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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Parents who want to register their child for Head Start or Early Head Start may do so by calling 610-377-5671 or 570-645-7578.

Head Start serves children ages 3 to 5 who live in Panther Valley, Palmerton, Jim Thorpe or Lehighton school districts.

Early Head Start serves children from birth to 3 years old in the same school districts as Head Start. Pregnant women are also eligible.

The Coaldale Center, which serves the Panther Valley School district, has openings in both the center for Early Head Start and for the home-based program.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

How to deal with derelict properties is an issue plaguing almost every Pennsylvania community, including Tamaqua. The problem was once again discussed at Tuesday night's meeting of Tamaqua Borough Council.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
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St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown is hosting "How Great Thou Art" from 6-9 p.m. Saturday. This is a unique Silent Auction event that will feature only handcrafted items by local

artisans like the paintings, reclaimed barn wood frame, wooden bowl, carved cane, basket, scarf, hat and knotted quilt Renee Keiper and Kyle Strohl are displaying. Watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings; photography; jewelry; hand-dyed scarfs; sewn items; woodwork; wrought iron; and more will be featured. Entertainment will be provided by Kathy Reder,

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tamaqua residents will be seeing a lot of new faces on the borough work crews over the next few weeks.

Council hired three new employees for the street department at Tuesday night's meeting, but the new hirings are not over. Council also voted to post several vacancies in house and advertise for a street worker/assistant mechanic.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Summit Hill woman has been charged with assaulting her newborn child.

According to Summit Hill Police Chief Joseph Fittos, officers were dispatched to St. Luke's Hospital-Miners Campus in Coaldale on June 1 after hospital officials reported a suspected child abuse case in the emergency room.

An investigation determined that Ashley Orach, 28, of 10 S. Pine St., had assaulted her 5-week-old child.

She was charged with three counts aggravated assault, recklessly endangering children, simple assault and harassment.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The directors of the Lehighton Area Chamber of Commerce expressed grave concern that the dream of a proposed shopping mall on First Street could be doomed because of apathy.

The concern was noted following the report of Dave Hontz, chairman of the code and enforcement committee, that several inquiries to borough council have been made regarding adoption of codes in order to ensure a better Lehighton have been unproductive.

The chamber is hoping a mall can be erected in the vicinity of the Lower Lehighton Park.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Work Crews on the McCall bridge were busy Wednesday.

Lanes have been switched on the Route 209 Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge so workers can continue to replace the bridge surface.

The new traffic pattern is the latest change as the renovation continues on the structurally deficient bridge that spans the Lehigh River and Weissport and separates Routes 248 and 443.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation press officer Sean Brown said motorists will still be dealing with a lane closure in the one direction.

"(It means) the crews are making progress, moving traffic over to the other side," Brown said.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

One person was evacuated late last night after an apparent gas leak in Jim Thorpe.

Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joseph Schatz reported that at 11:05 p.m., Jim Thorpe Fire Department was called to 123 W. Broadway for a gas leak.

UGI Utilities responded to the scene to investigate the leak.

It was determined that it was only a minor issue, Schatz said.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tamaqua Police have released the details of an armed robbery reported to the department on July 13 and are asking for the public's help in locating the suspect, Cody Deetz, who has no known address.

Police say Deetz went to 109 Washington St., at 5:41 p.m. Sunday and spoke with two juvenile males. He asked the boys, 14 and 16, to go for a walk with him.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Philadelphia woman, who was found unresponsive in the swimming area of Beltzville State Park earlier this month, has died. According to

Lehigh County coroner Scott M. Grim, the woman, identified as Non Sa, 32, of Philadelphia, died at 3:45 p.m., Tuesday, July 15, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest campus.

An autopsy was performed today and Grim determined the cause of death was attributed to complications of drowning.

The drowning incident occurred just before 7 p.m., on Saturday, July 5, at the lake, located in Franklin Township, Carbon County.