Friday, September 4, 2015

Local News

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A judge has cleared Palmerton Municipal Fire Department Chief Larry J. Zawaly of all charges in a theft case brought against him earlier this year.

At a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Judge Edward M. Lewis declared there was not enough evidence to bring the theft charges against Zawaly to trial.

Zawaly had been charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property stemming from an incident that occurred while he was responding to a crash with the fire company.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A person was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon at the Mahoning Valley Country Club along Country Club road in Mahoning Township.

The incident was reported as a man struck by and possible pinned underneath a golf cart on one of the greens.

Responding were the Mahoning Valley ambulance and Lehighton paramedics as well as the Mahoning Valley and Lehighton fire companies.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

MONETA, Va. (AP) — A TV reporter and cameraman were shot to death during a live television interview Wednesday by a gunman who recorded himself carrying out the killings and posted the video on social media after fleeing the scene.

Authorities identified the suspect as a journalist who had been fired from the station earlier this year. Hours later and hundreds of miles away, he crashed a vehicle and troopers found him suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He died at a hospital later Wednesday, authorities said.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Three people were injured Wednesday morning including an infant child and a nine month pregnant woman at an accident at the intersection of Routes 309 and 443 in the village of South Tamaqua in West Penn township. The pregnant woman and infant child were transported to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Trauma Center in Allentown. The third victim was transported to the Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale. The crash occurred about 8:30 a.m. involving a large sport utility vehicle and a sport utility cross-over. West Penn police sgt. Melissa Ruch is investigating the incident.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Barnesville couple whose three young grandchildren were taken into placement by Schuylkill County’s Children and Youth Services agency on Wednesday asked commissioners for help in getting them back, allowing more visits, or at least getting the agency to talk to them.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

MONETA, Va. (AP) — A television reporter and cameraman were shot to death on live television Wednesday in Virginia by a gunman authorities described as a disgruntled station employee. A second video of the shooting, apparently recorded by the killer, was posted on social media even as police tried to locate the suspect.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Game Commission unveiled a plan Tuesday to increase the cost of hunting licenses for the first time in 16 years.

The proposal, which will require legislative approval, would boost an adult resident hunting license by $20 over five years. The current $19 fee would increase by $10 in the first year and then by $5 in the third and fifth years, pushing the total cost to $39.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


The Citizen’s Fire Company is holding a Sportsmen’s Night on Sept. 12, featuring hunting raffle tables and other raffles. The Dream Hunt Drawing will also be this night.

The Citizen’s Fire Company, 3922 Main St., Slatedale.

Admission includes a platter and refreshments. Meal will be served from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

For information, call 610-767-1052.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Community festival

The 26th Annual Palmerton Community Festival is scheduled for Sept. 11 from 5-11 p.m., Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sept. 13 from noon to 9 p.m. in the Palmerton Borough Park. The event is held rain or shine. There is no admission charge. There is fun for the entire family including free continuous entertainment, rides, Chinese auction, games and crafts. The annual Duck Race will be on Sunday afternoon. There will be plenty of homemade foods.