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Friday, August 24, 2012

A pair of Palmerton men accused of endangering wildlife must await their day in court.

Kory Christman, 33, and Thomas Shupp, 42, of Palmerton, were scheduled to have preliminary hearings Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

But, their hearings were rescheduled. No new date has yet to be determined.

Friday, August 24, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Kathleen Leist, 82, stands next to one of her 23 art works on display at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center until Sept. 20. This piece, called "Tamaqua", is a mixture of abstract art and collage.

"The artwork presented in this show is a new series of work in keeping with contemporary standards," said artist Kathleen Leist of Jim Thorpe as she described her gallery currently on display at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center. Her 2012 collection of about two dozen pieces of art range from facial expressionism, collage and mixed media.

'A visual image is usually obtained and initiated by an idea in conjunction with a social issue," said Leist as she described her artistic methods.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Professional musicians, both seasoned and experienced, will gather and play for visitors today during a free jam session held at the new Tamaqua Community Arts Center (TCAC).

Organizers Jack Kulp and Kathy Rimm encourage the public to stop and enjoy the talent.

Light refreshments (bottled water, chips, pretzels, etc.) will be sold to benefit the TCAC, which is located at 125 Pine St. in Tamaqua. Musicians are asked to bring their own instruments, mikes, stands and cords.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Three persons were injured Thursday evening, a woman and two children, when their car came into contact with a second car at the intersection of SR248 and State road in Franklin Township. The crash occurred at 5:15 p.m. It did not appear the operator of the second car was injured in the crash. Members of the Franklin Township fire company helped to extricate the victims and supply medical assistance along with Lehighton paramedics. The two west bound lanes were blocked with fire police detouring the traffic. Franklin Township police are investigating the incident.

Friday, August 24, 2012

St. Matthew's UCC held its annual Sunday School picnic. It was a beautiful day for fun, games, entertainment and refreshments to be enjoyed outside. Part of that day was the annual Best Pie Contest. This year's winners were: Left to right-Harry Brown, 1st Apple, 2nd Other Fruit; Kacie Sheridan, 2nd Apple, 3rd Other Fruit, 3rd Other; Sandy Kresge, 3rd Apple; Riston Barr, 1st Other; Sherry Kreger, 2nd Other; Star Barr, 1st Other Fruit.

Friday, August 24, 2012
A hole is shown in back of the Sacred Heart Church in Nesquehoning which has been demolished. This is the area of the sacristy of the church after work began.

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church on High Street in Nesquehoning, built in 1887, is being demolished. The land will be sold when everything has been removed. Workers started tearing down the building at the back of the church, and will continue until the last fragment is taken away for recycling. Former parishioners are sad to see the church go, but have many fond memories of their days at the church. The late Rev. Paul Welkie, who was pastor in 1975, renovated the church. It was closed in 2008 when it merged to create St. Francis of Assisi Parish. The new pastor is the Rev.

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Carbon County Enviromental Education Center (EEC) is planning its fall mushroom identification class. Sessions will be held at the EEC on four evenings.

Participants may attend one or all of the sessions, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 4, and Mondays, Sept. 10, 17, and 24. Each class runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

Friday, August 24, 2012

An Albrightsville man was sentenced on Thursday in Carbon County court to a state prison term for numerous burglaries he committed in the Penn Forest Township area. He also faces a big restitution bill.

John Angelo Larocco, 24, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve a total of 36 to 72 months in a state prison followed by five years of probation. He was also ordered to pay total restitution of over $30,000.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Two men who allegedly tried to get rid of the remnants of an illegal methamphetamine lab by tossing the chemicals into a wooded area in Summit Hill waived their hearings on the charges this week.

Ricky R. Burns Jr., 19, of Coaldale, and Vincent Anthony Keller Jr., 27, of Lehighton, were both scheduled for hearings before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

Both are facing charges of operating a methamphetamine laboratory and illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste, possession of drug paraphernalia, and scattering rubbish.

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Panther Valley School Board on Thursday reluctantly agreed to pay a teacher a total of $82,435.99, settling a long-running series of lawsuits, appeals and rulings.

The board voted 6-3 to make the payment, as ordered by Carbon County Court of Common Pleas, to Robert J. Thomas.

School directors Roy Angst, Irene Genther, Koreen Nalesnik, Anthony DeMarco and Michelle Markovich voted to pay the money.

School directors David Hiles, Richard Zabroski and board President Jeff Markovich opposed.