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Thursday, August 21, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Matthew Bush and his Guinea Pig Max, were a big hit at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home eighth annual Pet Show.

On Friday the residents at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown were treated to an afternoon of wagging tails, purrs and lots of fur.

The home held its eighth annual Pet Show, which was open to the community.

The event attracted 14 dogs, three cats, three rabbits and two guinea pigs.

Area community members enjoyed showing off their animals for fun and for some friendly competition.

Animals were judged in five categories: smallest; biggest; most talented; costume; and pet/owner look-a-like.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
LISA PRICE/Times News Matt Hall, PCN Producer, Camp Hill, wraps up an interview with Lynn Elko, Emma's Friends Soaps & Lotions.

Emma and her friends may not fully grasp the importance of PCN's visit to their workplace Monday morning, and that's a shame. Because they are the heart and soul of the reason for the visit.

Lynn Elko created Emma's Friends Soaps and Lotions in 2008 so adults with disabilities could have creative work in a beautiful environment. Their bath and body products are handmade and include soaps, scrubs, lotions, bath soaks, lip balms and other related products. Emma's is located at 101 East Broad St., Tamaqua, most commonly known as the Flat Iron Building.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ten defendants in pending drug cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Meth lab

William David Barnes, 36, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of operating a methamphetamine lab at his residence at 237 W. Patterson St.

Barnes was arrested on June 30 when agents of the state attorney general's office and borough police served a search warrant at his home. Police found numerous items that were consistent with making meth.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Two mounds of trash have been dumped on property in Lehighton and surrounding areas.

One heap was discovered this morning at Snyder Tire in Lehighton and another on Riverview Road at Torco in East Penn Township.

The Department of Environmental Resources will be going to the site Friday to check the contents.

Spokeswoman Colleen Connelly said they suspect the construction and demolition debris is from a New Jersey company that has been a problem in the Lehigh Valley area.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Catholic diocese in Ohio is discouraging its schools from participating in the ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS Association, citing its funding of research involving embryonic stem cells.

In a letter sent Tuesday to its 113 schools, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's superintendent of Catholic schools says the research being funded is "in direct conflict with Catholic teaching."

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The former Packerton Yards property is up for sale.

During the Carbon County Commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 2-0 to advertise the sale of the 71.54 property, which straddles Mahoning Township and Lehighton, with a starting bid of $300,000. Commissioner William O'Gurek abstained from the vote due to his employment at the Times News.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said that the bids will most likely be opened at the end of September, but no date has been officially set as of the meeting.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

MAHANOY, Pa. (AP) - Police in Schuylkill County say a 12-year-old girl has lost part of her leg after being struck by a train.

The Pottsville Republican-Herald http://goo.gl/Bw3wi4) reports that she was struck by a Reading & Northern train in Mahanoy (MA'-ha-noy) City at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The girl has been flown to a trauma hospital.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Lehighton man was killed early this morning when his car crashed head-on into a truck tractor on Route 940 in Foster Township.

Jamin Zimmerman, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene by a member of the Luzerne County coroner’s office.

The truck his vehicle struck was driven by David Kleppinger, 60, of Palmerton.

State Police at Hazleton barracks said the incident happened at 4:34 a.m.

Trooper Matthew A. Hunter, the investigating officer, said Zimmerman was traveling west on Route 940 and crossed the center line, striking Kleppinger’s truck.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Schuylkill County Commissioners hired a Harrisburg law firm of Eckert-Seamans to begin the process of selling Rest Haven.

The county will pay the firm $250,000 for professional services and up to $10,000 for travel and other expenses.

Commissioners will require new owners to continue access to indigent and provide long term care.

Rest Haven is $4.6 million in the red.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Child Seat Safety Checks will take place on Monday at the Pennsylvania State Police Fern Ridge Barracks, 127 Parkside Ave., Blakeslee.

Call 570-646-2271 to make an appointment. For those who are unable to schedule time that day, the state police will be conducting another Child Safety Seat Check in September.

Those scheduling appointments are reminded to read and bring their safety seat manual and vehicle manual with them.

All child seat technicians are certified through PA Safe Kids.