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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Though it was voted last month to tear down this old boathouse at "Beersie's Bridge" on the northern section of the Walnutport Canal, members said at last week's Walnutport Canal Association meeting that they may change their minds about that decision.

Whether or not to tear down an old building, and how to get a deep percussion noise fixed at a lock, were among topics discussed at Wednesday's Walnutport Canal Association meeting.

During the meeting, President Doug Boerher said that in addition to a leak at Lock 23, there is also a "thunderous noise" at the lock that "sounds like somebody has a subwoofer in their car parked in front of your house, 24/7."

He said it has been ongoing and that neighbors in the area of the lock are growing increasingly upset about it.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Taco Bell is looking at the possibility of replacing Long John Silver's on Route 443 in Mahoning Township.

All those who "quiero Taco Bell" will be muy feliz very happy to know the fast food restaurant just might be coming to Mahoning Township.

The Taco Bell corporation says plans are in place to open a new restaurant where a Long John Silver's stands now, at the Carbon Plaza along Blakeslee Boulevard Drive East in Mahoning Township.

Taco Bell spokeswoman Alexxis Cardenas said the restaurant is expected to replace the Long John Silver's by the end of the year.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Jennifer Evans of Berwick has been hired as the new assistant high school principal in the Lehighton Area School District.

A Berwick Area School District teacher has been tabbed as Lehighton Area School District's new assistant high school principal.

The school board voted 8-0 Monday, with Director Hal Resh absent, to hire Jennifer Evans as assistant high school principal at an annual salary of $70,000. The effective date will be determined, pending clearances.

Evans, who most recently worked as a high school mathematics instructor at Berwick Area High School, told the board she was thankful for its support.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Bill Walters, a resident of Eldred Township, voices concerns about the township purchasing Eldred Elementary School at a public meeting Monday night at the Kunkletown Vol. Fire Co.

Eldred Township supervisors held a public meeting Monday night at the Kunkletown Volunteer Fire Company to find out if residents wanted the township to buy the building and to explore possible uses.

Chairman Gretchen Gannon Pettit told an audience of about 50 residents that if Eldred Township does not accept the offer to buy the Eldred Elementary School for $1 from the Pleasant Valley School District, the building will be put up for auction.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Monroe County woman, one of six people injured in a head-on crash Friday evening, has died.

Katrina Strausser, 42, died Saturday from injuries sustained in the crash that occurred at 8:10 p.m. along Route 611 at the Mount Pocono sewage system in Mount Pocono.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Jim Thorpe Area School Board approved the contract for incoming Superintendent Brian Gasper on Monday night with a 6-1 vote.

Gasper will be employed under the contract for five years at an annual salary of $110,000.

He will begin as superintendent on July 1. Previously, he was principal at the Penn-Kidder Campus K-8.

Gasper will be replacing Barbara Conway, who held the position since 2007 and will retire on June 30.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Carbon County Career and Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe is bidding farewell to building and grounds supervisor Dave Kost. After 30 years on the job, Kost, at left with CCTIadministrative director David Reinbold, isretiring as of June 30. He said he's looking forward to spending time with his grandson, and eventually traveling with his wife. Kost on Thursday said the school's $20 million building project, completed in 2011, and its students, were the highlights of his career. Also retiring are cleaners Mildred Boyle and Karen Ruch, both of whom worked at CCTI for 20 years.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Lehighton could spend up to $387,562 for a custom pumper truck for its fire department.

On a 5-0 vote, borough council on Monday agreed to purchase the truck for the fire department from KME of Nesquehoning.

Borough Manager Nicole Beckett said council is awaiting the final proposal from KME.

Beckett said the pumper will be purchased from out of the borough's fire apparatus fund.

The borough had implemented a half-mill tax for fire apparatus purposes over a decade ago, she said.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

As Slatington, Walnutport and Washington Township worked toward the possibility of establishing a regional recreation organization, they delved into greater detail about what it would take to form such an alliance at a meeting Tuesday at Slatington's borough hall.

Representatives of the three municipalities have been meeting since last October and are now at a point where "project committee meetings" are taking place.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Carbon County Fair Board reminds young ladies that the deadline for this year's fair queen program is rapidly approaching. The fair will take place from Aug. 4 through Aug. 9 in Palmerton.

Applications can be obtained by accessing the fair's website at www.carboncountyfair.com or by calling 570-325-8685.

All applications must be postmarked by June 27. There is no application fee.