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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Two of the biggest developers are giving Mahoning Township Fire Chief Mark Ebbert the runaround, so he claims. He appeared before the Mahoning Township supervisors to request their assistance in getting the emergency vehicle pre-emption systems installed in both the traffic light at the new Wal-Mart and the existing light at Lowe's. As it turned out a representative from Lowe's was at the meeting on an unrelated manner and was able to discuss the older light, but Wal-Mart remained elusive.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A photograph of the newly renovated Northern Lehigh School District Administrative Office, a component of a $21.5 million renovation project at Slatington Elementary.

At long last, Northern Lehigh School District administrators have an impressive new facility to call home.

The school board met on Monday for the first time in its new two-story complex built at the front of the building that houses its district administration offices.

Board President Edward Hartman greeted the sparse crowd in attendance to the new facility.

"Welcome to our brand new meeting room," Hartman said. "All of you people are responsible for this."

Superintendent Michael Michaels said he couldn't be more pleased with the new setting.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

Douglas Endy and Rachelle and Brianna Kroboth are given a preview peek at the new flight pen at the Carbon County Environmental Educational Center. Franklin Klock, bird handler, tells them about it. The pen was built as an Eagle Scout project for Steven Hutta to benefit eagles who need the extra room to redevelop their flight muscles before release after there had been some type of injury that brought the bird to the center.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Two security personnel at the Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond, Monroe County, were stabbed during a confrontation at the track early on Sunday, Aug. 7, and a Montgomery County man has been jailed, charged with stabbing the two.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Carbon County jury found a Lehighton man guilty of two counts of arson on Monday.

Joe Lincen Mesa, 63, was charged with setting on fire his home and his car at 12 Cub Road in Penn Forest Township, on Feb. 27, 2009.

The panel deliberated for about two hours before finding him guilty. The verdict was reached following a trial that began Thursday morning.

Mesa did not testify at the trial.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Tamaqua Salvation Army Older & Bolder Group will meet next Wednesday at their building, 105 West Broad St . The group meets every other Wednesday to socialize and enjoy music, games, crafts, health & well being, guest speakers, movies, day trips, lunch, and more. The group is for seniors aged 55 and older. For more information, please contact Dina Depos or Mel Latham at (570) 668-0410. Call to confirm. Handicap accessible.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

John Shucavage, 11, walks down Mauch Chunk Street in Tamaqua as he plays war with a carboard gun and a cardboard flamethrower strapped on his back. Shucavage, who says he is an avid war and US history buff, said he made his creations to resemble a 1928 Thompson sub-machine gun and a 1941 German flame thrower.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

In preparation for the upcoming school year, the Jim Thorpe Area School District continues striving for stronger Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) test scores. The district has implemented the Continuous Improvement Program to analyze test data and rework curriculum to meet test standards.

During public comment, Bill Allison voiced his concern for the PSSA test scores in Jim Thorpe. Allison feels that the importance of these tests needs to be stressed.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Police examine a vehicle that was used in a high speed chase in Mahoning Township last night.

Mahoning Township police were called to the WalMart Supercenter on Route 443 at 8:53 p.m. Monday, where store security workers were chasing a man they believed shoplifted a laptop computer. The man, later identified as Robert E. Stalter, Jr., 38, of the 600 block of West Diamond Ave. Hazleton, fled in a maroon Nissan Pathfinder.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Business Enterprise Center(BEC) at the LCCC, Tamaqua campus, is holding a free open house chicken BBQ tomorrow August 10th from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.The purpose is to spread the word about the opening of the BEC. Students or interested entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend.