Friday, July 29, 2016

Local News

Friday, July 29, 2016

Crews are responding to a crash along Route 248 near the borough of Bowmanstown.

The wreck occurred just after 3 p.m. Friday in the westbound lanes of 248, just west of the borough.

Dispatchers said that a driver lost control of his vehicle causing it to roll over.

According to scanner reports, the driver was transferred to a trauma unit with a head injury.

Traffic in the area may be affected. Check for updates.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Another postponement may be in store at Pocono Raceway as widespread showers and thunderstorms threaten northeastern Pennsylvania on Sunday.

Following a hot and dry race last weekend at the Brickyard in Indianapolis, NASCAR fans will head to Long Pond, Pennsylvania, this weekend for what will likely be a stormy, cooler event.

"Sunshine will be nearly invisible for the Pennsylvania 400 as there will be a cloudy, unsettled weather pattern for Sunday's race," AccuWeather Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said.

Friday, July 29, 2016

The general election campaign is getting underway across the country, and that includes here in Carbon County.

On Friday, Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) stopped in Lehighton to get local republicans excited about the election, and to talk about his own race against democrat Katie McGinty.

Toomey visited the Carbon County GOP headquarters, meeting with residents and elected officials.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Neither rain nor sleet nor going into labor with her son kept Sharon Stettler from her job at the United States Post Office.

“My water broke while I was behind the counter in Whitehall,” she says with a laugh.

Stettler has worked for the Walnutport Post Office for 24 years, but her service in the postal system dates back to 1980 when she began as a carrier in the Catasauqua station. Today she is retiring.

“I was 21 when I started. I had to take a civil service test with a lot of memorization and common knowledge questions,” she said.

Friday, July 29, 2016

HARRISBURG – Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today announced $677,000 in grant awards for Carbon County through the Department of Community and Economic Development Community Development Block Grant program.

The grants will be used to support a variety of projects throughout the county which will improve communities and infrastructure.

Friday, July 29, 2016

A rumor about the employment status of Palmerton High School Principal Paula Husar is just that, Palmerton Superintendent Scot Engler said Wednesday.

An online petition to keep Husar, started by David Schwartz, surfaced last week and has since been supported by more than 540 people.

The petition includes a statement that the district started an “improvement plan.”

“We understand there are a lot of rumors flying around, but Paula Husar remains an employee of the Palmerton Area School District and the principal of our high school,” Engler said.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Nesquehoning has received payment for one of four rig crashes in the borough over the last year.

On Wednesday, borough solicitor Robert Yurchak told council that a settlement was reached in the case against Kritsak Trucking of Allentown.

At its April meeting, council voted to sue the company for payment of expenses incurred on Nov. 5, by emergency responders and the borough after one of its drivers lost control of a tractor-trailer while attempting to descend Route 93 into Nesquehoning and barreled through the routes 93-209 intersection.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Street paving will take place in the borough of Coaldale the week of Aug. 1.

Drivers should be alert and are asked to use caution as street closure and new traffic patterns are in place.

Residents are asked to be alert for posting of signs as no parking will be permitted during the time of paving.

Streets to be paved include sections of East Phillips Street, First Street, Second Street, Fifth Street, East High Street, Avenue A.

Friday, July 29, 2016

The possibility of establishing the public library to serve Lansford, Summit Hill, Coaldale and Nesquehoning was brightened with information secured by Agnes McCartney, executive director of the Carbon County Planning Commission.

A meeting will be held tomorrow in the Carbon County Courthouse in Jim Thorpe. All interested citizens and civic leaders are invited and asked to attend.

Friday, July 29, 2016

A Palmerton Borough Council member’s resignation was accepted at the borough meeting on Thursday night.

Council member Jeremy Barbosa’s letter of resignation had been serving as chairman pro tem since January of this year.

Barbosa, who was not in attendance at the meeting, resigned due to undisclosed personal reasons.

The announcement came after a temporary adjournment of the regular meeting for an executive session.

“It is sad, and we’ll be sending a letter thanking him for his service,” said council member Terry L. Costenbader.