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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Lansford man was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday after pleading guilty to simple assault and other criminal counts.

He was one of four defendants to enter a guilty plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Nesquehoning incident

Pedro Luis Lopez, 45, also pleaded to one count each of flight to avoid apprehension and resisting arrest.

Matika sentenced him to serve six to 12 months in the county prison on the assault charge and one to 12 months on each of the other two counts, with the terms running concurrently.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Lehighton Area Middle School held its Academic Awards Program June 13.

During the program, the American Legion Auxiliary Award was presented to Nica Devlin. The American Legion Award was presented to Dane Frantz. The Sen. David G. Argall's Good Citizenship Award was presented to Julia Frey and Patrick Lawler. The Franklin Township Lions Award was presented to Caine Carpenter and Emily Haberman.

Outstanding Student/Outstanding Effort awards were presented by each team.

Team 5M

Math: Chance Neeb and Joseph Wetzel

Language arts: Aubrey Hunt

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Members of the Slatington Lions Club on hand for the installation of officers held recently at the Skeet Club in Slatington were, front, from left, Ted Kistler, Henry Kline, Robert Keegan Jr., Tommy Nicholson, Herman Schiffer, Dale Benninger, Eugene Mayberry, Fred Phillips and Lloyd Hopkins; and back, Matt Guesto, Steve Walden, Jim Layland, George Kutta III, Robin Distler, Ed Hartman, Tim Kern, Craig Weist, and Claude Fenstermaker.

The Slatington Lions Club held its installation of officers recently at the Skeet Club in Slatington.

Members would like to thank all the people that have supported them in their money raising projects.

Events include Comedy Night, held the first Saturday in March at the Emerald Fire Company; the Community Steak Fry, held the fourth Saturday in June at the Slatington Skeet Club; the Annual Car Show, held the Sunday before Labor Day at the Slatington Airport; and its Christmas Tree sales, held at the Slatington Trailhead, starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Luzerne County man pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Tuesday, admitting he tried to sell controlled substances to two young girls.

He was one of eight defendants in pending drug-related cases to enter a plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Beaver Meadows

James Campanaro, 54, of Hazleton, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-Xanax.

Campanaro was arrested on Feb. 3 by Beaver Meadows police after officers were dispatched to the Exxon station along Route 93.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Jordan Reabold/TIMES NEWS Sandra Reese, who lives across the street from the Mauch Chunk Opera House, expresses her appreciation for the cultural institution to Rep. Doyle Heffley.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House opened its doors on Tuesday morning to state Rep. Doyle Heffley, along with various business owners and residents of Jim Thorpe to discuss the future of the establishment.

Noise complaints from residents near the opera house on West Broadway have resulted in five notices from the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement since September.

Fines have totaled $2,000, and operators of the business are concerned that the venue's liquor license will be revoked soon.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Great food. Great rides. Great entertainment, oh my. All of this and more will be reasons for packing up the whole family to visit the West End Volunteer Fire Company Carnival, today through Saturday, on Route 715, Brodheadsville.

At 7 p.m. today, the carnival will feature a talent show.

At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Country On Purpose will entertain.

Steel Creek will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Be sure to stay for the fireworks later in the evening.

On Saturday, come out and be a star with karaoke with Leigh Lombardo Cole. There will also be a cake walk.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

In what would be a reversal of plans, Lehighton Area School District may move its middle school and high school renovation projects back to the forefront.

The board's finance committee mulled over various building options Tuesday.

Director Gloria Bowman suggested that regardless of which direction the board chooses to take, it needs to have some discussion about borrowing.

Business administrator Brian Feick told the board it needed to discuss two projects in particular: the middle school and high school renovation projects.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
JUSTIN CARLUCCI/TIMES NEWS

Installation of Officers for the Jim Thorpe Lions Club for 2014-2015 was held recently. They are, seated from left, Jolene Evans, two-year director; George Hiller, president; Liz McElwee, District 14 governor; John Drury Jr., club chaplain; and Sandra S. Gallagher, vicepresident. Back row, Jim Trainer, one-year director and membership director; Wilfred V. Gardiner, treasurer; James E. Gallagher,secretary; Ronald J. Sheehan, second vice president; Ray Brader, tail twister; and William Reabold Jr., lion tamer; and Clement McGinley, two-year director.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The Dixie Melody Boys

One of Gospel music's most popular quartets, The Dixie Melody Boys, will be featured at the Lewistown Valley Tabernacle, located at 614 Valley Road in Tamaqua, on Friday, July 25. The quartet will share its unique, four-part harmony during the 7 p.m. service.

Since organizing over five decades ago, The Dixie Melody Boys have enjoyed much success, including a Grammy nomination and numerous Fan Award nominations from The Singing News Magazine, southern gospel music's leading fan and trade publication.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded a total of $176,126 in Assistance to Firefighters Grant funds for three first-responder departments in Schuylkill County.

The funds will be distributed via the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Ryan Township Emergency & Rescue Squad Inc. in Barnesville has been awarded $149,554 to subsidize the purchase of a 2013 Type I ambulance with 4-wheel drive.