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Saturday, August 31, 2013

In what is continuing as a Labor Day Weekend tradition, Becky's Drive-In Theater in Berlinsville will be showing films all night tonight.

Cindy Deppe, manager, ssaid breakfast will be served in the morning.

Special tie-dyed shirts will be available for purchase.

There will be pony rides, moon bounce, and trackless fire engine rides before the features begin

The gates open at 6 pm,

The refreshment stands will be opened all night serving funnel cake, hot food, soda, candy, popcorn.

Films, which will be shown on two screens, are:

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Carbon County will receive 3 percent less in state and federal funding next year for drug and alcohol programs.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the commissioners discussed a piece of correspondence from the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs about the Federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant funds.

Carbon County will receive $521,615 for 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 fiscal years. That is $15,776 less than originally allocated.

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.