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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term Tuesday afternoon after previously pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a young girl.

Jason Thomas Ahner, 44, of Lehighton, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve a total of 81 to 168 months in a state prison. Ahner previously pleaded guilty to two counts each of rape, and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, and indecent assault.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Monroe County resident was jailed on Monday following a stabbing incident that left one person in critical condition.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said the incident occurred about 4:10 p.m. at 103 Johns Lane, in Long Pond.

Police were dispatched to the residence to a report of a domestic assault and stabbing. On scene police found Edward Baliski, 58, of that address, outside the home.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Members of the Rabbit Run Fish and Game Association are holding their annual fishing derby this Saturday and Sunday at the Rabbit Run Reservoir in Tamaqua.

Saturday is for kid's fishing (ages 15 & under) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday is adult fishing from 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Organizers added that many prizes will be given away for various categories. They added that refreshments will also be available.

For more information, contact William Weaver at (570) 668-3832.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Bowmanstown mayoral candidate has been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer after he allegedly pointed a gun at an Allentown detective.

Democrat Barry J. Pointon, 27, will run for the borough's mayoral post against fellow Democrat William Ravert in the May primary. No one is running on the Republican side.

With the Primary just three weeks away, Pointon contacted the TIMES NEWS to share his side of the story.

"I want my voters to know I'm completely honest with them about this," Pointon said. "I want to make sure my voters understand."

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A number of Tamaqua residents have stated their curiosity over the discovery of a mysterious rock sitting in what appears to a craterlike formation in the woods located behind the Dutch Hill baseball fields. The rock, consisting of an almost-perfect circle dimension, measures about 2 feet by 2 feet. Many residents, all of which wish to remain anonymous, stated that is resembles a large meteorite. Others said it is probably the remnants of harder, dense rock left over from a century of mining. The stone sits by itself amongst leaves and brush.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
SAM LEIBY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A volunteer holds a small table in the air for people to "bid" on. This was one of over 1,000 items given away free Saturday during the Tamaqua Community Giveaway.

Over 40 bicycles, 50 televisions, 60 specialty picture frames and thousands of other items were given away Saturday during the Tamaqua Volunteer group's monthly community giveaway event. Volunteers stressed their appreciation to all who dropped items off. A special thank you was given to Thorn Cycle's, M & M Self Storage, Tamaqua Police Department and the Moyer family for their support. The next giveaway is scheduled for Saturday, May 25. 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. for drop-off. 9:15 a.m. is giveaway. This is open to all incomes not just low incomes.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
John Bird

John Bird announced his re-election bid for Lehighton Council. Bird has filed for another four year term. Presently Bird serves on Lehighton Council's police, fire, safety and power-light committees.

The 55-year-old noted conservative, defends Constitutional rights and practices lower cost, limited government.

Bird's grandparents moved to Lehighton approximately in 1932.

Economic depression challenged people to be innovative and resourceful. Bird's family worked in local industries, home management and business. As a teen, John worked at Scotty's Fashions.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Blue Mountain Health system will present its 24th annual children's fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 at the Lehighton Recreation Center, 8th and Iron streets, Lehighton.

Three 90-minute sessions will be available: 9-10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-12:20 p.m. and 12:30-2 p.m. This year's theme is "Board Games."

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
In 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago, a peaceful rally in support of workers striking for an eight-hour day was disrupted by a bomb blast that resulted in the deaths, injuries and arrests of scores of people, setting back the fight for the eight-hour workday, but leading to the creation of International Worker's Day.

May Day represents many things for many people. To children, it is a spring celebration where they dance, wrapping crêpe paper around a maypole; on television, pilots call out "May Day" on their way to a crash landing; in politics, May Day is International Worker's Day; and to James Bond aficionados, May Day will always be the Grace Jones' villain-turned-good gal in the 1985 "A View to a Kill."

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Pamela J. McCullion

Running on the Republican ballot for the position of Tax Collector in the Borough of Tamaqua is Tamaqua resident, Mrs. Pamela J. McCullion.

McCullion presently serves as secretary for the Tamaqua Borough Planning Commission and is also a voting member on the Planning Commission Board.