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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Lansford Alive is coordinating a sidewalk sale to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, and will begin again at 9 a.m. Saturday. There is no set ending time on Saturday.

The sidewalk sale will be in the borough's business district, along Ridge Street.

Northeast Chemical and Panther Valley Lumber will be taking part at their Riley Street locations.

Also, the Legion Riders will be holding its second annual Bike Night from noon until 8 p.m. Saturday.

Look for the display ad in the TIMES NEWS for more details.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Brandon Hosler, front, 20, of Walker Township and James Gilson, 18, of Tamaqua, were arraigned Friday morning on charges of theft from a motor vehicle and conspiracy to commit theft from a motor vehicle after they were observed rummaging through a car in the East End of Tamaqua. Gilson and Hosler were also accompanied by a 16-year-old Tamaqua male, who was turned over to juvenile authorities.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Contractors have started construction on a new PPL substation along SR209 between Nesquehoning and Lansford. Substations serve as a source of power supply for a community. The facilities tap into nearby electric transmission lines and convert the power to lower voltage for local distribution. They generally feature large circuit breakers, transformers and controls for power distribution. According the PPL's website, the facilities allow PPL to provide additional electric supply to a growing area and enhance reliability.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
SH home is best decorated

The home of Grace and Colleen Kennedy, 22 W. Fell St., Summit Hill, was judged best-decorated for the Memorial Day holiday in competition sponsored by the Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade Committee as part of its holiday festivities. The Kennedys received a $100 prize. Other homes judged best decorated were those owned by Mr. and Mrs. William Serfoss, 230 W. Ludlow St., and Mr. and Mrs. Dave Hiles, 219 E. White St., second place and third place winners, respectively, who received prizes of $50 and $25 from the committee.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Harrisburg, PA Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane issued a warning to older Pennsylvanians today about a recent spike in "robocalls" related to medical alert equipment.

Kane says the robocalls are designed to deceitfully obtain billing information in order to charge $35 a month for so-called "monitoring services" that may be unnecessary.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Following an automatic fire alarm just before 7 p.m. yesterday, police and firefighters responded to thick smoke on the third floor of the Mahanoy City High Rise. Some residents chose to evacuate, while firefighters from Mahanoy City and surrounding municipalities responded. Further investigation showed that burnt food was the cause. Firefighters on scene stated that the high rise, 10 W. Centre St. (SR54), is equipped with automatic sprinklers in all the hallways. No serious injuries were reported.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Upset that he can't play basketball, Geno Turner, 8, looks over vandalism done to a baskeball hoop at the South Ward playground. Both hoops were taken down temporarily to prevent future vandalism and until repairs are made.

South Ward Playground Association members are asking for any monetary donations from the community after a vandal smashed a basketball hoop with rocks sometime Monday afternoon at the South Ward Playground in Tamaqua.

Both hoops, made of thick clear plastic, were taken down temporarily until the one is fixed and to prevent future vandalism.

For more information or to make a donation, call volunteer Lee Calkins at (570) 668-2813.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Juries returned verdicts in three cirminal cases tried Monday in Schuylkill County court and four new cases were attached for trial this mornng.

William Robert Thompson, 45, 410 Kantner St., Minersville, was found not guilty of two counts of assaulting a neighbor, John Hefron, 405 N. Front St., but was found guilty of harassment.

Judge John E. Domalakes sentenced hm to pay a fine of $150 and court costs. Thompson claimed self defense and that the neighbor initiated the assault because he was crossing on the neighbors land as a shortcut to his home.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County residents who were inducted into the 2013 Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame include, front from left, Marianne F. Smelas, Kathryn McArdle, Betty Williams, Mary Scapanda and Sara E. Solt. Back row, state Sen. John Yudichak, Tom C. Gerhard, Daniel Barno, Vincent Spisak, Alexander W. Sommers Sr., John V. Student and state Rep. Doyle Heffley.

They've cast their ballots faithfully for the past half century.

For their stout devotion, 27 Carbon County residents were honored recently at the 2013 Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame Ceremony.

The program, held at the Vista at Blue Mountain Ski Area, was hosted by state Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and state Sen. John Yudichak (D-Carbon/Monroe/Luzerne).

Heffley gave the welcome, and said that 50 years of voting was quite the accomplishment.

"Your vote is your voice as an American citizen," Heffley said. "It's an opportunity to have your voice heard."

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Weissport Council has resigned itself to PennDOT's decision to not include a temporary traffic light at the intersection of Bridge and Franklin streets.

"We've done all we can," said Weissport Council vice president Sue Pywar. "We've had our engineer look into and contact PennDOT."

Heather Heeter, senior project engineer, PennDOT, recently gave this reply to the issue: