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Friday, May 25, 2012

The GAR Cemetery will be dedicating a GAR Memorial constructed from the Conner Post members plaque that hung in the former Panther Valley Middle School on Saturday, May 26 at 10 a.m.. In addition, two memorial trees will be dedicated and the cemetery will also consecrate the newly seeded ground for burials to the east of the existing sections. The ceremony will take place near the Cemetery garage/office.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Penn Forest Township municipal offices will be closed Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.

The Transfer Station will be open on Memorial Day from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Planning Commission meeting for Tuesday, May 29 has been canceled.

The regular monthly board of supervisors meeting is scheduled for June 4 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building.

Friday, May 25, 2012

With Police Chief Kenneth Barnes still on indefinite medical leave, Mahoning Township supervisors voted 4-0, with Supervisor Franklin Ruch absent before the voting, to allow Officer in Charge Audie Mertz to review the backlog of police applicants and perform background checks on them in anticipation of the possibility of hiring some new part-time officers. However, supervisors were explicit in stating that they were not actively hiring anyone at the present time.

Friday, May 25, 2012

A Walnutport man is being sought for an assault incident which occurred Thursday morning in which he fled the scene, jumped into the Lehigh River, and was the subject of a manhunt for several hours.

State police at Lehighton identified the suspect as John Duncan Holzer, 39, of 4458 Mountain View Drive.

According to troopers about 8:30 a.m. Holzer allegedly physically assaulted his girlfriend, only identified by troopers as a 37-year-old, while driving from Weissport to East Penn Township along SR248.

Friday, May 25, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Housing Authority employees Mary Hoffman and Neal Strohl plant begonias Tuesday afternoon in front of the Palmer House at 360 Delaware Avenue in Palmerton.

A look at the colorful begonias after they've been planted.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Two men were sentenced to Carbon County prison terms on Tuesday on driving under the influence (DUI) charges, and both face big restitution bills for damages to individuals and property. The two appeared before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Probation violations

John Moser, 28, of Lehighton, was sentenced to a total prison term of six months and 10 days to one day less 24 months on counts of DUI and simple assault; and also for probation violations.

Moser previously pleaded guilty to DUI and simple assault.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Carbon County's largest tribute to the men and women who served in the military – the Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade – will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, beginning at 11 a.m.

The five-division lineup, in which 88 entries are scheduled to participate, will be headed by World War II veteran Christy Lisella, a 91-year-old lifelong resident of the community.

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Rob and Bob Wheeler will be talking about Jim Thorpe in an illustrated presentation at the Mauch Chunk Museum over the Memorial weekend. Bob is the author of Jim Thorpe: World's Greatest Athlete. Rob, who hosts the Jim Thorpe Rest in Peace web site, will explain why Jim Thorpe's remains should be returned to his tribe.

Jim Thorpe, once a controversial track and field star whose World's Greatest Athlete medals from the 1912 Olympics were repatriated, and whose remains are under suit for repatriation to his ancestral home, was a legend whose life was first documented by author Robert W. Wheeler.

Robert "Bob" W. Wheeler and his son, Rob Wheeler, will be talking about Jim Thorpe in an illustrated presentation at the Mauch Chunk Museum this weekend. There will be two presentations: Saturday, May 26, from 7-9 p.m., and Sunday, May 27, from 2 -4 p.m.

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Palmerton children receive Holy Communion

Children received First Holy Communion at Sacred Heart Church, 243 Lafayette Ave. Palmerton on April 28 . The participants are:

Front Row: Stone Klotz, Corlan Wood; Second Row: Michele McCawley, Nicola Vitale, Matthew Mahler, Shade Klotz, Joseph DeRossi, Ethan Recker, Cody Christman, Nate Thompson; Third Row: Brennah Bates, Emily Baumgardt, Kelci Bubser, Jamison Wheeler, Brock Bollinger, Braden Bates, Kaylee Thompson; Back Row: Louise Koons, Sue Steigerwalt, Deacon Pitts, Father Campion, Dr. Ed Girard, Vania Dias, Ann Kester.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

On Sunday, May 27, American Legion Post 16, Slatington, will have its annual Memorial services at outlying cemeteries. Members will leave the Post Home at 8 a.m.