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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A second annual battle of the church bands will benefit Habitat for Humanity. The Battle will be held April 30 at the Sherman Theater, Main Street, Stroudsburg.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door, online or by calling 610-381-8796.

There are four bands playing this year: More Than Sunday, the 2010 powerhouse band returning from last year; Less of Us, a Christian rock band from Hazelton; the Revolution Band, a Christian praise and rock band from Trucksville; and Praise the Change of Heart band of Christian praise and worship from the West End.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Jim Thorpe police department received a letter from the Victims Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP), commending them for their 'hard work and diligence.' Mayor of Jim Thorpe, Michael Sofranko presented this letter and commended the police department on there efficiency and outreach at Thursday night's Borough Council meeting.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The 111-year-old Greater Lehighton/Carbon County Fair judges' stand, where decades ago men sat high above the crowds to call the winners of horse shows and wrestling matches, will continue to stand sentinel where it has stood for several years, at the Community Grove on Seventh Street in the borough.

At least for now.

On Monday, Lehighton Borough Council twice voted on ways to transfer ownership of the eight-sided, 20-foot-high structure. Both suggestions failed, 5-2.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area High School senior Blake Campbell (right) recently received a DAR Good Citizen Award after his essay received an honorable mention at the state competition. Campbell is joined in the photo by Palmerton Area High School guidance counselor Rich DeSocio (left).

Whether he realizes it or not, Blake Campbell has become a pioneer of sorts.

A senior at Palmerton Area High School, Campbell recently received a DAR Good Citizen Award.

The award is given to outstanding high school seniors for their contributions to their communities and schools.

This was the first time Palmerton entered the competition. Campbell scored the highest amount of points on the required essay on how to be a good citizen.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS A Ford Ranger operated by Ralph Shafer of Lansford was rear-ended shortly before 8:30 a.m. today as Shafer was attempting to turn into the parking lot at Stoves 'N Stuff on SR309. Shafer was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital for treatment.

A two vehicle accident this morning on SR309 in West Penn Township, near Stoves 'N Stuff, sent at least one man to the hospital.

Ralph Shafer of Lansford was traveling south in a Ford Ranger pick up truck when he stopped to make a left hand turn into the Stoves 'N Stuff parking lot shortly before 8:30 a.m. A delivery van, owned by Fegley Oil and driven by Christopher Huegel of Tamaqua, exited the Fegley lot and rear ended the pick up truck. Shafer's vehicle ended up at the southernmost entrance to the mini mall lot.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A former Carbon County resident, now residing in Tamaqua, was sentenced to a county prison term on Monday for shooting his uncle at his residence in Jim Thorpe.

James W. Freiling, 28, was sentenced by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to serve one day less 12 months to one day less 24 months on a charge of aggravated assault and to five years probation on a charge of possession of an instrument of crime. The terms run consecutively. Freiling previously pleaded guilty to the charges.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Bramble was just one of the kittens saved by Carbon County Friends of Animals in Jim Thorpe over the years. Dozens of cats and kittens are hoping that you will help the shelter care for them better until they are adopted by voting on the Animal Rescue Site's $300,000 Shelter Challenge.

Carbon County Friends of Animals needs your vote.

The non-profit cat shelter in Jim Thorpe is taking part in the Animal Rescue Site's $300,000 Shelter Challenge. The challenge will award one grand prize of $5,000 to the winning shelter; as well as 51 $1,000 state grants and various other smaller grants during the competition. A total of 68 grants totaling $75,000 will be awarded this challenge round.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A man who stole from a Carbon County church while he served as its treasurer, was sentenced to a long probation term and ordered to make sizeable restitution to the church and a insurance company.

Kevin A. Hantz, 46, of Walnutport, was placed on probation for five years by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb and ordered to make resitution of $29,000 to St. John's Lutheran Church, in Lower Towamensing Township, and the Zurick Insurance Company for $71,976.18 which is paid for loss funds.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Stonehedge Gardens, South Tamaqua, in partnership with the Saucon Creek watershed Association of the Lehigh Valley, will sponsor a build your own rain barrel workshop on May 14. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, at Stonehedge Gardens, 15 Dairy Rd., in West Penn Township.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

You can park cars and passenger vans, motorcycles and pickup trucks and, under certain circumstances, service vans, on the streets of Lehighton.

But you can't park tractor trailers, campers, dump trucks or other vehicles, according to an ordinance amendment enacted Monday by borough council.

The change bars the parking or placement of any vehicle or other object, "other than a passenger car, passenger van, motorcycle, pickup truck, or service-type van," the amendment states.