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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Flames damage vacant house in Lansford

Firefighters from five communities battled a fire that heavily damaged a vacant house early this morning in Lansford.

The fire happened shortly before 2 a.m. at 22 E. Kline Alley. Flames caused heavy damage on the first floor and front porch of the structure.

A state police fire marshal has been summoned to help determine the cause.

There were no reported injuries.

Although firefighters had a quick knock-down of the fire, they remained at the scene for about two hours.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Carbon County officials are eager to work with groups involved in the Route 903 bridge replacement project in Jim Thorpe.

During the county railroad commission meeting Wednesday, the board voiced its approval for the $28.1 million project.

"All three of the commissioners are happy with the situation," Commissioner William O'Gurek reported. "Everyone is willing to work together.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Five defendants who previously entered guilty pleas to driving under the influence were sentenced on Tuesday afternoon in Carbon County court by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II, including a Northampton County man who was given a minimum of one year in jail for his fourth conviction.

Palmerton incident

John Albert David Jr., 42, of Wind Gap, was sentenced to serve one to five years in prison for his fourth conviction.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The continuing cold weather, and a continuing lack of meeting minutes posted online, were main topics of discussion at this week's Slatington Borough Authority meeting.

Visitor Kris Burek, a former borough councilwoman, asked authority members why their meetings' minutes were not yet being placed on the borough's website. She said she had asked borough council "some time ago" why it was not putting the authority's meeting minutes on its website.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Webelos II Scout William Drake IV reads a speech about how much he gained from scouting.

A time machine stood at the door of the banquet hall at Palmerton Rod and Gun Club. It was there to move Towamensing Troop 209 Webelos II Cub Scouts to Boy Scouting. Table centerpieces had a small version of the time machine, clock faces hung from the ceiling and there were favors as the various dens were in charge of a different aspect of decorating.

The theme was chosen by the advancing Scouts for the Blue and Gold banquet Feb. 22.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Public Library in Lansford recently received a $500 donation from the Carbon County Bar Association. Standing in front of newly purchased shelving are from left, Pat Ladick, director of the library; Adam Weaver from the Carbon County Bar Association; and Dawn Neyer, secretary of the library board. Many improvements have been made to the library recently. In addition to the shelving, the library now has four additional computers for patrons to utilize, as well as a large screen TV to show movies to children and a large activity table donated by Barnes and Noble.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Lee Shafer, of Tamaqua Safety Initiative; Micah Gursky, Tamaqua Area Community Partnership; Leona Rega, director, Tamaqua Safety Initiative; and Linda Yulanavage, executive director, Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, stand in front of the former Tiki Bar in Tamaqua last October. The borough zoning hearing board voted Monday to allow the building to change from a bar to a residence.

Tamaqua's Zoning Hearing board helped fill a gap in the borough's Safety Corridor, as board members Monday voted to allow the use of an East Mauch Chunk Street building to change from bar to residence.

The Tamaqua Area Community Partnership purchased the Tiki Bar, located at 20 E. Mauch Chunk St., from Edward Kashmer for $23,000 in October 2013.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's attorney general is encouraging people to contact her office if they have complaints about unexpected and dramatic increases in electricity bills.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Wednesday her office has already been contacted by hundreds of consumers, and their complaints suggest the issue is variable-rate pricing deals.

She's telling those with complaints to provide documentation on contracts, billing, and marketing practices. Her Bureau of Consumer Protection is trying to figure out if anyone has been overcharged.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Carbon County man pleaded guilty to driving drunk with his two children in his car, while a woman admitted to causing a disturbance in the Lehighton police station.

The two were among eight to enter guilty pleas Monday before Carbon Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Children in car

William A. Kurtz, 38, of Lansford, pleaded to one count each of driving under the influence and endangering the welfare of a child.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Carbon County man was placed on probation after previously admitting stealing jewelry from his mother including her engagement ring; while another county resident was given a jail term for drunken driving.

Both appeared for sentencing Tuesday in the county court before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Weatherly incident

Robert G. Bell III, 26, of Weatherly, was placed on probation for 24 months on a charge of receiving stolen property. He previously pleaded guilty to the charge.