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Saturday, September 6, 2014

This week, Reps. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon, and Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne, participated in a tour of KME in Nesquehoning.

KME is one of the largest employers in Carbon County, employing nearly 1,000 people.

During the tour, they discussed employment opportunities with company officials who said they have a great need for qualified workers, including mechanics, welders and fabricators.

The expansion of this company shows that manufacturing remains key to Pennsylvania's 21st century economy, and a great option for the workers of the future.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

By 4-3 vote, Tamaqua Borough Council rejected a three-year-old dredge dumping agreement with Lehigh Coal & Navigation Co., Pottsville.

With the vote, the board sent a resounding anti-dumping message to the mining firm, industry backers and regulators in the Department of Environmental Protection.

By providing for $1-per-ton of dredge dumped into the Springdale Pit, the controversial agreement had the potential to bring up to $700,000 to the borough.

Critics called the funds "blood money" due to the potential harmful effects of dredge dumping and hauling.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS This is the Boyer's Market store in Tamaqua. The Boyer's Market chain of grocery stores recently won a national award.

Boyer's Food Markets, an independent grocer with 17 locations throughout northeastern Pennsylvania, was recently awarded the top national marketing honor in its category, based on size and sales volume, during Supervalu's national sales show in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

"We're excited to earn the Master Marketer award from Supervalu," said Dean Walker, president of Boyer's Food Markets. "It speaks well of our entire Boyer's team and our efforts to communicate the benefits of shopping at Boyer's to consumers."

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS  A fundraiser is being staged for Jacqueline Ahearn-Snyder, of Bethlehem, who is in need of assistance after she and her daughter were struck head-on in a crash by a driver who was under the influence back in June. Pictured are Ahearn-Snyder and her two children, Joseph and Jocelyn.

As a behavioral health nurse, Jacqueline Ahearn-Snyder knows what it's like to dedicate her life to help people in need.

Now, the tables have been turned, and Ahearn-Snyder is in need of assistance after she and her daughter were struck head-on in a crash by a driver who was under the influence back in June.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Emergency personnel are seen on the northbound lane of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Friday afternoon following a fatal crash. Traffic was detoured for hours following the collision.

A Levittown woman was killed as the result of a crash Friday afternoon on the Pennsylvania Turnpike; while a second vehicle is being sought.

Andrew Kehm, chief deputy coroner in Lehigh County, identified the woman as Maria C. Gervasio, 23.

Kehm said that Rebecca Saborsky, deputy coroner, pronounced Gervasio dead at 4:44 p.m. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday in order to determine the cause of death.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A woman is dead as the result of a crash Friday afternoon on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The crash occurred just after 4 p.m. at the 60.2 mile marker in the northbound lanes in Lehigh County.

We'll update as information becomes available.

Friday, September 5, 2014
Traffic flows smoothly this morning on the McCall bridge.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reopened both lanes of the Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge in Lehighton on Friday morning, much to the delight of motorists traveling in both directions.

Drivers were delayed around 20 minutes, on average, during peak travel times while crews worked on the structurally deficient 16-span multi-type steel bridge.

Since June, a detour has routed southbound travelers through Weissport.

The Times News asked its Facebook followers what they would do with the extra 20 minutes.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Two people were injured this morning when involved in a multi-vehicle crash in Walnutport.

The crash occurred just before 7 a.m. at the intersection of Route 145 and Main Street.

Two vehicles were involved in the crash, a van which came to rest under the trailer of a tractor-trailer, stopped in the southbound lane at the traffic light.

A second vehicle with heavy front end damage came to rest on a nearby McDonald’s lawn.  

Friday, September 5, 2014

People attending this year's Palmerton Community Festival will likely notice Sacred Heart Parish has a new stand.

And it has students from Carbon Career and Technical Institute's wood shop class, along with its instructor, to thank for it, according to parish event coordinator Cass Chies.

For the past several years, Chies said she had looked into the church purchasing a trailer, which would make setting up the parish stand much easier, but lost out in her quest.

Friday, September 5, 2014

At the August Eldred Township supervisors' meeting, vice chairman Mary Anne Clausen asked what the appropriate procedure was to initiate amendments to the township's zoning ordinance.

When the township adopted its new zoning ordinance in May, she had some issues with the shared uses and understood that they might be amended in the near future. She said she was compiling a list of potential amendments she would like to be considered.

This month, Clausen said she had sent to the board an email copy of potential amendments and wanted to address them.