Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Local News

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Adele R. Argot/Special to the Times News Lions District 14-U District Gov. Sharon Kimmel, left, and Lioness liaison Marie Barth, right, present Western Pocono Lioness Club Vice President Nancy Beck with a plaque recognizing as the District Lioness of the Year. The club also presented her with a bouquet of roses and many congratulatory good wishes.

It was a triple header for the Western Pocono Lioness Club at a recent meeting.

One of their own, Lioness Club Vice President Nancy Beck of Brodheadsville, was surprised with the District 14-U Lioness of the Year award presented by Lioness Marie Barth with 14-U District Gov. Sharon Kimmel in attendance.

It was not until Lioness liaison Marie Barth of New Ringgold shared that she was there to recognize a member of the club who "has served as vice president the last two years," that Beck realized she was the District's Lioness star for the year.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Summit Hill Borough Council held a special meeting Wednesay to hear public comment about amending the town's current snow removal ordinance.

The ordinance, amended in 2014, requires vehicles to be removed from the odd side, or south and east side of borough streets by 8 a.m. following a snowfall accumulation of 3 inches or more.

The following day, the even side or north and west side of the street must have all vehicles removed.

This will allow for curb-to-curb snow removal.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A proposed hotel in Jim Thorpe passed another hurdle on Tuesday.

The Carbon County Planning Commission voted to recommend conditional preliminary plan approval for the proposed Flagstaff Hotel.

Surreal Properties Inc. hopes to construct a 23,960-square-foot, 35-room hotel on 28.2026 acres on top of Flagstaff Mountain. The hotel would be located at the site of the current Flagstaff Ballroom and Gallo's Restaurant.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

More than 1,600 Jim Thorpe residents were without power for five hours Wednesday after a tractor-trailer traveling west on Center Street hit a tree at the intersection with Front Street. Large branches fell on power lines along the street. Traffic was being detoured from Route 903 because of bridge work, causing congestion on residential streets. The incident happened at 3 p.m.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — A year after Ikea chests tipped over and fatally injured two boys, the Swedish furniture giant and safety regulators say consumers should keep the furniture — 27 million chests and dressers — away from children unless the products are mounted to a wall.

Ikea is offering a free kit to help consumers affix the furniture to a wall. The kit will be available to people who bought chests and dressers above specific heights, including 7 million of Ikea's Malm chests.

"They are unstable when built and used without a wall anchoring device," said CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say a corrections officer has been hospitalized after an inmate stabbed him with a makeshift nail at a northeast Philadelphia prison.

The attack occurred just before 6 p.m. Wednesday at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in the city's Holmesburg section. Police say 20-year-old Matthew Early stabbed the 25-year-old officer in the face, head, neck, shoulders and arms.

Lorenzo North, president of the local correctional officers union, identified the officer as Tyree Holmes. He was treated and released from Aria-Torresdale Hospital Wednesday evening.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

PPL Utilities is reporting 1,675 people without power in Jim Thorpe.

They are reporting on their website that the cause in currently under investigation and that they are assessing the situation.

A call came across the scanner from the communications center at the same time that there were wires down at Front Street and Center Street.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A-Treat grapefruit and cream sodas, as well as all the other flavors, will soon be back on the shelves in area stores.

The Jaindl Companies are acquiring the A-Treat® soda brand name, trademark, flavor formulas, and related intellectual property.

With production restored in Allentown in the coming weeks and distribution set for the end of August, customers will be able to find their favorite brand back on the shelves by early fall.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WASHINGTONVILLE (AP) — Authorities say state troopers had to use a rope to secure a combative 25-year-old man who was drunk as he drove a lawn tractor and carried a box of beer along a central Pennsylvania highway.

The Daily Item reports ( ) Tyler Anspach also threatened a trooper after he was apprehended on July 13 while driving his tractor to a friend's house in Limestone Township.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Yards and fields are thick with fireflies, which are easily visible at dusk. Cameron and Lexie Chilinskas, the children of Matt and Michelle Chilinskas of Barnesville, had no trouble catching a number of them.

Yards and fields are thick with fireflies, which are easily visible at dusk. Cameron and Lexie Chilinskas, the children of Matt and Michelle Chilinskas of Barnesville, had no trouble catching a number of them.