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Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Taylor Smith, 6, of West Chester, visits Santa Claus at the Franklin Township Lions Club Festival of Lights.  Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

With the Franklin Festival of Lights nearly at the half way mark, there is still time during the next few weekends to visit the seasonal display and put a glow in your Christmas holidays.

Hundreds of visitors have already come to the Phifer Ice Dam Park this season to see the more than 400,000 lights decorating the community park and playground at 880 Main Road, Lehighton.

The lights are beautiful to see during the clear, cold nights before Christmas, and for many families its become a holiday tradition.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Rep. Sestak pays Carbon visit

Congressman Joe Sestak, a Democrat who lost the recent U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania, returned to Carbon County on Saturday to thank party members for the support they gave him in the race against Senator-elect Pat Toomey. Sestak, who will be leaving his U.S. House of Representatives seat in January, is a retired U.S. Navy admiral. He plans to return to all 67 counties to thank voters for supporting him despite the setback, as well as to continue his message that American needs to work for the middle class.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Erica Lynn Neff, 29, of Lehighton, was arraigned before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, Monday on charges related to a forgery from March of this year. Neff is escorted by Tamaqua Patrolman Matt Houser and Cpl. Henry Woods. Woods charged Neff with felony counts of forgery and conspiracy to commit forgery, as well as misdemeanor counts of theft by deception and receiving stolen property. Neff allegedly cashed a payroll check from a defunct Allentown company, at the We R Cigarrettes store on March 19. Bayer set bail at $25,000 percentage.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

During the regular meeting of Mahoning Township supervisors Monday night, Police Chief Kenneth Barnes slipped out to answer an emergency call that resulted in another accident on the Mansion House Hill between Jim Thorpe and Lehighton, in which he reported a young family's car spun on the ice and careened into a wall.

"The road was closed down and it took two PennDOT trucks to scrape and salt the ice from that stretch of the highway," Barnes told supervisors during the officials' portion of the meeting shortly after he returned.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A vacant home in New Ringgold collapses as flames engulf the structure early this morning.

Flames shot more than 35 feet high a little after 1 a.m. today as emergency responders from Schuylkill, Berks, and Lehigh counties were called to a fully-engulfed three-story structure fire located at 114 Dorset Rd., a half-mile off SR-895, in New Ringgold.

In addition to nearby structures, high winds and blowing flames, firefighters had to deal with 10 degree temperatures, minus-4 degree wind chills, light snow, and icy surfaces.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christ Evangelical Free Church, 2420 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive, West, Lehighton, will host a Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24. The church is located mile west of Normal Square on Route 443.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Philadelphia man, who assaulted two Carbon County prison guards, and who was in jail for other assaults, was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday in Carbon County court. A Lehighton man, involved in the theft of 101 cartons of cigarettes, was sentenced to a county prison term. Both appeared before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Assaultive behavior

David Samule Irby, 21, was sentenced on multiple counts including aggravated and simple assault for two incidents at the county prison and one at a group home in Albrightsville.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Coaldale-Lansford-Summit Hill Sewer Authority will not exonerate the building housing the Summit Hill Fire Department from sewage fees.

Summit Hill Borough Council said Monday night a request it made for the $40 quarterly exoneration was rejected, even though the building is owned by the borough.

Correspondence from the authority said the only exceptions are borough buildings which house monthly council meetings.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The following recalls were issued Dec. 5 - 9 by federal and state agencies:

Bicycles: Seattle Bike Supply is recalling Redline D640 Bicycles sold December 2007 - May 2010. The head tube can separate from the frame, causing the rider to lose control and fall. This poses a risk of serious injury. Consumers should contact a local Redline bicycle dealer to receive a free frame replacement. Consumers can also contact Redline Bicycles, www.redlinebicycles.com, 800-283-2453.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Penn Forest Township Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 is celebrating the grand reopening of the recently remodeled facility with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18.

The renovations have taken the better part of the year to complete, but now that all is done, they want to show it off.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. and throughout the afternoon, there will be tours available.