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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Exhausted ACS Telethon committee members stand next to their tally board following the 2-day event. The final 12 a.m. total reached $200,453; the second highest amount raised. From left are Rick Peters, Kathy Dombrosky, Lisa Hiles, Lori Kane, George Taylor, Joe Krushinsky, Ann Marie Calabrese, Mary Ann Dulaney, Maureen Donovan and Kate Hofherr.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Lower Towamensing Township's engineer doesn't believe any changes are necessary to the signage that exists at a busy intersection.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Brent Green on Tuesday read a letter the township received from Ron Tirpak, of Carbon Engineering Inc., in response to his review of the current signage at the intersection of Covered Bridge Road and Lower Smith Gap Road.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A former Carbon County woman was sentenced to a prison term on Tuesday for drug dealing while a county male was also given a prison term for theft of church chimes.

Both defendants previously entered guilty pleas and were sentenced on Judge Joseph J. Matika.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The next meeting of the Carbon County Central Labor Chapter will focus on reaching out to all segments of the community on behalf of working men and women.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua's first Hometown Hero banner was installed Tuesday, with more to come.

A parade of hometown heroes symbolically stepped off Tuesday in Tamaqua and it's a procession that will only get bigger.

The first banner in a series of 'Hometown Heroes' was installed near Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce headquarters at 114 West Broad Street. Jack Steele, an employee of Tamaqua Borough, carefully attached the banner and it drew attention from the start.

"I'm very pleased with the response so far," said Linda Yulanavage, Chamber executive director.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The Fourth Annual Jam For Cancer event was held Friday night at the Pine Street Pub in Tamaqua. In addition to raffling off a flat screen television, pool cue and other prizes, visitors were treated to free music by bands Blowing Smoke, Bwahaha, Jay and Del and Modern Day Mollies. Jason DeMarco, event organizer, stated his appreciation to all the bands and visitors. In addition, DeMarco organized a Monster Ball at Hang Loose late last year. The total donations raised during both events totaled $5,000, which was announced during this weekend's ACS Telethon at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Pictured performing during this weekend's ACS Telethon at Penn's Peak is Jason DeMarco, organizer of the Jam For Cancer and Monster Ball.

The Fourth Annual Jam For Cancer event was held Friday night at the Pine Street Pub in Tamaqua. In addition to raffling off a flat screen television, pool cue and other prizes, visitors were treated to free music by bands Blowing Smoke, Bwahaha, Jay and Del and Modern Day Mollies. Jason DeMarco, event organizer, stated his appreciation to all the bands and visitors. In addition, DeMarco organized a Monster Ball at Hang Loose late last year. The total donations raised during both events totaled $5,000, which was announced during this weekend's ACS Telethon at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
AUDIE MERTZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Heavy flames consume the rear of a twin dwelling at Fourth and Ochre Streets in Lehighton last evening. This photo was taken by Audie Mertz, officer-in-charge of the Mahoning Township Police Department. Living on one side is Sharon Ace, while the other side is occupied by Derek Flexer, his wife Bobbi Jo, and their daughter Payton, who will be 6 months old on April 23.

Four people were left homeless in a raging fire last night in Lehighton, which caused extensive damage to three houses.

The fire happened at a twin home at the intersection of Fourth and Ochre Street. Heavy flames consumed the rear of the house from the ground to the roof.

So hot were the flames that siding on a house about 75 feet away was shredded.

Three men heroically worked as a team and saved two dogs that were inside one of the homes.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Carbon County man, who wielded a sword at a police officer who responded to a domestic incident, was sentenced to a county jail term on Tuesday.

Randy Pastor, 19, of Palmerton, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve a total of six to one day less 24 months in the county prison. Pastor previously pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault, as a felony two. He was given a break by the commonwealth which did not seek the weapon enhancement provision of the law which would have mandated a longer jail term.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

SS. Peter and Paul Catholic School invites everyone to an Italian dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 26. Dinner will include baked ziti or spaghetti with homemade meatballs, salad and garlic bread, beverage and desserts. Dinner will feature entertainment by Danny Farole.

Themed baskets from the annual auction will also be on display during the dinner and also from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27; and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 28. Sunday will also feature a pancakes and sausage breakfast.