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Friday, May 20, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society held its bank night at the Jim Thorpe National Bank (JTNB) in one of their last ditch efforts to collect money, so they staged a pretend hold up. The culprits Diane O'Donnell, (left) Co-Chairperson and Marsha Resch, Chairperson "stick up" JTNB employees, from left, Sally Smith, Alexa Cataldo, and Sheri Izzo.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Faith Alive Church, 678 Pine St., Palmerton, (Bowmanstown area) is offering beginning Tai Chi taught by Paul Lanchantin for 16 years to adult. Parents of 16 to 18 year old must provide written permission for their child to participate. There is no cost to attend. For dates and times, contact Julianne Heiney at 610-852-2805 or fasgm@ptd.net or contact Paul Lanchantin at (610) 377-6212.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The West End Car Show will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at the West End Fairgrounds, Route 209, Gilbert. Music will be provided at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by Chris Eckert. There will be peddle tractor pulls by the Pocono Old Tyme Farm Equipment Association and a display by the Pocono Mountain Garden Railway Society, plus other events. Refreshments will be available. Preregistration for car should call 610-681-4045 or 570-629-7363. The event benefits Western Pocono Jaycees. Admission is charged. Dash plaques will be given to the first 300 entries.

Friday, May 20, 2011

As of Monday, PA 873 north will be closed and detoured between Mountain Rd and Route 248 for work on the Route 873 Bridge over the Lehigh River.

The posted detour will route PA 873 north traffic on Main/Diamond Street, Route 145 and Route 248.

The work is part of an ongoing $4,632,725 contract to replace parapets on bridges in Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton counties.

A bridge parapet is a wall-like barrier at the edge of shoulder on the bridge.

The work is expected to be completed by Aug. 31.

Friday, May 20, 2011

According to Carbon County Animal Control Officer Bruce May, at least one of the two dogs rumored to have been roaming Mahoning Township on May 6th and reported by resident Brandon Everett, who lost livestock earlier in the year from an attack by two dogs allegedly owned by Joseph Frey, could not have been the pit bull that stalked the township last year.

Friday, May 20, 2011

A formal complaint has been filed against Carbon County; the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation; and Reading, Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad over four railroad crossings in the borough of Nesquehoning.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to ratify the county solicitor's response to a formal complaint filed earlier this month by Nesquehoning with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

Friday, May 20, 2011

A Lehighton man who fled police at an accident scene by jumping over a wall and dropping about 20-40 feet, entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to a prison term Thursday in Carbon County court. He was one of several defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Mahoning incident

Trevor Hunsicker, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of flight to avoid apprehension and was sentenced to serve two to 18 months in the county prison.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Theodore Gluck of Lansford, recently appointed Carbon County Court Crier and Librarian, assumed the role for the first time today when he opened Court with the familiar cry of "Oyez, oyez, oyez."

Mr. Gluck went through the cry with nary a hitch despite the fact that County Commissioner Daniel Bynon of Summit Hill, former Court Cryer, was on hand to render assistance if needed.

No business appearing on the day's docket, Judge James C. McCready adjourned court until Friday at 9 a.m.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Fifty six properties in the borough of Tamaqua have been identified as having active or once active illegal sewer connections to the Wabash Creek.

Those that were once active may need further investigation to determine if they will need to be addressed. Council president Micah Gursky announced the findings of a recent study at this week's borough council meeting, stating that property owners have already been notified by certified mail.

Friday, May 20, 2011

A Palmerton man was sentenced to a county prison term on Thursday in Carbon County court after entering a guilty plea to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-cocaine. He was among several defendants to plea guilty to drug related charges.

William Graver, 56, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic to serve nine to one day less two years in prison on the charge.