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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Coaldale Fire Chief Rich Marek looks over burnt debris firefighters placed outside a home that caught fire Tuesday evening. Marek and firefighter Jonathan Oakes used fire extinguishers to slow the growing fire as other firefighters arrived on scene to finish the job.

A fast response from firefighters helped to save a Coaldale home from being destroyed by fire just after 6 p.m. Tuesday.

After seeing flames rise up from the stove and cabinets of her kitchen, tenant Holly O'Shea, 24, of 150 Second St., grabbed her 2-year-old daughter and escaped outside, where she called 911.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A motorist involved in a head-on crash near Sheppton, North Union Township, while driving under the influence (DUI) drew a jail sentence. He was one of 12 defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County court.

Michael Charles Kelchner, 28, Fern Glen, pleaded to aggravated assault while DUI of alcohol, and sentenced to serve eight to 23 months in the county prison with the sentence to begin Wednesday, March 27, at 9 a.m.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its 50th annual tribute to volunteerism and community spirit. The person selected will be only the third to earn what is now called the Joseph M. Plasko Memorial Citizenship Award. The award will be presented at the 63rd Annual Chamber/TIDE Dinner to be held Thursday, April 25, at the Masonic Lodge, SR54 in Hometown.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The good news projected revenues for the Tamaqua Area School District will steadily increase beginning with the current school year (2012-2013) and through 2015/16.

The bad news projected expenses for the same time period also steadily increase, and at a higher rate. By the 2015-16 school year, the projected deficit is $2.8 million.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Freedom Community Church invites the public to a free Easter Pancake Brunch on Saturday, March 30 from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Lehighton Recreation Center, 243 S. 8th St. Lehighton.

There will be free candy for the children and giveaways for the adults. You can also register to win a new bike.

For more information contact Pastor Mark at (610) 714-9834 or, or visit

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

On March 24, the Navy Club of the United States held its first organizational meeting in Monroe County. The meeting was held at the Gilbert American Legion Post.

In attendance were Bob Laughlin, national senior executive officer; Ken Stout, past national commander; Joe Toth, past commander ship 257; and Robert Siesputowski, chaplin-historian and public relations for ship 260.

Applications to become a member of the group are being accepted. Any Monroe County resident who was Navy, Marines or Coast Guard are welcome to join.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dick Fedor's remaining as Parryville zoning officer depends on whether he can let go of overseeing subdivisions and commercial permits and regulations.

Mike Grant, president of Parryville Council, said that he gave Fedor the choice of remaining as zoning officer for residential properties only. He said that Fedor is a good zoning officer and knows the material, but that council 's offer for Fedor to remain as zoning officer will be determined on whether he can accept council's offer.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Jim Thorpe Area Council will be sponsoring the 18th annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Weekend on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19. This event honors James Francis Thorpe, a Native American and "Athlete of the 20th Century".

Festivities start off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May with a Native American Tribute at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum along with Don Wild Eagle, John Thorpe (Grandson), Carlisle guests and Native Americans.

This year is the 50th Anniversary of his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the ceremonies will commemorate that honor.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A hearing for a Carbon County man charged with the indecent assault of a young girl has been continued.

Brian Kibler, 39, of Lehighton, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing today before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

But the hearing has been postponed. No new hearing date has yet to be established.

Kibler faces charges on two counts of indecent assault, and one count each of indecent exposure and corruption of minors.

He remains incarcerated in Carbon County Prison in lieu of $150,000 straight bail.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Summit Hill youngsters scramble across the parking lot next to the Hilltop Community Center in the borough to gather eggs during the town's annual easter egg hunt which included over 1000 eggs, lots of prizes and a visit from the Easter bunny last Saturday afternoon.

Cold weather and inclement park conditions moved Summit Hill's annual Easter on the Hill egg hunt across the street to the Hilltop Community Center but the 60 youngsters who gathered for the event were still able to hunt eggs outside on the parking lot.