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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A clothing and fund drive has begun for a Lehighton family left homeless in a fire last evening.

The blaze destroyed the home of Derek Flexer, his wife Bobbi Jo, and their daughter, Payton, who will soon be 6 months old.

The drive was started at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mahoning Township, where the Flexers are members.

The family also has two dogs.

A member of the church said the family has no clothing or baby supplies.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Summit Hill Water Authority has announced it will begin its annual hydrant-flushing program during the week of April 15.

Town residents are reminded they may experience low water pressure of water discoloration for brief periods of time throughout the process.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Jamie Lee Nicholas

Coaldale's code enforcement officer has resigned.

Jamie Lee Nicholas was hired on Oct. 11, 2011 for the part-time job. he replaced Mark Richards, who had resigned the previous month.

Council President Susan Solt read Nicholas' resignation letter at a public council meeting Tuesday.

In his letter, Nicholas wrote that the job should be full-time, because there are "too many issues" to be handled by a part-time employee. He wrote that he has "lost the interest and drive" required to do the job.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Christopher Czapla, principal of the Tamaqua Area Middle School, has released the names of students attaining honor roll status for the third marking period of the 2012-2013 school year. To be eligible for highest honors, students must maintain a cumulative average of 95 or higher, with no grade lower than a 93. For high honors, students must earn grades of 90 or higher, with no grade lower than 86. An average of 86 or above, with no grade lower than 78 is required for honors status.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

State police at Lehighton are investigating the death of a Carbon County man.

Troopers said Bradley Scott Allan, 36, of 730 Pine St., Bowmanstown, was found deceased about 5:45 a.m. on Monday in his residence. He died sometime between that time and midnight.

Troopers said an autopsy has been conducted and the investigation remains open pending toxicology results.

No other details were released by troopers.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-29) hosted New Zealand Parliament member Dr. David Clark during his visit to the United States on Monday.

"Dr. Clark's visit offered us a unique opportunity to discuss how different, yet similar, our legislatures work," Argall said. "On his Fellowship to the United States, he is exploring mechanisms to engage disenfranchised citizens, policies and programs aimed at reducing the wealth gap, models to improve social mobility, and theory and practice in the separation of powers."

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jake McGeehan from Boy Scout Troop 555, Penn Forest, left; receives $100 from the Penn-Kidder Lions Club toward his Eagle Scout project. Presenting the check from the Lions Club are Diane and John Sciani, and their daughter Samantha. McGeehan's project is building a bocci ball court at Baer Memorial Park.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

To recycle, or not to recycle.

That's the question Lower Towamensing Township continues to ask itself, as discussed at Tuesday's board of supervisors' meeting.

Supervisors Chairman Brent Green said that the township is "looking into recycling".

Green said the township pursued quotes and estimates from three companies: Waste Management, Municipal Recovery Inc, and Berger Sanitation.

"It's very unfortunate what happened," Green said. "We're trying to pick up the pieces."

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
LISA PRICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua middle schooler Michael Serrano address the school board.

Tamaqua middle schooler Michael Serrano just asks that people respect him.

After his presentation to the Tamaqua Area School Board Tuesday, it would be hard not to.

Working with the help of his teacher, Trisha Maksimik, Serrano developed a science project which adapts the controller for a FightBox 360 console, an Xbox game. He used a power point presentation to explain his work, as his parents, family and Tamaqua Director of Special Education RuthAnn Gardiner looked on proudly.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Emergency personnel gather at the Lehigh Canal towpath in the area of Lock 7 to assist in the recovery of an accidental drowning victim. An autopsy will be performed at Lehigh Valley Hospital to determine the manner of death.

A call of nature may have contributed to the accidental drowning death of a Franklin Township man on the warmest day of 2013 to date.

Franklin Township Police Chief Thomas Beltz, on Tuesday afternoon, spoke to news personnel following the removal of the man's body, which was taken from a shallow ponding area near the bank of the Lehigh River. Beltz did not identify the man, but his friends who were walking with him when he went missing identified him as Ralph Wentz, 82, who lives in Franklin Township with his elderly wife.