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Monday, April 16, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton police are investigating a stabbing which occurred early this morning. Police were first dispatched to a report of a domestic dispute at 626 Coal St. just before 4 a.m. But soon after a family on Seventh Street reported a woman screaming for help that she had been stabbed. Police found the woman wandering near the scene. The victim was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and immediately transported to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. Due to the heavy fog conditions no medical transport helicopters were available.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Renovations to its high school auditorium could cost Palmerton Area School District nearly $930,000.

Five companies submitted bids to the district on Friday, with CC Inc., of Bethlehem, turning in the apparent low bid of $928,700.

That proposal was $34,800 less than the next lowest bid of $963,500 by CMG, of Easton.

Other companies that bid on the project were Lobar Inc., of Brodheadsville ($967,900); L.R. Costanzo, of Allentown ($978,000); and Uhrig Construction, of Reading, Berks County ($1,093,000).

Monday, April 16, 2012

Many area residents were among 82 who were arraigned Monday before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon in Schuylkil County court on criminal charges and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested jury trials. They were:

Monday, April 16, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from at least four counties battled a stubborn forest fire Saturday in Polk Township. The fire started just northeast of the sprawling Wild Creek Reservoir of the Bethlehem Water Authority. Two airplanes and a helicopter made an untold number of drops on the flames as they quickly spread due to high winds. Firemen used four wheel drive trucks, all terrain vehicles and whatever was at their disposal to reach the remote area of the fire. The fire was situated between the Wild Creek Reservoir and Smith road.

Monday, April 16, 2012

The National Federation of Independent Business today announced their endorsement of Dave Argall over his opponent in the upcoming Primary Election.

Kevin Shivers, NFIB's State Director, said that Argall's re-election is extremely important to small business owners across Pennsylvania.

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Jim Thorpe Area School Board appointed Robert Schaninger to fill the opening on the school board at a special board meeting. Schaninger will be replacing Jeremy Melber, who recently resigned from the school board.

Schaninger was voted in by a vote of 5-2, with one absent.

Schaninger accepted the position and was sworn in.

The board had requested and received letters of intent to fill the board vacancy. After receiving the letters the board reviewed the candidates.

In other news,

Monday, April 16, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

An amphibious vehicle of the U.S. Army from the Tobyhanna Army Depot was utilized to get food and refreshments to the firefighters battling the huge forest fire Saturday in Polk Township.

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Carbon County Commissioners meeting this morning, received a communication from the state Department of Justice, Bureau of Correction, in which they were advised that the Carbon County Jail was inspected March 23 and 26 and was given an overall rating of "good."

The report stated that the administration and management of the jail was "excellent." The letter was referred to Sheriff Charles D. Neast.

Monday, April 16, 2012

When H.B. 934 passed through the Pennsylvania General Assembly (House and Senate) earlier this year and was subsequently signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett, voting in the commonwealth changed.

The new law requires that for all elections held after Jan. 1 of this year and prior to Sept. 17, local election officials (poll workers) are responsible for carrying out the following two duties:

Ÿ Election officials MUST request every elector show proof of identification; and

Monday, April 16, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS For the past five years a soccer tournament in memory of Hunter Meckes has been held in Lehighton to memorialize a young boy who passed away when he was 5 years old. From left are, J.D. Light, president of the Lehighton Area Soccer Club; holding Dawson, 6; Shane Meckes, 12, Christine Bauer, and Angela Peterman; and back row, Sherry Meckes, Hayden Meckes, 5; David Meckes, Leslie Meckes, Trisha Higgins, Dawn Lawler and Todd Smith.

For the past five years, a grieving mom has worked hard to memorize the life of her young son who was lost his life in a car accident on Jan. 27, 2003.

Sherry Meckes of Penn Forest knew her much her son loved to play soccer, so she initiated the Hunter Meckes Memorial Soccer Tournament in his name to establish a scholarship that would be presented to deserving seniors at Jim Thorpe High School and Lehighton Area High School at their awards assembly.