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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Carbon County Sheriff Dwight L. Nothstein has issued an apology for a statement he made during a "Tax Day/Candidates Night" event on April 18.

At the event, Nothstein quoted former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack as saying that he hoped a sheriff would "take out some IRS agents."

The Carbon sheriff said he quoted Mack from a magazine article, which has since made a correction.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The 2011 Russell "Bups" Ahner Memorial Softball Game raised $2,980 on Sunday at the Phifer Ice Dam Park to benefit Luke Hartrum, center, and Hunter Wolfe, both of Jim Thorpe. From left are Tony Wolfe, Hunter's dad, Luke and Lori Hartrum, and rear, is Brian Kistler, Lori's fiance.

A whopping $2,980 will be split between two boys with serious health issues - thanks to the team efforts of the orange shirted Franklin Township Old Timers and the red shirted Jim Thorpe Old Timers and many others who helped raise the funds.

The 2011 Russell "Bups" Ahner Memorial Softball Game was played on Sunday at the Phifer Ice Dam Park to benefit Luke Hartrum and Hunter Wolfe, both of Jim Thorpe.

Wayne Wentz, president of the Franklin Township Athletic Association, said that this year's event had the best attendance of any game, plus raised the most money.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Bryan Yates, 18, of Tamaqua, comforts a pet ferret which was rescued from the fire at the home of Paul and Anne Posey at 305 North North Lehigh Street late Friday afternoon. Quick response of firefighters helped limit damage to the attic area of the home. No persons were injured, nor were the family pets, which also included two cats, also rescued by neighbors.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

U. S. Marine Corps veteran Andy Leibenguth noticed that shrubs in front of the Tamaqua American Legion in Tamaqua were in need of replacement and took it upon himself to get the job done before Memorial Day. First, he painted a fence in front of the building, then dug out the old bushes and purchased new ones, which he planted on Tuesday. He also purchased fresh top soil for the project. Across the street at the Tamaqua Deli, patron Barb Kunkel noticed Leibenguth's hard work under the afternoon sun and brought him abottle of cold spring water.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Hope Ross, 8, of Pen Argyl, taps this plastic basketball as high as she can Sunday at the sixth annual Crusaders For A Cause carnival.

Screams, cheers and unabashed fun resonated from within its confines.

Indeed, rides were in constant motion on the final day of the sixth annual Crusaders For A Cause spring carnival.

The four-day event wrapped up on Sunday in the Palmerton Borough Park with a ride discount, always a popular activity with the children.

Just ask Makayla Heil, 12, and Tayiah Snyder, 12, both of Palmerton, who said they come to the carnival for the rides and games.

Across the park, Grace Schneider, 3, and Braden Strohl, 4, were in their own little world as they blew bubbles.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Coaldale police have released details of a three-car crash that happened at about 7 a.m. Tuesday morning at Fifth Street and Route 209.

A black 1997 Cadillac driven by Louis S. Belovich, 79, of Tamaqua, was pulling out from Fifth Street to travel west on Route 209 and pulled in front of a blue 1994 Ford Explorer driven by Nicole Hill, 38, of Tamaqua. Hill was traveling east on Route 209.

The rear of Hill's car struck Belovich's car on the driver's side rear door as she tried to avoid a collision.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Argall hosts 'Senator for a Day'

Senator David G. Argall (R-29) hosted 'Senator for a Day' with 11 local area high schools recently at the Lehigh Carbon Community College, Morgan Campus, in Tamaqua. The program allowed high school students to propose legislation, hold votes and debate issues critical to state government. The program provided students the opportunity to learn and experience the legislative process. Sen. Argall noted the importance of understanding the state's democratic process in approving legislation that impacts Pennsylvanians on a day-to-day basis.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Middle School presented its annual Spring Choral Concert. Taking the stage in sparkily tops were the show choir, Music Express Junior.

Lehighton Area Middle School presented its Spring Choral Concert, with the middle school show choir, Music Express Jr. wearing black sparkily tops and black pants performing first the Motown classic, "I Heard it Through the Grapevine", followed by "Knock on Wood," which featured the soloist Sophia Everett. The group concluded its portion of the program with a "Footloose."

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

American Legion Post 316, Summit Hill, has scheduled two Memorial Day weekend services to honor men and women who served or who are serving in the Armed Forces.

The first service will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery, White Bear, while the second one will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Ludlow Park.

White Bear

Vietnam War veteran John Crampsie, son of former Summit Hill Police Chief Jack Crampsie and his late wife, Margaret (Shober) Crampsie, will be the keynote speaker at the service to be held in White Bear.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Three defendants in pending criminal matters were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first time offenders on Thursday in the county court.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if a person fails to complete it or they are revoked from it the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

The three were placed by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II. They were: