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Monday, October 25, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Top sixth-grade students who competed in the CYO Spelling Bee Wednesday at Sacred Heart Parish in Palmerton were (l-r) Camaryn Wheeler, third place, Wyatt Trantham, second place, and Ryan Morgans, first place.

State the word. Spell the word. Restate the word.

Those were the steps required of students who competed in the District 5 CYO Spelling Bee held Wednesday at St John Neumann Regional School's Palmerton campus.

The competition for sixth, seventh and eighth graders was held in multiple rooms for time purposes. Each group was given two warm-up rounds prior to the start of the contest.

A trophy was awarded for first place, a small plaque for second place, and a large ribbon for third place.

Saturday, October 23, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/Special to the TIMES NEWS

Rescue personnel work to extricate a male driver from a Chevrolet sedan that rolled over in Rush Township early Friday morning. The accident took place on Pine Creek, Drive, SR54, between Hometown and Barnesville, at approximately 2 a.m. after the driver lost control of his vehicle on a curve. The vehicle then struck a utility pole support wire, rolled over and landed on its roof. The Jaws of Life were used to extract the man from the car.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Lackawanna County man was given a prison term on Thursday in Carbon County court after pleading guilty to fleeing and eluding police. He was one of four defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Turnpike incident

Daniel B. Sutton, 43, of Scranton, pleaded guilty for an incident that occurred along the northeast extension of the turnpike that began in Penn Forest Township. He also pleaded to three motor vehicle code summary offenses. He fled officers but was stopped by troopers a short distance later.

Saturday, October 23, 2010
Russell Young, Lehighton - "Yes, indeed. I'm planning to vote. The most important issue to me is the need to get off over-dependency on foreign oil and to promote use of green energy."
Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Lehighton woman was given a jail term for driving under the influence (DUI) of a controlled substance on Thursday during Carbon County court proceedings. She was one of seven defendants in pending DUI-related cases to enter a guilty plea before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Towamensing incident

Christine A. Maniaci, 46, was arrested on Dec. 8, 2009, by state police at Lehighton who responded to the Country Junction along Interchange Road for a report of a person slumped over the wheel of a vehicle.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Palmerton man admitted to criminal trespass and theft counts on Thursday in Carbon County court. He was one of 12 defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a guilty plea before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Prior record

Jesse James Neff II, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal trespass and theft for an incident on Feb. 27 in Lower Towamensing Township, and another count of theft for an incident on Aug. 24, 2009, in Palmerton.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Nesquehoning VFW Post 8008 and the Ladies Auxiliary have announced that the Post and Auxiliary are once again participating in the Wreaths Across America Program that will take place on Dec. 11. The Post and Auxiliary will be participating in the services at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, located in Annville, Pa.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling west on State Route 248 from Bowmanstown and south on State Route 209 to be prepared for slow moving or stopped traffic at several intersections in the vicinity of the bridge that carries traffic southbound on Route 209 across the Lehigh River into Lehighton.

Saturday, October 23, 2010
There will be a unique walking tour of the Mauch Chunk Cemetery and Chapel on October 30 and 31from noon to 4 p.m. The tour will start at the Mauch Chunk Cemetery entrance gate in front of the Chapel at the intersection of South and Walnut Avenues in Upper Jim Thorpe.

"The history of a town can be found in the history of its cemetery," noted Jack Sterling, a Jim Thorpe historian whose great, great grandfather, Henry Sterling, was the first sexton at the Mauch Chunk Cemetery from 1847 to about 1866. "That's especially true here. It's a great example of a Victorian-era cemetery."

Saturday, October 23, 2010

(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following book review by Tamaqua native Phillip H. Krapf of San Ramon, Ca., examines 'Miracle Cures – Saints, Pilgrimage, and the Healing Powers of Belief,' by author Robert A. Scott, a Tamaqua native and 1953 graduate of Tamaqua Senior High School. Scott taught at Princeton and Stanford Universities and for 18 years served as deputy director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. The book was released this year by The Regents of the University of California, published by the University of California Press, Berkeley.)