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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Carbon County Navy Club Ship 260, in conjunction with Immaculate Conception Church in Jim Thorpe, will hold its yearly Blessing of The Flags on June 9, at noon.

All organizations who have American flags are invited to come and get the flags blessed and fly them on Flag Day. Also invited were the sheriff, Carbon County commissioners, and state and federal legislators.

For more information, call Robert "Ski" Siesputowski at (570) 645-3643.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The crash of a small, two-seater Piper Cub aircraft in Penn Forest Township at 3:10 p.m. caused the death of its two occupants in a Mother's Day tragedy. They were Oliver J. Mummey, 54, Slatington, a photographer, and his pilot, Abner O. Hinkle, 52, of Palmerton. The crash occurred a short distance off Route 903, near where it intersects with a road leading to the Howard Johnson Restaurant. Trooper Edwin Smith of the state police at Lehighton said the plane crashed nose first after going into a slow spin.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Four defendants in pending cases, and who were scheduled to pick a jury Monday, May 7, to hear their case, instead entered pleas bargains with the district attorney's office and entered guilty pleas.

Isaa Houston Purcell, 33, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count each of simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Purcell admitted to a mutual assault with Gino Tomaino which occurred on April 21, 2010, at the Carbon Mini Mart at S. First and Iron sts., in Lehighton.

The endangering case occurred on July 10, 2011, in the area of 248 E. Kline Ave., Lansford.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The sheriff's office at the Schuylkill County Courthouse in Pottsville will be open extra hours it was announced by Sheriff Joseph G. Groody to accommodate people seeking to obtain gun permits.

The office, located on the first floor, will be opened Thursday, May 17, and Thursday, Sept. 13, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Aug. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The norman hours the office is open is Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Team Mars of Franklin Township Elementary School received first place awards for being the top team in the second and third grade (Snoops) division at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center's annual Envirothon, held at the facility in Summit Hill on Monday. Team Mars, a third grade team, included, standing on rock from left, Jade Schleicher; Brooke Schleicher; Ashley Beers; Hunter Popovich, captain; and Dylan Guyn.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Justine Seigel, 12, and Harry Sperduto, 9, holding stick, fish in the Rosemount Campground's Lewistown Valley lake during the campground's recent member and friend fishing derby. Seigel caught the largest fish, which was a 17 inch rainbow trout.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Dressed in 19th-century garb, John Gunsser of Jim Thorpe poses for photographs by members of a photographic tour of Jim Thorpe.

Monday, May 7, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Police from throughout Carbon and Schuylkill counties responded to a report of a man with a gun in Hauto Estates threatening to kill people. Police from Nesquehoning, Lansford, Jim Thorpe and Rush Township raced to the scene, blocking off SR54. Fire police from Nesquehoning and as far away as Tamaqua, Rush Township and Quakake were dispatched to close the roadway and divert traffic. Several officers drew their weapons with some brandishing assault rifles. Police searched a nearby home but failed to come up with the suspect or a gun.

Monday, May 7, 2012
Members of the Jefferson Democratic Club took time Saturday to clean up debris from the cemetery areas of the town. Among those participating are, top photo, from left, Joseph O'Gurek. Kristen Halenar and Nathan Halenar, and bottom photo, from left, Billy O'Gurek, Mike McCall, Bill O'Gurek and Mike Alabovitz.

A community service project completed Saturday morning by members of the Jeffersonian Democratic Club, Summit Hill, has helped clean up debris from the cemetery complex in the eastern end of the community.

The cleanup program, which resulted in the accumulation of about 15 bags of garbage and numerous other discarded items, marked the second year in the row that club members have volunteered to aid their hometown.

Monday, May 7, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Kim Kostak, Tamaqua, takes a step using the Tibion Bionic Leg with assistance from Good Shepherd Physical Therapy's Susan Lawfer, Palmerton site manager.

While everyone else is busy planning a cookout for Memorial Day, Kim Kostak has a much larger plan.

The 53-year-old Tamaqua woman is learning how to walk again.

Kostak's plight hit suddenly one cold January night when she jumped into her Jeep after a putting in a 16-hour shift on the job at the Carbon County Correctional Facility. Something was wrong.

"I couldn't put my right foot on the pedal," she recalls, "and my hand just fell off the steering wheel."

Kostak couldn't even slide across the seat.