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Monday, August 18, 2014

Lehighton Area School District recently applied for a Qualified Zone Academy Bond to help pay for renovations to its existing middle and high schools, but receiving money could be a long shot.

District business manager Brian Feick said the federal no-interest QZAB program provides the bondholder with a federal tax credit in place of an interest payment.

Only $27 million in QZAB money is available in Pennsylvania, and the district applies to the state Department of Education.

Monday, August 18, 2014
Dangerous 248 turn to be closed

A median at the intersection at Route 248 and Club Road will eventually be shut down, and left-hand turns prohibited, to improve safety along the dangerous junction.

Signs for the turn restriction are on order, according to Tom Walter, assistant district traffic and operations manager for the state Department of Transportation.

"That all has to be scheduled with some other departments here at PennDOT," Walter said. "That schedule hasn't been determined yet."

Monday, August 18, 2014

Slatington, which was incorporated in 1864:

Ÿ Was first home to the Leni-Lenape Native Americans, who lived along "Warriors Path", which is present-day Route 873, part of the borough's Main Street

Ÿ Was home in 1737 to Nicholas Kern, the first white settler, who opened a sawmill. Later, two Welshman discovered slate and established the town's first slate quarry in 1845

Ÿ Got its name due to its national importance as a center of slate quarrying and slate product manufacturing, providing employment for over 10,000 people in the slate industry

Monday, August 18, 2014

Meed's Methodist Church, 126 W. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, is having a Kids Club Fun Night at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The club is open to children ages 5-12 and will include story time, crafts, songs, games and snacks.

Monday, August 18, 2014
Larry Neff/special to the times news

A young couple and their young child escaped with minor injuries Sunday afternoon when involved in a head-on crash along Route 443 in East Brunswick Township. The crash occurred at 2:30 p.m. as the family was traveling west, when for an unknown reason their 2005 Subaru drifted over the center line striking a pickup traveling east, which had slowed down to make a left turn onto the lot of Eckroth Farm Equipment. The driver of the pickup was not injured. State police at Frackville are investigating the incident.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Pleasant Valley School District board of directors voted 8-0 with Dominick Sacci absent to approve recalling two former PVSD furloughed employees: Adrianne Keefer as a long-term second-grade substitute until Nov. 26; Kelly Collins, PVHS health room technician for Deborah Daly, effective Aug. 26 through Nov. 26.

The board approved hiring Kristin Fuentes, substitute custodian/secretary; Philip Masiello substitute health and physical education; Kristen Pierri, secretary, full-time, PVE, replacement position for Susan Vegetable; and Melissa Snyder, substitute custodian.

Monday, August 18, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/TIMES NEWS  Members of the Woodland String Band of Philadelphia strut their stuff down Main Street in Slatington on Saturday as America's Slate Capital celebrates its 150th. See more photos on Page 8 and our gallery at tnonline.com

Slatington's 150th Anniversary Parade and Block Party on Saturday was not only attended by hundreds of residents and guests, but was also a unanimous success.

"The turnout was great, and people are having so much fun," said Darla Fakla, owner of Darla's 1950s Ice Cream Parlor and Hot Foods shop on Main Street in the borough.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Two people arrested by Tamaqua police on charges related to dealing drugs were scheduled for preliminary hearings before District Judge Stephen Bayer of Tamaqua recently. Both elected to waive those charges to be heard in Schuylkill County court instead of at the magistrate level.

Ashley Weirich, 20, of 308 Washington St., Tamaqua, was charged in connection with illegal drug sales from March 20, April 2 and May 1.

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Schuylkill County driver led police on a chase early today eventually crashing her vehicle into a tree and is now facing numerous drug and related charges.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident began about 2:40 a.m. at the intersection of Second and Russell streets, in Saint Clair where a Dodge Dakota pickup truck failed to stop for a steady red light. Troopers attempted to stop the truck but the driver fled, traveling through numerous intersections in Saint Clair without stopping at stop signs and failing to use turn signals.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

ALTADENA, Calif. (AP) — An 85-year-old man was unharmed Saturday after he crashed his car into a backyard pool, authorities said.

Officers responded around 11:45 a.m. to a report in Altadena of a car crashing into a pool in the 2700 block of Scripps Place, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told KNBC-TV.

The man was pulling into his garage when the crash occurred, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Jeff Sims told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

The car went through a rear garage door and into a backyard swimming pool, ending up fully submerged, Sims said.