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Friday, August 26, 2011

Palmerton has agreed to take possession of eight properties in the borough.

After a near hourlong executive session, borough council, on a 6-0 vote, agreed to the measure. Council President Terry Costenbader was absent.

As part of its decision, council made three motions: to ratify to have the borough manager and borough solicitor file the deeds to HH Liquidated; to exonerate all taxes based on the eight properties; and to ask Carbon County and Palmerton Area School District for the exoneration of those properties.

Friday, August 26, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown held its annual church picnic. Each year they hold a Best Pie contest with three categories of Best Apple Pie, Best Other Fruit and Best Other Pie. This year's winners are left to right: Riston Barr (1st in Other Pie category), Mae Borger (2nd in Other Fruit), Ryker Barr (3rd in Other Pie), Kacie Sheridan (1st in Other Fruit, 2nd in Apple, 3rd in Other Fruit), Harry Brown (2nd in Apple Pie) and Connie Moretz (1st in Apple Pie, 2nd in Other Pie). A new feature this year was the added prize for the Best Pie Crust. Connie Moretz won that distinction.

Friday, August 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS This was one of five white batteries that were lying on and off SR-309. Officials believe this was the possible cause of the accident. West Penn Police are still investigating who they belong to.

Officials have released the name of the man who died in a head-on collision Wednesday night on SR309 in West Penn Township. See Thursday's TIMES NEWS story.

Donald Leiby, 45, of 8515 Rextown Road, Slatington, was driving his Chevrolet Silverado northbound when a tractor trailer lost control, crossed the median and impacted Leiby's vehicle head-on. A few minutes afterwards a Chevrolet sedan heading northbound struck the trailer of the truck as it jack-knifed across the road just near Overlook Drive, which is just north of SR895, Snyders.

Friday, August 26, 2011

A Lansford man was sentenced to a prison term on Thursday in Carbon County court for threatening and assaulting a woman in his home.

George Heffelfinger, 36, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve six to one day less 24 months in prison on one count each of terroristic threats and simple assault.

Friday, August 26, 2011

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced it has awarded $516,637 in clean diesel grants to four organizations, inclduing one Carbon County business.

Kuhn Transportation LLC, of Jim Thorpe, will use a grant to implement clean diesel technology. It joins Bucks County Transport, of Holicong; Jennings Transportation Corp., of Nazareth, Northampton County; and Berks County Intermediate Unit, of Reading.

Friday, August 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS/FILE PHOTO

The annual Chris and Kevin Truskey Memorial Run and Walk will be held tomorrow, rain or shine, starting at 10 a.m. at the Tuscarora State Park in Barnesville.

The event consists of a 5K run and walk and a 10K run. Proceeds go towards scholarships for high school runners.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Is the intersection at the Seventh Street ball field in Palmerton a danger to pedestrians who cross it?

One borough councilman believes so, and expressed his concerns with the matter before Borough Council on Thursday.

Councilman Jeremy Barbosa said the intersection by the ball field gets congested on Sundays when the Palmerton Booster Club holds football practices.

"It's not the parking, just the crossing," Barbosa said. "I think it's an incident waiting to happen."

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said "it's a constant crossing all day long."

Friday, August 26, 2011

Carbon County officials plan to hold the man who damaged the covered bridge in Lower Towamensing Township financially responsible.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board awarded the contract for repairs to the bridge to lowest bidder Home Solutions Partners of Palmerton, who bid $33,089 for structural repairs, as well as replacing the roof of the bridge.

Friday, August 26, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This massive ditch has developed and caused three recent mud slides in the backyard of a home at 7226 Whispering Lane in Washington Township. The home is owned by Jack and Marcia Richards.

A Washington Township couple hopes the third mudslide to have occurred in their back yard will be the last.

Marcia Richards said she and her husband, Jack, returned home from vacation July 22. Since then, they have experienced a trio of mudslides.

The couple, who has resided at their home at 7226 Whispering Lane for over 20 years, said they believe work the township performed is at the root of the problem.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The fears of the past year were finally ended for a Lansford family when word came that their son, Bernard P. Pavlik, 21-year-old Navy hospital corpsman, has been repatriated. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pavlik have been watching their television screeen nightly for names of released prisoners of war. Mrs. Pavlik was retiring early and had just begun to say her rosary - a nightly ritual since her son went overseas - when a reporter telephoned the good news.