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Saturday, October 26, 2013
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Felicia-Sue Anthony, standing, left, and Jared Sharpe, center, tell Lions of District 14U how Lions have touched their lives by sending them to their respective camps. Standing with them, right, is District Governor Lizanne McElwee. Listening are, from left, seated, 2nd Vice District Governor Ken Mims, 1st Vice District Governor Sharon Kimmel, and right, District 14U treasurer Alicia Silliman.

Lions District 14-U held its 14th Annual Fall Rally at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Building in Lehighton with over 125 Lions and friends in attendance.

An explanation of what the club does came in the form of presentations by two young people who have benefitted from Lions programs, including Felicia-Sue Anthony of Lehighton and Jared Sharpe of Tamaqua, who were introduced by District Governor Lizanne McElwee.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Twelve first time offenders were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if the person fails to complete it or are revoked from it then they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year.

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Firefigters water down the interior of the home of David and Theresa Christman of 2605 Walnut Drive in Lower Towamensing Township. The house received fire, smoke and water damage.

A Lower Towamensing Township family was displaced from their home Friday night when a fire broke out in the garage and spread quickly to the residence.

David and Theresa Christman had just returned to their home at 2605 Walnut Drive from a shopping trip when they said they smelled something hot coming from the garage of their ranch home. The fast moving fire broke out about 8:40 p.m. and destroyed both Theresa's car and a classic car in the garage before spreading to the house.

The fire also damaged the neighbor's siding.

Saturday, October 26, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Three-year-old Iris Graver of Lehighton enjoys the Jumbo Elephant ride outside the Jim Thorpe Market.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

One of the largest and most complex construction projects in years in Mahoning Township is complete and Wednesday local residents can see the finished product.

The new Walmart supercenter has its grand opening at 8 a.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 7:30 a.m.

One of the highlights is the announcement that $3,500 in grants from Walmart Foundations will be awarded. Recipients are Mahoning Valley Ambulance, Mahoning Valley Fire Company and Trinity Food Bank.

Saturday, October 26, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/times news Leon George II and his wife Danielle, keep the school bus wheels going around in their family-owned business of Leon George, II School Buses, Inc. The newest member of their fleet is a 33-seat 2013 Glaval Legacy/Freightliner for charter trips.

The wheels on the bus go round and round. But it takes a special kind of person to keep those wheels going and keeping his precious passengers safe.

That has been Leon George II's life-long mission and has become a family tradition.

His company, Leon George II School Buses, Inc., Lehighton/Palmerton, a family-owned school bus contracting company, received the Pennsylvania School Bus Association's prestigious Gold Gus Contractor Award.

Saturday, October 26, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Haden Matula of the Winnie-the-Pooh Day Care in Summit Hill shovels dirt during tree planting event, Thursday.

An 18-foot sugar maple tree was planted in front of the parking lot of the First Presbyterian Church in Summit Hill, Thursday.

The tree was planted to mark the 40th anniversary of the Winnie-the-Pooh Day Care, which is located at the church.

About 20 children ages 5 and younger helped plant the tree. Each child had a small shovel and tossed loose dirt into the hole that the tree was placed.

The tree was donated by Lisa and David Hiles of Summit Hill. It was purchased from J. C. Hill Farm in New Ringgold.

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Beverly Abraham, Slatington - "As a small girl, my grandfather would go in the Slatington Halloween Parade, and he would never tell us what he was going to be until he would walk up to us in the parade.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The walls of Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church started rising in 2002.

It is believed by the Christian faithful that Jesus Christ is the foundation upon which His church is built.

Some years ago, a group of followers took a giant leap of faith. Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Trachsville left the comfort of the known and bravely blazed a path to build a new foundation. Literally. They wanted to build a new church.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The need for more volunteers was a primary topic at the Walnutport Recreation Board meeting last night, with temporary President Wayne Weidner saying they don't have enough people to get much accomplished.

"We need support and volunteers from the community," agreed secretary Michele Novak. "Our biggest problem is manpower … We have to have the backing of the community."

The current committee consists of just five volunteers, who said they handed out flyers at last Sunday's Walnutport Canal Festival in an effort to garner more interest in the program.