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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) recently met with PennDOT officials, members of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, staff from Sen. John Yudichak's (D-Luzerne-Carbon) office and business owners in an effort to address traffic concerns regarding repairs to the McCall Bridge in Lehighton.

Saturday, June 21, 2014
jordan reabold/times news Michael Yoo, a river guide from Pocono Whitewater, gives rafters safety instructions before heading into the water.

Last month, a woman required attention from water rescue units after she fell out of her raft and was caught in the current of the Lehigh River. Thankfully, she received help in time.

Despite the recent incident, outfitters in the area reassure the public that circumstances like this are rare, and they can be easily avoided if people follow directions.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

An Ohio man was killed when his motorcycle ran into the rear of a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 near Hazleton on Friday.

Kyle Ripperger, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene by Luzerne County Deputy Coroner Jeff Stock.

The accident happened at about 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Route 93 and Interstate 81.

State Police at Hazleton said Ripperger failed to negotiate a curve on the entrance ramp to I-81. This caused his motorcycle to impact the right rear of the tractor-trailer.

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Jacob Taylor, Palmerton High School, sophomore "I'll be going to the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey, and also going to Virginia to visit historic battlefields and spend time in Jamestown."

What are your plans for summer vacation?

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Corey Schaffer stands proudly as the 15-year owner of Schaffer's Funeral Home, Lehighton.

Schaffer's Funeral Home in Lehighton celebrates 70 years of business, all of which were spent transitioning to the home that stands today.

In 1944, the property, which was originally a Victorian mansion, was bought by Wendell Schwartz and converted into a funeral home.

Preceding Schwartz was William Garrett, who operated the home from 1947 to 1988, and Kenneth Phifer, who claimed ownership from 1988 to 1998.

Phifer then sold the home to Corey Schaffer, who celebrates 15 years as current owner.

Saturday, June 21, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS A 1936 Hahn fire engine of the Mahoning Valley Fire Company is being restored at the Carbon County Career and Technical Institute. Student Zack Barron of Lehighton works on the wiring of the truck.

For 21 years, from 1951 to 1972, it faithfully served the Mahoning Valley Fire Company.

In that span, it hardly missed a call. It battled all types of fires, from brush to barns.

Then it was put into retirement, placed in a bay of the Mahoning Valley fire station, and has been sitting here for 42 years.

It seemed its days of usage had permanently ended.

Until now.

The 1936 Hahn fire engine, rusting and with few working parts, has been transported to the Carbon County Career and Technical Institute, where it is getting a complete makeover.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Firefighters from Summit Hill and Lansford responded to a pickup truck fire at about 4 p.m. Friday on East White Bear Drive, near the intersection of Route 902. The truck is owned by Todd Konstas of Summit Hill, and had construction equipment including ladders. The driver said he saw smoke coming from the engine compartment, pulled off the road, and then the front of the vehicle became engulfed in flames. There were no injuries. Fire police, Summit Hill borough police, and Lehighton Ambulance also responded.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A Tamaqua couple has been cited for an altercation at their home on June 15.

Tamaqua police were dispatched to 35 W. Union St. at 2:30 p.m. that day for a reported domestic incident in progress. Once on the scene, the officer discovered both parties had left. A witness told the officer that Terry R. Boyer, 57, and Cathy Ann Balliet, had been arguing loudly and produced video evidence of the altercation.

When Boyer left the scene in his vehicle, a cooler fell the back of the truck, spilling beer cans all over the street.

Friday, June 20, 2014

A woman has been struck by a vehicle in Summit Hill.
According to scanner reports, a 41-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle along East Hazard Street at approximately 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Emergency crews are on scene.
It is unknown at this time about the extent of the pedestrian's injuries.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Flames erupted from burning pickup truck on East White Bear Drive near the Route 902 intersection in Summit Hil Friday.

The truck is owned by Todd Konstas of Summit Hill. Firefighters contained the flames to the cab and engine compartment of the truck.

Most of his ladders and other equipment were salvaged.

The fire started in the engine compartment. Firefighters from Summit Hill and Lansford responded.