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Monday, September 22, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Before: Franklin Elementary first-grade pupil Connor Dugan, 6, tries his luck at this slingshot during the school's annual Say Goodbye to Summer celebration held Friday at the school.

Before: Franklin Elementary first-grade pupil Connor Dugan, 6, tries his luck at this slingshot during the school's annual Say Goodbye to Summer celebration held Friday at the school.

During: Franklin Elementary School Principal Suzanne Howland awaits the inevitable as students attempt to splat her.

After: Howland reacts after she is soaked.

Monday, September 22, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Trooper Shannon Yorke inspects a car seat during a free car seat check last week in Lehighton.

Pennsylvania state troopers from Troop N were on hand last week to help parents learn about properly securing their child in a car seat.

The check went on as scheduled even though troopers were involved in a massive manhunt for Eric Frein, who is wanted for fatally shooting one state trooper and wounding a second a few days earlier.

Monday, September 22, 2014

PRICE TWP. (AP) Rather than spending the eve of his wedding attending to last-minute details, Andrew Killinger slept apart from his future wife in a truck.

After popping out for a few hours Friday afternoon to pick up some decorations and food for the after-party, Killinger found himself cut off from his Price Township house, pregnant fiancee and their 2-year-old daughter.

Monday, September 22, 2014
Special to the Times News/Sharon Stanley Kendall Heiney, 10, of Slatington, views a display of photos set up by Blue Ridge Chapter Vice President Nick Hawkey about local children who have received dream fulfillments from Dream Come True. See a photo gallery at www.tnonline.com.

Laughter and shouts of glee could be heard coming from the dozens and dozens of attendees at Saturday's Dream Come True baseball vs. softball game at the Walnutport Playground.

Not only did the viewers in the stands rally around plays made by the 14 and under boys and girls on the diamond, they also had fun jumping up themselves to catch T-shirts fired from an air gun launcher by Tri-County Team Wear owners Tina and Tom Sargent.

The Sargents said they decided to donate their time and products "just as an idea (of a way) to give back to the community."

Monday, September 22, 2014
A Pocono Mountain yearbook photo shows Eric Frein on the school's rifle team.

CANADENSIS (AP) Every time Tiffany Frein logs on to Facebook, she sees people calling her brother a "psycho" who should be hunted down and killed.

"It's hard and it's hurtful," the 18-year-old said.

"People just automatically think he's a psycho."

Standing in the doorway of her family's home in the Pocono neighborhood Thursday, Tiffany Frein looked out at her driveway and ran her fingers through the pink streaks in her hair.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Four first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program recently by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

The four were placed for a year.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Lansford Alive is holding a downtown Fall Festival and vendor and craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The event will include Joe Krushinsky, the voice of the Tamaqua-Carbon Unit of the American Cancer Society; Buster the Clown; singer Angela Nardini, folk singer Dave Matsinko; and the anti-bullying group, Heroes for Hope.

The craft fair will feature mesh wreaths, jewelry, paintings, used books, quilts, native designs, cookbooks, wood crafts and other holiday decorating and gift ideas.

Monday, September 22, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Palmerton resident George Ashman, left, receives a recognition plaque from Palmerton Area School District Superintendent Scot Engler. The plaque was presented to Ashman for his continuingsupport of the district. Ashman volunteered to participate in thedistrict's new teacher induction program, and went on a bus tourof the district with the new hires, at which time he provided them with a history of the area.

Monday, September 22, 2014

A proposed renovation project in Lehighton Area School District got slightly cheaper last week.

Superintendent Jonathan Cleaver announced the district has been awarded an $8,499,000 interest-free bond through the federal Qualified Zone Academy Bond program.

"It's great because we can save the money we would have paid on interest over the life of a bond," Cleaver said. "We can only use the funds for our middle school renovation."

Monday, September 22, 2014

Could a new set of medical offices be headed to Lehighton?

That depends on the outcome of a borough Zoning Hearing Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday.

At that time, the application of Blakeslee Commons, LLC, 2216 Willow Park Road, Bethlehem, will be reviewed.

Blakeslee Commons will request a special exception from a section of the borough zoning ordinance that pertains to special uses.

Borough Manager Nicole Beckett said the proposed development is medical offices.