Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Local News

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

With the immediate future of Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall in limbo, the borough’s police department has decided to take a year off from hosting its policeman’s ball.

“Due to some unforeseen circumstances with the hall, we’re just going to take a one-year pause and come back better in 2018,” police Chief Joe Schatz said Tuesday.

Jim McHugh, who had managed the hall since 2013, and the borough ended contract negotiations on Dec. 29.

Borough Manager Maureen Sterner said the two sides were negotiating a lease of the hall to McHugh, but those talks broke down.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Aggie Shehadeh discusses the role of Peaceful Knights at a fundraising brunch this weekend. AMANDA TREIBLE/TIMES NEWS

Peaceful Knights held its Winter Warmth Brunch on Saturday to benefit the homeless in Carbon County.

Approximately 150 people came to Dean Anthony’s Banquet Hall to support the cause.

Scott Lakatos, director of Peaceful Knights, said donations go down in the winter months. The rush of the holidays and the extra expenses winter brings cause people to scale back on donations.

“We wanted to wait until after the holidays and start 2017 off with a bang,” Lakatos said.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A local resident’s dog was shot after attacking a constable in Saylorsburg.

Constable Richard Salter had arrived at the Ross Lane home to serve a warrant for an outstanding traffic violation last Thursday.

When Lorena Keglic answered the door, her German shepherd, Sniper, got loose and bit Salter’s left arm.

State troopers said that the attack left bloody bite marks.

Salter shot the dog in the face. Though the shepherd was taken to Creature Comforts Veterinary Service in Saylorsburg, it died during surgery.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Food pantry

The Food Pantry for Palmerton Area families in need will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridayat St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2915 Fireline Road, Palmerton. The CACPAC-sponsored pantry serves households in Palmerton and Towamensing and Lower Towamensing townships, and the Palmerton Area School District including Bowmanstown. For information, call Barbara Brader at 610-377-4768 or Kenneth Kaiser at 610-826-6133.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Meals on Wheels of Palmerton

Meals on Wheels of Palmerton needs volunteer drivers and delivery people to serve clients in the Palmerton area Monday through Friday. We need full-time volunteers (once a week, usually one hour) and also people who can fill in on short notice as needed.

Contact William Gallagher at billgal@ptd.net or 610-826-3587.

Meals on Wheels of Monroe County

Meals on Wheels of Monroe County is in great need for additional volunteers in three geographic ares due to service requests, including the West End.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Schuylkill County Judge James P. Goodman sentenced a Tamaqua man in five cases.

Duane R. Allen, 29, was charged by Tamaqua police in all but one of the cases.

Goodman sentenced Allen to three to 18 months in jail for criminal trespass/breaking into a building on Oct. 16.

Allen pleaded guilty. Goodman gave him credit for time served from Oct. 16 to Dec. 29.

Goodman also sentenced Allen to 12 months on probation on a charge of theft on Aug. 26. He also ordered Allen to pay $250 restitution.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A special meeting was held by Lehigh Township supervisors on Dec. 20for a personnel matter. Police Chief Scott Fogel recommended that Elias Batihk be hired as a part-time officer. He had been interviewed previously during the hiring process for a full-time officer.

Supervisor Darryl Snover asked how it will work out with existing officers and Fogel said that there are some minor details to work out. Batihk will work 24 hours per week though there might be more in the beginning as the regular staff is presently understaffed for medical reasons.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Lansford councilman Joseph Butrie suggested last week that if the borough wasn’t going to enforce some ordinances, it should do away with them.

He cited the sidewalk cleaning ordinance requires sidewalks to be clear from snow at least 36 inches or with a path of about the width of a shovel.

Residents also complained about Tamaqua Transfer employees.Concerns include items being broken and garbage spread out on the street. It was suggested to invite the owner of the company to come to the next meeting.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

An interscholastic athletic policy is being considered by Tamaqua Area School District.

Superintendent Ray Kinder discussed the policy with the school board during its committee meeting on Tuesday.

Kinder told the board the policy is an existing one that recognizes interscholastic athletics and provides guidance for their inclusion into the district.

He said policy states the superintendent can give permission for games on Sunday, but that the district’s practice has been to ask the board for approval.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

PVI book fair

The Pleasant Valley Intermediate School Parent Teacher Organization’s book fair will be held during school hours as well as during the evening today. It continues during the school day Thursday and Friday.

Altar & Rosary

The Altar and Rosary Society of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church will have its January meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in the Café.

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