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Friday, July 25, 2014
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Line crews of Blue Ridge Cable work to restore cable and Internet services to customers from Nesquehoning to Jim Thorpe. Services were interrupted Wednesday night when a powerful storm ripped through the Carbon County area. A large tree toppled along Route 209 near the Nesquehoning Fire Company taking down power and utility lines on a large scale.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Educational Opportunity Centers, Inc. will present an orientation to financial aid at 10 a.m. on Aug. 14 at Jim Thorpe CareerLink at 69 Broadway.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Carbon County Action Committee for Human Services will be holding an election for five low-income representatives to its board of directors at its administrative office at 267 S. Second St. in Lehighton.

Eligible voters may cast a ballot without appointment between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday during the three-week period beginning July 28 and ending Aug. 15.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Get ready for more rain, damaging winds and hail this weekend.

The National Weather Service is forecasting scattered thunderstorms this weekend.

Storms are possible Saturday and likely for Saturday night through Monday. Some of the thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall, damaging winds and hail, particularly on Sunday.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) reopened the beach to swimming at Beltzville State Park in Carbon County effective Friday morning, July 25, because of safe bacterial counts in water samples from July 23.
For more information about Pennsylvania’s 120 state parks, visit the DCNR website at www.dcnr.state.pa.us.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The state Superior Court has upheld the sentence of a Schuylkill County man convicted in the death of a man left tied to a tree in the woods in May 2012.

Keith Allen Reber, 50, of Schuylkill Haven, must serve his sentence of 14 to 28 years in state prison for his actions in the death of Bryan Smith, 26, of Orwigsburg.

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Carbon County couple faces drug and corruption of minors charges after police saw social media posts of drug use in their Nesquehoning home while children were present.

Abel K. Adams, whose age is unknown, of 92 Rhume St., is charged with two counts each of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; corruption of minors, and endangering the welfare of children.

Sharon R. Helmer, 34, same address, faces the same charges.

Neither had been arrested as of late Thursday.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A psychiatrist who was grazed by gunfire from a patient at a hospital on Thursday helped stop the patient by apparently using his own weapon to shoot and wound him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said.

The patient opened fire after entering the doctor's office at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital with the caseworker, District Attorney Jack Whelan said. Witnesses reported hearing yelling before the gunshots.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver's window.

It happened Tuesday evening in Gainesville, Florida.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A tree that fell during Wednesday night's storm rests on Carbon County Courthouse phone lines and the Jim Thorpe Post Office on Route 209 in Jim Thorpe. What could be safely removed without damaging the lines or property was removed by a professional tree service. The remaining part of the tree was secured until Verizon could get to the scene.