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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System will co-sponsor a New to Medicare Workshop with the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging at 6 p.m. Tues., Sept. 24 at the Bowmanstown Medical Plaza, 204 Bank St., Bowmanstown.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The New Columbus Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary will meet tonight at 7 p.m.

The Hospitality committee will be the ladies of the board. President Gerry McConnon will preside.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Volunteer firefighters work to quell a dwelling fire at a home at 862 Main St. in Slatington Monday morning. The home sustained minor damage. No injuries were reported.

A Slatington home sustained minor damage after a dwelling fire broke out Monday morning.

The Slatington Fire Department responded to 862 Main St. at about 11:16 a.m. as smoke was coming from the roof of the porch.

Borough Fire Chief Keith Weaver said the homeowner was using a heat gun to strip paint from the roof of the porch when the fire broke out.

Weaver said the fire was contained within a three-foot area, and resulted in minimum water damage. No injuries were reported, he said.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Carbon County Fair will hold a volunteer picnic to honor volunteers and sponsors will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 at Chapel Field, Normal Square. Reservations for volunteers, sponsors and their family members are required and can be made by calling Alicia at (570) 325-8685 by Sept. 6. There will be food, fun and games.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
TN FILE PHOTO/DONALD R. SERFASS  Kenneth Smulligan

Shock waves reverberated through the Greater Tamaqua Area and emotions were raw as word reached the streets Monday about the sudden passing of a popular town leader and a well-known businessman.

Kenneth Smulligan, 66, president of Tamaqua Save Our Station, and past president and current member of Tamaqua Borough Council, passed away unexpectedly at his Hazle Street home early in the day.

Smulligan headed Tamaqua SOS since 1991 and was the only president the group ever had.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS These unique-looking vehicles were among some that participated in the inaugural Slatington Fire Department Bike Night & Car Show held Saturday in the borough.

The scene along Main Street in Slatington was unlike any in recent memory.

A vast array of bright motorcycles and unique cars lined the borough's downtown on Saturday as part of the first-ever Slatington Fire Department Bike Night & Car Show.

Borough Fire Chief Keith Weaver said the event thrived, and thanked all those who played a role in its successful debut.

"It was awesome," Weaver said. "We really appreciate everyone coming out."

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Visitors to the former Carbon County Prison, one of the area's top tourists attractions, are drawn to the smudged handprint on the wall of Cell 17.

Was it really put there by a Molly Maguire as an eternal sign of his innocence, as he left the cell to be hanged on the gallows in the prison cellblock? they ask.

Now, the legendary handprint has captured the attention of the British Broadcasting Company, which filmed a documentary in the jail this week.

The segment will be aired in England on the "Mysteries" program.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Carbon County judges conducted parole/probation revocation hearings recently on petitions filed by the adult probation office.

The petitions were filed by the probation office against defendants who violated the terms of their parole or probation.

Damian Eidem, 26, of Lehighton, had his parole revoked on a simple assault charge because he violated the conditions of his release.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A Carbon County man, set to have a jury picked on Monday to hear testimony in a sexual assault case against him, instead entered a guilty plea to six criminal counts in exchange for more serious offenses to be dropped.

He was one of two defendants to enter a plea on Monday.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Defendants in pending criminal cases were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Friday by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.