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Friday, August 22, 2014

Fredric March, Charles Laughton and Sir Cedric Hardwicke head the brilliant cast of "Les Miserables," Darryl Zanuck's 20th Century production of the Victor Hugo classic, which comes to the Capitol Theatre Thursday and Friday only.

March is seen as the hero, Jean Valjean, who spends five bitter years in the galleys of a French prison ship for the theft of a loaf of bread and finds his whole life shadowed by this petty crime.

Laughton is cast as Javert, the fanatical detective who hounds him, and Hardwicke plays the beneficial Bishop Bienvenu.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Palmerton residents who enjoy the sound of music may want to attend this year's grand finale concert in the park.

Arranged through the Concourse Club of Palmerton's Bandstand Committee, the band Remember When will perform the last concert of the summer at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Joanne Kercsmar, a member of the Concourse Club's Bandstand Committee, said the band's previously scheduled concert in July was rained out. In case of inclement weather, the committee reserves the right to cancel the concert.

Friday, August 22, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Jim Thorpe Lioness Club celebrated its 15th Anniversary Charter Night on Aug. 11at Rodger's Grove in Jim Thorpe. The JimThorpe Lions and West Penn Lioness and 14U Lioness Liaison Marie Barth, front left; and Past District Governor Paul Barth, second row right, also attended.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Carbon County Navy Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the VFW in Nesquehoning.

All members and those interested in joining are encouraged to attend.

Friday, August 22, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Commissioners are looking to resolve a problem of bats in the county courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

Carbon County has a bat problem.

On Thursday, Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard said the county is currently working to keep bats out of the chimney and attic areas of the county courthouse.

He said there are bat droppings in the attic area, but the amount of droppings found does not pose a health risk to employees and visitors of the courthouse.

The county also spoke with a batproofing company to see how much it would cost to fix the problem.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Carbon County Fair took place earlier this month.

Here is a partial list of some of the winners. More winners will be published as space permits.

4-H Champions

Carissa Troxell: Supreme Champion Dairy Heifer of Show, Reserve Champion Dairy Showman, Reserve Champion Market Steer, Grand Champion Market Steer Fitter, Grand Champion Dairy Beef, Reserve Champion Dairy Beef Showman, Reserve Champion Dairy Beef Fitter

Friday, August 22, 2014

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A man facing a mandatory term of life in prison without parole is maintaining his innocence in the shooting death of a woman in a car at a northeastern Pennsylvania apartment complex.

Jurors in Luzerne County deliberated for less than two hours Thursday before convicting 22-year-old Kenneth Evans III of first-degree murder in the November 2013 slaying of Shantique Goodson at the Sherman Hills complex.

Friday, August 22, 2014

A former New York City businessman who has spent 24 years in prison after being convicted of setting a fire that killed his mentally ill daughter is scheduled to walk out of a maximum-security prison in Pennsylvania a free man, following a judge's ruling that the case against him was based on now-debunked arson science.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Jim Thorpe Area School District and the Youth Services Agency have reached a tentative two-year agreement regarding the placement of students from a local facility for troubled youth.

Brian Gasper, Jim Thorpe superintendent, said Thursday that a special school board meeting has been set for 6 p.m. Tuesday to finalize the agreement.

"Essentially what the agreement does is allow the district to sit down with YSA and evaluate the YSA students on a case-by-case basis to see which ones would be good candidates to be educated in our high school," Gasper said.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Five Franklin Township workers are now members of the Teamsters union.

Franklin Township supervisors approved a motion on Tuesday night to ratify the contract between the township and the workers.

Township worker Glenn Williams said it took about six months of negotiations to reach this goal.

"We aren't looking to make any changes in the way we are paid or looking for additionalhours," Williams Glenn Williams. "We just want to continue as we are. We're doing it for job security."