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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Two brothers entered guilty pleas to drug counts in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

They were among 10 defendants in pending cases to enter pleas before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Lansford arrests

Twin brothers Brian Scott Keiffer, 30, of Coaldale, and Michael James Kieffer Jr., 30, of Lansford, each pleaded to one count of possession of a small amount of marijuana.

The two were arrested on Aug. 27 along West Patterson Street by Lansford police.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS This property at 67 Hunter St. in Tamaqua has made it to the top of the borough's worst blight list and is scheduled for demolition. The foundation is so deteriorated that the sidewalk and street began to collapse this summer, requiring emergency repairs by borough crews. The property is owned by Karen Williams of Frackville, according to the Schuylkill Parcel Locator.

Tamaqua Borough Council held its second public hearing concerning the 2014 Community Development Block Grant program on Tuesday night before council's regular meeting. Members discussed the breakdown of the funding, divided into administration costs and proposed projects.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

HARRISBURG – Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and Sen. John Yudichak (D-Carbon/Luzerne) announced funding for two projects in Carbon County.

The first is a $1,506,400 loan, awarded to the Tuthill Corporation through the Commonwealth Financing Agency, to gain access to natural gas, and construct a Combined Heat and Power Plant at the Blue Mountain Ski Resort; while the second is a PEDA grant, in the amount of $750,000, which will be used in the creation of a solar park in Nesquehoning.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

There will be free electronics recycling from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the Nesquehoning Borough Office, 114 W. Catawissa St.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

FORT WASHINGTON (AP) — One person is dead and four people are hospitalized after an early-morning crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Philadelphia.

State police say the person killed was riding in a westbound car that collided with a tractor-trailer around 12:30 a.m. Thursday between Exit 339 and Exit 333 near the Mid-County Interchange.

The four others, described as young adults, were taken to Abington Memorial Hospital in serious condition.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A pickup crashed into the garage of a vacant house shortly after 3 p.m. today on Lincoln Street in Tamaqua.

Nicholas Clemson, 16, was driving south on Lincoln Street when he swerved to avoid a van owned and operated by Lech Transportation, which was traveling north.

No injuries were reported.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Democratic state representative candidate plans to discuss the environmental record of the Republican party Thursday at the Carbon County Courthouse Annex in Jim Thorpe.

Patti Borger, who is challenging incumbent state Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-122, will join representatives of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania following the Carbon County Commissioners meeting at 10:30 a.m.

According to a press release from the Borger campaign, she will discuss Act 13.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Horror film fans are in for a scary treat this weekend at the Mahoning Drive-In Theater, 635 Seneca Road in Lehighton.

On tap Friday and Saturday night is a Halloween Retro Horror Film Festival, with the classic horror movies "Nightmare on Elm Street," "The Gates of Hell," "Doctor Butcher M.D." and "Tales from the Crypt."

Doors open both nights at 6 with movies starting at 7:30. The night will feature live music before the shows, and costume and zombie contests. Admission is $10 per carload.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

One resident after another spoke Tuesday night in support of Franklin Township retaining its police department.

The topic has come up for months now, said secretary Brenda Neeb, after supervisors made a motion to look into downsizing, disbanding or regionalizing the police department due to budget concerns.

Supervisors have not really discussed it since then, she said; nevertheless, the public has come out every meeting in support of maintaining its police department.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nina Schnyder

Nina Schnyder has been named Slatington Woman's Club's Girl of the Month for October.

A senior at Northern Lehigh Area High School, she is involved in Spanish Club, E7 (Environmental Group president), National Honor Society, Student Council, The Dog Dish (Broadcasting Club and is president), track and field, and cross country.

Schnyder was named Outstanding Female Runner for cross country, and holds the captain position.

She enjoys reading, learning about history and computers, and caring for animals.