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Saturday, August 31, 2013

I'm 8 years old, and lying on my tummy, the scuffed toes of my Keds scraping the dirt. I breathe in the damp, earthy scent of the surrounding woods as I reach into a small cardboard box of shiny brass 22 bullets.

I carefully load a bullet into the chamber of the rifle I'm holding, snap the bolt closed, and aim at a paper target some 15 yards away.

I try to hold as still as possible so I can center the site at the tip of the barrel as perfectly as possible.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The town of Jim Thorpe is being featured on the Best of the Road 2013 Contest with Rand McNally.

Jim Thorpe is competing for the "most fun small town in America." The contest is taking place online at www.bestoftheroad.com.

Jim Thorpe was featured last year in the contest and was a finalist for the "most beautiful small town in America."

There are a few days left and voting will run until Sept. 3.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Mary Ann Lawson recently participated in a twirling contest at the Shippensburg State Fair and copped six awards out of six categories. They were two first place awards, three second place and one third place.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lawson, she is a freshman at Panther Valley High School and featured twirler of the varsity band.

She entertained on Sunday at the Panther Valley Chamber of Commerce picnic. Her routine drew much applause.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Historic locomotive #425 passes through Tamaqua at 1 p.m. Friday on a test run to Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton after two years of repairs and restoration. It was built on Jan. 16, 1928, by Baldwin Locomotive Works of Eddystone, Pa., and today is owned by Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad. The engine and tender tip the scales at almost 400,000 pounds. The steam engine reportedly will return to the railroad's Port Clinton headquarters Sunday.

Saturday, August 31, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Duane Dellecker, coordinator and Dick Gross, resident artist, share some Redneck humor as the Weissport Redneck Festival opens Friday night.

The opening of the

Weissport Redneck Festival on Friday night started folks' Labor Day holiday weekend on a fun note. By 5 p.m. the food stands were selling barbecues, turkey on a stick, roasted corn and jambalaya. For dessert, there was ice cream, funnel cake and cotton candy.

While some stopped by for the food, others were checking out the t-shirts, novelties, jewelry, purses and country home decor.

Kiddie rides were busy for the young set and a Redneck Karaoke and a Redneck Puppet Jamboree comedy show saw many folks sitting on hay bales after sampling the food.

Saturday, August 31, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Lehighton Rotary Club is currently working with Lehighton Area High School students, teachers, and administrators to form an Interact Club at the school. Interact Club is designed to help enhance students' leadership skills, personal integrity, and respect for all. Attending the Rotary meeting are, from left, LAHS language arts teacher Cristi Marchetti; LAHS seniors Jackie Jordan and Nicole Schnell; and Lehighton Rotary Club secretary Becky Wanamaker. Missing from the photo is LAHS junior Riley Durishin.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

As part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" effort, Pennsylvania's enforcement will focus not only on drivers impaired by alcohol, but also the increasing number of drug-impaired motorists.

"As the Labor Day holiday approaches we are focusing on the issue of impaired driving, and unfortunately drug-related crashes are increasing in number," PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. "Crashes and deaths involving impaired drivers are completely preventable. We urge motorists to drive sober, unimpaired by drugs or alcohol."

Saturday, August 31, 2013

State police have charged a West Brunswick Township man with attempted homicide for pointing a rifle at a trooper.

Edward C. Hill, 54, of Mohrsville, is in Schuylkill County Prison under $250,000 cash bail. He is also charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and other offenses.

Saturday, August 31, 2013
Jim Thorpe fledgling author Jeff Davis' Kindle edition of his 2012 satiric novel, Nesting with the Loons, received seriously positive reviews and has sold thousands of copies with audiences as far away as New Mexico and Australia. Nesting has recently been released in a printed version.

Jim Thorpe fledgling author Jeff Davis' Kindle edition of his 2012 satiric novel, Nesting with the Loons, received seriously positive reviews and has sold thousands of copies with audiences as far away as New Mexico and Australia. Nesting has recently been released in a printed version.

With homages to the Office, Catch-22 and American Graffiti, Davis' depiction of an ordinary guy who seeks to escape from his entrapment in a bureaucratic office job speaks to anyone in America, in the world, who is looking to flee their nest with the loons and take flight to a paradise.

Saturday, August 31, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Slovakian graduate student Michaela Luterancikova, right, looks at the old church ledgers translated from Slovakian to English by Anne Trauger, left.

Exploring the lives of early 20th century immigrants from a small Eastern European country to the United States has led 23-year-old Slovak university student Michaela Luterancikova to the Panther Valley.

Luterancikova, a graduate student in British and American studies at the University of Prasov in eastern Slovakia, is interviewing descendants of Slovak immigrants for her master's thesis, "Slovak Churches in Northeastern Pennsylvania."