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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The West End Park and Open Space Commission will hold the first Dave Fleetwood Memorial Trail Run/Walk at the West End Regional Park at 9 a.m. Sept. 21. The 3.1-mile race/walk honors the late Dave Fleetwood, Chestnuthill Township supervisor, who was tragically killed during a public meeting on Aug. 5, 2013, at the Ross Township Municipal Building, Saylorsburg.

"Dave was a dedicated public servant and worked diligently for the community," says Bernie Kozen, executive director of the commission.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
FILE PHOTO The site of Lehighton Area School District's proposed multipurpose sports stadium.

Lehighton Area School District could have over a half-million dollars to apply toward its proposed multipurpose sports stadium.

Business administrator Brian Feick told the school board at a finance committee meeting Tuesday that there is $625,478 left over in the district's Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust account.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tamaqua's Historical and Architectural Review Board approved one application and denied two during a meeting Monday night:

Pencor, 200 E. Broad St., requested to remove existing vertical wood siding and replace it with red brick to match the existing appearance of the building. The board denied the application based on lack of additional project information.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Dave Fry

Dave Fry, an award-winning folk performer who has entertained families for decades, will present an interactive Family Fun Folk Concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St. in Tamaqua.

The concert is sponsored by the Stadium Hill Café, 417 Spruce St. and is the first interactive family concert of the summer.

Fry is an arts educator and entrepreneur and is known to feature both traditional and contemporary folk music, spliced together with guitar, mandolin, banjo, as well as wry commentary on American family life.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Former resident receives promotion

A former Jim Thorpe resident, Paul Henning, a 1993 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School, was recently promoted to major in the U.S. Army.

He is the son of Darlene Henning of Jim Thorpe. He received a doctoral degree from Florida State University.

Major Henning completed two combat tours in Iraq. He resides in Upton, Massachusetts, and is with the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natuk, Massachusetts.

Clothing collection and giveaway

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Lansford man was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday after pleading guilty to simple assault and other criminal counts.

He was one of four defendants to enter a guilty plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Nesquehoning incident

Pedro Luis Lopez, 45, also pleaded to one count each of flight to avoid apprehension and resisting arrest.

Matika sentenced him to serve six to 12 months in the county prison on the assault charge and one to 12 months on each of the other two counts, with the terms running concurrently.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Lehighton Area Middle School held its Academic Awards Program June 13.

During the program, the American Legion Auxiliary Award was presented to Nica Devlin. The American Legion Award was presented to Dane Frantz. The Sen. David G. Argall's Good Citizenship Award was presented to Julia Frey and Patrick Lawler. The Franklin Township Lions Award was presented to Caine Carpenter and Emily Haberman.

Outstanding Student/Outstanding Effort awards were presented by each team.

Team 5M

Math: Chance Neeb and Joseph Wetzel

Language arts: Aubrey Hunt

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Members of the Slatington Lions Club on hand for the installation of officers held recently at the Skeet Club in Slatington were, front, from left, Ted Kistler, Henry Kline, Robert Keegan Jr., Tommy Nicholson, Herman Schiffer, Dale Benninger, Eugene Mayberry, Fred Phillips and Lloyd Hopkins; and back, Matt Guesto, Steve Walden, Jim Layland, George Kutta III, Robin Distler, Ed Hartman, Tim Kern, Craig Weist, and Claude Fenstermaker.

The Slatington Lions Club held its installation of officers recently at the Skeet Club in Slatington.

Members would like to thank all the people that have supported them in their money raising projects.

Events include Comedy Night, held the first Saturday in March at the Emerald Fire Company; the Community Steak Fry, held the fourth Saturday in June at the Slatington Skeet Club; the Annual Car Show, held the Sunday before Labor Day at the Slatington Airport; and its Christmas Tree sales, held at the Slatington Trailhead, starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Luzerne County man pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Tuesday, admitting he tried to sell controlled substances to two young girls.

He was one of eight defendants in pending drug-related cases to enter a plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Beaver Meadows

James Campanaro, 54, of Hazleton, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-Xanax.

Campanaro was arrested on Feb. 3 by Beaver Meadows police after officers were dispatched to the Exxon station along Route 93.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Jordan Reabold/TIMES NEWS Sandra Reese, who lives across the street from the Mauch Chunk Opera House, expresses her appreciation for the cultural institution to Rep. Doyle Heffley.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House opened its doors on Tuesday morning to state Rep. Doyle Heffley, along with various business owners and residents of Jim Thorpe to discuss the future of the establishment.

Noise complaints from residents near the opera house on West Broadway have resulted in five notices from the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement since September.

Fines have totaled $2,000, and operators of the business are concerned that the venue's liquor license will be revoked soon.