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Local News

The local news category. Will contains stories from Jim Thorpe, Northern Lehigh, Palmerton-Lehighton, Panther Valley, Poconos, and Tamaqua.

Free community luncheon in Parryville

Monday, November 19, 2012

Parryville United Methodist Church, corner of Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, will host a free luncheon from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24. The luncheon will be held, weather permitting.

All are welcome.

Family Promise Thanksgiving dinner

Monday, November 19, 2012

Family Promise will host a Thanksgiving Dinner from noon until 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23 at St. John's Church, 826 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton.

The meal will include turkey, filling, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, roll and butter, salad, dessert and a beverage.

For more information, call (570) 386-9960.

Lehighton man airlifted after snapping pole in Hometown

Monday, November 19, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Jacob Sabol of Lehighton was airlifted to the hospital late Saturday night after crashing his vehicle into a support pole located at the bottom of the Hometown Hill (SR309), near Taggertsville Road. The crash caused the pole and its support lines to lay across all lanes. Firefighters stated that Sabol was seen walking around the vehicle after the crash. Police stated Sabol is facing a drunk driving charge and it is his second DUI in less than two weeks. Responding in addition to Tamaqua and Rush Township police, were volunteer firefighters and fire police from Tamaqua and Hometown.

K of C helping to feed the hungry

Monday, November 19, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Monsignor Agnello J. Angelini Assembly # 971 of the Knights of Columbus recently put together food baskets to give to some local families who may otherwise have no Thanksgiving Dinner. Pictured, left to right, are Past Faithful Navigator Francis Heery, Food Basket Program Coordinator Bob Bochantin, Francis O'Donnell, and Edward Girard.

Free Thanksgiving dinner in Slatington

Monday, November 19, 2012

St. John's United Church of Christ, 15 Second St., Slatington, is offering a free Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 22.

Dinner will be served from noon until 2 p.m. All are welcome. No reservations are required, but are appreciated.

Dinners will be delivered to shut-ins in the Northern Lehigh area, but calls for delivery must be received by Monday, Nov. 19. Call the church office at (610) 767-5554 for questions, to make reservations, or to request home delivery. The office is open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The Family Handyman and IKEA team up for remodel contest

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Family Handyman Rescue Remodel Contest, sponsored by IKEA, celebrates its second year of giving back to worthy groups such as firehouses, boys and girls clubs and soup kitchens. From now until Dec. 15, 2012, communities can nominate their local organization to win an IKEA kitchen makeover valued at $25,000.

On this date

Monday, November 19, 2012

November 19, 1970

A fire which had its inception at 5 a.m. today gutted the beer hall of the Carbon County Fairgrounds in Lehighton. Owned by the Carbon County Fair Association, the large frame structure was a familiar landmark to fair attendants, being located a short distance to the right of the main gate on Mahoning Street. Corvin Solt, fire chief, said flames were already shooting through the roof when the firemen arrived in response to the early morning alarm. The cause of the fire wasn't determined.

Large storage structure burns in Ryan Twp.

Monday, November 19, 2012
Firefighters kept filling a large water bladder located at the driveway to the home.
Firefighters kept filling a large water bladder located at the driveway to the home.

Large explosions could be heard as a storage structure burned during a fast-moving fire on Back Road in Barnesville (Ryan Township) just after 8 p.m. Sunday.

Nearly a hundred emergency responders were called to the blaze, located behind the home of 431 Back Road, owned by John Maddis.

Despite a rapid response time the structure, located near the intersection of State Road, was completely engulfed when firemen arrived.

Firefighters, from as far away as Shenandoah, used their tanker trucks to keep a large water bladder filled at the driveway to the home.

Two area residents among 18 to enter guilty pleas

Monday, November 19, 2012

Two area residents were among 18 who entered guilty pleas and two others entering no defense to the criminal charges filed against them and were sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller in Schuylkill County court.

WW II relived by army nurse

Monday, November 19, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Marian Jones told the Palmerton Area Historical Society about her time with the 34th Evacuation Hospital in World War II. On the right she waits for more questions while society members look at the materials she brought in.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Marian Jones told the Palmerton Area Historical Society about her time with the 34th Evacuation Hospital in World War II. On the right she waits for more questions while society members look at the materials she brought in.

Shirley Jones, a member of the Palmerton Area Historical Society, brought her cousin Marian Jones to the Nov. 12 meeting where she told of her time as a World War II nurse.

She followed General George Patton during the invasion of Europe. He would move forward and the nurses would pack up and move also.

Jones began by saying, "You are only as rich as your memories," and her memories of the time of World War II are rich and a permanent part of her.

She mentioned Irene Halmi of Lehighton, who was also a nurse and passed on in August.