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Monday, December 2, 2013
BILL GEORGE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS This house fire at 2385 Little Gap Road in Lower Towamensing  Township was fully involved when firefighters arrived on the scene.

A house on Little Gap Road in Lower Towamensing Township was destroyed early Sunday morning by a fast-moving fire, which melted power lines and the siding on three neighboring houses.

Aquashicola Fire Chief Bill George said firefighters were dispatched at 2:15 a.m. to a dwelling fire with flames showing. The house at 2385 Little Gap Road was engulfed in flames when they arrived on scene.

"It was a total ball of fire," George said. "There was nothing we could do except protect the neighboring houses."

Monday, December 2, 2013

Several area residents were arraigned on Monday in Schuylkill County by District Attorney Karen Byrnes-Noon on criminal counts. All requested a trial by jury.

Arraigned included: Neil Brian Kennedy, 10 W. Bertsch St., Lansford, charged by Coaldale Patrolman Charles Blesse, with driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving when stoped last May 26 in 400 block on High Street.

Monday, December 2, 2013

A Mahanoy City man was fatally stabbed early Sunday morning.

The victim has been identified as Lawrence Quinn, 52, of 739 E. Mahanoy Ave. Reportedly he died of multiple stab wounds to the chest.

Borough police were dispatched to the home about 4:40 a.m. and found Quinn lying in the kitchen area of the home. Borough ambulance personnel were called to the scene but were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead by a deputy coroner.

An autopsy is scheduled at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, this week, authorities said.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

A house on Little Gap Road in Lower Towamensing Township was destroyed early Sunday morning by a fast-moving fire, which melted power lines and the siding on three neighboring houses.

Aquashicola Fire Chief Bill George said firefighters were dispatched at 2:15 a.m. to a dwelling fire with flames showing. The house was engulfed in flames when they arrived on scene. "It was a total ball of fire, " George said. "There was nothing we could do except protect the neighboring houses."

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Family loses cat in Parryville fire

A Parrryville family is being helped by the Red Cross after a fire damaged their home at 326 N. Fireline Road, Parryville. The fire broke out about 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

James Brown Jr., lieutenant with the Parryville Fire Company, said Gary Conklin, his wife, Mindy; and two children are mourning the loss of a pet cat, which perished in the fire. Brown said one of their pets did survive, but he didn't have any information about the pet which was rescued.

Saturday, November 30, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Performers auditioning for Sign Language Network flank producers. Clockwise from bottom left: Nicolas Zablotsky, an unknown applicant, Gabrielle Fritz, Raymont Anderson, producer Theressa DuBois, talent manager Sheenah Niobe, David Konyk, Samantha Midkiff, Brooke Stern, and Sophie Burkhart.

Actors, singers and dancers are being auditioned for 200 openings to support a new Lehighton-based Sign Language TV network scheduled for a February 2014 kickoff.

The as yet unnamed channel will provide 24-hour broadcasting on a national basis on both cable television and Internet streaming with sign language support for the deaf on all programming- news, weather, drama, variety and talk shows.

Saturday, November 30, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Some of the most prominent landmarks of the town of Jim Thorpe are seen in this photo. St. Marks Episcopal Church, the Carbon County Courthouse, and the Asa and Harry Packer Mansions.

Saturday, November 30, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Proudly displaying their "Chain of Promise" are East Penn Elementary School Red Ribbon Ambassadors, from left, third graders Tyler Solt and Rachael Carr and fourth grader Hailey Miller. The paper chain signifies that each classroom has made a promise to "Make healthy choices in life no bullying and no drugs."

Elementary schools throughout Lehighton Area School District recently celebrated Red Ribbon Week. The weeklong event emphasizes a strong message of anti-drug, anti-alcohol abuse, and anti-bullying.

"This is the second year the elementary schools have participated in this nationwide celebration," said elementary guidance counselor Deb McKain. "This year's theme is 'A Healthy Me is Drug Free.'"

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Trinity Thrift Store's annual Christmas sale will include many low priced items appropriate for gifts, like these Santa decorations.

On a tight budget? Start your Christmas shopping this weekend at the Trinity Thrift Store in Lehighton. The store will is hosting its annual Christmas sale at Trinity Lutheran Church's Luther Hall now through Tuesday.

The sale will be held today, Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. It's a chance to find unique gifts at low prices and to help feed local families with your purchases.

Every dollar received will benefit the Trinity Food Pantry, which provides food assistance to needy families in the Lehighton Area School District.

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Harrison Hoppes, the former 1953 Lehighton High School Senior Class President and Valedictorian has retired to his boyhood hometown of Lehighton. During his career, Hoppes chalked up degrees in engineering, management and a doctorate in business administration, and attained positions of chairman, corporate vice president and director of operations in a variety of high-tech companies.

Harrison Hoppes is back. The former 1953 Lehighton High School senior class president and valedictorian has retired to his boyhood hometown of Lehighton.

During his career, Hoppes chalked up degrees in engineering, management and a doctorate in business administration, and attained positions of chairman, corporate vice president, and director of operations in a variety of high tech companies.