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Friday, August 15, 2014

Four people charged with driving under the influence were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program for first-time offenders on Thursday.

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

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II placed the four for a year.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Smokey Bear will be at the Locust Lake State Park amphitheater, in Barnesville on Aug. 23. The program starts at 6 p.m.

Dave Duffy, fire chief at the New England Fire Company, Tamaqua R.D., will give a fire prevention and campfire safety presentation followed by a visit from Smokey Bear.

The program is free and open to the public. Shine only and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday, August 15, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Children from Conservation camp listen to Jeannie Carl, a naturalist with the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, as she displays a black rat snake.

Campers in the Carbon County Conservation Camp spent the day Thursday at Hickory Run State Park. They learned about snakes and took a trek through Boulder field.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Mrs. Norbert V. Schwartz of Jim Thorpe experienced quite a thrill while vacationing with her family in the Adirondacks in New York.

While in The Lavender Shop at Lake Placid, she met Kate Smith, nationally famous vocalist of "When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain" fame.

The proprietress, who is hospitalized, is a close friend of Smith's, so the singer and a number of friends have been taking turns staffing the store in her absence. Smith owns a cottage at Lake Placid. She leaves each customer she serves with the greeting, "God bless you."

Friday, August 15, 2014

Grace-St. Paul's United Methodist Church will host a free community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the church, which is located on 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

The meal will be a beef barbecue sandwich and macaroni and cheese dinner.

For more information call the church at 570-325-9151.

Friday, August 15, 2014
PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Arlene McGeehan of Tamaqua was having breakfast with her granddaughter, Mackenzie, at Tom's Diner in Drums when Gov. Tom Corbett stopped in for a bite to eat. The governor was gracious enough to pose for photos with both women. The photo opportunity took place near the end of July.

Friday, August 15, 2014

St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, will host a family picnic at Memorial Park on Sept. 7.

Families of the congregation will meet at the park, as well as the children of the Sunday School and teachers by 10:45 a.m. The morning worship service will begin at 11. There will be no radio broadcast of the service.

The planned menu will be fried chicken, hot dogs and barbecue. Beverages and ice cream will also be provided. There is a sign up sheet in the back of the church if you wish to attend with your family. Signing up will help the committee plan on food and drinks.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Lansford Borough Council wants access to the recorded report of officer David Midas' suicide from the Carbon County Communications Center.

On the night of Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, Midas, also a lieutenant with the Carbon County Sheriff's Department, was off-duty but got into a Lansford borough police cruiser, picked up a fellow police officer, then drove to Broadway in Jim Thorpe and fatally shot himself.

The investigation of the incident was handled by the Pennsylvania State Police.

Solicitor Michael Greek said that access to the tape may not be possible.

Friday, August 15, 2014

St. Luke's Miners Hospital Cares for Kids 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run will be held on Sept. 20, rain or shine. The course will begin and end at the hospital.

Proceeds will support St. Luke's Miners Community Health Initiatives which focus on children, such as Live Your Life, Reach Out and Read, Reading Rocks, diabetes education, tobacco cessation, Healthy Homes, community safety initiative and "Get Your Tail on the Trail." Miners Campus President Bill Moyer will lead the St. Luke's Team.

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Kunkletown area woman who admitted stealing from her church when she was treasurer was sentenced on Thursday in Carbon County court to a short jail term followed by a long probation period.

Yvonne L. Anthony, 53, of 1670 Lower Smith Gap Road, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve 30 days in jail, two months in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program with electronic monitoring, and 24 months of regular probation. Anthony previously pleaded guilty to a charge of theft by deception-false impression.