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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Special Olympics PA Carbon County will host their annual Horse Show at Getz Farm, Route 534 and Old Stage Road, Albrightsville, on Sunday, Sept. 1. The rain date is Monday, Sept. 2.

Volunteers are needed for food stand, bake sale, raffles, children's games, etc. Volunteers are asked to arrive at around 9 a.m.

Those who wish to volunteer may call (610) 737-0469, or contact sheria@ptd.net.

For information on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, visit www.specialolympicscarboncounty.com.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will hold a meeting for all teams and committee members this Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Tamaqua Salvation Army, 105 W. Broad St.

The meeting is open to all Relay participants and anyone wishing to get involved.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A crash that involved three tractor trailers on Interstate 80 in Kidder Township, Carbon County, claimed the life of one of the drivers on Wednesday morning.

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks were summoned to the wreckage at about 5:50 a.m. Police said the accident happened in a foggy stretch of the interstate.

Police said this morning the details of the crash, including the name of the deceased, are not available, apparently pending the notification of family members.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

All summer long, 21-year-old Jamie Turner of Tamaqua wanted a mountain bike.

When he happened to win one last week in the Knights of Columbus raffle to benefit the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society, Turner surprised everyone by donating the prize and returning it to the sponsoring organization.

He said it was no big deal, just a matter of common sense.

The Knights of Columbus plans to donate the bike to the ACS in Turner's name, and hope the bike will go to a child in remission.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Michael Taschler

An alleged burglary in Mahoning Township was broken up when the homeowner awoke.

Police said the occupant of the home then grabbed a candle holder, chased the intruder down the stairs and through the kitchen, and then struck the intruder in the back with the item.

The resident then chased the intruder down the street, said Audie Mertz, officer in charge of the Mahoning Township Police Department.

Charged in the incident, which occurred at about 5:40 a.m. on Aug. 4, was Michael Taschler, 27, of Lehighton.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Lehighton Fair will be 82 years old this year, and fair directors are almost set for what they hope will be the greatest year in fair history.

The six-day exposition, labeled Carbon County's greatest annual social event, attracts visitors from every town in the anthracite region and Lehigh Valley and from points as far south as Philadelphia.

The fair preview will afford visitors a glimpse of the large variety of tent shows and rides as well as a special free attraction to be staged in front of the grandstand.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Carbon County Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct a Patriot's Day (9/11) memorial service on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 8:40 a.m. in the Josiah White Park, Jim Thorpe.

All emergency services: fire, police and ambulance personnel; veterans organizations; and the public are invited to attend.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS The Mayor of Weissport Jonathan Troutman is pushed on a mobile toilet by Duane Dellecker, coordinator of the Weissport Redneck Festival. The festival opens at 5 p.m. Friday and runs through Sunday night in the Borough of Weissport.

Weissport's popular Redneck Festival will be held this weekend in the Weissport Park in the center of the town. And this year they've added Friday night activities to the fun.

The festivities, including the redneck games, contests and food vendors and live entertainment, will begin Friday night from 5 to 10 p.m. and from noon to 10 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds from the event benefit youth recreation in Weissport.

The event is sponsored by the Weissport Recreation Committee.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

One day, 20,000 meals.

That is the goal of the Carbon County chapter of Thrivent Financial to purchase and package 20,000 meals to be distributed to food banks and pantries in our area.

To meet this goal, Thrivent and other local organizations are hosting a bake sale and car wash in three locations throughout Carbon County. Proceeds will be used to purchase and package food in a "food packing frenzy," said Lisa Schneck, the communications director of the local Thrivent chapter.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Staten Island, N.Y., man is facing rape charges in Monroe County stemming from his alleged sexual assault of his 14-year-old niece.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police said Frederick Darnel Marshal, 31, was arraigned before District Justice Anthony Fluegel on charges of rape, incest, statutory sexual assault, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and terroristic threats.

Bail was set at $100,000 and Marshal was committed to the Monroe County Correctional Facility, Snydersville, pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 11 before Fluegel.