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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

During Monday evening's board of supervisors meeting, supervisor Phil Shedaker, who attended the meeting by telephone, reminded the public of a resolution from 2013 which limited public comment to a total of 30 minutes at the beginning of each meeting. Each resident is permitted at total of 3 minutes to address the supervisors.

"We are not taking any more comments about $1.6 million or anything that happened 10 years ago," Shedaker said. "If you have something to say on the matter, put it in writing, and the board of supervisors will absolutely review it."

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Special Olympics PA Carbon County is starting their annual boccie training from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Baer Memorial Park, behind the Lehighton pool.

The organization is in need of several volunteers to help with the training and future boccie events.

For more information, check out SOPA's website, www.specialolympics.com, and Facebook page for updates on trainings and events for boccie as well as all other activities.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Six people were injured, four seriously, when a deck collapsed at a home where the family was celebrating a birthday.

The incident occurred just before 6 p.m. in Towamensing Trails in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County.

Four of the seriously injured were flown from the scene by four air medical transport helicopters while two others were transported by ambulance.

Carbon County Management Director Mark Nalesnik said the injured ranged in age from adults in their 60s to young children.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Power has been restored to most of the PPL customers in Lehigh Township.

As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, 528 PPL customers in Lehigh Township were out of power. Company spokeswoman Teri MacBride said the power was cut by a tree that had fallen on power lines on Grist Mill Road.

 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The National Weather Service has issues an alert for heat index values today in the 90s.

The area will remain in fog until at least 8 a.m. so allow extra time to get to your destination.

Thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and tonight, with strong winds, hail and brief heavy rain leading to ponding in areas of poor drainage.

 

The forecast:

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — It seems to matter less whether your alma mater is public or private than what you study — math and science in particular — when it comes to finding a high-paying job after college, according to a report released Tuesday by the Education Department.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

National Night Out set

The Jim Thorpe National Night Out Committee is seeking nonprofit, civic, school, church, local, state, federal government groups or businesses to participate in the third annual JT National Night Out.

This positive community event will take place at Jim Thorpe Memorial Park on from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 5 (rain date is Aug. 6).

It is a night of drug awareness and crime prevention, educational information, entertainment, food, games, fun and more.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A scheduled hearing Monday for a Kunkletown man accused of shooting another man in the torso in Monroe County didn't occur.

Instead, the victim, who showed up for the hearing, was placed under arrest and was arraigned before District Judge JoLana Krawitz of Stroudsburg on 10 different counts, including three felony charges of kidnapping.

The hearing before Krawitz had been scheduled for Dylan Michael Frantz, 20, who is facing two counts of aggravated assault.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Being more, and less, accessible as a borough were subjects covered at Tuesday's Bowmanstown Borough Council meeting.

During public comment, Bowmanstown Area Residents Connected secretary Jenell Meltz said she was there to ask permission to look into a free local library kiosk, hopefully on borough property.

She said it would have books that could be checked in and out independently, work on an honor system and perhaps only be locked at night.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

HARRISBURG (AP) Key budget-related legislation on tap for consideration Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Senate covers topics from how oil and gas drilling should be regulated to how billions of dollars for public schools should be spent, despite complaints that it trips over constitutional guidelines that bills be limited to a single subject.