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Friday, March 23, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Police from numerous communities responded to a call just after 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon of a man with a gun at the 443 Auto Sales along SR443 in Mahoning Township. Reports were the man was angered over a recent purchase of an auto and was confronting the management. He soon left traveling west on SR443 where police pulled his car over just west of Seneca Road. The man was questioned before being handcuffed and transported to the Mahoning Township police station.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Palmerton has given its consent to allow a segment of Lower Towamensing Township to hook up to the borough's brand new wastewater treatment plant.

On a 6-0 vote, Borough Council on Thursday approved a sewage agreement with the township to accept sewage from the Weiner Trailer Court, as well as five homes along State Road, and possibly more units. Councilman Randolph Gursky was absent.

Friday, March 23, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda L. Kelly reads the morning announcements at Franklin Elementary School on Wednesday.

Franklin Elementary was abuzz Wednesday when a special guest speaker visited the school and took time from her very busy schedule to participate in the yearlong "Can You Guess Who I Am?" program.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda L. Kelly, who has served the commonwealth in this post since last May, visited the school as a special morning announcement reader.

She was the 132nd reader to take part in this initiative, created by Nan Cressley, computer power professional at the school.

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Allegheny Wesleyan College choir will be at Lehighton God's Missionary Church, 135 North 6th Street, at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 25.

Director is Donald Quales and pianist is Valerie Quales.

Friday, March 23, 2012

After a lengthy and often ugly argument, Lansford borough council on Wednesday agreed to take $154,000 from a certificate of deposit to pay bills.

"There's not enough money to pay the bills and still be able to meet payroll without borrowing from another account," said Council president Rose Mary Cannon.

"We have money sitting in CDs, and people are waiting for their bills to be paid," she said.

Council spent a significant amount of time casting blame and arguing loudly about money matters.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, is sponsoring an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 31, in Luther Hall. Ages 1-6: 2-3 p.m.; Ages 7-12: 3-4 p.m. The event is free. Please register your child's name and age by either calling the church office at (610) 377-4303 or by email at telc1872@ptd.net by Monday, March 26. Remember to bring your own basket (BYOB).

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania upheld the Carbon County court's ruling in a Right To Know case against board of commissioners.

On Tuesday, a memorandum opinion and order was filed by the Commonwealth Court in the case against Carbon County, filed by Robert Dages of Jim Thorpe.

The memorandum said that "The order of the Court of Common Pleas of Carbon County in the above-captioned matters is affirmed."

Dages, who appeared before the commissioners during their weekly meeting on Thursday, said he was "very disappointed" by the ruling.

Friday, March 23, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Diann Bittenbender of Kunkletown attended the Child Care Information Services fundraiser, "A Night at the Races" at the Coca Cola Park Stadium Club with her husband, Gene, and several friends. All the guests were invited to wear a hat for the Kentucky Derby Hat Contest. Diann went online and viewed several Kentucky Derby hats and then made her own. It won Best of Show. She won several gift certificates for her elegant design. She could certainly win Best of Show at an Easter Parade with this charming chapeau.

Friday, March 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The closure of ramps at exits 131 and 138 to and from I-81 have resulted in an increase in non-local traffic in Hometown and McAdoo. This has also resulted in more incidents, such as is seen here. Rush Township Police Sgt. Duane Frederick cites Alex Cortez of Illinois for driving on a prohibited roadway and leaving the scene of property damage after the driver destroyed multiple signs on SR309 after turning onto Wyoming Street. Police reported that the driver was following directions on his GPS.