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Saturday, September 6, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A woman is dead as the result of a crash Friday afternoon on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The crash occurred just after 4 p.m. at the 60.2 mile marker in the northbound lanes in Lehigh County.

We'll update as information becomes available.

Friday, September 5, 2014
Traffic flows smoothly this morning on the McCall bridge.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reopened both lanes of the Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge in Lehighton on Friday morning, much to the delight of motorists traveling in both directions.

Drivers were delayed around 20 minutes, on average, during peak travel times while crews worked on the structurally deficient 16-span multi-type steel bridge.

Since June, a detour has routed southbound travelers through Weissport.

The Times News asked its Facebook followers what they would do with the extra 20 minutes.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Two people were injured this morning when involved in a multi-vehicle crash in Walnutport.

The crash occurred just before 7 a.m. at the intersection of Route 145 and Main Street.

Two vehicles were involved in the crash, a van which came to rest under the trailer of a tractor-trailer, stopped in the southbound lane at the traffic light.

A second vehicle with heavy front end damage came to rest on a nearby McDonald’s lawn.  

Friday, September 5, 2014

People attending this year's Palmerton Community Festival will likely notice Sacred Heart Parish has a new stand.

And it has students from Carbon Career and Technical Institute's wood shop class, along with its instructor, to thank for it, according to parish event coordinator Cass Chies.

For the past several years, Chies said she had looked into the church purchasing a trailer, which would make setting up the parish stand much easier, but lost out in her quest.

Friday, September 5, 2014

At the August Eldred Township supervisors' meeting, vice chairman Mary Anne Clausen asked what the appropriate procedure was to initiate amendments to the township's zoning ordinance.

When the township adopted its new zoning ordinance in May, she had some issues with the shared uses and understood that they might be amended in the near future. She said she was compiling a list of potential amendments she would like to be considered.

This month, Clausen said she had sent to the board an email copy of potential amendments and wanted to address them.

Friday, September 5, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  This 2010 Hyundai Accent driven by Joshua Gibbs, 25, of Lehighton, sustained moderate to heavy front-end damage in a crash at Mauch Chunk Road and Delaware Avenue in Palmerton this morning. The 1998 Dodge Dakota operated by Dean Knittle, 45, of Slatington, was drivable.

No injuries were reported in a two-car crash that occurred this morning in Palmerton.

Palmerton patrolman Michael Fedor said the wreck took place at 7:20 a.m. as Dean Knittle, 45, of Slatington, attempted to make a left-hand turn from Route 248 onto Mauch Chunk Road.

At that time, Knittle's 1998 Dodge Dakota turned into the path of a 2010 Hyundai Accent driven by Joshua Gibbs, 25, of Lehighton, who was traveling west on Delaware Avenue to enter Route 248.

Fedor said Gibbs' vehicle sustained moderate to heavy front-end damage, while Knittle's vehicle was drivable.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Workers will be on hand behind the Towamensing Municipal building to help people unload as they bring large items and electronics for the fall cleanup day in the township from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Responsible Recycling Service will take the electronics. Some fees will be charged.

CFL fluorescent light bulbs can be placed gently in a box any time during office hours in the main office.

Friday, September 5, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Firefighters douse the charred debris with water.

A storage trailer in Lower Towamensing Township was destroyed after it caught fire just after noon on Thursday.

The Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Department received the call at 12:05 p.m. and arrived on scene at 1615 Dairy Road at 12:15 p.m., according to fire chief Bill George.

Upon arrival, George said flames were showing from the trailer, which is owned by Ronald Behler.

"They were burning rubbish," George said. "They left it unattended, and it got over to their storage trailer."

Friday, September 5, 2014

Lansford residents are reminded that the $4.50 penalty on the Yearly Sewage Transmission fee will be added to all unpaid balances on Sept. 16. The yearly fee is payable at the Lansford Borough Office, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Anyone with questions about their bill may call 570-645-3900.

Friday, September 5, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two people were injured Friday morning when involved in a multi-vehicle crashin Walnutport. The crash occurred just before 7 a.m. at the intersection of Route 145 and Main Street. Two vehicles were involved in the crash. A van came to rest under thetrailer of a tractor-trailer, stopped in the southbound lane at the traffic light. A second vehicle with heavy front end damage cameto rest on a nearby McDonald's lawn.