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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
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Eighth-grader Logan Farnell, center, displays a plaque presented by the Penn-Kidder Lions Club members Beverly and Ken Cathcart, left, for being named the May Student of the Month from the Penn-Kidder campus of the Jim Thorpe School District. Also present at the meeting were Farnell's parents, Kathy and Jeff.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS  Volunteer Rosalee Rehrig, of West Penn, places a purple ribbon on one of the lights located at the Depot Square Park.

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities held their 5th annual "Paint the Town Purple" event Sunday (Cancer Survivor's Day) at the Depot Square Park in Tamaqua.

As part of the program, volunteers placed purple ribbons on poles at the park and speakers said a few words of prayer.

In addition to the program, all cancer survivors, caregivers, Relay For Life participants, volunteers and visitors were treated to a free ice cream social at the park.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Carbon County woman has been cited after investigators found a large number of dogs on her property and allegedly not being properly cared for.

State police at Lehighton said on May 20 about 11 a.m. troopers, along with state Department of Agriculture officers, Dog Law Enforcement Division, and Carbon County's dog warden, responded to the property of Nancy L. Bullard, 69, of 131 Kittatiny Lane, Lehighton, East Penn Township.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

WHITE HAVEN, Pa. (AP) – A fire has heavily damaged a historic home in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The old miner house is in the state-owned Eckley Miners' Village in Foster Township, Luzerne County.

George Gera says he was born and raised in the house and has lived there for 86 years. Now, he leases the house from the state.

He says he was awakened shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday by a smoke alarm and found the house filled with smoke. He says many family heirlooms have been destroyed.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Blythe Township man and a Summit Hill woman were among 34 defendants arraigned Monday morning before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon at the Schuylkill County courthouse. All the defendants pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges lodged against them and requested trial by jury. They were:

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Lansford Alive is coordinating a sidewalk sale to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, and will begin again at 9 a.m. Saturday. There is no set ending time on Saturday.

The sidewalk sale will be in the borough's business district, along Ridge Street.

Northeast Chemical and Panther Valley Lumber will be taking part at their Riley Street locations.

Also, the Legion Riders will be holding its second annual Bike Night from noon until 8 p.m. Saturday.

Look for the display ad in the TIMES NEWS for more details.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Brandon Hosler, front, 20, of Walker Township and James Gilson, 18, of Tamaqua, were arraigned Friday morning on charges of theft from a motor vehicle and conspiracy to commit theft from a motor vehicle after they were observed rummaging through a car in the East End of Tamaqua. Gilson and Hosler were also accompanied by a 16-year-old Tamaqua male, who was turned over to juvenile authorities.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Contractors have started construction on a new PPL substation along SR209 between Nesquehoning and Lansford. Substations serve as a source of power supply for a community. The facilities tap into nearby electric transmission lines and convert the power to lower voltage for local distribution. They generally feature large circuit breakers, transformers and controls for power distribution. According the PPL's website, the facilities allow PPL to provide additional electric supply to a growing area and enhance reliability.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
SH home is best decorated

The home of Grace and Colleen Kennedy, 22 W. Fell St., Summit Hill, was judged best-decorated for the Memorial Day holiday in competition sponsored by the Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade Committee as part of its holiday festivities. The Kennedys received a $100 prize. Other homes judged best decorated were those owned by Mr. and Mrs. William Serfoss, 230 W. Ludlow St., and Mr. and Mrs. Dave Hiles, 219 E. White St., second place and third place winners, respectively, who received prizes of $50 and $25 from the committee.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Harrisburg, PA Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane issued a warning to older Pennsylvanians today about a recent spike in "robocalls" related to medical alert equipment.

Kane says the robocalls are designed to deceitfully obtain billing information in order to charge $35 a month for so-called "monitoring services" that may be unnecessary.