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Monday, June 25, 2012

The Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club will hold its meeting on Wednesday, June 27 at the Big Creek Grange at 7 p.m. Livestock projects only.

The 4-H program is open to youth from ages 8-19 as of Jan. 1, 2012.

4-H is a youth program of Penn State University. PSU does not discriminate against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Monday, June 25, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS At its most recent meeting, Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch presented a program on the importance of video surveillance. Leading the discussion were, left to right, Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig; Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch Coordinator Byron Schnell; Lehighton Police Officer Matt Arner; Rick Bjorkman; and President of Home Technology Solutions Craig Kovacs.

Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch continues its mission to help make the community a safer place to live, learn, work, and play. The newly-formed organization will present a gang awareness program on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Lehighton Area High School .

Lehighton Police Officer Matt Arner will be guest speaker. He will detail gang activity, not in Allentown, Hazleton, or Scranton – but right here in Carbon County – specifically in the Lehighton area. It's a topic of vital importance for anyone who lives in or has a business in the community.

Monday, June 25, 2012

DCNR/Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center is sponsoring "Birding by Kayak: Long Pond Preserve," from 5 p.m. until dusk on Friday, July 6.

Long Pond in the Pocono Mountains has been called "one of the world's Top Last Great Places" by the Nature Conservancy. This will be a great time of day to observe and listen to the sounds of Long Pond's interesting bird life.

Registration is required. Fee is required, which goes toward educational programming at Jacobsburg. Must supply own kayak/canoe and life vest.

Monday, June 25, 2012

West Penn and Rush Township Police Departments are stepping up enforcement for the next few months in conjunction with PennDOT Special Project Funding through the PA Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project.

Monday, June 25, 2012

A family fishing program will be offered at Locust Lake State Park, in Schuylkill County, on Wednesday, June 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. It is an educational program designed for families with little or no fishing experience. Families will learn basic fishing skills and have an opportunity to practice those skills while fishing together during the program.

Monday, June 25, 2012
DJ Brad Murphy, who has pH-positive chronic myeloid leukemia, holds the microphone as Jennifer Betz, Jim Thorpe, sings "Just Having Met You." Murphy's leukemia is in remission.

"A combination of teams, volunteers, sponsors and community made this event a great success," said Marsha Resch during the 19th annual Relay for Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities, which was held over the weekend.

This year's event took place at the Panther Valley stadium in Lansford.

More than two dozen teams, consisting of more than 200 participants, took part, raising $81,762 during the event and via fundraisers held by teams before the Relay.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Two Lansford men were among 12 who entered pleas of guilty to criminal charges in the Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller.

Shawn Michael Murphy, 33, of 237 W. Abbott St., was sentenced to serve three to 12 months in a state correctional facility and a concurrent 12 months probation for retail theft from the Walmart Store in Hometown and for possession of a drug paraphernalia (pipe).

Monday, June 25, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Standing next to Korean War monument at the Lehighton American Legion Post are officers of the Korean Last Man's Club, l-r, John R. Williams, vice president; Robert D. Berger Jr., president; and Leroy Goldberg, secretary/treasurer, prior to 46th annual banquet, Saturday.

Dozens of veterans from the Korean War attended the 46th annual banquet of the Korean Last Man's Club Saturday at the Lehighton American Legion Post.

The event was held two days before the 62nd anniversary of the start of the war.

In charge of the meeting was club president Robert D. Berger Jr. He remarked, "May our ceremonies tonight deepen our reverence for our departed comrades."

Berger also placed the wreath on the Korean monument in front of the Legion Post.

A highlight of the meeting was re-election of officers.

Monday, June 25, 2012

The seven-year-old grandson of the Lehighton woman who drowned in the Lehigh River on Friday afternoon, died early Saturday morning at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, where he was flown following the swimming accident.

The Lehigh County coroner's office said Nolan Ritchie, of 113 Sixth St., Coaldale, died at 1:05 a.m. The coroner's office said he died due to complications of drowning and ruled the death accidental.