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Friday, May 16, 2014

Nesquehoning officials are waiting for the state police to release their findings from a study of a fatal crash involving a borough patrolman before deciding what, if any, steps will be taken.

"We're anxious to get the reports and move on from this," council President David Hawk said.

The next council meeting is May 28.

"I don't know if they will have anything by then. Everything has been turned over to our insurance carrier," Hawk said. "We're just waiting at this point."

Friday, May 16, 2014
MICHAEL A. heery/special to the times news

Brian Biechy, second from left, who was named Lehighton chief of police in December, Brian Biechy, was guest speaker at a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club. A longtime police officer in the borough, he discussed his new role with police department. With Biechy is, from left, Lehighton Rotary Club treasurer Renee Biechy, secretary Becky Wanamaker and Leon Morgan, sergeant-at-arms.

Friday, May 16, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO The 19th annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration will take place this weekend. Festivities will kick off with a Native American Indian tribute featuring Don Wild Eagle at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Each year, this event celebrates the life and legacy of the town's namesake.

The town of Jim Thorpe will celebrate the life and legacy of its Native American namesake this weekend. The 19th annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration will take place from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday.

Festivities will kick off with a Native American tribute featuring Don Wild Eagle at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum at 10:30 Saturday.

Friday, May 16, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Piano students of Michelle Pyrdsa of Hometown participated in their annual recital on May 10 at St. Richard's Church in Barnesville. Bottom row, front from left: Avery Deitrich, Emma Morgans, Jack Tharp, Trinity Werley, Eli Maynard, Olivia Kupinsky and Pyrdsa. Second row: Carly Minchhoff, Declan Coleman, Olivia Sebastian, Amanda Wunderlich, Ahn Thomas Griffin and Brandon Long. Top row: Jennifer Frederickson, Olivia Lattanzi, Emily Ostergaard, Patrick McMullen, Kelsey Hurst, Bryan Ramirez and Nicole Ramirez.

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Carbon County retirement board discussed a bill weaving its way through the state that would change the cost of living increase requirements on counties.

Robert Crampsie, county controller and secretary to the board said currently the cost of living increase requirements are retroactive.

That means if the county misses a year or two in cost of living increases to retirees, and then decides to give a cost of living increase the third year, the county is required to also give cost of living increases the two missed years as well.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Schuylkill County's retirement fund is the most robust it's been in years.

The account is now a tad more than 90 percent funded, meaning that "if we had to pay everybody out, we'd be able to pay out 90 percent of everybody's retirement, then we'd have to come up with the rest," said Deputy Controller Ron Zimmerman.

The remainder would have to come out of the general fund, said Controller Christy Joy.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Mahoning Township and Weatherly Police Departments recently announced enforcement activities as part of a Special Aggressive Driving Funding Project.

Police will be targeting motorists exhibiting aggressive-driving behaviors such as running red lights, speeding and tailgating.

Those roadways involved include routes 443 and 902 in Mahoning Township, and Route 4010 or State Street in Weatherly.

A significant number of these crashes are the result of distracted driving, following too closely, passing in no passing zones and driving at unsafe speeds.

Friday, May 16, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Victor Pituch, center, the director of the Carbon County Senior Games, presents representatives from the Northern Carbon County team with the Commissioners Cup trophy on Thursday. From left are: Carbon County Commissioners Thomas J. Gerhard and Wayne Nothstein, chairman; Reiko Summers of the Jim Thorpe team; Pituch; Norman Summers of the Jim Thorpe team; Susan Dopira of the Panther Valley team; and Carbon County Commissioner William O'Gurek.

Thursday was the perfect end to the 2014 Carbon County Senior Games.

Friday, May 16, 2014

A Tamaqua teen is shaken and badly bruised following an unusual accident in Tamaqua on Thursday afternoon.

Nick Zehner, son of Shawn and Amy Zehner of Tamaqua, was walking home from school at 2:45 p.m. with a friend. The teens were at the intersection of Lehigh and Lafayette Street when they saw a blue Chevy Cobalt approaching, headed west on Lafayette Street. When Nick saw the car go through the stop sign at the intersection, he tried to get out of the way, running to shelter behind a parked car.

Friday, May 16, 2014

A Schuylkill County driver died on Thursday morning after his vehicle crossed Route 209 and crashed into a tractor trailer rig just outside Port Carbon.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the deceased as Scott B. Bedford, 31, of Pottsville, Branch Township.