Saturday, April 25, 2015

Local News

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Lehighton Shade Tree Commission has several activities scheduled.

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, members will join forces with the Scout Troop hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church, Third and Iron streets in Lehighton, to bag seedlings at the church. The seedlings will be distributed to school students on Friday.

On Friday, the commission will visit Lehighton Middle School on Beaver Run Road from 8 a.m. to noon.

Activities will include:

Ÿ A presentation to the Commission recognizing Lehighton as a Tree City USA.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Lehighton man was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday for driving under the influence and fleeing police charges, but since he has already spent a long period of time in prison, he won't be serving any moretime.

Lawney Lee Strohl, 46, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass on counts of DUI, fleeing or attempting to elude police and driving under suspension-DUI related to a total prison term of two months and 45 days to six months in prison. However, Strohl was given credit for spending a total of 331 days in the county prison on the charges.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Interested in starting your own business? Already have a small business but could use some help? Then the "Wantrapreneur Expo" on May 13 is perfect for you.

Sponsored by the Lehigh Carbon Community College Center for Leadership and Workforce Development, the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce and the Business Enterprise Center, the expo will offer tips on business plan writing, accounting, funding, marketing, mentoring, legal and financial issues.

The expo will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Business Enterprise Center, Morgan Center at LCCC Tamaqua, 234 High St., Tamaqua.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

HARRISBURG (AP) The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services announced Tuesday it's ending a rule that prevented people with some minimal personal assets from collecting food stamps, saying it would save the state millions of dollars annually.

The asset test, which covered cash, stocks, personal property and other items, was begun about three years ago under Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. Income restrictions still apply.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania court says a legal challenge to the state's system of funding public schools involves political questions that don't belong in the courts.

Commonwealth Court on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit filed by individuals and poorer school districts, including Panther Valley, that argued the state has imposed graduation exams without providing the money it would take to ensure enough students pass them.

The opinion by Judge Dan Pellegrini says it's up to the Legislature to determine how much money each district needs to meet the test standards.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Tunkannock Township man has been charged by Pennsylvania Game Commission officials after an investigation into several poaching incidents in Monroe County.

Allan D. Kides, 50, was arraigned before District Judge Richard Claypool, Pocono Pines, on April 15, charged with a multitude of game law violations and drug related charges. The charges resulted after a search warrant was executed at Kides home.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists who travel the Northeastern Extension (I-476) between the Lehigh Valley and Pocono interchanges, that construction work associated with the replacement of two Turnpike bridges in Franklin Township, Carbon County, will impact traffic on after 6 p.m. Wednesday.

At approximately 6 p.m. northbound and 7 p.m. southbound (the contractor will begin nighttime construction-related activities requiring the left lane to be closed in both directions.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Victims Resource Center wants victims of crimes in Pennsylvania to know they have rights.

According to a pamphlet, "Rights for Victims of Crime in Pennsylvania," which is available in the lobby of Gnaden Huetten Hospital this week, victims of crimes may not know all their rights.

Immediately after a crime occurs, victims have the right to either be told:

Ÿ What services are available to help them.

Ÿ When a suspect is arrested.

Ÿ When the prosecutor files a complaint relating to the crime.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Lehighton is the latest municipality that has requested more details before it supports a proposed fire and emergency training center in Carbon County.

The matter was touched upon briefly Monday by borough council in response to a request by the Carbon County Commissioners for a letter of support for the center, which would be located on 10 to 12 acres of land in the emergency complex on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning.

Police Chief Brian Biechy informed council that the commissioners are looking for letters of support to help strengthen grant applications for funding.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

HARRISBURG Seven Penn State board members asked a judge Monday for access to documents used by a team led by former FBI director Louis Freeh that produced a 2012 report on how university leaders handled child molestation allegations against Jerry Sandusky.

The petition filed in the Center County Court of Common Pleas by the alumni-elected trustees seeks to force the school to let them see everything the Freeh team reviewed, gathered and produced in connection with the university-commissioned report.