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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The combination of excellent weather, a great country singer, and the popular demolition derby attracted a large crowd for the opening day of the West End Fair in Gilbert.

Fair officials said the weather probably was the most deciding factor for attendance.

From music to madness, motor madness, that is, the demolition derby provided the usual excitement of crunch and crash, smoke and fire.

Tim George of Kresgeville was the feature winner, while Dave Frantz of Kunkletown finished runner-up.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

During a meeting Tuesday, Rush Township's Zoning Hearing Board approved the requests of two applicants, one who wants a pole building, and one who wants to operate a beauty salon in her home.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS What says "West End Fair" more than smiles? Left to right, Abigail Smith, 5, and her sister, Grace Smith, 3, of Saylorsburg and bottom, Jordan Ott, 4 of Bangor, fit perfectly inside the smiling Jack O'Lantern display at the West End Fair. Abigail and Grace's mother, Jen Smith says they are all excited because they will be showing 11 of their cows during Thursday's judging. Jordan and her mother, Jill Ott, came along to show their support. The livestock judging began at 10:30 a.m. today.

What says West End Fair more than smiles? Above, from left, Abigail Smith, 5, and her sister, Grace Smith, 3, of Saylorsburg and bottom,

Jordan Ott, 4 of Bangor, fit perfectly inside the smiling jack-o'-lantern display at the fair.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Pennsylvania State Police's Fern Ridge barracks will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint within its patrol areas for the Labor Day holiday period, Friday through Monday.

The patrol area will include Chestnuthill and Jackson townships in Monroe County and Penn Forest Township in Carbon County.

The checkpoint will be conducted in support of the Pennsylvania State Police Selective Traffic Enforcement Against Drunk Driving initiative.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) Ocean City Police have charged two men in the slaying of a Pennsylvania man.

Officers found 37-year-old Justin Daniel Cancelliere of North Whitehall, Pennsylvania, unconscious in the parking lot of a hotel early Sunday. Police say he was assaulted during an altercation near Talbot Street and Baltimore Avenue.

Cancelliere died of his injuries Sunday at Atlantic General Hospital.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A 911 dispatcher is in trouble over his response to a mother who called for help after her 10-month-old son accidentally locked himself in her car, police said.

Shana Dees said she put her son Jack in his car seat Saturday afternoon and when she went to move a shopping cart, Jack hit the lock button on the keychain remote, The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/1mR1C8l) reported. She called 911 because it was hot inside the vehicle and said she was shocked by the dispatcher's response.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Tamaqua Councilman Justin Startzel is dwarfed by the large school logo he painted for the top of Stadium Hill.

Justin Startzel does everything in a big way.

For instance, in 2008 he donned an eagle mascot uniform and pranced around in support of Tamaqua Area High School sports.

He was almost too good at it. He was so spirited in the role he was told to "tone it down."

"I'd go up in the stands and be goofy, maybe take someone's hat and put it behind my back," he said.

He no longer wears the eagle mascot outfit, but he's still in the business of energizing people.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Firefighters from throughout Schuylkill County were at the scene throughout the night trying to quell a stubborn row home fire on Centre Street in Mahanoy City. The blaze broke out at 6:21 p.m. and residents said they believe it began at a center, unoccupied dwelling.

Firefighters from all areas of Schuylkill County battled a stubborn blaze covering almost one block of row houses in Mahanoy City on Tuesday night.

The fire, which began at 6:21 p.m., affected a series of eight wood-frame houses, each three stories high, at 217 to 231 Centre St., Route 54.

Residents of 217 Centre said they believe the blaze began in an unoccupied dwelling at the center of the row and then spread in both directions.

All residents were safely evacuated.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Months of negotiations culminated Tuesday night as Jim Thorpe Area School District approved a two-year agreement with the Youth Services Agency, a nonprofit that houses high-risk youth in the juvenile justice system.

While the agreement will reportedly keep the majority of the troubled youth in classes at YSA's Penn Forest Township facility, an undetermined number of YSA students may still end up in Jim Thorpe's schools this year.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

EASTON (AP) An eastern Pennsylvania man is pleading guilty to simple assault and resisting arrest for what police say was a drunken fight with family members at his sister's baby shower in June.

The Express-Times of Easton reported Tuesday that 21-year-old Justin Hendershot of Catasauqua was sentenced to 4 to 23 months in jail, with credit for time he's already served.

The newspaper says he'll be paroled once he has a spot in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.