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Monday, May 20, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEW Among the members of the board of the Jim Thorpe Tourist Promotion Agency attending last night's mixer were, from left, front row, Michael Guy, treasurer; Bob Gaudreau, fall foliage commissioner; Pat Handwerk, Mari Gruber and Jake Arner; and back row, Randall Sellers, recording secretary; Dan Hugos, president; Bart Springer, immediate past president; and Tom Laughery, corresponding secretary.

Amazing Jim Thorpe is the brand people will hear when they call for information about all that Jim Thorpe offers as a tourism mecca.

Members of the newly formed Jim Thorpe Tourist Promotion Agency celebrated the name change last week night with a high energy launch at a mixer held at the Broadway Grill, downtown Jim Thorpe.

While the people are the same as Marge Mulligan pointed out, it's a whole new energy that it being tapped to bring even more benefits to the members.

Monday, May 20, 2013

An inmate in the Carbon County Correctional Facility died Sunday morning in his cell.

The name of the 26-year-old man wasn't released this morning, but Sheriff Dwight Nothstein said he was a "drifter" and not a local resident.

He was admitted to the prison on May 15. Nothstein admitted the individual had a drug problem.

The inmate was pronounced dead at 5:41 a.m. by a member of the Carbon County Coroner's office.

Monday, May 20, 2013

State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) today announced upcoming outreach events slated for veterans and residents of the 122nd Legislative District over the next couple of weeks.

Heffley will host the Department of Veterans Affairs' Mobile Veterans Center on Tuesday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Lehighton American Legion, located at 381 Bridge St.

Monday, May 20, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS South Vo-Tech Collision Repair and Custom Refinishing instructor Pete Pollack, MaryD, looks at the truck's in-line 6 engine.

Local students and firefighters are taking an active role in the mechanical restoration of Tamaqua's oldest surviving motorized fire apparatus.

Monday, May 20, 2013

A Monroe County man died when the taxi cab he was driving collided with a fire company emergency vehicle. The fatal crash occurred about 11:17 a.m. on Sunday along SR196 in Coolbaugh Township.

Killed was Michael West, 55, of Stroudsburg. He was operating a minivan taxi owned by the Pocono Cab Company.

According to reports West was northbound when his vehicle crossed into the southbound lane and collided into a Coolbaugh Township Fire Company fire police van, which was occupied by four firefighters.

Monday, May 20, 2013

United Veterans Organization of Lehighton invites the community to attend Memorial Day services in Lehighton and Weissport on the morning of Memorial Day, May 27.

Veterans groups will be divided into two sections with services held in the Catholic Cemetery, Lehighton, and at Union Hill, Weissport, simultaneously at 9:45 a.m. and will also be conducted at the Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard Monument at 8:45 a.m. with a rifle salute at the Col. Weiss Monument at 8:55 a.m.

Monday, May 20, 2013

The more it prospers, it appears the more magnified the parking shortage that exists in Downtown Palmerton has become.

Exactly how to sustain that growth, yet provide enough parking to accommodate it, was of chief concern to members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Peter Kern, chamber president, noted that the matter, discussed at a recent chamber luncheon, has been a hot topic of debate at borough council meetings in recent months.

Monday, May 20, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

State police at Frackville investigated a one-vehicle crash in which a vehicle left the road and crashed into a tree. Troopers said Michelle A. Heisler, 56, of Tamaqua, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox westbound on Valley Road, in Walker Township, about 9:37 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, when her vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree along the north berm. Heisler was not injured and denied treatment. Troopers were assisted at the scene by New England Fire Company volunteers, as well as members of the Tamaqua Rescue Squad.

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Nesquehoning UVO, which consists of Nesquehoning VFW Post 8008, American Legion Post 172, and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, will conduct services at all the cemeteries and Memorials this weekend.

On Sunday, May 26 members will depart the VFW at noon. Services will be held at the following locations: Knauf Memorial on the Broad Mountain; St. John the Baptist Orthodox cemetery; St. Cyril and Methodius cemetery; St. John's Lutheran Cemetery and St. Mary's Cemetery, all at the east end of the borough.

Monday, May 20, 2013

A 92-year-old Lehighton woman was nearly the victim of a scam that originated in Jamaica.

Audie Mertz, officer in charge of the Mahoning Township Police Department, said Wal-Mart employees interfered and stopped the scamming attempt.

The incident happened on May 17, Mertz said. He reported that township police were dispatched to the Wal-Mart store along Route 443 for a reported fraud.

Wal-Mart employees advised police that the elderly female had come into the store requesting a "money pac card" for $100.