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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Monroe County drugstore was robbed early today.

State police at Fern Ridge said the robbery occurred at the Rite Aid pharmacy located at the intersection of state routes 115 and 209, in Chestnuthill Township, about 2:30 a.m.

A white male entered the store with a knife and demanded the cashier open the register. The cashier was unable to open the register and called for the manager.

The suspect then removed cartons of cigarettes and some individual packs of cigarettes. He then left the store about two minutes before the manager arrived.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Lehighton School Board voted 5-4 tonight to move ahead to seek state funding for a new elementary center.

The project is expected to cost $31.5 million.

Previously the district submitted paperwork for funding to renovate four elementary centers. The board voted tonight to switch the paperwork for a new elementary center.

Voting against the project were Rocky Ahner, Bill Hill, Hal Resh and Lori Nothstein.

Check Tuesday's Times News for the complete story.

Monday, April 28, 2014
BRAD HURLEY/TIMES NEWS Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett waves the checkered flag during one of the races at the Nesquehoning Grand Prix on Sunday.

A new event for the area had such prestige that the state's governor attended.

Nesquehoning Grand Prix was held Sunday on the grounds of the Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corporation.

The event featured slingshot racing, which for those unfamiliar with auto racing, is a smaller version of a dirt modified/asphalt race car.

The event, which was sponsored by Kovatch Motorsports and Pencor Services, was held to raise money for the Sonny Kovatch Scholarship Foundation, which was created to aid those who would like to pursue a career in secondary education.

Monday, April 28, 2014
HEATHER DILISSIO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Elissa Garofalo, president/executive director of the Delaware and Lehigh Heritage Corridor, speaks during dedication of the Lehighton Trailhead on Saturday.

A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the official opening of the Lehighton Trailhead of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Trail on Stanley Hoffman Boulevard.

The D & L National Heritage Corridor is a 165-mile system of trails that stretches from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, near Philadelphia. It follows the past routes of the Lehigh and Delaware canals and the Lehigh Valley Railroad routes that carried anthracite coal from the coal mines in our area to homes and industries in eastern Pennsylvania.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Conservation volunteer John Domalakes will lead an early morning bird walk. The walk will be held at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at the parking lot at Locust Lake. Some easy hiking will be done on the trails. Those attending are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, waterproof preferably, and bring along binoculars. Some binoculars and field guides will be available for loan. This is not a pet friendly hike. Shine only. For information, contact the park office at 570-467-2506.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Easter glow tea

St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, will hold a women's tea at 11 a.m. Saturday. The guest speaker will be Nancy Rinker, former co-owner of Rinker's Handcrafts.

Rinker will be speaking on her transition from a business owner to church secretary to now a missionary. She will be heading to Haiti in October to join a women's conference there. Her goal is to take with her 1,500 lightweight colorful scarves, used as head wraps, and she will distribute them to the village women.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Carbon County Chamber and Economic Development Corporation is hosting a free hands-on workshop, "CCEDC Web Site 101," on Wednesday, May 7, at the chamber office at 137 South St., Lehighton.

"If there is one positive action step that you can take right now to help you stand out and improve your business, this would be it," said Marlyn Kissner, executive director.

Monday, April 28, 2014
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The modern technology of using a GPS tracking device on a cellphone helped police capture a fleeing theft suspect Friday night.

Audie Mertz, chief of police in Mahoning Township, said township police were dispatched to Wal-Mart for a retail theft. Two individuals fled before officers arrived on scene.

He said township police requested that neighboring police departments watch for the vehicle.

"Within four minutes officers from Franklin Township spotted the vehicle in the parking lot of a gas station on Route 443," Mertz said.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Join park naturalist Robyn Tracey on the "Spirit of Tuscarora Trail" at 12:30 p.m. on May 14, at Tuscarora State Park, in Barnesville.

The trail is 4.5 miles in length and moderate in difficultly. The trail will take you through many diverse habitats and runs along the pristine Locust Creek.

Enjoy the beautiful views of the lake and the summer wildflowers.

Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.

Participants will meet at the upper beach parking lot. For more information contact Tracey at 570-467-2506. Shine only.

Monday, April 28, 2014

An area group is trying to help Carbon County find ways to cut down on prison overcrowding, recidivism and get treatment for drug and alcohol offenders.

During the county prison board meeting on Wednesday, Dr. Leta Thompson of the Carbon County Correctional Facility Research Committee approached the board to follow up on information and suggestions she and her colleagues provided last May.