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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A former firefighter was sentenced to a state prison term on Tuesday in Carbon County court after previously pleading guilty to setting various fires in the Franklin and East Penn townships area in 2011.

Todd Alan Deem II, 21, of Lehighton, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve a total of 30 to 108 months in a state correctional institution. The sentence was imposed on three counts of arson, two counts of malicious burning of forestry, and one count of risking a catastrophe.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured in the lobby of JTNB during the Relay for Life's "Bank Night" are, left to right : Amie Yenser, Survivor Chairperson; Marsha Resch, Committee Chairperson for the Relay for Life; Rosalee Rehrig, Mission Chair; and David Rehrig, On-line Chair.

The several teams of the Relay for Life of Tamaqua and surrounding communities held their "Bank Night" recently with a meeting at the Jim Thorpe National Bank on Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Bank Night is the opportunity for teams to hand in the funds that they have raised so far up to this point for the American Cancer Society.

There are 23 teams participating this year with the "Praying for a Cure" team donating the most money of the teams present at the Bank Night event.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Palmerton Youth Wrestling and Cheerleading Association had several members turn in outstanding performances at this season's Valley Elementary Youth Wrestling Tournament. Award winners were, from left, Braden Strohl (first place, exhibition level); Lucas Christman (fifth place, varsity level); Aston Solt (second place, exhibition level); Chase Faulstick (first place, JV level); Gabe Fronheiser (third place, exhibition level); Randan Solt (eighth place, varsity level); and Ethan Burton (fourth place, exhibition level).

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

American Legion Post 16, Slatington, will hold Memorial Day services in outlying cemeteries on Sunday, May 26. They will be leaving the Post Home at 8 a.m. They will visit the Williamstown Cemetery at 8:10 a.m.; Jacksonville Cemetery at 8:40 a.m.; New Tripoli U.C.C. Cemetery at 9:15 a.m.; and Heidelberg U.C.C. at 9:45 a.m.: Neff's Lutheran Cemetery at 10:15 a.m.; Seventh Street Catholic Church, 10:45 a.m.; Union Cemetery, 11 a.m.; Friedens Cemetery at 11:15 a.m.; Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 11:45 a.m. and then back to the Post home for dinner.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a state prison on Tuesday after previously pleading guilty to having sex with a young boy.

She was one of eight defendants who previously entered guilty pleas to be sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Sexual assault

Kayla Pearl Ashner, 21, of Palmerton, was sentenced to serve 15 to 30 months in a state correctional institution on a charge of statutory sexual assault.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

It could cost Palmerton Area School District nearly $200,000 to replace sidewalks at its high school/junior high school complex.

Six companies submitted bids to the school district on Friday for the sidewalk reconstruction project, with F.A. Rohrbach Inc. of Allentown, turning in the apparent low bid of $199,890.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Fire Chief Bill Diehm will have smoke detectors available to the residents of the community. Anyone who wants a smoke detector, or knows someone who needs one, may contact Chief Diehm at (570) 325-3890.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Schuylkill County man, facing a homicide charge, was arrested by police in Carbon County at the county prison.

Daniel William Dull, 26, of Orwigsburg, was arrested by Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith at the county prison and charged with failure to comply with registration requirements, under Megan's Law.

Dull is being held at the county prison on homicide and related counts filed by state police at Schuylkill Haven, in the death of a Schuylkill County man in May 2012.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Lori Zerbe/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the new Grace Bible Church congregation are, from left, front row, Jean Wentz, Ron Wentz, Lucas Zerbe, Pastor David Eroh, Carol Eroh, Mark Zerbe, Colby Zerbe, Jim Counterman and Cindy Counterman; and back row, Clark Strohl, MaryAnn Ahner, Marie Hummel, Pat Strohl, Judy Fiorentino, Wyatt Berger, Edith Berger, Christine Eroh, Lynn Andrews, Jonathan Eroh, Grace Brown and Travis Brown.

A new congregation met in its new location at 2257 Long Run Road, Lehighton, on May 3. The assembly is in the process of incorporating as a nonprofit organization to be named Grace Bible Church.

Pastor David Eroh, who resigned from Lehighton Bible Church on Dec. 16, 2012, following more than 42 years of service, is the new pastor of Grace Bible Church.

The church members of Grace Bible Church had been holding Sunday services since March 17 in a room at the New Hope Drop-In Center, Lehighton.