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Monday, July 11, 2011

Chiz Rider, one of America's foremost professional trumpeters, touring and recording artists, will be appearing in concert at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, at Christ Evangelical Free Church, Route 443 West, near Normal Square, Lehighton.

Earlier this year Chiz released his ninth album entitled, "Live Worship," which features live concert performances of traditional hymns, patriotic, and contemporary praise songs. Chiz performs over 250 concerts annually throughout North America as well as several international tours.

Monday, July 11, 2011

An East Penn Township resident complained to township supervisors about people walking their dogs on her property and not cleaning up the messes the pets leave.

"We went to Duane Schleicher because they come from Northside Heights," Michele Beckett told the board at its July 5 meeting. "He has rules about not messing his trailer park. I put up no-trespassing signs facing Northside Heights.

"I told a woman she has no right on my property. No one's dog has the right to be on my property. You should let people know what 'right-of-way' and 'no trespassing' mean."

Monday, July 11, 2011
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Taking his first swing on hole number one is Travers Schmidt, playing a fun game of golf at the White Birch Golf Course in Barnesville with brothers Torrey and Tyler, all of Hometown.

Monday, July 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured are rescuers cooling down at the Weatherly Ambulance recovery tent, staged across from the CEMA command point.

Rescue crews and paramedics, most utilizing four-wheelers and other off-road vehicles, spent a little over an hour Sunday traversing four square miles of Lehigh Anthracite property between Lansford and Nesquehoning as they searched for a missing teenage girl who reportedly fell down a cliff.

Just after 10:30 a.m. two teenage girls flagged down Nesquehoning Police officers as the teenagers exited the woods on SR209 near the WMGH/WLSH radio station. They told officers their friend had possibly injured herself after falling down a cliff and couldn't get herself back up.

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Weatherly woman was killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning. State police at Hazleton said the crash occurred about 5:36 a.m. along SR4006 in Banks Township.

Troopers said Mary E. Doria, 68, was westbound when her 1992 Oldsmobile sedan left the roadway and struck a ditch.

Doria was taken from the scene to the Hazleton General Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival, troopers said.

Monday, July 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Gregory Badger, Collegeville, entertains visitors while playing his old time calliope.

Thousands of visitors enjoyed warmer weather outside, while over 500 took advantage of the cooler temperatures inside the mine during the Fourth Annual Coal Miner's Festival, held Sunday at the No. 9 Mine and Museum in Lansford.

Dozens of unique attractions and exhibits were offered as part of this year's festival. In keeping with the theme, the coal miner's competition and demonstrations were educational as well as fun.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Victor Helmer, Star Route, Jim Thorpe, today urged hikers and vacationers in the Penn Forest area to be cautious of snakes in that area, their appearance being on the increase because of the hot weather. Yesterday at 4:30 p.m., Helmer, caretaker at the former Dr. Harold Frendt tract, now owned by the Philadelphia YMCA, killed a five-foot rattlesnake with 15 rattles. It measured four inches in diameter from head to tail.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Schuylkill County Tax Claim Bureau, which serves as a trustees of properties obtained for failure to pay real estate tax, recorded in the courthouse the sale of seven properties which were returned to the tax base. Sales were to the following:

Monday, July 11, 2011
Heather Slocum is the second grade winner of the PPL Bright Ideas poster contest.

Heather Slocum, 9, of Jim Thorpe was selected as the second grade winner for the PPL Bright Ideas Energy Efficiency poster contest. Slocum's entry was selected as a winner out of nearly 3,000 entries and was the only winning poster from Carbon County.

In the center of her poster, Slocum drew a globe with kids holding hands. "Save our planet together," she wrote on the poster. Surrounding the globe, she drew many pictures to show how to conserve energy.

"I wanted to draw a lot of pictures to give more information and examples," said Slocum.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The condition of township roads and the use of a new paving machine were scrutinized at the recent meeting of Towamensing Township supervisors.

When asked how much money was spent on the repaving of Koch Road, Guy Seifert was told that approximately $100,000 has been expended for asphalt by July 7. Roadmaster Rodney George said the township did not receive any complaints about the condition of the road.

When Seifert asked if George received any training on using the new $100,000 paving machine, he was told that a salesman from the company came and worked with him.