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Monday, January 16, 2012
Larry Neff/special to the times news A fire Sunday in the Valley View West development of Penn Forest Township destroyed this dwelling.

A fast moving fire Sunday afternoon in Penn Forest township destroyed a home in the Valley View West development.

The fire was first reported by neighbors at 44 Cheyenne Circle just before 1 p.m. stating the flames were already through the roof.

When firefighters arrived on scene, the single family, A-frame dwelling was fully involved in flames.

Due to the remote location of the scene water, portable reservoirs were established and water was shuttled to the scene by tank trucks.

No injuries were reported.

Monday, January 16, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford secretary-treasurer Beth Seymour, in back, guides O'Brien's Moving and Storage workers Pete Day, center, and Fred Young place a filing cabinet in the new community center office.

Lansford borough on Friday moved its offices from above the American Hose Co. No. 1, on East Patterson St., to the community center at 1 E. Ridge St.

The move was made because the Patterson Street offices have a mold issue and the building needs repair. The community center offices are expected to be open today.

On Friday, workers with O'Brien's Moving and Storage, Allentown, hauled the contents of the Patterson street offices – everything from filing cabinets to desks to paper supplies and light bulbs – down the steep flight of stairs and over to the community center.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Gnaden Huetten Campus, 211 N. 12th Street, Lehighton, in the Community Room.

The group is aimed for women with cancer-related issues to meet in a casual atmosphere to gain personal support. Contact Mary Ann Hazel at (610) 824-6490, for more information.

Monday, January 16, 2012

A free luncheon will be held at Parryville UMC, Main and Chestnut Streets, Parryville, on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The luncheon will be held weather permitting. All are welcome.

Monday, January 16, 2012

The driver who struck a Jim Thorpe police officer while he was directing traffic at the scene of a disabled vehicle late last year was arrested Friday on multiple counts and placed in Carbon County prison.

State police at Lehighton said Robert Monroe, 51, of Albrightsville, was taken into custody at his residence on two felony warrants. He was transported to the office of District Judge Edward Lewis, Jim Thorpe, and arraigned on the various criminal counts.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Judy F. Moon, Carbon County Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans' Court, has released a statistical report for activity in that office in 2011. It is as follows:

Acting as an agent for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Revenue, for the collection of Inheritance Taxes, the register received 489 payments totalling $4,250,783.08. The county's commission on this amount was $38,998.74, which was transferred to the Carbon County General Fund. Other fees collected last year, including state taxes, J.C.P. fees and Automation charges, amounted to $87,757.89.

Monday, January 16, 2012

As of tomorrow, morning arrival changes will go into effect at the Palmerton Area Junior High/Senior High complex.

The list of changes – being done to ensure the safety and security of its students – is on display on the district's web site, www.palmerton.org. High school Principal Kathy Egan and junior high Principal Thad Kosciolek note these changes:

Monday, January 16, 2012
Attorney Charles W. Stopp

Charles W. Stopp, Esquire, the Senior Partner of the law firm of Steckel and Stopp in Slatington, was recently honored with the AV Preeminent Rating.

The AV Preeminent Rating is the pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a strenuous peer review rating process that is managed and monitored by the world's most trusted legal resource, Martindale-Hubbell.

Stopp is a practicing real estate, estate planning and estate attorney with more than thirty-five years of legal experience.

Monday, January 16, 2012

AARP Tax Aid volunteers will provide free assistance with filing federal, state and local tax forms for seniors and low to moderate income taxpayers in our local communities. Persons interested in this free service should bring their current tax documents, plus a copy of last year's tax returns to one of the following locations on the days indicated. Locations will be open from 8 a.m. to noon beginning Feb. 1 until April 17.

* Tuesday, Lehighton Senior Center, 243 S. Eighth St., Lehighton.

* Wednesday, Penn Forest Township Municipal building, Route 903 Jim Thorpe

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Jim Thorpe Police Department is gearing up to hold its fourth annual Policeman's Ball at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at Memorial Hall, 101 E. 10th St., Jim Thorpe.

The event, which will feature formal attire and a sit-down meal, will benefit Cystic Fibrosis.

Although the ball is over a month away, the department is welcoming any donations to help defray the cost of the ball. Those who wish to make a donation can contact the department at (570) 325-4995, and speak with Jamie Solomon of Chief Joseph Schatz.