Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Local News

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Carbon County Friends of Animals is reminding residents that it cannot accept feral cats at the shelter.

Kimmy Mulik, a board member for the shelter, said that the nonprofit organization has recently been overwhelmed with calls regarding feral cats and properties where people are feeding the colonies.

“The reason we have this problem is due to human error,” she said. “Some pet owners have been neglectful in not having their animal spayed or neutered, and this has caused an overpopulation of cats.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Philadelphia man was sentenced to a state prison term on Tuesday on drug-dealing charges.

Kyle Joseph Anderson, 25, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve 21 to 48 months in a state correctional institution on two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Anderson previously pleaded guilty to the charges. He was arrested by state police at Fern Ridge following a traffic stop along Interstate 80 in East Side Borough on April 9, 2016.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Basketball players will be hitting the court for a young girl fighting illness this weekend.

The “Hoops for Emma” 3 on 3 coed tournament was organized by a 19-year-old who was inspired to do something for a little girl fighting Guillain-Barre syndrome.

It will take place at Eurana Park in Weatherly at noon on Saturday. Registration begins at 11 a.m.

Emma Heister, 10, returned home this week after receiving from treatment for Guillain-Barre, an autoimmune disease which affects the body’s nerve cells.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Lehighton Downtown Farmers Market will host Old Fashioned Day in the Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the borough park.

Special events will include a community scavenger hunt, with a 10 a.m. start at the Lehighton Downtown Initiative tent; a pie in the face; a bubble gum contest; homemade milkshakes; and photos in cool costumes and fun backdrops.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

There will be a special program on live animals starting at 6 p.m. Saturdayat the Locust Lake State Park amphitheater in Barnesville. Join Redcreek Wildlife Center’s Peggy Hentz for the program and meet Gabriel the Owl and other birds of prey. The program is free. Shine only.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Panther Valley

Senior Center

The menu at the Panther Valley Senior Center for the week of Aug. 21 to 25 is:

Monday: Onion soup, chicken bacon ranch salad, and Jello

Tuesday: Corn chowder, chicken cheese steak and salad

Wednesday: Fish and Au gratin potatoes or chicken Caesar salad

Thursday: Pork Marsala and noodles or turkey wrap

Friday: Honey chicken and mashed potatoes or Asian chicken salad

The center has also announced upcoming events.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mission meal

Thursdays from 4:40 to 5:45 p.m. is the time for the weekly West End Mission meal at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Gilbert, for those in need.

The church’s Knights of Columbus will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the hall.

Eldred planners

The Eldred Township Planning Commission is on the calendar for 7 p.m. Thursday.

Little League

West End Little League will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chestnuthill Park Building in Brodheadsville.

School board

Thursday, August 17, 2017
The Schuylkill Mall will be razed to make way for industrial buildings. CHRIS PARKER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

NorthPoint Development, the new owners of Schuylkill Mall, plan to raze the building late this fall and put up new ones next spring that could house a variety of industrial uses, including manufacturing or logistics operations.

The Missouri-based company wants Schuylkill County commissioners to sign off on a 10-year program that would offer a 50 percent tax break on increased value to the property.

The property now generates a total of $254,526 a year for the three taxing bodies — the county, New Castle Township and the Saint Clair Area School District.

Thursday, August 17, 2017
A fire occurred Thursday afternoon in a second floor bedroom at 143 E. White St., Summit Hill. Fire department personnel managed to contain the flames to a mattress. Ron Gower/Special to the Times News



Damage was confined to a second floor bedroom when a mattress caught fire at a Summit Hill home early Thursday afternoon.

The fire, believed started accidentally by a cigarette lighter, occurred on the 100 block of White Street.

Officials didn’t identify the occupants but said a woman sustained burns to a hand. She was treated at the scene by Lehighton Ambulance personnel.

Fire Chief Shawn Hoben said the fire began when a child apparently got the lighter. He ruled the fire accidental.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Four people failed to appear for preliminary hearings in the court of District Judge Stephen Bayer on Aug. 8, and are all subject to now having warrants issued for their arrests.

Jody Danielle Forker, 45, of Tresckow, was due in court to answer to charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges were filed by Rush Township patrolman Bradley Hess after a May 30 incident.

All of the charges were held for county court.