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Saturday, June 21, 2014
Corey Schaffer stands proudly as the 15-year owner of Schaffer's Funeral Home, Lehighton.

Schaffer's Funeral Home in Lehighton celebrates 70 years of business, all of which were spent transitioning to the home that stands today.

In 1944, the property, which was originally a Victorian mansion, was bought by Wendell Schwartz and converted into a funeral home.

Preceding Schwartz was William Garrett, who operated the home from 1947 to 1988, and Kenneth Phifer, who claimed ownership from 1988 to 1998.

Phifer then sold the home to Corey Schaffer, who celebrates 15 years as current owner.

Saturday, June 21, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS A 1936 Hahn fire engine of the Mahoning Valley Fire Company is being restored at the Carbon County Career and Technical Institute. Student Zack Barron of Lehighton works on the wiring of the truck.

For 21 years, from 1951 to 1972, it faithfully served the Mahoning Valley Fire Company.

In that span, it hardly missed a call. It battled all types of fires, from brush to barns.

Then it was put into retirement, placed in a bay of the Mahoning Valley fire station, and has been sitting here for 42 years.

It seemed its days of usage had permanently ended.

Until now.

The 1936 Hahn fire engine, rusting and with few working parts, has been transported to the Carbon County Career and Technical Institute, where it is getting a complete makeover.

Saturday, June 21, 2014
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Firefighters from Summit Hill and Lansford responded to a pickup truck fire at about 4 p.m. Friday on East White Bear Drive, near the intersection of Route 902. The truck is owned by Todd Konstas of Summit Hill, and had construction equipment including ladders. The driver said he saw smoke coming from the engine compartment, pulled off the road, and then the front of the vehicle became engulfed in flames. There were no injuries. Fire police, Summit Hill borough police, and Lehighton Ambulance also responded.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A Tamaqua couple has been cited for an altercation at their home on June 15.

Tamaqua police were dispatched to 35 W. Union St. at 2:30 p.m. that day for a reported domestic incident in progress. Once on the scene, the officer discovered both parties had left. A witness told the officer that Terry R. Boyer, 57, and Cathy Ann Balliet, had been arguing loudly and produced video evidence of the altercation.

When Boyer left the scene in his vehicle, a cooler fell the back of the truck, spilling beer cans all over the street.

Friday, June 20, 2014

A woman has been struck by a vehicle in Summit Hill.
According to scanner reports, a 41-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle along East Hazard Street at approximately 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Emergency crews are on scene.
It is unknown at this time about the extent of the pedestrian's injuries.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Flames erupted from burning pickup truck on East White Bear Drive near the Route 902 intersection in Summit Hil Friday.

The truck is owned by Todd Konstas of Summit Hill. Firefighters contained the flames to the cab and engine compartment of the truck.

Most of his ladders and other equipment were salvaged.

The fire started in the engine compartment. Firefighters from Summit Hill and Lansford responded.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Mahoning Township Police were called to the scene at the Carbon Plaza Mall Friday afternoon as a car rolled the entire length of the mall lot across 443 onto Lowe's driveway. The car rolled more than 1,000 feet.

Friday, June 20, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted by large margins Thursday to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman."

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Lehighton Boys and Girls band hall got a new look on the world Thursday when Lowe's replaced windows for the group. Volunteers worked alongside Lowe's employees to replace 14 windows in the 57-year-old building.

Each Lowe's store does at least one community service project per year and the band hall was chosen as the Lehighton store's project.

Friday, June 20, 2014

A Carbon County woman entered guilty pleas in seven pending criminal cases on Thursday afternoon in the county court and was sentenced to a state prison term. She also faces a big restitution bill.

Stephanie N. Lill, 26, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of burglary, three counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of theft, and one count each of criminal conspiracy-receiving stolen property and criminal trespass.

She was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve two to four years in a state correctional institution.