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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has provided Lehigh University with a special marker noting the University's founding by the Hon. Asa Packer 100 years ago at Bethlehem. Lehigh is observing its centennial anniversary through June of 1966. The marker will be erected at a main entrance to the campus on Dec. 29 during a special ceremony. The date is that of the birth of Packer, whose historic era mansion is located on Packer Hill in Jim Thorpe.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a short county prison term Monday for driving under the influence (DUI) but faces a big restitution bill for injuries she caused to another person in an accident involved in the case. She was one of several defendants, who previously pleaded guilty, to be sentenced by Carbon Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Kidder incident

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Santa rides the rails

Santa is making weekend stops aboard the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway each weekend through Dec. 19 in Jim Thorpe. Santa gets a Christmas list from 3-year-old Kayleigh Reed of Minerva, Ohio, aboard the train Sunday, while looking on is her grandfather, Rick Taff, also of Minerva. In top photo, Santa distributes candy canes to the youngsters on the train. The remainder of the Santa trains are at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. on Dec. 4, 5, 12, 18, and 19.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A faulty oil burner has been blamed for a fire that caused extensive damages to several homes and left 12 people homeless in Mahanoy City.

State police fire marshall Trooper John F. Burns, of the Frackville barracks, said the fire was started by a oil burner malfunction in the basement of the property at 1117 E. Pine St., which was occupied by Cornelius Vanderpluym, 65, and his wife, Mildred, 51, and their son, Joseph, 28. Also residing in the home of Jennifer Tutko, 25.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carl Cyphers, owner of Cyphers Truck Parts along West Main street in Stroudsburg watches as his business goes up in flames Monday morning.

A longtime Stroudsburg area business was destroyed by fire on Monday morning.

Cyphers Truck Parts on West Main Street in Stroud Township was destroyed along with four apartments above the business.

Carl and Lanette Cyphers are the owner of the business which was started by Carl's father, Claude Cyphers, back in the mid-1940s. The business sold everything from truck brakes to engine oil to filters.

The fire started in the kitchen area of an apartment above the business, fire officials said.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Carbon Schuylkill Industrial Development Corporation recently presented Marie Ondrus, president of the Panther Valley Public Library, center; with a check for $500 to help cover the library's general expenses. Members of CSIDC who are presenting the check are, Bob Silver, director for the CSIDC and a member of the board of directors for the library, left; and Larry Marek, president of CSIDC.

The Panther Valley Public Library in Lansford is a diamond hidden in the heart of the Panther Valley.

It is filled with hundreds of books for all ages, computers with Internet connection, and a friendly staff comprised of volunteers.

Many know the library is there, but lack of funding almost forced this gem to close earlier this year.

But things have been changing for the better for the library.

Over the last few months, many area businesses and individuals have given their time and money to help keep this community asset open for business.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Carbon County jury panel found in favor of two doctors in a malpratice suit.

The panel ruled that Dr. Kailash Makhija, of Lehighton, and Dr. Kanwal S. Khan, of Palmerton, were not negligent in their treatment of Ann Castro, of 832 Main Rd., Lehighton.

Castro and her husband, David, sued the two doctors and their practices claiming she received negligent treatment. Dr. Makhija and Dr. Kahn, treated Mrs. Castro for severe abdomen pain. The pain was attributed to two abscesses she developed.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A used toy and clothing drive is slated for Dec. 16 and 18 at Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron streets, Lehighton. The drive will benefit Family Promise of Carbon County.

On Dec. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Dec. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., area residents can bring gently used clothing and toys to Zion United Church of Christ. The items will help families in need.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old boy in Coaldale. The teenager's body was found in his bed by a family member at about 1:30 p.m. Monday in a home on Bull Run Street, said Police Chief Tim Delaney.

"It's under investigation," he said. Delaney said an autopsy is expected to be performed today by Schuylkill County Pathologist Richard Bindie.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

An "informational community board meeting" by Lehighton Area School Board will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the Lehighton Area Middle School.

According to a notice for the meeting, it will "serve to give awareness to the community and assist the LASD school board with determining best directions for the district.

The topic will be the building and grounds facilities of the school district.

El Architect Associates will present the recently completed "feasibility report" and explain the long-term district needs.