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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Two mounds of trash have been dumped on property in Lehighton and surrounding areas.

One heap was discovered this morning at Snyder Tire in Lehighton and another on Riverview Road at Torco in East Penn Township.

The Department of Environmental Resources will be going to the site Friday to check the contents.

Spokeswoman Colleen Connelly said they suspect the construction and demolition debris is from a New Jersey company that has been a problem in the Lehigh Valley area.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Catholic diocese in Ohio is discouraging its schools from participating in the ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS Association, citing its funding of research involving embryonic stem cells.

In a letter sent Tuesday to its 113 schools, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's superintendent of Catholic schools says the research being funded is "in direct conflict with Catholic teaching."

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The former Packerton Yards property is up for sale.

During the Carbon County Commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 2-0 to advertise the sale of the 71.54 property, which straddles Mahoning Township and Lehighton, with a starting bid of $300,000. Commissioner William O'Gurek abstained from the vote due to his employment at the Times News.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said that the bids will most likely be opened at the end of September, but no date has been officially set as of the meeting.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

MAHANOY, Pa. (AP) - Police in Schuylkill County say a 12-year-old girl has lost part of her leg after being struck by a train.

The Pottsville Republican-Herald http://goo.gl/Bw3wi4) reports that she was struck by a Reading & Northern train in Mahanoy (MA'-ha-noy) City at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The girl has been flown to a trauma hospital.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Lehighton man was killed early this morning when his car crashed head-on into a truck tractor on Route 940 in Foster Township.

Jamin Zimmerman, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene by a member of the Luzerne County coroner’s office.

The truck his vehicle struck was driven by David Kleppinger, 60, of Palmerton.

State Police at Hazleton barracks said the incident happened at 4:34 a.m.

Trooper Matthew A. Hunter, the investigating officer, said Zimmerman was traveling west on Route 940 and crossed the center line, striking Kleppinger’s truck.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Schuylkill County Commissioners hired a Harrisburg law firm of Eckert-Seamans to begin the process of selling Rest Haven.

The county will pay the firm $250,000 for professional services and up to $10,000 for travel and other expenses.

Commissioners will require new owners to continue access to indigent and provide long term care.

Rest Haven is $4.6 million in the red.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Child Seat Safety Checks will take place on Monday at the Pennsylvania State Police Fern Ridge Barracks, 127 Parkside Ave., Blakeslee.

Call 570-646-2271 to make an appointment. For those who are unable to schedule time that day, the state police will be conducting another Child Safety Seat Check in September.

Those scheduling appointments are reminded to read and bring their safety seat manual and vehicle manual with them.

All child seat technicians are certified through PA Safe Kids.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Carbon County Senior Centers will host the annual county picnic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Aug. 27 at the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club, Lehighton. The event is open to all county senior citizens.

There will be a picnic lunch, games and entertainment by Danny Farole.

The cost is $6 and reservations are a must.

Reservations can be made at any of the five senior centers or by calling the Area Agency on Aging at 800-441-1315.

Registration deadline is Friday.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) – One of four young men charged with throwing a rock onto a darkened central Pennsylvania interstate testified Tuesday that they intended to do some damage during a night of mayhem last month but did not anticipate their actions would cause severe injuries to an Ohio teacher.

Keefer McGee took the stand against co-defendant Brett Lahr after McGee and the other two waived their right to a preliminary hearing. The judge determined there was enough evidence to send the case against Lahr to county court for trial.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News District Judge William Kissner takes the "Ice Bucket Challenge" for ALS  awareness on Tuesday with the help of Palmerton Borough Police Chief Randy Smith.

Millions of people across the country have been filmed dumping ice water on their head over the past few weeks.

No, it's not due to a massive heat wave. Instead, the "Ice Bucket Challenge" was started to raise money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The progressive neurodegenerative disease affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.