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Monday, September 22, 2014

A proposed renovation project in Lehighton Area School District got slightly cheaper last week.

Superintendent Jonathan Cleaver announced the district has been awarded an $8,499,000 interest-free bond through the federal Qualified Zone Academy Bond program.

"It's great because we can save the money we would have paid on interest over the life of a bond," Cleaver said. "We can only use the funds for our middle school renovation."

Monday, September 22, 2014

Could a new set of medical offices be headed to Lehighton?

That depends on the outcome of a borough Zoning Hearing Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday.

At that time, the application of Blakeslee Commons, LLC, 2216 Willow Park Road, Bethlehem, will be reviewed.

Blakeslee Commons will request a special exception from a section of the borough zoning ordinance that pertains to special uses.

Borough Manager Nicole Beckett said the proposed development is medical offices.

Monday, September 22, 2014

State police seized a D-3 cargo plane carrying more than 1,300 kilos of cocaine worth $130 million and arrested one man early today after the plane landed at the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton Airport.

The man, Harold Hill, 46, of Canada, is being held in lieu of $10 million bail in Lehigh County Prison.

Officials said Hill was arrested by Bethlehem State Police after the plane, believed to be traveling from Columbia to Canada, landed at the airport to refuel shortly after midnight.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Carbon County Navy Club Ship 260 will celebrate its fifth anniversary at 7 p.m. Sept. 29.

The celebration will be held during the club's monthly meeting at the Nesquehoning VFW, 300 E. Center St.

Commander Scott Reinhart will be in charge.

The club is one of only seven chapters in the state. There are currently 30 members in the chapter, but membership is always open to anyone who served in the United States Navy, Marines, Seabees or the Coast Guard.

Associate membership is available for $10 a year, while regular membership is $15.

Monday, September 22, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS A roadside memorial at Route 115 and Rocky Mountain North pays tribute to the victims of the crash.

Orange roses and a balloon alongside Route 115 in Effort serve as a reminder to the horrible weekend crash that left one woman and four children dead.

Four teddy bears are sealed in plastic bags next to a utility pole. A crucifix is nailed to the pole. Below is a candle with the likeness of Jesus.

Destini Watson, 23, and four children, all from Blakeslee, were pronounced dead at the scene of a four-vehicle crash at 2:45 p.m. Saturday in Chestnuthill Township.

Two of the children were male and two female, according to state police at Fern Ridge.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Carbon County Navy Club is looking for high school volunteers to serve as flag and banner holders in the annual Veterans Day parade in November.

A total of five students are needed.

To volunteer, call Robert "Ski" Siesputowski at 570-645-6586.

Monday, September 22, 2014
AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, Butch Comegys Pennsylvania state troopers meet in the parking lot at the Barrett Township Volunteer Fire Company this weekend near Canadensis, during the search for suspected killer Eric Frein. For a photo gallery from the search, go to tnonline.com or scan this image with your smartphone to connect with Ads R Live. To download the app, text 40691.

Law enforcement officials continued searching Monday morning for 31-year-old Eric Frein in the Barrett and Price township area, as reports circulated that they were closing in on the suspect.

Sunday, police found an AK-47-style rifle and ammunition they believe belongs to the suspected police killer, according to state police.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Western Pocono Community Library will hold a book discussion during Banned Books Week at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

This year the library is holding an Adult/Teen Book Discussion on "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. Since this book has now been made into a movie, it seems a good time to read, discuss and decide why there is talk about the banning of it.

This book is one of the 100 most challenged books in the past 20 years.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pocono Greyhound Adoption will hold a Meet & Greet at Country Junction, Route 209, Lehighton, from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

To learn more about this event, or about adopting a greyhound, please go to www.poconogreyhound.org, or call 570-856-0377.

Monday, September 22, 2014

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe, will hold a free community dinner of pork and sauerkraut from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 28. The times were incorrect in a notice in Friday's edition.