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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

An assembly program at the Northern Lehigh Elementary School on Tuesday demonstrated the efforts the school is taking to accentuate positive student behavior.

Other schools, too, are giving more emphasis to rewarding students for doing good.

In the Panther Valley School District, students can earn "Panther paws" for such things as walking through the halls without talking and being spotted doing good deeds.

The Panther paws can be accumulated and cashed in on tangibles.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Carbon County officials want answers in regard to the railroad the county owns.

During the monthly meeting of the county railroad commission on Wednesday, the board voted to hire K&L Gates LLP of Washington, D.C., for professional services related to the review of the current operating agreement with Carbon & Schuylkill Railroad and Reading and Northern Railroad. C&S Railroad, which was hired to manage the county railroad, is run by Reading and Northern Railroad following a 1994 agreement, which gave trackage rights to the company.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Weatherly man admitted to his part in the theft of valuable tools and also to a drunken driving charge.

Brandon J. Zeigler, 23, entered the pleas on Tuesday before Carbon County Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Zeigler admitted his part in the entry of the residence of Mark Kunkle, 319 Third St., Weatherly, on May 1 and removing various power tools valued at over $2,800.

Zeigler was stopped by Hazleton city police in a stolen car, and one of the missing power tools was found in the vehicle. He admitted his part in the theft and said he sold the tools for cash.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Only one defendant opted for a preliminary hearing before District Judge Stephen Bayer last week. Most of the cases were waived to Schuylkill County Court, with several cases dismissed or withdrawn.

Gregory Steven Knepper, 48, of Quakake, had two of the charges filed against him, simple assault and harassment, held over for court after his preliminary hearing. A third charge, making terroristic threats, was dismissed. The charges were filed by Tamaqua patrolman Joseph Krebs following a May 30 incident.

Knepper was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Rush Township police cordon off the entrance to Mauch Chunk Trust Company, Hometown, after an armed robbery shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Police are on the lookout for an armed suspect after a reported robbery Tuesday at a Hometown bank, and it's a story that's growing even more bizarre.

According to a Schuylkill Communications Center dispatch, a man entered Mauch Chunk Trust Company, 226 Claremont Ave., Route 309, at 2:07 p.m. and pulled off a heist, left through the back of the building and drove northbound on Route 309.

Sgt. Duane Frederick, Rush Township police, said the suspect's face was covered with a stocking.

"A male entered the bank with pantyhose over his face," Frederick said.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection is now investigating six piles of debris illegally dumped in the region, spokeswoman Colleen Connolly said Tuesday.

Two piles were discovered last Thursday in Carbon County, one on Riverview at the Torco property in East Penn Township and another on the Snyder Tire property on Route 443 in Lehighton.

Later in the week, another was discovered on Route 309 in Kline Township, Connolly said.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Schuylkill County's delegation, state Rep. Mike Tobash, R-125; state Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-124; state Rep. Neal Goodman, D-123, and state Sen. David G. Argall, R-29, listen to testimony Tuesday on opiate addiction.

Foot soldiers in the fight against drug addiction teamed up with law enforcement authorities on Tuesday to tell local state legislators the unvarnished truth about Pennsylvania's battle against heroin and prescription opiates.

Unless things change, we're going to lose the war.

"If we don't start addressing the root cause, I don't know how we're going to turn the tide," former Schuylkill County Commissioner Robert Carl said.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
BOB FORD/Times News Lehighton Borough Council was asked whether the light at Bridge Street and Route 209 would become permanent after work on the McCall bridge is finished.

Lehighton's Borough Council covered many topics at its Monday meeting, from snow removal to downtown parking to the purchase of equipment and more.

First up, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor trail manager Scott Everett said the Carbon County D&L Connectivity Project, which covers multiple municipalities, had two components that "touch the borough": the trail behind Castle Grill restaurant and the trail coming from Weissport into Lehighton.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The combination of excellent weather, a great country singer, and the popular demolition derby attracted a large crowd for the opening day of the West End Fair in Gilbert.

Fair officials said the weather probably was the most deciding factor for attendance.

From music to madness, motor madness, that is, the demolition derby provided the usual excitement of crunch and crash, smoke and fire.

Tim George of Kresgeville was the feature winner, while Dave Frantz of Kunkletown finished runner-up.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

During a meeting Tuesday, Rush Township's Zoning Hearing Board approved the requests of two applicants, one who wants a pole building, and one who wants to operate a beauty salon in her home.