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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The driver of a purple Ford Ranger pickup truck escaped serious injury after crashing into the westbound guiderail of Hauto Highway (SR54), in Rush Township. The driver stated that new tires or unknown steering malfunction might have been a factor. The truck had to be towed from the scene. Township police and Hometown fire police detoured traffic around the accident.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

This is not a typographical error: there will be no property tax increase next year in the Northern Lehigh School District.

The school board, on a 7-1 vote Monday, agreed to adopt the proposed final budget for the 2011-12 school year in the amount of $28,537,458. Director Mathias Green was opposed. Director Lori Geronikos was absent.

Green said the reason he opposed the budget is because he's "waiting for the rest of the information from the state."

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Borough of Nesquehonng's Water Authorty received a state grant approval for $608,000 to replace and relocate a storage tank.

The borough's application was one of 30 to apply. But only three were granted. Besides Nesquehoning, the Blue Mountain Health System and Packer

Township are also getting grants.

The new tank will be placed lower in elevation to reduce pressure in the Hauto Valley system. It will increase the supply of adequate water for fire fighting and other emergencies.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

All four suspects in a drive-by shooting in Weatherly waived their rights to a preliminary hearing on Monday. However, the four had additional charges filed against them, and in an agreement with the district attorney's office, had their bail reduced.

Christopher Harris of McAdoo, Andrew Ortiz of Hazleton, Joshua Zink of Columbia, and James Delbo of Ashland, will face numerous charges in the county court.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Gary Frable, left, was named Lehighton Fire Chief, on Monday night by Lehighton Council. The position of fire chief was vacant following the death of John "Jack" Kuller on April 22. Patrick Mriss, right, was named assistant fire chief. Grant Hunsicker, council president, congratulates both men.

Lehighton Borough Council met in a special session Monday night to appoint a new fire chief and several fire department officers.

The meeting became necessary because of the untimely death of Lehighton Fire Chief John "Jack" Kuller on April 22. Kuller joined the Lehighton Fire Department in 1979, under Chief Edward Conarty Jr.

Named as the new fire chief was Gary Frable, who had served as assistant chief under Kuller since 2002.

Frable said he never thought of becoming chief under the circumstances of Kuller's untimely death.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The pending retirement of Magisterial District 56-3-02 Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton has triggered a four-person race in the May 17 Primary Election for the six-year term as his successor.

Appleton, who resides in Palmerton, was appointed magisterial district judge on May 1, 1986, elected in 1987, and re-elected in 1993, 1999 and 2005.

The district covers the lower Carbon County municipalities, including the boroughs of Palmerton, Bowmanstown and Parryville and the townships of Towamensing, Lower Towamensing, Franklin and East Penn.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A worker was seriously injured Monday afternoon after falling approximately 15 feet from a bucket truck at a work site. The incident occurred just before 3 p.m. at the Mahoning Valley Country Club along Country Club Drive in Mahoning Township. Township police report the victim was up in the bucket when a bolt broke which holds the lower and upper booms together. The victim fell to an asphalt paved lot. The man was treated at the scene by members of the Mahoning Valley ambulance and Lehighton paramedics before being flown via PennStar helicopter to a St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill.

Monday, May 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured enjoying a roast beef dinner at the Tamaqua Legion with their mother Betty Hoffman, Coaldale, on Mother's Day are stepdaughter Marlene Boissel-Kottle and son Ken Hoffman of Tamaqua. Every mother was given a flower via the Legion during their dinner.

Monday, May 9, 2011

When the Franklin Township Old-timers take on the Jim Thorpe Old-timers at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, to play the 2011 Russell "Bups" Ahner Memorial Softball Game, the winners will be Luke Hartrum and Hunter Wolfe, both of Jim Thorpe.

Every year, the two teams pick up their bats and balls and put on their team T-shirts to play a benefit softball game for someone with a health problem. This year they are playing for two boys with serious health challenges.

Monday, May 9, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

In a gesture that honors mothers everywhere, this year's May Queen at St. Joseph Church in Jim Thorpe, 14-year-old Lindsey McArdle, places a floral crown upon the head of the statue of Mary, the Mother of God, at the conclusion of the church's May Procession yesterday, Mother's Day.