Sunday, July 13, 2014

Local News

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

In what would be a reversal of plans, Lehighton Area School District may move its middle school and high school renovation projects back to the forefront.

The board's finance committee mulled over various building options Tuesday.

Director Gloria Bowman suggested that regardless of which direction the board chooses to take, it needs to have some discussion about borrowing.

Business administrator Brian Feick told the board it needed to discuss two projects in particular: the middle school and high school renovation projects.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Installation of Officers for the Jim Thorpe Lions Club for 2014-2015 was held recently. They are, seated from left, Jolene Evans, two-year director; George Hiller, president; Liz McElwee, District 14 governor; John Drury Jr., club chaplain; and Sandra S. Gallagher, vicepresident. Back row, Jim Trainer, one-year director and membership director; Wilfred V. Gardiner, treasurer; James E. Gallagher,secretary; Ronald J. Sheehan, second vice president; Ray Brader, tail twister; and William Reabold Jr., lion tamer; and Clement McGinley, two-year director.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The Dixie Melody Boys

One of Gospel music's most popular quartets, The Dixie Melody Boys, will be featured at the Lewistown Valley Tabernacle, located at 614 Valley Road in Tamaqua, on Friday, July 25. The quartet will share its unique, four-part harmony during the 7 p.m. service.

Since organizing over five decades ago, The Dixie Melody Boys have enjoyed much success, including a Grammy nomination and numerous Fan Award nominations from The Singing News Magazine, southern gospel music's leading fan and trade publication.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded a total of $176,126 in Assistance to Firefighters Grant funds for three first-responder departments in Schuylkill County.

The funds will be distributed via the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Ryan Township Emergency & Rescue Squad Inc. in Barnesville has been awarded $149,554 to subsidize the purchase of a 2013 Type I ambulance with 4-wheel drive.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Six people were injured when this deck collapsed at a house in Towamensing Trails.

A children's birthday party Tuesday quickly turned into a nightmare as the deck where a Carbon County family was celebrating collapsed beneath them.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m., at a residence at the intersection of Doolittle Mews and Towamensing Trail in the Towamensing Trails development of Penn Forest Township, emergency crews responded to calls of a structure collapse and people injured.

Mark Nalesnik, Carbon County Emergency Management Agency director, said six people were taken to various hospitals, including Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest and Gnaden Huetten Memorial.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

During Monday evening's board of supervisors meeting, supervisor Phil Shedaker, who attended the meeting by telephone, reminded the public of a resolution from 2013 which limited public comment to a total of 30 minutes at the beginning of each meeting. Each resident is permitted at total of 3 minutes to address the supervisors.

"We are not taking any more comments about $1.6 million or anything that happened 10 years ago," Shedaker said. "If you have something to say on the matter, put it in writing, and the board of supervisors will absolutely review it."

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Special Olympics PA Carbon County is starting their annual boccie training from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Baer Memorial Park, behind the Lehighton pool.

The organization is in need of several volunteers to help with the training and future boccie events.

For more information, check out SOPA's website,, and Facebook page for updates on trainings and events for boccie as well as all other activities.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Six people were injured, four seriously, when a deck collapsed at a home where the family was celebrating a birthday.

The incident occurred just before 6 p.m. in Towamensing Trails in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County.

Four of the seriously injured were flown from the scene by four air medical transport helicopters while two others were transported by ambulance.

Carbon County Management Director Mark Nalesnik said the injured ranged in age from adults in their 60s to young children.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Power has been restored to most of the PPL customers in Lehigh Township.

As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, 528 PPL customers in Lehigh Township were out of power. Company spokeswoman Teri MacBride said the power was cut by a tree that had fallen on power lines on Grist Mill Road.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The National Weather Service has issues an alert for heat index values today in the 90s.

The area will remain in fog until at least 8 a.m. so allow extra time to get to your destination.

Thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and tonight, with strong winds, hail and brief heavy rain leading to ponding in areas of poor drainage.


The forecast: