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Thursday, October 27, 2011

On April 23, Brett Flexer, 20, of Lehighton, who was a wrestler at Lycoming College was found dead in the bedroom of his home.

Police said an investigation determined he attended a party the previous evening in Mahoning Township.

Yesterday, police arraigned a Mahoning Township man who had been at that party and who had allegedly sold Flexer an illegal drug.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

At the October meeting of the Nesquehoning Borough Council, members agreed that stronger measures need to be taken against property owners not keeping up their properties.

Measures include increased fees and fines for owners with high grass, and fines and legal action against owners whose homes have fallen into serious disrepair and pose health and safety hazards.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A business agent for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) accused the Schuylkill County commissioners of violating a union contract by failing to post a change in a position in the assessment bureau.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

All decked out.

The Ace of Spades isn't likely to be the only "card" featured prominently at this year's Greater Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade.

Sponsored by the Northern Lehigh Events Committee, the 104th annual parade will start at 6 p.m. Saturday. The rain date is Saturday, Nov. 5.

It will form at 4:30 p.m. at South and Main Street in Slatington. Streets in the boroughs of Slatington and Walnutport will be closed to traffic as of 4 p.m.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The 17th Annual Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade will take place on Sunday, Oct. 30.

The parade, which is a Jim Thorpe Lions Club project, is bigger than last year. It starts at 4 p.m. at Jim Thorpe Area High School and will proceed south on Center Street to 9th Street and turn onto North Street. It will end at 2nd and Center streets, where buses will take parade participants to Memorial Hall for refreshments and the award ceremony.

The parade will begin forming at 3 p.m. at the high school.

Thursday, October 27, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMESNEWS

Graduates from the Carbon County and Technical Institute's Adult Education's State Approved Nurses Aid Program gather for a graduation ceremony at the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Friday afternoon. Present were, front, from left, Nicole Dennis, Nicole Weaver, Francine Geusic, Kristine Defelice, and Katie Shainline. Back, Kathi McCauley, Heather Hinkson, Paul Fischetto, Carolyn Reilly, Domenica Colancecco and Instructor Colleen Gooch. For more information on CCTI Adult Education programs, call the school at (570) 325-4140.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Figures released by the Carbon County Commissioners on increases in tax assessments in the county's townships and boroughs show that the increases range from 5.1 percent in Lansford to 140 percent in Penn Forest Township. The average of the assessment increases resulting from the reassessment program completed in the county by the Cole-Layer-Trumble Company of Dayton, Ohio is 30 percent.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lansford Councilwoman Mary Kruczek at a public council meeting Wednesday rebutted President Adam Webber's statement that he asked for an audio recording she made of a meeting, but was rebuffed.

Kruczek said that Webber never asked to hear the tape.

"I was never asked for any of those recordings," she said.

Thursday, October 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Connor Evans, 16, scares visitors with his bloody clown stare.

The second weekend haunt of the 21st Annual Haunted School House will be held Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the old Clamtown school house in Clamtown.

Holding the haunt are over 40 scouts, parents and volunteers of the Boy Scout Troop 755, Cub Scout Pack 756 and West Penn Youth Association, who spend more than 90 hours creating their haunted house every year.

The haunted school house, located on Route 443, consists of monsters, ghouls, fog, light effects, terrifying sounds, hidden passageways, animatronics and rooms depicting horrifying scenes.