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Friday, July 15, 2011

The Donut Man will be coming to the Bowman Park Camp, Bowmanstown, on Sunday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m.

Rob Evans, the Donut Man, presents the gospel in a way that introduces young children and their families to the basic elements of the Christian faith, and gives them lots to talk about when they go home. Children are brought in from out of the audience to help the Donut Man tell his stories and to do the hand motions that go with the songs. Even Duncan, the Talking Donut, pops out of his bakery box to sing a "whole" song.

Friday, July 15, 2011

A West Virginia man was sentenced to a Carbon County prison term on Thursday after admitting he bilked a woman out of more than $17,000 in a home construction scam. After he entered a plea to two theft counts, it was learned she was one of a very long list of victims in multiple states scammed by the defendant.

William Harvey Hyer, 61, of Vienna, pleaded guilty to one count each of theft by deception and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds, both felony threes.

Friday, July 15, 2011

An elderly Dauphin County man was killed on Thursday when he pulled the moped he was operating into the path of a tractor-trailer rig. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the accident occurred about 4:11 p.m. along East Grande Avenue (SR209), at North Keystone St., in the village of Muir, in Porter Township, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said Lloyd Kreiser, 74, of Lykens, was operating a 2007 Kymco Super 8 moped and was stopped on North Keystone Street for a stop sign. He then pulled out and into the path of a 2005 Mack tractor with tanker trailer which was northbound on SR209.

Friday, July 15, 2011

First Lt. Harrison Holland of Mauch Chunk and the section he commanded when they landed on D-Day has received a Presidential Unit Citation for "extraordinary heroism and oustanding performance of duty in action." His unit worked with the medical corps, picking up the wounded. He said, "Everyone was a hero who landed on D-Day as far as I'm concerned, but those fellows from the medical units were the real heroes. They are all unarmed and they went out under heavy fire to give first aid to the wounded and to carry them in."

Friday, July 15, 2011
By M. CRAIG MCDONALD/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Bun and Jan McCole of Penn Forest Streams, Penn Forest Township look over the adjacent lot and home at 64 Wild Creek Drive, Jim Thorpe The home was abandoned by neglectful tenants in January and when the snow cleared in the spring debris and rubbish compounded with warm weather brought rodents and health hazards into the area until the Penn Forest Township Supervisors took action Tuesday with the help of Youth Services Agency of Pa. Formerly Camp Adams in Jim Thorpe, offering boys ages 13 to 20 time in the community a chance to prove themselves. Penn Forest Zoning Officer Darlene DeCurtis and Penn Forest Transfer Station Manager Keith Knappenberger navigated the supervision on the premises of the property.

Bun and Jan McCole have a manicured lawn on a large corner lot in a serene setting in the Penn Forest Streams Development in Penn Forest Township. It's 5 p.m. on Monday evening and the temperature is hovering at 90 degrees. Bun stops his lawn mower and introduces himself. A friendly man who radiates hard work and pride in his home and in himself which is obvious by the condition of his surroundings in addition to The ARMY logo stenciled on his T-shirt which is wet with sweat. His wife Jan emerges from the house quickly welcoming a stranger into her yard.

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has coordinated the following emergency services training. Registration is required. To register, call, fax or email the hosting agency.

Hero to Zero Seminar: July 28, 6:30 p.m., Summit Hill Fire Department. Contact Summit Hill Fire Department at (570) 645-3631 or FD14@ptd.net.

Hazmat Operations: Sept. 12, 14, 17, 18, 6:30 p.m., at the Carbon County EMA. Contact the EMA at (570) 325-3097.

PA State Fire Convention: Free trainings starting Sept. 22. Contact Lake Harmony Fire Department at (570) 722-8138.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Seven defendants in pending criminal cases were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first time offenders.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II placed the eight Tuesday, all for one year, unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Heaven's Gates and Hell's Flames" is a drama presentation you will never forget – a look at the eternal impact of our life choices.

Mount Eaton Church will be hosting performances on Sunday, July 24; Monday, July 25; and Tuesday, July 26, at 7 p.m. each night. Admission is free, and children's ministry will be provided.

The church is located on Mount Eaton Road, Saylorsburg. For more information, please contact the church office at (570) 992-7050 or office@mounteatonchurch.org.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Attorney Claude A. Lord (Cal) Shields, former district attorney of Schuylkill County, was appointed chief county solicitor by the commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville. He replaces Attorney Eric Mika, Shenandoah, who resigned for personal reasons.

Thursday, July 14, 2011
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More than 60 people attended the Cressona Band performance Wednesday at the East End Park in Tamaqua. The event, sponsored by an anonymous donator, was held free to the public. Stephen Ulicny, President, East End Park Association, exstressed his appreciation to the band, sponsor and volunteers who operated the park's concession stand during the performance. For more information about the Cressona Band or to view their schedule, visit them on their Facebook page.