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Thursday, August 11, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Kalyn Lehr, a senior at Palmerton Area High School, was crowned as the 2011 Carbon County Fair Queen.

Madeling Ligenza, the Carbon Coutny Fair Association's Mistress of Ceremonies , explained what an honor it was to be crowned fair queen.

"Pennsylvania is the Keystone state. As one of the original 13 colonies, Pennsylvania was in the center, a keystone."

"Leon 'Bup' Mertz was our Keystone here at the Carbon County Fair. He gave of himself freely. Our fair women are also our Keystone. These young ladies are our ambassadors of our fair," she said.

Krisandra Livingston, the 2010 Queen, said she had a really great time as queen.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Lehighton man was sentenced to a county prison term that was more than the mandatory minimun required the state's drunk driving law after entering guilty pleas in four pending cases on Monday in Carbon County court. He was one of several defendants to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Drug problem

Thursday, August 11, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A cat is being blamed for the probable cause of a bizarre dwelling fire Wednesday morning in Towmensing Township. The fire was first reported just before 11 a.m. in a ranch style home along Snyder Road just off Forest Inn Road. Reports from the radio and the scene said the female occupant of the residence had a candle burning on a mantle and left the home. It is believed a cat knocked over the candle onto a chair which caught fire. When the woman arrived back she found the residence charred and the chair burned but no fire or smoke.

Thursday, August 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Since it was constructed in the 1920s, Liberty Hall, once known as a recreation facility and social hall, was used primarily as a manufacturing facility during its lifetime. In addition to being a cardinal location for Sprite Manufacturing, it also served as locations for Singer, Akins Supply, Wink Liberty Pontiac, Morgan's facility and an archery range.

Local and state dignitaries were on hand Wednesday during a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of a new 12-unit apartment complex at 420 East Broad St. in Tamaqua.

The Tamaqua Area Community Partnership (TACP), a local nonprofit community organization, facilitated the development of the large, abandoned, building in 2009 with the intent of holding it for ABC (Alliance for Building Communities) Inc. of Allentown. ABC Inc. purchased the property and recently began construction.

Thursday, August 11, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon, AARP and AARP Foundation have joined forces in trying to solve the problem of senior hunger in America. Gordon's retired #24 Chevrolet car is now a show car for Drive to End Hunger. It was parked at the Mount Pocono Shop-Rite on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 2-6 p.m. West End members of AARP and Effort United Methodist Church asked visitors to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Effort UMC Supplemental Food Resource Center.

Thursday, August 11, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

As if it hasn't been hot enough recently, the sight of a giant Taco and Hot Pepper promoting a local Mexican restaurant in downtown Jim Thorpe last weekend can only raise the heat higher for some of us.

Thursday, August 11, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Rev. James Sandy, the founding director of St. Mary's Orphanage in Sierra Leone, West Africa, speaks during a Charismatic Mass held Monday at the Sacred Heart Parish in Palmerton.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A 42-year-old Wilkes-Barre man has been charged with repeatedly raping a girl, now 12, over a period of 2 1/2 years.

Nicholas Molino Sr., of Magnolia Avenue, formerly of Summit Hill, is facing numerous of charges.

He was arrested at his Wilkes-Barre home on Tuesday night by city police, then transported to Carbon County where he was arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis.

He has been placed in Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 cash bond.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention will hold a walk fundraiser meeting today at 6:30 p.m. at La Dolce Casa, 16 W. Broad St., Tamaqua. The walk will be held next Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Hometown Farmer's Market. For more information, visit www.outofthedarkness.org, stop by the meeting today or contact Ann Marie Calabrese at (570) 668-6450.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Schuylkill County man pleaded guilty to his part in a burglary in Carbon County was was told he faces a prison term at the time of sentencing. Several defendants in pending drug cases also entered guilty pleas in the county court on Tuesday before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Penn Forest Township

Joseph Michael Breuer, 22, of Cressona, pleaded to one count of criminal conspiracy to commit burglary.