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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Lehighton United Veterans Organization will be host to this year's Veterans Day Parade.

The parade will be held beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10. The rain date is Sunday, Nov. 17.

Last night, Lehighton Borough Council unanimously approved the plans for the parade.

K.M. "Spike" Long, of the Lehighton U.V.O., said in a letter to the council that the parade will form on Coal Street between Seventh and Fourth streets. It will begin at Third and Coal, proceed south on Coal to Iron Street, then west to Eighth Street. It will disperse at the Community Grove.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The developer of a mobile home park in West Penn Township is offering $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for vandalism at the site, which now includes gunfire.

Developer James E. Saunders of Mohrsville, Berks County, told the TIMES NEWS that there have been several instances of damage by vandals over the past two weeks at the future West Penn Pines Mobile Home site, located on SR895 near Dorset.

An incident on Wednesday included discharge from a firearm, said Saunders.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Slatington motorcyclist died of injuries he sustained in a crash in Carbon County.

State police at Lehighton identified the victim as Stephan P. Papay, 56. The crash occurred about 1:41 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the intersection of SR248 and Centre Street in Parryville. Papay was taken by Pennstar helicopter to St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill, where he died at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Bill Spillane has decided to close the doors of Spillane's Variety Store in Palmerton after 37 years and marks the end of a 64-year family-run business. The store's going-out-of-business sale starts tomorrow.

A visit to Spillane's is like a visit to the local general store of years gone by. It has all those everyday items needed, and some you just didn't know you needed.

You invariably meet a neighbor or two. The staff is friendly, warm and always helpful. All that's missing is the old pot belly stove.

Palmerton and the surrounding community, will soon be bidding Spillane's Variety Store, located at 260 Delaware Ave., a fond farewell.

An era will come to an end beginning tomorrow, when Bill Spillane will hold the first day of his store closing sale.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

State Department of Transportation officials were called out to remove several rocks from a portion of Route 248 near Bowmanstown early yesterday morning.

Though not believed to be a major rockslide, PennDOT's county maintenance office did receive a call at around 3:30 a.m. Monday, according to spokesperson Ron Young.

Contacted this morning, Young told the TIMES NEWS the staff went out a little after 4 a.m. yesterday, at which time three or four rocks had to be removed from the roadway.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The purchase of a new generator was one of the topics covered at last night's Slatington Borough committees meeting on Finance/Planning/Zoning, Public Safety, and Human/Community Serives.

Slatington Fire Chief Keith Weaver said that the 13k generator he had used for the town's recent Bike Night had performed wonderfully, being both powerful yet quiet. He said he might be able to obtain that type of generator for approximately $3,000.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Attending the PNA Luncheon of Champions are, from left, Bridget Vilenica, chairperson, PNA Circulation Committee; TIMES NEWS carrier Deborah Kurz; and Rebecca Wraight, acting circulation office manager, TIMES NEWS.

A TIMES NEWS carrier was selected as one of the best senior carriers in the state by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation.

Deborah Kurz, 61, of Tamaqua, was named third overall senior carrier during a "Luncheon of Champions" held at the Hershey Country Club in Hershey.

Kurz, who has worked a total of 28 years as a newspaper carrier, has spent the last eight years with the TIMES NEWS. And all of those miles over the years were done on foot, as Kurz doesn't drive.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A beer store and dining area are being planned as an addition to Mallard Markets, 161 S. Second St., Lehighton.

Last night, Lehighton Borough Council unanimously approved the transfer of a restaurant liquor license into the borough from a business in Palmerton.

Frank Kuhn, owner of Mallard's, said he hopes to have the new business in the basement of his existing grocery store open by spring.

Kuhn was accompanied to the meeting by his lawyer, Attorney Carol Wildoner-Walbert.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Police conducted a Seat Belt Enforcement Check Point last week in an effort to raise awareness of seat belt laws for teen drivers. Any and all drivers and occupants under the age of 18 must wear seat belts when they are in a vehicle, according to a law passed in 2011. For drivers under the age of 18, this is a primary offense, meaning that a driver can be pulled over and cited solely for not wearing a seat belt. Tamaqua Patrolmen Rick Bekesy, Tony Stannell and Peter Wysochansky conducted the seat belt check in the area of the Tamaqua High School.

Monday, September 23, 2013
Ray Ziegenfuss III

Three more people, one from Summit Hill and the others from Lansford, have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at the Lansford Turkey Hill convenience store in August.

Ray Ziegenfuss III, 19, of 206 W. Front St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place on Aug. 28. Ziegenfuss is charged with criminal conspiracy and tampering with evidence.

Nicole Christman, 19, 220 W. Front St., Lansford, is charged with tampering with evidence, criminal conspiracy, and receiving stolen property.