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Thursday, April 12, 2012

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe, will hold a free community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 22. The menu will include BBQ chicken.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives: Wednesday, May 2, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, 211 N. 12th Street, Lehighton, Call 610-377-7350. Wednesday, May 2, 4 to 7 p.m., Nesquehoning VFW, 300 Center Street, Nesquehoning. Call 570-669-9201. Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Advance Auto Parts, 71 Blakeslee Blvd, Lehighton. Call 610-377-6017. Sunday, May 6, 8 a.m. to noon, Zion United Church of Christ, 226 Iron Street, Lehighton. Call 610-577-5040. Wednesday, May 9, 7 a.m.

Thursday, April 12, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Investigating officer Corey Herring transports 79 year old Gene S. Lutz, Barnesville, from the Rush Township Police Station.

Rush Township police arrested 79-year-old Gene S. Lutz of Barnesville for the alleged sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy.

Lutz, who was taken into custody yesterday at the Hometown Farmer's Market, admitted township police that he gave oral sex to the boy at least six to eight times. He is being charged with eight counts of felony involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, eight counts of felony corruption of minors, two counts each of misdemeanor indecent exposure and misdemeanor indecent assault.

Thursday, April 12, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Flames leap through the roof of a vacant home in Jim Thorpe last night.

Two firefighters were momentarily stuck inside a burning structure on Wednesday night while battling a fire in a vacant house in Carbon County.

The home at 222 South St., Jim Thorpe was owned by Barry Phillips, who recently purchased it and was doing renovations, noted Jim Thorpe Fire Chief Bill Diehm.

Diehm said that by the time firefighters arrived on the scene at about 11:15 p.m., the fire was blazing through the roof and the house was filled with flames.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Street sweeping in the borough of Summit Hill will begin on April 16. Residents should watch for signs to be posted On Thursday, April 19, the east side of town, including Kneppers Trailer lots, and East and West White Bear Drive will be done; and on Tuesday, April 24, the west side of town, Laurel Drive, East and West Mountaintop Road will be cleaned.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Lansford borough council on Wednesday awarded a five-year, $1,520,150 trash collection contract to Tamaqua Transfer.

The company was the lowest of three bidders, the other two being Solid Waste Services (J.P. Mascaro), and Interstate Waste Services. Solid Waste Services bid $1,967,820; Interstate bid $1,608,709.20.

This was the second round of bids. The first bids were scrapped after one company submitted a bid that generated confusion over how it was to be calculated.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Fifth Annual Hunter Meckes Memorial Soccer Tournament will be held Sunday, April 15, at the Lehighton Area High School soccer fields. The event starts at 9 a.m. U-9 to U-18 teams will be playing. D.J. Larry will be spinning tunes and there refreshments offered by Jim Thorpe girls and boys soccer teams. Proceeds from a basket event will be donated to purchase a bench in Hunter's name at the Lehighton pool. Also Mountain Karate will be doing demonstrations during the tournament.

Thursday, April 12, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Men of Marian members from back left are Sue Ann Gerhard, treasurer; Tom Gerhard, President; Jack Malarkey, membership chairman; and Ellen Postupack; member. From front left are Stan Dakosty, Athletic Director; Lou Disabella, member; Debby McKinley, secretary; and Gary Karnish, financial secretary.

Members of the Marian Catholic High School's Men of Marian (MoM) booster organization are excited to have reach over 500 members via their Men of Marian 500 Plus membership campaign. Tom Gerhard, MoM President, stated, "Through the efforts of our members and Jack Malarkey (membership chairman), we are excited to announce that we have surpassed our membership goal, reaching 520 members." Gerhard added, "Men of Marian holds and provides primary fundraising opportunities for the school."

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mahoning Township supervisors reported at their meeting earlier this week that after attending a meeting with the Department of Labor and Industry the township has been granted an extension until July 2, 2012 as they continue to work on resolving the numerous complaints which were made with regard to the air quality and suitability of the township building last fall.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The sheriff sale of a major Carbon County resort scheduled for Friday has been continued until June 8.

The sale, which put up for bid one of the largest and most valuable parcels to be sold by the sheriff in recent Carbon County history, included 300 acres owned by Vacation Charters Ltd. in Kidder Township.

Vacation Charters Ltd. owns the Galleria convention and meeting center and Split Rock.

The sale was demanded by creditors of Vacation Charters who have civil suits seeking the payment of over $21 million in overdue debt.