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Thursday, October 2, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Police are investigating a crash that took the life of a Hazle Township man Wednesday afternoon and injured two others. Andrew Woytko was driving the car at left and died from injuries.

A Hazleton-area man was killed and two others injured in a two-car collision Wednesday afternoon in Hometown.

According to Sgt. Duane Frederick, Rush Township police, Andrew W. Woytko, 83, of Hazle Township, was driving a 2003 Ford Taurus and pulling out from the parking lot at Basile's Italian Restaurant, Claremont Avenue, Route 309, shortly after 3 p.m. when his car was struck by a southbound 2014 Chevrolet Cruze driven by Rosanne Levitt, 29, of Lansford.

Woytko died at 3:19 p.m. due to injuries sustained in the collision, said police.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The history of the county-owned Packerton Yards is lengthy.

The county commissioners purchased the property from Joseph and Elizabeth Zaprazny on Feb. 25, 2005 for $352,576.25.

At that time, commissioners were William O'Gurek, Wayne Nothstein and then Commissioner Charles Getz.

Nothstein cast the sole "no" vote for the purchase.

Over the course of the next eight years, the county spent a total of $1,540,995.55 on the property.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Lehighton Area School District is in full compliance with a state law requiring districts to do certain reporting when teachers with certification are involved in suspected criminal activity, according to its solicitor.

William Schwab said the comment made at Monday night's Lehighton School Board meeting wasn't specific to any situation within the district.

Taxpayer David Bradley, however, didn't hesitate to get specific when he asked district officials about Matthew Fisher, 32, a former teacher and golf coach in the district.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

This past July TNT Studio of Dance performed on Royal Caribbean's "Rhapsody of the Seas," which cruised through Alaska's inside

passage. The TNT performers and their families visited Juneau and Skagway, Alaska, cruised through the icebergs to Tracy Arm Fjord, and spent a day in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Money for the trip was raised through fundraisers over the past two years.

Traveling to Alaska were Sabrina Strausberger, Chelsea German, Carly Smith, Baylee Strausberger, Deb Strausberger, Elizabeth

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 5-11. Here are some of the events happening around our region. To have your event listed, send us the details at tneditor@tnonline.com.

Kunkletown

The Kunkletown Volunteer Fire Company will hold an open house from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 at the firehouse, 597 Kunkletown Road, Kunkletown. Events include a display of fire apparatus, car rescue demonstration, safety smokehouse and rides on a firetruck. Free refreshments will be available.

Tamaqua

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Timothy Smith

A Carbon County man accused of unlawful contact with minors and corruption of minors has had his charges bound over to Carbon County Court.

Timothy Smith, 44, of Lehighton, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Instead, Smith chose to waive his right to the hearing, and will appear next month for a pretrial status conference in the district attorney's office at the Carbon County Courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) It was Seth Green's destiny to join the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" team.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania job-seekers now have slightly fewer options on a state employment website.

The state has pulled listings for bachelor party dancers, "car dates" and other jobs that might not be good resume material.

The site, jobgateway.pa.gov, was scrubbed of objectionable listings after they became fodder in a political skirmish Wednesday.

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett touted the value of the website during a debate with his Democratic challenger, Tom Wolf.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The co-owner of Bert's Steakhouse in Palmerton was killed in a motorcycle crash Tuesday in Moore Township.

According to the Express-Times, James Downing, 57, died after a crash with a pickup truck, according to the Northampton County coroner.

According to Northampton County coroner Zachary Lysek, the motorcycle was involved in a crash with a pickup truck on Route 946, also known as Community Drive, near English Road.

His full obituary appears on Page 4 of today's Times News.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Summit Hill Heritage Center Fall lecture series continues with a mystery lecture at 7 p.m. Friday at the center.

While the identity of the lecturer is a secret, several hints have been given about the topic of the lecture.

"The lecturer is a world traveler and has made several trips to Asia and Europe in his lifetime," said President Deb Ranck.

She said also that several artifacts will be displayed during the course of the lecture and hinted that if you like "Around the World in 80 Days" then the lecture will probably be of interest to you.