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Saturday, October 19, 2013

It's going to be a busy week for Halloween parades.

Six are scheduled in the immediate area over the next eight days, including three this weekend.

Today, a five-division parade is held in Lehighton beginning at 4 p.m. This is the 43rd year for the parade.

Tomorrow, parades are scheduled for Eldred Township in Monroe County at 1 p.m. and in Palmerton at 4 p.m.

The list of upcoming parades is as follows:

Ÿ Today - Lehighton Area Halloween Parade, 4 p.m.

Ÿ Sunday - Eldred Township Halloween Parade, 1 p.m.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Carbon County's retirement fund is having a great year, officials report.

During the monthly meeting of the county retirement board on Thursday, Robert Crampsie, secretary to the board and county controller, reported on the third quarter investment performance, which ended Sept. 30.

He said that the retirement portfolio value at the beginning of the year was $63,409,980, with an adjusted beginning balance after retiree disbursements of $61,204,137. The portfolio value as of Sept. 30 was $69,892,378, which represents an increase of $8,688,241 from the start of 2013.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

A Tamaqua man was jailed Friday morning following an altercation on Mauch Chunk Street, in the area of Freddy's Pub.

Percy Brown, 32, of 32 E. Elm St., Tamaqua, was arraigned before Duty District Magistrate James Kilker on charges of simple assault, and harassment. Bail was set at $15,000 straight cash.

Unable to post bond, Brown was incarcerated in the Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville.

Police were dispatched to North Railroad Street at 2:22 a.m. Friday and met with two females who reported being assaulted in front of the Mauch Chunk Street Bar.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Five Schuylkill County judges held heaings in the courthouse to act on probation violatons and impose sentences on those found guilty by juries.

Five defendants had their probations revoked.

Kevin Clews, 32, Ashland, admitted to violating the terms of his probation which was revoked by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin and was re-sentenced on a charge of possession of drug parpahernalia to serve three to 12 months in the county prison with credit for serving 21 days. He had pleaded guilty to the charge in September 2012 and was placed on probation.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Owl Creek Reservoir Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, at Tom's Auto and Marine on Greenwood Street, Tamaqua. New members are always welcome.

For further information, call 570-668-5066.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Coaldale veterans' organizations will hold a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 to honor those Marines who were killed in action in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983. The ceremony will be held, rain or shine, in the Veterans Memorial Garden, next to borough hall, 221 Third St.

Thirty years ago, 241 Marines were killed when their barracks was bombed.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Northern Lehigh High School is hosting the Tournament of Bands Chapter 2 Championships at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bulldog Community Stadium.

The event will be one of 13 chapter level competitions held over the weekend, according to David Carroll, band director, who added that the chapter level competition is a qualifying and seeding competition for the Tournament of Bands prestigious Atlantic Coast Championships, which will be held the following two weekends at Hershey Park Stadium.

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Interagency Council of Carbon County is planning a 25th anniversary brunch celebration. The event will take place from 8:45-11:15 a.m., Nov. 21, at the Carbon Career & Technical Institute, 150 W. 13th St., Jim Thorpe.

The council is looking for all past and present members of the organization to attend to share stories of successful projects and partnership.

If interested in attending the brunch, contact Larissa Kimmel at lkimmel@cmpmhds.org or 610-377-0773 ext. 3621. Deadline for reservations is Nov. 12.

There is a cost for brunch.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Democrats for Change will present Bar Johnston, longtime activist, former special assistant to Mayor Ed Pawlowski of Allentown and professional political consultant. She will speak at the next meeting, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Inn at Jim Thorpe. Her topics will be "The Sestak Campaign for Senate" and "Best Practices for Democratic Clubs." Also on the agenda will be Roy Christman, Ph.D. who will lead the group in identifying the "movers and shakers" of Carbon County.

Friday, October 18, 2013
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Russell Young

A Lehighton man admitted Thursday in Carbon County court to setting two fires in his hometown, one at his sister's house, and another where he resided.

Russell Young, 45, pleaded to two counts of arson-danger of death or bodily harm, both felony ones, before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Nanovic deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation report.