Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Blood drive

The blood drive will be held at the American Fire Company, Patterson Street, Lansford, for the Miller-Keystone Bloodmobile, between 1 and 6 p.m.June 26. For more information call John Karnish at 570-645-3994.

Golden Agers

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Monroe County man was arrested on Tuesday charged in connection with the alleged rape of a child.

His wife and sister were also charged with criminal counts.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The regular monthly meeting of the VFW Auxiliary to Nesquehoning Memorial Post 8008 was held on May 12, with President Christa Kattner presiding at the session.

General Orders 10 were read and filed for action. Information on the Veterans Voice Program and the National Convention, to be held July 24-26 in New Orleans, were also received, along with a thank you from the Drigan family.

Guest Lois Corby of the Nesquehoning Historical Society spoke to the members on doing a banner program in the town.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Chairs normally reserved for Atlantic Wind employees and attorneys remained empty at the final zoning hearing board meeting to decide its application to build up to 37 wind turbines in Penn Forest Township. JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/TIMES NEWS

The chairs normally occupied by counsel and employees of Atlantic Wind sat empty as testimony resumed before the Penn Forest Township zoning hearing board on Wednesday night.

That did not stop the board from hearing the last of the testimony from the objectors’ last witness and the closing arguments from attorneys Ted Lewis and Bruce Anders.

Following the closing statements, the board closed the record on the hearings and took a brief recess to the office of the firehouse, where the hearing was held.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Lehighton High School’s choral department will be celebrating its past with a 100th anniversary concert Saturday night.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium and will feature alumni ranging from ages 18 to 70 will be joining members of the current chorus for performances.

At a time when many districts facing budget cuts look quickly at eliminating music programs, chorus director Jessica Schafer anticipates Saturday will be a special night.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

CarFit is a program designed to improve older driver safety. Trained volunteers will provide information to ensure the safest fit for older drivers and their vehicles.

It will be held at the Northampton Emergency Management building, 1525 Canal St., Northampton, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

For information, call 610-262-9110, ext. 3, or email mwescoe@nrems.org.

At the same time child seats will be checked for suitability for the age and weight of a child.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A 22-month-old boy was found locked in a cage and two other young children were found unattended in a home in Schuylkill County. The man who was watching them has been arrested and jailed.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the investigation into the incident began Wednesday about 2 p.m. when troopers were summoned to 316 Chestnut St., in North Manheim Township (Pottsville), to assist Schuylkill County Children and Youth Services on a welfare check. At the residence troopers knocked on the door but no one answered.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died at age 52, and police said Thursday that his death is being investigated as a possible suicide.

Cornell, who had been on tour, died Wednesday night in Detroit, Cornell’s representative Brian Bumbery said in a statement to The Associated Press. Cornell had performed a Detroit concert with Soundgarden that night.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

During Wednesday morning’s commissioner’s meeting, Monroe County chairman John Moyer took a few minutes to congratulate all of the candidates who took the time and effort to run for public office. Moyer said that he knows that it is a hard decision to make and wanted to congratulate all of those who ran whether they won or not.

Moyer added that while all of the numbers aren’t in yet, it appears as though overall there was a 10 percent voter turnout for the primary election.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a county prison term on Monday on three drug charges.

Michael Lawrence Curry, 28, of Lansford, was sentenced to serve a total of seven to one day less 24 months in the county prison by Judge Joseph J. Matika. He previously pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Curry apologized for his actions, adding, “My drug addiction has affected everything. I just want to move forward and better myself.”