Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Local News

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Cars were are lined up because of road work on Bridge Street at 7 p.m. Monday. Traffic was backed up past the light on Route 248 and coming down Canal Street into Weissport. Main Road was closed at Canal Street.  Surfaces will be repaved to repair damage caused by detours from the Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge  project.

Both lanes of the Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge in Lehighton will soon reopen.

Sean Brown, safety press officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 5, said Tuesday that this phase of bridge repair work is on schedule for its Sept. 5 deadline.

"We had a very strict schedule (for that part of the project) and we are going to meet it," he said.

That means that motorists using the detour to travel across the Lehigh River in Lehighton will be able to use the McCall bridge again for both directions, eliminating the detour down through Weissport.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) – Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens.

Delaying the start of the school day until at least 8:30 a.m. would help curb their lack of sleep, which has been linked with poor health, bad grades, car crashes and other problems, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a new policy.

The influential group says teens are especially at risk; for them, "chronic sleep loss has increasingly become the norm."

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Members of the marching unit of Tamaqua's Citizens Fire Company #1 march past the Charles Baber Cemetery, Pottsville, on Saturday during the 60th Annual Schuylkill County Firefighters Parade. The group won first place in its category. The other first place marching award also went to a Tamaqua unit, American Hose Co. #1.

Emergency response units from eastern Schuylkill and Carbon counties grabbed a dozen honors, including top marching awards at the 60th annual Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association Convention held Saturday in Pottsville.

According to the host Pottsville Fire Department, more than 250 pieces of equipment were entered for judging along with 11 bands and other entries.

Judges selected Tamaqua American Hose Company 1 as the best appearing fire company marching unit accompanied by music, a $500 prize.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Shelby Jewel Brazes with her mother Tracey was given a certificate for her help in placing flags on veterans graves.

Regardless of officers who were installed on Aug. 4, the American Legion says there is no rank among the members. Main goals are to aid families of those who were lost in wartime; to instill a sense of obligation to the community, state and nation; and to promote peace.

A POW-MIA chair is present at all meetings, which are opened by uncovering that chair.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Addiction to drugs or alcohol is tough.

But breaking that addiction is even tougher.

In honor of the millions of people who are recovering from addiction, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has named September as National Recovery Month. This year marks the 25th anniversary of a movement that "promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery for mental and substance use disorders."

The theme is "Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out."

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Brenna McAndrew, 7, sits on a metal bench at the Ginder Field playground  in Summit Hill. Three of these benches are in the park, but vandals have stolen one of them, even though it was chained to a tree.

Vandals are causing destructive and expensive problems at the Ginder Park playground in Summit Hill.

As a result, Summit Hill Borough Council said Monday it will purchase surveillance cameras and have them installed.

Chief of Police Joseph Fittos urged council to buy cameras good enough to identify the people doing the damage.

Jodi McAndrew, chairwoman of the Summit Hill Recreation Commission, described some of the damages.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Jim Thorpe Area School Board will have a special meeting at 6 p.m. today at the district administration building to vote on the two-year agreement regarding the placement of students from a local facility for troubled youth.

"Essentially what the agreement does is allow the district to sit down with YSA and evaluate the YSA students on a case-by-case basis to see which ones would be good candidates to be educated in our high school," Gasper said last week.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Palmerton Police Department is investigating several incidents.

Simple assault

Criminal charges were filed against Edwina Grow, 37, of 641 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton, for simple assault, false imprisonment, harassment, unsworn falsification to authorities and false reports. The incident occurred at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the same address.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A one-day trial in the court of Schuylkill County President Judge William E. Baldwin resulted in a guilty verdict for a Tamaqua man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl last year.

Angel Anthony "Sketch" Resto, 22, was found guilty of rape of a child, unlawful contact with a minor, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors and indecent exposure by a jury composed of five women and seven men. The jury deliberated for less than an hour before reaching its verdict.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In its second season on Comedy Central, "Drunk History" will feature the story of Jim Thorpe, the athlete, at 10:30 tonight.

"Drunk History" is a Comedy Central TV show where an inebriated narrator recounts a historical event while actors act out the narration and lip sync to the sloshed speaker.

This week's show is narrated by a tipsy Preston Flagg and tells the story of Jim Thorpe from his athletic start at Carlisle High School through his victory at the Stockholm Olympics in 1912.