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Monday, June 24, 2013

Tuscarora State Park Naturalist Tobin Tracey will lead a hike on the Crow, Lake View and Spirit trails at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, shine only. The hike is 8 miles and moderate in difficulty, and combines the best of the trails in Tuscarora State Park.

Hikers will meet in the Crow Trail parking lot off Tuscarora Mountain Road. Dogs must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Call (570) 467-2506 for more information.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Two area women were among four defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge James P. Goodman as follows:

Dianne Louise Ontiveros, 59, of 31 Swatara St., Tamaqua, pleaded guilty to retail theft from Boscov's Department Store, Fairlane Village Mall, Pottsville, and was given credit for spending 231 days in the county prison and released on parole for 23 months, pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund, and perform 40 hours of community service. She was cited by Trooper Robert Oakley.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Bible school

St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, will host the ecumenical Vacation Bible School this week, at the church, from 6-8:30 p.m. The theme this year is "Tell It on the Mountain Where Jesus Christ is Lord."

The program is open to all ages and denominations of the community, preschool through sixth grade. The closing program will be held Friday at 6 p.m. at the church, at which time there will be a slide presentation and the children will present what they learned for the week.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Seven area residents were among 17 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell as follows:

Michael J. Stewart, 30, of 42 William St., Barnesville, two counts of violation of rules of Commonwealth property, fined $600 and costs. Under a plea agreement charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were dismissed. He was charged by Ranger Chad Woleslagle, Tuscarora State Park Complex, with violating camp rules.

Monday, June 24, 2013

A Coaldale man was among eight defendants who were given hearings in Schuylkill County court on bench warrants issued against them.

When the court releases a defendant on bail it does not mean he has full freedom but must follow rules and if they violate the rules, mainly failing to keep court appearances then a bench warrant is issued and they are taken off the street first lodged in prison for a appearance in court.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Water and sewer improvements on Lehigh Avenue in Palmerton will cost $23,954.21 less than expected.

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday approved changes to the project that will bring the price down on the Community Development Block Grant funded project from $492,960.99 to $418,513.62.

Monday, June 24, 2013

A Coaldale woman drew a long prison sentence after pleading guilty to two count of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. She was one of 22 defendants who pleaded guilty to criminal charges and were sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller in Schuylkill County court.

Judy Lynn Fetrow, 45, of 341 Ridge Terrace, sentenced on two DUI of alcohol charges and received a total sentence of 93 days in the county Pprison to five years and six months.

Monday, June 24, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters remove flammable items from the second floor to the home.

A 7-year-old girl has died, after firefighters had rescued her and three other people from a house fire located directly across the street from the McAdoo Fire Company just after 11:30 p.m. Saturday in McAdoo.

Firefighters pulled Lorraine Searfoss, 45, from a front second-floor window. A short time after, other firefighters took Madison Arner, 7, from the back of the home. Leshko said that Madison was resuscitated by firefighters.

Both were taken to Hazleton General Hospital, and later flown to the Lehigh Valley Hospital trauma center burn unit.

Monday, June 24, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Slatington Lions club who were on hand for the installation of officers on Tuesday. Shown from the left front are:Ted Kistler, Henry Kline, Doug Heckman, Ted Harlan, Bob Keegan, Jim Layland, Claude Fenstermaker, Matt Guesto.  In the back, from the left, are: Dave Benninger, Tommy Nicholson, Steve Walden, Tim Kern, Craig Weist, George J. Kutta III, Pete Papay, and Eugene R. Mayberry.
Monday, June 24, 2013

As part of the 2nd Annual Summit Hill Hootenanny, the Summit Hill Lions Club will offer a free demonstration on Zumba classes.

The event will be held in Ludlow Park in the center of the community on Sunday, June 30.

The Lions have arranged for a Zumba instructor to present a 45-minute demonstration on the fitness program that involves dance and aerobic elements. Zumba's choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and some Bollywood and belly dance moves. Squats and lunges are also included.