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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tom Zimmerman IV, president of the Mahoning Valley Lions Club, has called a meeting for 6:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss the potential future of the Carbon County K-9 program.

It will be held at the Lehighton American Legion Post.

Zimmerman said, "This event is to discuss what we can do and how we can help with the possible closing of the Carbon County Animal Shelter. We will need resources, volunteers, ideas, plans, and help whatever is decided. We need to meet as a group to discuss options for the welfare of Carbon County animals. We need this shelter open."

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Two Schuylkill County men are jailed, charged with the murder of another county resident by tying him to a tree for 20 hours in extreme heat.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the suspects as Keith Allen Reber, 48, of 294 Meadow Drive, Schuylkill Haven, and Daniel W. Dull, 25, of 115 Station Rd., Orwigsburg.

The two are charged in the death of Bryan Robert Smith, 26, of Orwigsburg.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
With a mighty toss, Carbon County athlete James O'Connor sends a javelin flying during the the Special Olympics Annual Athletics Competition in Jim Thorpe.

The Jim Thorpe Area High School stadium was the setting for the Special Olympics in which athletes competed in a wide variety of track and field events that were appropriate to the age and disability level of each individual.

Athletes from three different participating counties in Pennsylvania: Carbon, Luzerne, and Columbia/Montour counties, participated in the events which were appropriately held in conjunction with the annual community celebration honoring Olympian Jim Thorpe on his birthday.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Carbon County Navy Club Ship 260, in conjunction with Immaculate Conception Church in Jim Thorpe, will hold its yearly Blessing of The Flags on June 9, at noon.

All organizations who have American flags are invited to come and get the flags blessed and fly them on Flag Day. Also invited were the sheriff, Carbon County commissioners, and state and federal legislators.

For more information, call Robert "Ski" Siesputowski at (570) 645-3643.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Enjoying a day out fishing, from left, are Matthew Miller, 14; Caleb Carpenter, 14; Larry Miller; Erica Miller, 12; and Rick Miller.

Members of the Rabbit Run Fish and Game Association held their 45th annual 2-day community free fishing derby recently at the Rabbit Run Reservoir Dam on Rabbit Run Road in Tamaqua. Despite a few periods of drizzle, hundreds of youth and adults participated in the event.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Fire Department Chief William Diehm, with papers, coordinates with Hazmat personnel during the simulated school invasion at the Jim Thorpe Area High School.

To the repetitive cautionary alert of "Exercise! Exercise!" from the Carbon County 911 Center, a simulated nightmare scenario of a school invasion began at the Jim Thorpe Area High School.

Police, emergency responders, school officials, emergency management agencies and the coroner's office all converged at the site of this frighteningly realistic drill with the official title of "Jim Thorpe High School Active Shooter/Bomber Full Scale Exercise."

Special equipment such as decontamination vehicles and rehab tents also were called to the scene.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS While many people were running for cover during Saturday's and Tuesday's heavy rain storms, some made the best of it. While enjoying themselves during the annual Citizen's Fire Company picnic on Saturday in Clamtown, Teegan Phillips, 4, drives slow in the downpour with Madeline Tringone, 21-months, riding shotgun.

Shawn Schock, 6, laughs as he stands in the pouring rain.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Schuylkill County man, who is the chief operator of the Greater Pottsville Area Sewer Authority, was arrested today on charges that he submitted false monitoring reports to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as David Kraft, 59, 1210 Pottsville St., Pottsville.

According to the criminal complaint, Kraft allegedly submitted false reports to DEP for the waste water treatment plant's total residual chlorine analysis.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua LEOs Patrick McMullen, 14, and President Andrea Whitley, 18, call BINGO numbers.

Tamaqua LEO Club members and advisors spent time recently calling and playing BINGO with residents at the St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus in Coaldale. Also on hand were LEO Club advisors and Tamaqua Lions Club members Sue Dolan, Fran Stahl and Liz McElwee, who stated their appreciation to the LEOs for donating their time with the residents.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Aislinn Galvin of Albrightsville, center, receives a certificate from Penn-Kidder Lions Club President Manuel DaCosta, right, after being honored as the May Student of the Month at the Penn Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District. Galvin was joined by her mother Mary Ellen at the club's breakfast meeting at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony. Galvin is also the daughter of Joseph Galvin.