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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania will host a sign-up night at 6:30 Tuesday at Dimmick Library Friends house, 54 Broadway, Jim Thorpe.

Girls in grades K-5 are invited to join. Adults are also welcome. GSHPA is seeking role models to inspire Girl Scouts.

To find out more about Girl Scouts, or for a complete listing of all of the upcoming Girl Scouts sign-up nights in Carbon County and the surrounding areas, visit www.gshpa.org or call 800-692-7816.

Girls can also sign up at www.girlscouts.org/join.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Carbon County Planning Commission received correspondence from attorney Joseph Greco Jr. of Nesquehoning, calling attention to dangerous curves along Route 54, the site of the former PP&L Co. power plant, which is now being dismantled.

He recommended that the curves be eliminated by realignment of the highway and that this be included in the county highway's immediate improvement plans.

It was agreed to have PennDOT officials include the concept to the 12-year highway planning schedule.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Remember that rusty can of paint of the most hideous hue ever created? How about that 5-gallon bucket of goop from your last attempt at changing the oil in your car?

If you live in Schuylkill County, you can get rid of those and other hazardous household waste this fall.

The county will conduct its first household hazardous waste cleanup from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 15 in the parking lot of the Schuylkill Mall, Frackville.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Grace-St. Paul's United Methodist Church will host a free community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The meal will include baked meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy dinner.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information call the church at 570-325-9151.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
The Redball Military Transport Club's 2014 Rally and Swap Meet will be held Friday and Saturday at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert.

The Redball Military Transport Club's 2014 Rally and Swap Meet will be held Friday and Saturday at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert.

About 100 military vehicles will be on display. In addition to the vehicles, vendors will have a variety of everything military, including: helmets, uniforms, radios, vehicle parts, nuts, bolts, lights and manuals.

Members of Redball Military Transport collect, restore and show antique military vehicles both for the enjoyment of it and also to remember and honor the members of our Armed Forces, past and present.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File In this Sept. 9 file photo, the iPhone 6 Plus is displayed during an announcement of new products by Apple in Cupertino, California.

Pre-orders for Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus began late last week, but a lot of locals said they won't be standing in line when the newest technology hits retail stores on Friday.

Unveiled during a press event on Sept. 9, both phones come with larger screens and, according to Apple, better cameras, faster processors and longer battery life.

"I'd rather stay with my Galaxy," said Crystal Cisterna, responding to a post on the Times News Facebook page. "I never had any problems with it, unlike my iPhones."

Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Tamaqua police caught two men red handed in an empty home in the South Ward early Wednesday morning.

While the men were soaking wet, with water spurting out on the basement floor, and numerous copper pipes stacked on that floor, one of the suspects, Mark K. Scheitrum told police, "They were only looking around.

An alert resident of the neighborhood heard unexplained noises around 4:19 a.m. and called police to report a possible break-in.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Police in Philadelphia say a man used a banana he swiped from a convenience store counter to simulate a gun while he robbed the place.

Police on Wednesday posted surveillance video (http://bit.ly/1thASUL) of the holdup reported in the East Parkside neighborhood.

The footage shows a man entering the corner grocery store on Tuesday. He waits in line and then takes a banana from the counter by the cash register.

The suspect then sticks the banana in a front pocket of his sweatshirt and points it toward the cashier.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A bear in a tree caused a stir Wednesday afternoon in a residential Lehighton neighborhood.

Residents at ThIrd and Alum streets spotted the bear about 3:30 p.m. today.

Residents estimate the bear weighs 250 to 300 pounds.

At times during the evening, 40 to 50 people gathered to get a look.

The bear came down on its own, got scared by the fire police or a camera flash and scampered back up the tree. After about 30 minutes the bear came back down and lumbered off.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Monroe County man suspected of shooting two state troopers, killing one and injuring another Friday night, belonged to a military simulation unit based in eastern Pennsylvania, according to state police.

As part of the re-enactment group, Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, portrayed an Eastern European soldier during the Cold War.

“In his current frame of mind, it appears Frein has assumed that role in real life,” Lt. Col. George Bevins said during a news conference.