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Thursday, August 8, 2013

The third and final concert of the summer season by the Lehighton Band will be presented in Eurana Park on Sunday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. and in the Lehighton Park on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m.

Paul R. Smith, conductor of the band, announces a varied program featuring three soloists from within the band.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Two residents of Weissport shared their concerns over parking issues, alleged drug deals and having way too many people living together in small apartments in the 200 block of White Street during Monday night's council meeting.

Virgina Henson and Charmaine Remes said that the people living in one of the two bedroom apartments own at least five or six cars and that parking has become a real problem in that area of town.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

An electronic recycling event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Bowmanstown Borough garage, 411 Spring St., Bowmanstown.

The program is being coordinated by Bowmanstown Borough and the Carbon Builders Association.

Most electronics can be dropped off at no charge at the site location.

The event is sponsored by Advanced Green Solutions Inc., 40 Third St., Walnutport.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Over 16 news vans from many television news stations fill the parking lot at the Ross Township municipal building. Several cameras are set up and pointing in the direction of the site of a horrendous multiple killing that took place there Monday night. One cameraman for Channel 6 ABC station of Philadelphia, Terry Gilmore, remarked, "This is a big deal, regardless where it is. Where I'm from, a shooting is almost daily. But this doesn't compare to the average shooting in the big city. Anytime a person walks into a public place and shoots, it's a big deal.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Could Palmerton's junior high school gymnasium eventually serve as a satellite cafeteria?

That idea was broached by Superintendent Scot Engler at a workshop meeting of the board of school directors on Tuesday.

However, Engler stressed that the concept was merely in the preliminary discussion phase.

"It's a work in progress," Engler said. "It could have a tremendous benefit for students in both buildings."

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Bank of America branches in Lansford, shown in this photo, and Lehighton are due to be sold to Community Bank NA of Syracuse, N.Y.

Community Bank System, Inc., through its wholly-owned banking subsidiary, Community Bank, N.A., entered into a purchase and assumption agreement to acquire eight branch-banking locations across its Northeast Pennsylvania markets from Bank of America, N.A.

Bank of America, based in Charlotte, N. C., is the country's second-largest bank.

Local Bank of America branches to be purchased include those in Lansford and Lehighton.

Under the terms of the agreement, Community Bank will acquire approximately $369 million in deposits at a deposit premium of 2.39 percent.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Riding in bike run Danny and Claire Scheeler of Quakake ride their 2006 Screaming Eagle Harley Davidson during the annual bike run of the American Hose Company in Tamaqua. They've been married 45 years.

Over 200 bikers participated in the American Hose Company's annual bike run held over the weekend in Tamaqua.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Jenna Wallace, 15, of Palmerton, is very proud of the certificate she received upon completion of a four-day attendance at the National Young Leaders State Conference in Harrisburg.

"I usually had trouble talking to others when in a group," says Jenna Wallace, 15 of Palmerton.

But after spending four days at the National Young Leaders State Conference (NYLSC) in Harrisburg, Jenna has come home with a new sense of confidence and inspiration.

"I feel I really improved in being able to speak to other people. I believe it will help me get better grades, especially when I have to make presentations," she says.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Rune Souders, 9, in the red Spiderman shirt, helps Carbon County Sheriff's Deputy Lt. David E. Midas demonstrate how not to allow others to lead one into bad behavior like bullying. Looking on are Sckylar Souders, 12, at left, and Jakelyn Coady, 10.

Children who live in the Lansford Townhouses learned how to stay safe during a lively program Tuesday afternoon lead by Carbon County Sheriff's Deputy Lt. David E. Midas.

Under Midas' direction, the children learned the importance of not accepting money or gifts from strangers, avoiding playing alone in dark or deserted areas, and how to avoid bullying, and when to call 911.

The session was part of the Summer Reading program being held on Tuesdays in the Townhouse all-purpose room.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
DANIELLE FOX/TIMES NEWS Carissa Sevrin of Lehighton smiles after she is crowned the 2013 Carbon County Fair Queen. To her left is first-place runner up, Emily Snyder of Lehighton. To her right is second-place runner up, Lynde Kuntz of Lehighton.

Although the Carbon County Fair only lasts just one week out of the year, the memories never fade and those who were involved in last night's opening ceremonies had fond stories to share.

Rep. Doyle Heffley said he remembered going to the fair as a child and being at football practice "running wind sprints and smelling the waffles and ice cream from the fair." Heffley thanked the 4-H club for all the work they do and promised to attend the livestock auction on Saturday.