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Friday, August 16, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS

Tyler Hager, 8, of Palmerton, proudly holds up this sign in which he thanks patrons who supported his Alex's Lemonade Stand during the borough's 42nd annual Sidewalk Sale held earlier this month. Tyler, whose goal was to raise $200 for pediatric cancer, shattered that mark as he collected just shy of $1,740.

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Volunteer firefighter EJ Yescavage works late into the night preparing his fire company's trucks for next week's 59th Annual Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters' Association Convention in Mahanoy City. Yescavage, along with fellow firefighters from Tamaqua's East End Fire Company, have spent many late nights upgrading their truck. Some recent improvements consist of new cabinet LED lights, corner side mirror, labeling, AED, driving camera and cab lights. The convention parade is scheduled for next Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Friday, August 16, 2013

A new psychiatric outpatient clinic in Carbon County is doing well, officials report.

During the Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative Board meeting on Wednesday, Kellie Price, supervisor of Behavioral Health Services at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21, updated the group on the clinic, which "aims to provide support and assistance in the development of adaptive skills in order for the client to function positively in their family, school and community."

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Emergency responders were called to the intersection of West Spruce and S. Railroad streets, Tamaqua, just before 7 a.m. today, after a driver crashed into the support of a railroad crossing. Police reported that Mark John Ankner Jr., Wilkes-Barre, the driver of a black Hyundai GLS V6, was traveling east down W. Spruce Street, when he lost control and struck the crossing. Ankner, who initially complained of hand pain, later refused treatment. Police said charges are expected to be filed. Patrolman Thomas Rodgers is the investigating officer.

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A Lehigh County man admitted to his part in multiple thefts at the Wal-Mart store in Mahoning Township, while a drug dealer was among a total of 14 defendants in pending cases to enter guilty pleas on Thursday in Carbon County court.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas.

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Trujillo Luis Daniel Gonzalez, 25, of Allentown, and formerly of Tobyhanna, pleaded guilty to his part in multiple thefts incidents at the Wal-Mart store. He also pleaded to drug charges.

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Sovereign Bank in West Penn Township, at the crossroads of SR309 and 895, was reportedly robbed this morning.

All area police departments were alerted at 10:10 a.m. that a white male, approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall, wearing a dark blue hoodie and sunglasses had robbed the bank and fled.

Reports note he was operating a maroon and black Harley Davidson motorcycle and fled west on SR309, headed toward New Ringgold. A partial license plate of CA3 was also reported.

Friday, August 16, 2013
Preparing for Jim Thorpe bridge construction

At top, Dahlia Martin, left, and Mary Andrew view a capriciously placed, ironic "Open House" sign resting atop the remains of a home demolished on Route 903 at the intersection of North Street and West Front Street on the east side of Jim Thorpe, to make way for a new bridge across the Lehigh River. The house is the most recent to be razed of approximately eight homes acquired by PennDOT in the vicinity of the bridge egress. Right, the house at 103 North St. was marked for demolition with the graffitilike lettering "PA1" painted upon its face.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Do you know or have a loved one who suffers from the psychological scars of war or combat stress?

Do you have trouble sleeping?

Have you had difficulties transitioning from the military into civilian life?

There is help.

The Veterans Support Group VALOR invites any veteran to a free group therapy program on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the Gilbert American Legion Post 927, downstairs, at 7 p.m. It will meet monthly, the third Tuesday of every month. The Legion is located on Route 209/Fairgrounds Road, Gilbert.

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ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Free concert in Tamauqa Enjoying the concert by The Todd Wolfe Band as part of the free Tamaqua Summer Concert Series are, l-r, Tyrone Gardner of New Jersey, Jerry Sabol II of Tamaqua and Jerry Sabol of Hometown.

The Todd Wolfe Band performed Thursday evening in Tamaqua as part of the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce free Summer Concert Series. Despite nippy temperatures, the concert, sponsored by the Gursky family, drew a well-attended crowd. The next free concert, scheduled next Thursday, Aug. 22, will feature YMI A Duo performing the blues.

Friday, August 16, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Though the land is privately owned, visitors occasionally take a -mile hike through woods to the Louis Bova memorial above Oneida #2 slope mine. Seen in the foreground is the casing to one of the bore holes drilled in 1963 to reach the trapped miners.

The 50th anniversary of the Sheppton Mine Disaster has raised questions about ownership of the land.

According to John Bova, son of deceased miner Louis Bova, the area where the rescue bore holes were driven and the resting place of miner Bova is now owned by Eva Bova.

"We own a small area there. It was deeded to us and I now have a key to the gate," Bova told the TIMES NEWS.