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Thursday, July 3, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — Subaru is recalling more than 660,000 cars and SUVs because the brake lines can rust and leak fluid, and that can mean it will take longer to stop the vehicles.

For about half the vehicles, it's the second recall for the same problem.

Affected are 2005 through 2009 Legacy and Outback, the 2008 through 2014 Impreza and the 2009 through 2013 Forester.

Thursday, July 3, 2014
TNT Fireworks tent at Walmart in Lehighton offers an array of novelty items.

There's nothing like a beautiful fireworks display to illuminate this weekend's celebration, but there's also nothing like a serious injury to ruin it.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety urges Americans to use caution when setting off fireworks, and likewise, to abide by state laws regarding their use.

To ensure safe practices during your Fourth of July festivities, follow these simple guidelines.

KNOW THE RULES. The legality of fireworks in Pennsylvania is most often handled by local municipalities.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Pocono Mountain Regional police are looking for a white male who robbed a Monroe County store at knife point.

Police said the incident occurred at 10:26 p.m. Wednesday at Joe's Kwik Mart, along Route 940 in Pocono Summit.

Police said an employee was preparing to drop a cash deposit when the white male came behind the counter armed with a large knife and took the cash from the employee's hand and the rest of the cash in a cash drawer. At the time of the robbery there was heavy rain.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Sheriff of Carbon County to J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Columbus, Ohio, property at 29-33 Main St., $1.

Bowmanstown

Marion E. Whiteman to Richard A. Melhem, Breinigsville, property at 241 Ore St., $60,000.

Franklin Township

Kevin Strunk to Lonnie K. Kresge, 205 Malibu Drive, Lehighton, property along Malibu Drive, $190,000.

Fannie Mae to Matthew T. Henshue, 450 Acorn Drive, Lehighton, property at 450 Acorn Drive, $190,000.

Jim Thorpe

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A handful of Schuylkill Township residents continue to question the supervisors about the amount they pay for garbage, the enforcement actions of the township's police officer and the availability of the financial records of the township.

During the public comment portion of the township meeting held Wednesday, Dan Gray, Brockton, asked the supervisors why they don't provide line-item budget reports.

Thursday, July 3, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Dan Kunkle talks to volunteers who were bused to the new arboretum as part of a volunteer recognition day.

An offer was made for the Lehigh Gap Nature Center to buy 1.6 acres of land in East Penn Township contiguous to the 756 acres presently part of the center. On June 22 as part of volunteer recognition day, a bus took volunteers to see the improvements that have been done on the site.

The center's board discussed whether to buy the land or not. The cost was $17,000, the price requested by landowner Doug Gause. A grant was received to cover the cost.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

At Wednesday night's Eldred Township supervisors' meeting, Supervisor Chairman Gretchen Gannon Pettit and Supervisor/secretary Sharon Solt voted "yes" to acquire Eldred Elementary School from the Pleasant Valley School District. Supervisor vice Chairman Mary Ann Clausen voted "no."

Before the vote, the supervisors spoke to about 25 people in attendance.

Gannon Pettit said that everyone knows she was in favor of acquiring it.

"I know there may be downfalls, but we will check into everything before we actually acquire it," she said.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War is coming up in August and we're looking for veterans to tell theirstories.

If you, or a relative, served in the war and you are willing to be interviewed, send us an email at tneditor@tnonline.com or call 610-377-2051, ext. 3141.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Lisa Mace, principal of Panther Valley Middle School, has announced the honor roll for the fourth marking period.

Distinguished

honors

Sixth grade: Charles Byers, Jenna Dubosky, Jessica Markovich, Megan Pascoe, Jaden Politi, Gianna Steber, Stilitino, Brandon, Raelynn Swan

Seventh grade: Natalie Arner, Amanda Fegley, Rachelle Filer, Kyle Rusnak, Alexa Ruzicka, Jordan Serina, Brittany Stewart, Rachel Strohl, Erica Tout, Caroline Velez

Eighth grade: Sarah Markovich, Brandon Velez

Honor roll

Thursday, July 3, 2014

HARRISBURG (AP) Pennsylvania House Republican leaders lost battles on public pension legislation backed by Gov. Tom Corbett and a Philadelphia public schools bill on Wednesday as they tried to salvage a successful end to a rocky spring session before it dragged farther into summer.