackout.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Rod Stufflebean tightens wire siding on new bleachers installed at the Marian Catholic High School football field in Hometown. The bleachers were purchased by the Men of Marian and are installed by J.R. Vaughn Construction of Frazeysburg, Ohio. Construction foreman Jim Vaughn assured they'll be ready for Marian's season opener at home Friday night against Lehighton.