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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Troubled youth educated at a Youth Services Agency campus in Penn Forest Township will cost Jim Thorpe Area School District a daily fee of $70 per student.

The financial arrangement is outlined in a two-year contract between the two entities approved on Aug. 26.

The Times News recently received the contract through a Right To Know request.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Another legend of the No. 9 Mine in Lansford was unveiled Sunday during the No. 9 Labor Day Picnic. Robert Reese Jr. helps artist Renee Novak Mariotti hang a 6-by-9-foot canvas featuring a miner's image done in oil stick, one of several Mariotti has created. TheLansford artist bases her renderings on a book of published works by the late photographer George Harvan, a friend of the Novak family.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Spillane's Variety Store at 260 Delaware Ave. in Palmerton has been closed for nearly a year.

It appears as though an area businessman will purchase the former Spillane's Variety Store in Palmerton.

A sold sign appears on a window of the building facade at 260 Delaware Ave. nearly a year after the longtime business closed.

Contacted this morning, Mark Stemler of Palmerton said the building is "under contract."

"We haven't closed," Stemler said. "My plan for the property is to find a lease tenant."

Stemler added, "I haven't purchased the building; I have an offer in on it. At this point, I don't own the building."

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Carbon County judges conducted parole and probation revocation hearings on petitions filed by the county adult probation department against defendants who violated the terms of their release.

Hearings were held for the following:

Michael Tyson, 35, of Lehighton, had his parole revoked on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on petition filed by probation officer Toby Butz for violating terms by testing positive for methamphetamine on four separate occasions.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS

First Northern Bank and Trust personnel took the "Ice Bucket Challenge" to support the ALS Foundation on Tuesday afternoon outside its main branch in Palmerton. Pictured, from left, are Roger Paules; Bonnie Paules, senior vice president and assistant corporate secretary; Salvatore Checho, co-chief executive officer and chairman of the board; Michael Harleman, executive vice president and board director; and Albert Yesu, senior vice president and chief financial officer. In all, 18 officials took part in the challenge, issued by William George,of Aquashicola Fire Company.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Norm Burger, a West End Fair director from Chestnuthill Township, asked the Chestnuthill Township board of supervisors for a letter of support at the Tuesday night meeting. He said the fair office is working under cramped conditions for meetings and functions, and they would like to enlarge it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Bob Ford/Times News Paving delays led to extra traffic backups Wednesday morning.

Many area motorists traveling through the Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge detour in Lehighton had more unexpected extra travel delays this morning as road crews worked to finish up paving along the route.

Lehighton Area School buses were also delayed this morning as a result of traffic backups along routes 209, 248 and 443.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

St. Luke's Miners Hospital Cares for Kids 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run will be held on Sept. 20, rain or shine. The course will begin and end at the hospital in Coaldale.

Proceeds will support St. Luke's Miners Community Health Initiatives which focus on children, such as Live Your Life, Reach Out and Read, Reading Rocks, diabetes education, tobacco cessation, Healthy Homes, community safety initiative and "Get Your Tail on the Trail."

Miners Campus President Bill Moyer will lead the St. Luke's Team.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Despite efforts by the board of supervisors of Penn Forest Township, the matter of the possible misuse of funds dating back to approximately 2008 remains an issue. In recent months the supervisors have instituted rules for public comment which include strictly adhering to the 3 minutes per person rule and not permitting any discussion of a forensic audit.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Forest Street in Franklin Township was closed to traffic this morning as a state police forensic team reconstructs the fatal accident that occurred early Sunday morning, killing two men.