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Thursday, August 1, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Another 1,000 bridges in Pennsylvania will be slapped with additional weight restrictions as a consequence of declining funding for repairs and the Legislature's failure to approve higher gas taxes and motorist fees since the 1990s, the state's top transportation official warned senators Wednesday.

The move being considered by Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch could increase the number of weight-restricted bridges about 50 percent in the coming months, with the first new restrictions appearing as early as August.

Thursday, August 1, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Ed Kashmer of Tamaqua recently donated his hair to Wigs For Kids. He said it takes him just over a year to grow 12 inches of hair.

Thursday, August 1, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/times news

An arch formed by the boom of an 80-foot Genie High Reach creates a temporary entrance to Broadway in Jim Thorpe, as Laurie Holland watches Mike McGinley work from its basket to paint fourth-floor dormers on a building being restored by Tom and Betty Lou McBride.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

St. Mary's Ukrainian Church, 210 Blaine St. McAdoo, will hold its sixth annual Homecoming Picnic Aug. 16-18.

There will be specialty food items, baked items, refreshments and daily entertainment.

Hours are Friday from 6-10 p.m., Saturday from 1-10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Thursday, August 1, 2013
bob ford/times news

Gilberton Chief of Police Mark Kessler was suspended last night for 30 days without pay as a result of videos he filmed and posted on YouTube of him firing automatic weapons and spewing profanities. More than 100 people showed up at the Gilberton Borough Hall (Schuylkill County) for the meeting of the council, including news media from as far away as Philadelphia. The suspension was by a 5-1 vote of the borough council.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Concourse Club of Palmerton invites artists and photographers to enter their work in its annual art show for adults and students in all media. It will be held Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 8, 1-4 p.m. at St. John Neumann School, 3rd and Lafayette Avenue, Palmerton.

There are divisions for watercolor, oils and acrylics as well as photography in black and white and color.

For those wishing to submit their work, registration forms can be obtained at the Palmerton Library or by contacting www.concourseclub.org or by calling (610) 377-0530.

Thursday, August 1, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Rainy weather halts the construction of Palmerton's brand new, $1.2 million fire station early this morning. The three-bay station will be built in the borough lot at Fifth Street and Lehigh Avenue. Originally expected to be completed by Sept. 30, the fire station is now slated to be finished by the first week of November, due to delays in the process of steel design and manufacturing, borough manager Rodger Danielson said.

Thursday, August 1, 2013
Bob Ford/Times News A two-vehicle crash in Franklin Township has left four people injured, including one minor.

A two-car crash in Franklin Township on Wednesday afternoon has left four people injured.

The accident happened on Interchange Road (SR209), just east of Hemlock Street.

Township police said Robert Neff of Palmerton was driving a 2005 Chevrolet pickup southbound on SR209 when he drove off the right side of the road and lost control. His vehicle re-entered the road, started to spin, and crossed into the opposing lane of traffic.

Neff's vehicle struck a 2003 Ford Thunderbird traveling north on SR209, operated by Vicki Sestok of Palmerton, according to police.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Lansford council on Wednesday designated Lehighton Ambulance Association to answer medical calls until the borough's ambulance resumes service.

Council members Mary Soberick, Samantha Yasson and President Rosemary Cannon voted in favor of the Lehighton corps. Councilman Tommy Vadyak opposed, and Councilwoman Danielle Smith abstained from voting. Councilmen Lenny Kovach and Andrew Snyder were absent.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that two companies are issuing recalls on children's products.

Be Amazing! Toys is recalling its Monster Science and Super Star Science Colossal Water-absorbing Polymer Balls due to a serious ingestion hazard. Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed.

Monster Science (model 7255) packages contain eight balls and "Growth Powder." Super Star Science! (model 7704) packages contain five balls.