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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A pickup crashed into the garage of a vacant house shortly after 3 p.m. today on Lincoln Street in Tamaqua.

Nicholas Clemson, 16, was driving south on Lincoln Street when he swerved to avoid a van owned and operated by Lech Transportation, which was traveling north.

No injuries were reported.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Democratic state representative candidate plans to discuss the environmental record of the Republican party Thursday at the Carbon County Courthouse Annex in Jim Thorpe.

Patti Borger, who is challenging incumbent state Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-122, will join representatives of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania following the Carbon County Commissioners meeting at 10:30 a.m.

According to a press release from the Borger campaign, she will discuss Act 13.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Horror film fans are in for a scary treat this weekend at the Mahoning Drive-In Theater, 635 Seneca Road in Lehighton.

On tap Friday and Saturday night is a Halloween Retro Horror Film Festival, with the classic horror movies "Nightmare on Elm Street," "The Gates of Hell," "Doctor Butcher M.D." and "Tales from the Crypt."

Doors open both nights at 6 with movies starting at 7:30. The night will feature live music before the shows, and costume and zombie contests. Admission is $10 per carload.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

One resident after another spoke Tuesday night in support of Franklin Township retaining its police department.

The topic has come up for months now, said secretary Brenda Neeb, after supervisors made a motion to look into downsizing, disbanding or regionalizing the police department due to budget concerns.

Supervisors have not really discussed it since then, she said; nevertheless, the public has come out every meeting in support of maintaining its police department.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nina Schnyder

Nina Schnyder has been named Slatington Woman's Club's Girl of the Month for October.

A senior at Northern Lehigh Area High School, she is involved in Spanish Club, E7 (Environmental Group president), National Honor Society, Student Council, The Dog Dish (Broadcasting Club and is president), track and field, and cross country.

Schnyder was named Outstanding Female Runner for cross country, and holds the captain position.

She enjoys reading, learning about history and computers, and caring for animals.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A topic that has been raised in the borough for years was the main topic of discussion at Slatington's Water/Sewer/Highway Workshop Committee Monday.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, resident and former councilwoman Kris Burek brought up the topic of how the borough's water and sewer are billed when she asked President Gwyneth Neff about a list Burek said she had requested at council's Sept. 8 meeting to "show (her) how (Neff's) numbers don't add up on the water and sewer minimums."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, Butch Comegys

A Pennsylvania State Police trooper patrols the cemetery at St. Paul's United Church of Christ on Tuesday in Swiftwater during an ongoing search for suspected killer Eric Frein. With two possible sightings in four days, Frein, 31, who's charged with opening fireoutside the Blooming Grove state police barracks on Sept. 12, killing a trooper and seriously wounding another, appears to have moved out of the deep woods and into a more heavily trafficked area of the Pocono Mountains.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Andi Hourican, left, and her daughter, Laura Frey, transfer dough discs to trays before  taking them to the next station, stuffing and pinching, Tuesday morning at Ben Salem Church. For more photos, see Page 10 and visit tnonline.com for our photo gallery.

Roll, fill, pinch, boil, slather in butter, repeat ... 3,600 times.

About 20 volunteers gathered at Ben Salem Church the past two Tuesdays to make pierogies by the dozen. In total the church will make approximately 300 dozen of the popular ethnic food.

Laura Frey, one of the organizers, said that they've been doing the fundraiser at Ben Salem since 2005, but it has roots with her mother, Andi Hourican, who used to do the same thing in her church in New Jersey.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Devan Pepe

The Slatington Woman's Club has named Devan Pepe as the September Girl of the Month.

Pepe, a senior at Northern Lehigh Area High School, has been a member of the field hockey team all four years of high school and the softball team for three years. She is the current treasurer of student council, is a member of National Honor Society and is a member of the All Pro team.

She received the faculty scholarship award in 2010 and 2011 and the Blue Bat award in 2014 for demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship and positive attitude during the softball season.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A federal grand jury has indicted two police officers, one from Lansford and one formerly from Coaldale, for allegedly planting narcotics during drug searches last year. Additionally, two former police chiefs from those departments have been indicted on a charge of a separate incident involving the alleged sale of a machine gun.

In the drug case, Lansford officer Jeremy K. Sommers, 28, and former Coaldale officer Michael R. Weaver, 35, have been charged with conspiracy to violate civil rights, obstructing an investigation and obstructing and lying to federal agents.