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Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS  Among the St. John Neumann Regional School students to take part in the school's inaugural Chess Championship were (l-r) Wyatt Trantham, Jonathan Hillanbrand, and Samuel Arnold. Pictured with the students is Peter Kern, Chess Club mentor.

Check. Checkmate.

Those were the words uttered by St. John Neumann Regional School students as they moved their pawns and various other pieces on the chessboard.

In the end, student Wyatt Trantham of was able to capture his opponent's pieces to win the school's inaugural Chess Championship.

The participants were Jonathan Hillanbrand of Lehighton, Samuel Arnold of Northampton, and Trantham.

The championship was a double elimination, in which two losses resulted in elimination from the remainder of the tournament.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Lansford community swimming pool will be offering "Learn to Swim" lessons.

Morning lessons will be held July 18-22 from 10-11 a.m. Evening lessons will be held July 25-29 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. There is a fee.

For "Learn to Swim" lessons, you must sign up at the pool in advance, during pool hours from noon-7 p.m.

Anyone, any age, can sign up for "Learn to Swim" lessons.

For the adults, the pool has lap swim/water aerobics daily from 11 a.m. to noon, Monday through Saturday. It is free with a season pass, but there is a daily fee for those without a pass.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Penn Forest Township Board of Supervisors met Tuesday evening and after a brief executive session gave a raise, fired, hired and promoted various employees in the township.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

A hot-air balloon floats gently over Stoney Ridge near Palmerton. The flight took place the last week of June.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Two women will face trial in Schuylkill County court on forgery related charges following their preliminary hearings before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, last week.

Barbara Wertman, 51, and Melodie Wright, 54, of 114 W. Phillips St., Coaldale, were charged in connection with an alleged fraudulent time card entry. Coaldale Police Chief Tim Delaney filed the charges.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the pavilion in Normal Square. The meal will be catered by Diggety Dog's. For additional information contact Lisa Whitehead, president at turk@ptd.net.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a short county prison term on Tuesday in the county court on child pornography charges.

Adam James Barnes, 21, of Jim Thorpe, was sentenced to serve one to 23 months in the county prison followed by one year probation. The sentence was imposed by Judge Steven R. Serfass on 10 counts of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Barnes previously admitted to having 131 photos of child pornography and 45 movies of child pornography. He was originally charged with 188 criminal counts.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Carbon County judge has denied the appeal of a county resident from a decision of the state Office of Open Records (OOR) rejection of his request for records concerning the Packerton Business Park project.

Judge Steven R. Serfass denied the appeal made by Robert P. Dages, owner of Vision Stone Stoves, of the denial by the state agency.

Dages, a member of the Carbon County Constitutionalists, asked the county commissioners in mid-2010 for information related to the development of the yards. He asked the "constitutionality of the development."

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Lehighton man was given a time-served sentence on Tuesday in Carbon County court on charges of indecent assault and related counts.

He was one of several defendants who previously entered guilty pleas that were sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

East Penn incident

George Thomas Anger, 48, was sentenced to time served (288 days) to 23 months in prison on a charge of indecent assault. He was also sentenced to serve one year probation on counts of unlawful restraint and indecent exposure, with the probation running consecutive to the jail term.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Family members Robert Dana and Amanda Dana look over the remains of their home on South Lehigh Street, Tamaqua, following a raging fire that destroyed four homes and damaged more than eight others yesterday. The Danas had just moved into their home a few weeks ago.

A fast moving fire that tore through six homes in Tamaqua around 3 a.m. Tuesday is still under investigation as a state police fire marshal and other officials continue examining the burnt debris.

The borough's demolition of two of the duplexes (four homes, 5-11 South Lehigh St.) this morning is on hold as investigators continue to examine the remains. State Police Fire Marshal John F. Burns, who spent a majority of time inside 11 South Lehigh St., collected wiring, a fish tank and a VCR to examine more closely.