Saturday, April 29, 2017

Local News

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Lehighton Area School District has reached a new contract with its support staff, who had been working without a contract for nine months.

The school board voted 9-0 Monday night to approve a new contract with the Lehighton Area Education Support Personnel Association.

The union represents 100 support staff working in a wide variety of positions, including paraprofessionals, secretaries, school nurses, groundskeepers, maintenance, cooks, head cooks, network analysts and emotional support.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Fourteen-year-old Alex Kessler, right, and his mom, Tanya, display the piece that Alex completed to hang inside the Coaldale Borough Hall. CHRIS REBER/TIMES NEWS

Alex Kessler isn’t old enough to drive, but he has a talent for drawing that goes far beyond his 14 years.

Kessler, an eighth-grader at Panther Valley spends much of his free time sketching wildlife, cars and whatever inspires him.

He got the biggest recognition of his young career so far when the Borough of Coaldale recently asked him to create a work to hang in their meeting room.

“It was great to get the chance,” Kessler said. “My Uncle Todd works for the police. He told my mom, and she told me about it.”

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Two hikes are planned for state parks in Schuylkill County.

Naturalist Robin Tracey of Tuscarora State Park, Barnesville, will lead a hike on the Crow, Lake View and Spirit trails onMay 6 beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The hike is 9 miles long and moderate in difficulty. The hike combines the best of the trails in Tuscarora Park.

Participants will meet in the Crow Trail parking lot off Tuscarora Mountain Road.

This is a dog-friendly hike, but all pets must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Shine only and bring a lunch.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Northampton County man was sentenced to a county prison term on Thursday in Carbon County court on three counts of retail theft.

Shawn Dale Haynes, 44, of Bangor, and formerly of Scranton, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve a total of nine to one day less 24 months on the three charges.

Haynes was charged for incidents at the Walmart store in Mahoning Township. The three counts are all ratedfelonies. The thefts occurred on Oct. 9, Nov. 2 and 5, of 2016.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Palmerton woman was sentenced to a county prison term, then a lengthy period in the county’s Intermediate Punishment Program on Thursday after previously pleading to two driving under the influence charges — one for a controlled substance and the second for alcohol.

Tricia Gayle McGarvin, 56, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve a total of 90 days in jail followed by 57 months in the IPP with the first nine months on electronic monitoring.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Members of the Statewide Blight Task Force gathered in the state Capitol Building on Monday to discuss the group’s priorities for the upcoming session and reflect on the numerous recent anti-blight bills that have been signed into law to help revitalize Pennsylvania communities.

Sen. David G. Argall, R-29, thanked members of the task force for raising awareness of the problem of blight in communities of all sizes and for playing an instrumental role in helping municipalities deal with abandoned and dilapidated properties.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Lehighton man was sentenced to a state prison term on Thursday in Carbon County court for a series of thefts at a Mahoning Township business.

James S. McMurray, 35, was sentenced to serve a total of 30 to 72 months in a state correctional institution in nine criminal cases which he previously pleaded guilty.

McMurray pleaded to counts of theft by deception, retail theft and possession of an instrument of crime. He also pleaded to identity theftand the illegal use ofthe victim’s credit card.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Residents in Ross, Hamilton and Eldred townships will be able to take advantage of having properties sprayed for gypsy moths this year.

Supervisors in all three townships have agreed to assist residents in providing a gypsy moth spray program.

In order to take advantage of the program each parcel must be at least 25 contiguous acres. It was suggested that those with smaller properties contact their neighbors to assemble the necessary acreage.

The cost will be $40 per acre and requires half down and half paid at the conclusion of the spraying.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation wants to see a revised plan on a proposed traffic signal near the new Lehighton school.

Borough Manager Nicole Beckett said at Monday’s council meeting that borough officials met with PennDOT earlier in the day over the proposed traffic signal at Ninth and Bridge streets.

Beckett said that PennDOT will ask the district to revise the plan on South Ninth Street in an attempt to create additional parking from the original design.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Pike County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Thursday in Carbon County court on charges of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child — driving drunk with a child in the car.

Nicholas Joseph Munoz, 27, of Matamoras, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve one to two years in a state correction institution on the endangering count and six to 12 months on the DUI charge. The terms run concurrently.