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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Weissport Mayor Jonathan Troutman said police officer Trevor Flexer has finally been cleared to begin working in Weissport.

"He will be on duty on July 22," Troutman said.

He said that Flexer needed additional paperwork because he also works for another borough, and now that paperwork is complete.

The police officer is ready to work," said Jillyan Sterling, secretary. "He said that he loves his new uniform."

Weissport has been without a police officer for months.

The last officer, Steve Armbruster, was hired for a full-time position and had resigned.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lehighton Area School District's superintendent will receive a salary increase in the 2015-16 school year.

On a unanimous measure, the school board on Monday approved a $3,000 raise for Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver. He will earn $129,000 in the 2015-16 school year.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A petition was being circulated in Jim Thorpe by a group headed by John Otto of Broadway, Jim Thorpe, seeking to restore the original name of "Mauch Chunk."

David Miller, a member of Jim Thorpe Borough Council, and a member of the East Mauch Chunk Council 10 years ago, before the merger, said, "Ten years ago I voted for the change of the name of the borough. Since its name has been changed, I can see nothing of benefit in the borough. I now favor having the name changed back."

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Weissport's engineer, David Horst of Benesch Engineering, suggested that Weissport begin documenting damage being done to borough streets caused by the heavy rigs driving through the borough because of the reconstruction of the McCall bridge.

Mayor Jonathan Troutman said a six-wheeled crane was sitting in front of his house.

"I'm concerned about what that heavy equipment is doing to our streets," Troutman said. "I know that my kids are fascinated by the crane, but I'm concerned with what the roads will be like when the project is complete."

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Dorothy E. Contrady to Theodore M. Contrady, 81 E. Maple St., Tresckow, property at 81 E. Maple St., $1.

East Side Borough

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., to Erica M. Koloski, 5007 State St., White Haven, Lot 5A, Sudu Acres, $48,000.

Franklin Township

Gregory A. Sander to Michael David Gilbert, 875 Green St., Lehighton, property at 875 Green St., $355,000.

Jim Thorpe

Edna D. Houser to Bonnie L. Hoffman, 45 W. Fifth St., Jim Thorpe, property on Center Avenue, $38,000.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Senior citizens who want to get a pulse on the state of their health are in luck.

Better still, they don't have to spend a penny thanks to the Village at Palmerton's annual health fair.

Open to the public, and free of charge, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Village at Palmerton.

Norma Kunkel, marketing and admissions director, said the Village is "proud to be hosting the annual health fair."

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A benefit, known as "A Cause for the Collins," will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 3 at the McAdoo VFW Post at 16 South Kennedy Drive. A $7 donation will be accepted at the door.

All proceeds benefit the Collins family, whose Lansford home was devastated by a fire last May. Stephanie Collins is a former Beaver Meadows resident. She and her husband, Joseph, have four children ranging from infancy to 8 years old.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Tamaqua Area Water Authority has lifted the drinking water boil advisory it issued last week for residents of the Dutch Hill area of the borough.

The advisory was issued due to the repair and replacement of a break in a 30-inch water line on East Elm Street.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

State police at Lehighton are seeking a police impersonator following an incident that occurred last Friday.

Troopers said a white female reported at 4:20 p.m. she was traveling out of Slatington and made a left onto Route 248 heading toward Palmerton when a white male stopped her.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Schuylkill County district judge on Monday found enough evidence to send to court homicide charges against a man accused of killing Jason "Jay" Hahn of Andreas in June.

Ethan Michael Sullivan, 20, remains in the county prison without bail in Hahn's June 15 death. An autopsy indicated that Hahn died of blunt-force trauma to the head.

He is charged with criminal homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, robbery/serious bodily injury, theft by unlawful taking, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.