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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lehighton Area School District has released the results of the 10-question survey to residents about the proposed building project.

Rather than renovating its four elementary school buildings, the district is currently looking at replacing them with a new elementary center. Costs for either renovations or new construction are projected to be roughly the same. However, the question is whether state funding is available.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Inn of Jim Thorpe in the downstairs meeting room.

Many upcoming events, including Earth Day, Jim Thorpe Birthday Weekend and the new Train-Bike weekend will be discussed.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Proposed legislation would authorize local police officers to use radar to catch speeders. Pennsylvania State Trooper Kevin Barrett, Frackville Barracks, uses a radar gun to check motorists along Morea Road in Schuylkill County.

There's an important House Bill on a lot of people's radar.

House Bill 38, sponsored by Rep. Mario Scavello, R-176th, would authorize local police officers to use radar guns to catch speeders. Similar bills have been introduced in past years. Scavello is optimistic that this time the measure will pass.

Hearings on House Bill 38 will be held in Monroe County and Harrisburg at locations and times to be announced. Pennsylvania is the only state where local police officers are not authorized to use radar guns.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Franklin Township Supervisors will allow township police officers to offer the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation assistance during the McCall bridge detour through Weissport.

Supervisors will charge $80 per hour for a minimum of an eight-hour shift.

"If they aren't needed for eight hours, then they can work here in the township because their shift will be paid for," Green said, noting that PennDOT asked for officers to work evening shifts that begin at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NANTICOKE, Pa. (AP) — The Luzerne County coroner's office says the death of a 2-month-old earlier this year is a case of homicide.

Police were called to the home in Nanticoke on Feb. 14 and found 2-month-old Jaxon Eckrote dead.

The coroner on Tuesday said Jaxon's death has been ruled a homicide by asphyxiation. Police have not yet commented on the coroner's ruling.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day is today.

What do you do to help the earth? Do you recycle? Do you use tote bags at the grocery store?

 

Tell us what you do. Send an email to mgouger@tnonline.com.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

National 4-H Council will launch the spring 2014 4-H Paper Clover Campaign in partnership with Tractor Supply Company.

This event marks the fourth year of collaboration between the organizations on the national in-store fundraiser, benefiting state and local 4-H programming in each of the communities with a TSC or Del's Farm and Feed Supply store. Locally, Tractor Supply has stores in Lehighton and Brodheadsville.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
TIMES NEWS/File photo Matthew Schutter speaking at a recent Penn Forest Township meeting.

Does a locked door at a public meeting violate the Open Meetings law?

Only if the public is precluded from attendance, District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe ruled in court Monday.

Matthew Schutter, chairman of the Penn Forest Township board of auditors, filed a complaint with Lewis against the township alleging the Sunshine Law was violated because the door was locked for the auditors' meeting.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Sophia Butz thinks her Easter eggs make fine playthings. She was egg hunting at the Walnutport VFW.

The Ladies Auxiliary to R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215, Walnutport sponsored an egg hunt Saturday.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

You have the right to remain silent as long as the Pennsylvania Game Commission isn't questioning you about possible poaching.

It seemingly runs counter to Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination, but the state's Game Code makes it illegal for someone to "refuse to answer, without evasion, upon request of any representative of the commission, any pertinent question pertaining to the killing or wounding of any game or wildlife."