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Friday, May 24, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Using their garage as a billboard, the George family sent out a powerful message after surviving the stage EF4 tornado that ripped through Oklahoma City and its suburbs.

From her home's underground storm shelter, former Palmerton resident, Deborah George of Oklahoma City listened in the dark to the sounds of the stage EF4 tornado ripping through her residential area Monday, pummeling her South Harvey Avenue home with debris.

"It sounded like a freight train going through. I could hear the stuff hitting the house," said George.

George had hurried inside the storm shelter at the sound of the sirens that would prelude the violent tornado that tore through the suburbs of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon, taking 24 lives and injuring over 200 more.

Friday, May 24, 2013
Following Joe Boyle's death on Memorial Day in 1992, the journalist's sports-related memorabilia were offered to Danny McGinley, above. "When Joe passed away, Rita Boyle called me to take some stuff that I might be interested in," McGinley said. "That included the letter."

In a 1990 letter, Jack Thorpe wrote that he retracted his previous statements that were critical of Jim Thorpe's burial location in Jim Thorpe, Pa., and noted, "I now feel that the remains of Jim Thorpe are in a good place and that he is at peace."

The contents of this letter seem clearly at odds with the actions taken by Jack Thorpe who, in June 2010, filed a federal lawsuit against the Borough of Jim Thorpe seeking to have his father's remains returned under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Friday, May 24, 2013

The life of a 7-year-old Nesquehoning girl was saved by an unemployed miner when he snatched her from the path of an 80-car diesel train. The youngster is Ruth Ann, daughter of Mrs. Margaret Sheridan, of East Catawissa Street. Joseph Bubon, Nesquehoning, was sitting on his front porch on Park Street when he saw the girl standing on the tracks as a freight train was approaching. Noticing the youngster was too frightened to move, he ran 100 feet to the tracks and pulled her from the path of the train.

Friday, May 24, 2013
"Prince Ali," a Dromedary camel, lifts his neck to observe curious passers-by.

An array of exotic and domestic animals, consisting of an African zebra, Dromedary camel, Shetland pony, miniature horse, Peruvian llama and 12 performing dogs drew a lot of attention yesterday in Tamaqua after word spread about their unexpected appearance in the South Ward section of town.

Friday, May 24, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Rescue Squad members Captain Matt Hill and Nathan Bowman, right, fill oxygen tanks for firefighters.

Emergency responders were dispatched to the front and rear of 22-24 East Centre St. (SR54) in Mahanoy City just before 10 p.m. Thursday after neighbors reported seeing smoke mixed in with heavy fog.

A short time after, police and firefighters arrived in the pouring rain to see flames rising from the third floor, as well as heavy smoke throughout the building. After entering the downtown property, police and firefighters determined that all the floors of the structure were unoccupied.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Franklin Township supervisors on Tuesday night awarded the bid for seal coating on various roads in the township to Asphalt Maintenance Solutions, Center Valley, at a cost of $44,956.01. Martin Paving of Lititz offered a bid of $51,854.74 and Dosch King Emulsions of Whippany, N.J., bid $52,083.18.

Roads selected for seal coating are Indian Hill Road and Overlook Drive.

Supervisors also accepted the lone bidder Lehigh Asphalt and Paving to provide road materials for township roads.

Friday, May 24, 2013
Members of the Summit Hill Lions Club display a massive American flag that will fly in Ludlow Park on holidays and will be part of a seasonal flag program to recognize Summit Hill resident and former residents. Holding the flag are Joseph O'Gurek and Kenneth Vermillion, front-left and front-right, and Kathy Crampsie and Judy Midas, back-left and back-right.

Continuing its town's tradition of being one of the most patriotic communities in the region, and following the club's motto of "We serve," the Summit Hill Lions Club has announced plans to resurrect an American flag program that in the past honored members of the community for their service to our country.

Only this time around, the club wants to open the honorary and memorial program to all Summit Hill residents, as well as former residents, regardless of military service.

Friday, May 24, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley School Board President Jeff Markovich, left, swears in new board member John Williams. School Director Anthony DeMarco is seen in the background.

The Panther Valley school board on Thursday named Democrat John Williams of Lansford to serve the time remaining on the term of Republican David Hiles, who resigned in April.

Williams, 62, and a retired project manager and estimator, finished fourth of five candidates on the Democratic ballot in the May Primary Election, and third of four candidates on the Republican ballot.

He was sworn in at a public meeting Thursday by school board President Jeff Markovich.

Thursday, May 23, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of Crossroads Community Church in Lehighton spent time sharing patriotic songs with residents of the Edgemont Lodge Assisted Living Personal Care Nursing Home in Lansford. Pausing for a quick photo are, from front left, residents Karen Straub, Linda Minnich, Anna Houston and Lenore Davis. From back left are residents Flo Mulhall, Mildred Loveless, mission group members John Leibenguth, Pastor Mike Doran, Denise O'Toole and personal care aides Alyssa Benek and Jenn Fox.