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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Visitors to Jim Thorpe will be greeted by an updated visitors center.

The grand reopening of the center, located in the Old Mauch Chunk Train Station in Jim Thorpe, is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The center recently got a much-needed facelift, including painting, floor refinishing and upgrades.

Carbon County Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard said the county, who owns the building, is happy with the renovations.

"It was long overdue," he said. "We're very pleased with the work."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Deeds recorded

Bowmanstown

Deutsche Bank National Trust Company to John Fickett, Bolingbrook, Ill., property at 427 Forge St., $69,000.

Jim Thorpe

Libor Sikora to Alina Zagorska, Philadelphia, property at 106 W. Broadway, $10.

Kidder Township

Gail M. Popple Irrevocable Trust to TMJA Irrevocable Trust, Laflin, Pa., Arby's on Route 940, $1.

William L. Davis Jr. to Peter J. Kearney, P.O. Box 177, Lake Harmony, House 82, Snow Ridge, Section 2, $104,500.

Lansford

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MAHANOY CITY, Pa. (AP) - An eastern Pennsylvania woman has been charged in the stabbing death of her mother's boyfriend in December.

Thirty-three-year-old Kimberly Hons of Mahanoy City was charged Tuesday with voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault in the December death of 52-year-old Lawrence Quinn.

Authorities in Schuylkill County say Quinn died of a single stab wound inside the home where both lived along with Hons' mother.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Poised at the top of Glen Onoko Falls, hikers drink in a panoramic view of Lehigh Gorge. But all it takes is a fraction of a second, one step onto a slick, moss-covered rock, for the serene beauty to reveal its treachery.

That's what happened Monday, when 20-year-old Jesse Michael Crossley of Catasauqua fell about 40 feet to his death from the second falls, the same area from which 31-year-old Perla Cabral of New York met a similar fate on Aug. 10, 2013.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

An Amber Alert has been canceled for a 20-month-old boy, Aedan Mauger, taken from a residence in Shillington this afternoon.

The Pennsylvania State Police has issued an Amber Child Abduction Alert for the Shillington Police Department Berks County.

The 20-month-old child, Aedan Michael Mauger, was taken from 1037 Bedford Avenue in Shillington, PA. The child was taken from the residence by the suspect, Jessica Mauger, 24. She is described as white, with red hair and hazel eyes. She is 5 feet 5 inches and weighs 130 pounds.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A cold front will cross through the region this afternoon.

The front will have frequent rain showers and gusty winds as it passes by. A few wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph are possible as the front passes through. Make sure to drive with caution if you will be travelling across the region. Water may pond on roadways so drive with extra caution during the heavy rains.

The rain may end as a brief period of snow or sleet early on Tuesday night. Light accumulations of up to an inch are possible, mainly in the elevated terrain. Some wind gusts of 40 to 45 mph may occur tonight.
The forecast:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle CEO who announced that he's giving himself a drastic pay cut to help cover the cost of big raises for his employees didn't just make those workers happy.

He's already gained new customers, too.

"We've definitely gained a handful of customers in the last day or two," said Stefan Bennett, a customer relations manager at Gravity Payments, a credit card payment processing firm. "We're showing people you can run a good company and you can pay people fairly and it can be profitable."

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a year in jail on Monday for drunken driving.

Charles K. Misawic, 45, of Palmerton, was sentenced on Monday by Judge Steven R. Serfass on two driving under the influence charges to a total of one to five years in the county prison. Misawic previously entered guilty pleas to the charges.

He was arrested on Sept. 22, 2009, along Route 209 in Lansford after being observed driving erratically.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Dear Tamaqua Project leadership includes Kathy Odorizzi, J.P. Jordan, Lisa Jordan, Leona Rega, Chris Morrison, Micah Gursky, Andy Leibenguth, Gale Heath, Adriane Drumm, Lucille Fala, Bill Donovan, Sharon Wispell, Dina Depos, George Taylor, Ben Turrano, Erica Stein and Joe Herrera.

Every community is unique, for a variety of reasons.

Tamaqua leaders are looking to explore their community's uniqueness through a new, collaborative effort, the "Dear Tamaqua Project."

The first phase will be a yearlong effort to encourage past and current residents to share personal experiences, memories and hopes for Tamaqua's future.

The second phase will be a large-scale, public street fair in August of 2015, bringing to life the stories gathered in phase one.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Displaying newly purchased flags from left are, Nesquehoning Lions Club members Frank Jacobs, treasurer; Helen Applegate, vice president; and Rita Trucios.

Members of the Nesquehoning Lions Club are once again reaching out to residents and local businesses in order to gain additional financial support to replace the town's worn and frayed American flags along with the poles and hardware used to display them at various times during the year.

The Lions have received 75 percent of the funds necessary to pay for the purchase and are counting on the community to help fund the balance.

Club secretary Rita Trucios said that continued support is needed so that residents can "take ownership of the project."