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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Students in the Northern Lehigh School District will have to pay slightly more to eat next year.

The school board agreed on an 8-0 vote on Monday to raise the cost of breakfast and lunch in the 2014-15 school year, effective Aug. 25. Director Mathias Green was absent.

In other business, the board:

Ÿ Authorized administration to renew a contract with the Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21 for the eLearn 21 Virtual Learning Program partnership beginning July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2016.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

During a meeting Monday, members of the Tamaqua Planning Commission said they would reject a plan for a subdivision along the Owl Creek Road unless the applicant requested an extension of the review period.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

West Penn Township: Kathy L. Nicholson and Eric A. Nicholson to Doris Lusch: Two properties at the corners of Cold Spring and Winter Mountain roads for $45,000.

Tamaqua: David A. Arocho to Joseph W. Smith and Lorna Young: Property at 27 E. Elm St. for $780.

Johnson DelMarti and Calvin Smith to Larry Frederick: Property at 18 E. Mauch Chunk St. for $27,000.

Ann M. Frehulfer to Robert Craigle and Rosewill Leibenguth: Property at 66 Hunter St. for $15,000.

Edna Huegel and Bryan Kelly to Bryan Kelly: Property at 116 Green St. for $1.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A major announcement involving the Slatington Sewer Authority was made at Monday night's Slatington Borough Council meeting.

Authority Chairwoman Laurie Dart-Schnaufer explained that the decades-old authority does not have financial control over operation of the facility, the borough does. Since the authority is not the operator with financial control, she said, the permit transfer form and fee need to be submitted to transfer the permit to the operator with financial control, which is borough council.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Carbon County Labor Chapter will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Democratic Information Center at 110 S. First St. in Lehighton.

Members of the Labor Chapter will interview Patti Borger, the Democratic candidate for state representative.

An interview with Rep. Doyle Heffley will be scheduled at a later meeting with an endorsement planned for July.

The second phase of the chapter's community service project at the historic Bunker Hill Cemetery in Weissport will also be discussed and planned.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS  Dennis Getz of Lehighton releases the ball during the bowling event, held at Fritz Lanes and Pro Shop in Lehighton on Monday.

After eight events, the Southern Carbon County seniors are holding their lead in the 2014 Carbon County Senior Games with a score of 456.

But Northern Carbon County seniors are giving it their best and making it a tight race, with a combined score of 403.

Monday's events included bowling, held at Cypress Lanes and Fritz Lanes and Pro Shop, both in Lehighton, and pingpong at the Lehighton Recreation Center.

The individual bowling results are:

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Route 209 in the area of Lansford and Coaldale was reportedly closed this morning because of some type of powdery spill.

According to reports, a substance from a coal truck fell onto the highway, causing police to close it.

Officials of PennDOT were summoned to the scene to clean the material off the highway.

It was not known how long the area will be closed.

Monday, May 12, 2014

At least two people are in custody after an incident in Jim Thorpe early this evening. Police on the scene on Fourth Street on the east side of the borough, include Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Franklin Township, Summit Hill and Kidder Township.

According to scanner reports, a police car involved in a chase was involved in a crash on Route 209 between Jim Thorpe and Nesquehoning, just before 7 p.m.

Injuries are not known. It was not immediately clear whether the two incidents are related.

No other details were available at the scene.

Check back for details as they become available.

Monday, May 12, 2014

LENHARTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A fiery crash involving multiple vehicles has killed three people on Interstate 78 in eastern Pennsylvania.

The accident was reported shortly after 1 p.m. Monday on the eastbound side of the highway in Greenwich Township, Berks County.

According to state police, seven vehicles including a tractor-trailer were involved in the crash.

Monday, May 12, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox will cut "American Idol" to one night for several weeks next spring, part of a reset for a struggling network that will have 12 new series in the coming year including the much-awaited "Batman" prequel "Gotham."

The network announced Monday that it will also break up its Sunday animation block by moving in the critical favorite "Brooklyn Nine Nine." Two of its Tuesday-night comedies will be replaced by an unscripted show that imagines people setting up a new society in an undeveloped area.