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Friday, July 26, 2013

A Lower Towamensing Township couple may subdivide a five-acre lot.

The decision was rendered by the township's Zoning Hearing Board, which on Thursday unanimously granted Harry and Elaine Eckhart's request for a variance.

The couple sought a variance from Section 500.1 of the township's zoning ordinance to subdivide a five-acre lot located in a rural-conservation district, at 5260 Little Gap Road, Kunkletown.

No public opposition was voiced against the plan, according to zoning board solicitor Holly Heintzelman.

Friday, July 26, 2013

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission reports that motorists traveling on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) north from Mahoning Valley (Exit #74) and south from Pocono (Exit #95) will experience slow-moving traffic paces and stoppages July 29 through August 1 for controlled blasting operations on the southbound side of I-476.

The daytime blasts next week are scheduled to occur at 1:00 p.m., conditions permitting.

For the 1 p.m. blasts, the traffic restrictions will begin at approximately 12:45 p.m.

Friday, July 26, 2013

The chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and several candidates for Pennsylvania governor in 2014 will be in Carbon County on Thursday, Aug. 1.

Billy O'Gurek of Summit Hill, chairman of the Democratic Party of Carbon County, said party members will have the opportunity to meet Jim Burn of Allegheny County when the statewide party leader attends the annual picnic the county's executive committee holds on the first Thursday in August each year.

That event is scheduled from 5-9 p.m. next Thursday at Jim Thorpe's Memorial Park.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Palmerton continues to debate whether it should allow 24-hour parking around the perimeter of its park.

Mayor Chris Olivia asked borough council on Thursday if the borough's public safety committee had an update on the situation.

Borough manager Rodger Danielson told Olivia "the committee has been working on it and monitoring it."

Council President Terry Costenbader said he doesn't believe the matter should be an issue any more.

"What I can't understand is there's still a problem," Costenbader said. "I'm not seeing a problem."

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Several board members and staff of the Pleasant Valley School District congratulated Dr. Douglas Arnold, PVSD's superintendent, on his forthcoming retirement, to begin July 31.

Dr. Arnold thanked the board for allowing him to come to PV, saying he hoped he stood up to some of the district's standards and expressed his appreciation of the school board

"The school board puts in countless hours at no pay. They listen to their hearts and minds. What five people say, that's what we do. It's Democracy at its finest," he said.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today joined a bipartisan national coalition of 49 Attorneys General calling on Congress to amend the law to help fight prostitution and child sex trafficking.

In a letter to key members of Congress, the Attorneys General recommended that Congress amend the Communications Decency Act to provide criminal jurisdiction to state and local prosecutors.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Two person involved in drug offenses entered guilty pleas Tuesday in Carbon County court and were sentenced to prison terms. They among a total of 12 defendants in pending criminal cases to enter guilty pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Heroin sale

Brian Scott McGee, 31, of Lehighton, was sentenced to serve nine to one day less 24 months in the county prison followed by two years of probation after pleading to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin.

Thursday, July 25, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS District Gov. Irene Carey, left, and Past District Gov. Bob Wehe, right, congratulate Debbie Borger, new president of the West End Rotary Club.

The West End Rotary celebrated its 25th anniversary with the installation of a new slate of officers for the 2013-2014 Rotary year.

Officers include Debbie Borger, president; Kevin Noll, president-elect; Jim Mannello, vice president; Diana Cardwell, secretary; Frank Mullane, treasurer; and Dave Pierce, sergeant-at-arms. Also serving on the board as immediate past president is Jill Rehrig.

Thursday, July 25, 2013
DANIELLE FOX/TIMES NEWS Dean Deppe of Becky's Drive-in theater in Walnutport explains the technology involved with the server of a digital projection unit. Film distributors have announced they will no longer make 35 mm print film, forcing movie exhibitors to go digital.

A painted mural of 35 mm filmstrips adorns the outside walls of projection room number one at Becky's Drive-in theater in Walnutport, yet you won't find any 35 mm film inside.

The drive-in went digital in March was forced to go digital, actually. Film distributors have announced they are ceasing production of 35 mm film prints and theaters are being told to convert or close.

"Everybody kept believing that it wouldn't be this soon," said Darrel Beck, son of the drive-in creator's, William Beck.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Enjoying a cold treat a few days ago, MacKenna Jacobs, 6, enjoys bubble gum ice cream with friends at Heisler's Dairy Bar in Lewistown Valley. Temperatures yesterday and today discouraged the pleasures of a cold treat.