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Saturday, July 25, 2015

A motion to have Coaldale Police Chief Tim Delaney evaluated by a doctor before Delaney could be approved for early retirement passed four to two at Wednesday night's meeting.

While President Thomas Keerans, Micheal Doerr, Yvonne Stoffey and Francis Hutta all favored the motion. Council members Brenda Hosler and Angela Krapf were against the motion. Harry Hontz Jr. was absent.

Holser and Krapf dissented on the matter of which doctor Delaney should see.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Carbon County was awarded nearly $11,000 to help continue its Restrictive Intermediate Punishment program.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve the letter of award from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for match-free funds in the amount of $10,888.

The money will be used for purchasing three replacement home monitoring ankle bracelets, supplies and daily monitoring fees. Currently the county has about 15 units for the program.

Saturday, July 25, 2015
ARCHIVES/DONALD R. SERFASS  Three football players from Marian High School will face assault-related charges following allegations by a 14-year-old Lehighton youth who was a member of the 2014 Marian football team.

Three Marian High School football players are facing assault-related charges stemming from alleged bullying incidents that took place late last year.

The victim is a 14-year-old Lehighton boy who was a member of the Marian High School football team in 2014.

Rush Township Police Sgt. Duane Frederick confirmed Friday that harassment charges were filed in the office of District Justice Stephen Bayer against two Marian students, both minors.

A third Marian student, also a minor, will face misdemeanor assault charges in Schuylkill County Juvenile Court.

Saturday, July 25, 2015
JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS  Gary Smiley, September 11 attack survivor and fire safety coordinator with the Albrightsville Fire Department, pitches an idea to recruit junior firefighters and distribute smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to families in the area.

While leading a New York City Fire Department search team on Sept. 11, 2001, Gary Smiley was trapped in the collapse of the World Trade Center's north tower for over two hours.

Smiley, who has since re-tired from the FDNY and lives in Albrights-ville, was only one of two members of the search team to survive.

"I should not be here," he said. "I am here because there are other things to do."

One of those things is the Community Hero and Junior Firefighter Recruitment project he is hoping to start in Carbon County communities.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

ALLENTOWN (AP) A prominent local developer is hoping to revive Allentown's A-Treat soda, which abruptly shut down in January after nearly a century of production.

The Morning Call newspaper reports that Orefield turkey farmer and real estate developer David Jaindl is acquiring A-Treat's brand name, trademark, flavor formulas and related intellectual property.

Jaindl says production will be restored in the coming weeks and customers can find A-Treat back on the shelves by early fall. Retailers have told Jaindl they will stock A-Treat as soon as it becomes available.

Saturday, July 25, 2015
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS At left, Tom Lager, vice president of operations for Palmerton Telephone Company, shakes hands with Donald Reinhard, Pencor Services Inc. chairman of the board emeritus, during a luncheon held at the PenTeleData conference room. Lager has retired after 45 years of continuous service.

An impressive career at Palmerton Telephone Company has come to an end.

After 45 years of continuous service, Tom Lager, vice president of operations and general manager of Palmerton Telephone Company, has retired.

In celebration of his last day on the job, Lager was honored at a luncheon earlier this month in the PenTeleData conference room.

Lager graduated from Penn State University in 1969 with an associate degree in engineering, which he said "was all theory, no practical experience."

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tourism is a priority in Carbon County.

That's why county officials created the tourism grant fund after they implemented the 3 percent hotel tax in February 2007.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board approved the release of funds under a memorandum of understanding between Carbon County and the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau that supports the grant initiatives in Carbon County.

The memorandum authorizes the release of $49,700 from the Hotel Room Excise Tax fund for the county's tourism grant.

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Zachary Christman: "Playing baseball because it's my favorite sport."

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Saturday, July 25, 2015

HARRISBURG (AP) U.S. Sen. Bob Casey says he wants a provision to allow longer tractor-trailer trucks on highways in Pennsylvania removed from a bill to extend federal transportation programs for six years.

Senators were debating the bill Friday.

Casey says the provision would make road travel more dangerous for motorists and truckers alike and put a greater strain on Pennsylvania's aging highways and bridges. It would allow 85-feet double tractor-trailer trucks, in contrast to the 53-feet single-trailer trucks currently on Pennsylvania highways.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A call to the Fegley Mini Mart in Tamaqua on July 12 resulted in the arrests of two people.

Tamaqua police were dispatched to the convenience store at 6:55 p.m. after an employee overheard two people talking about leaving a syringe near one of the gas pumps.

The employee was able to provide a detailed description of the couple and their direction of travel. The officer was able to locate a couple matching the description in the first block of West Broad Street.