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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In its second season on Comedy Central, "Drunk History" will feature the story of Jim Thorpe, the athlete, at 10:30 tonight.

"Drunk History" is a Comedy Central TV show where an inebriated narrator recounts a historical event while actors act out the narration and lip sync to the sloshed speaker.

This week's show is narrated by a tipsy Preston Flagg and tells the story of Jim Thorpe from his athletic start at Carlisle High School through his victory at the Stockholm Olympics in 1912.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DANVILLE, Pa. (AP) – Police in central Pennsylvania say an engaged couple face assault and other charges for an altercation in which they allegedly bit one another.

The Bloomsburg Press Enterprise reported Monday that 23-year-old Darlene Frymoyer of Danville and 22-year-old Joel Whitesell of Catawissa are both accused in the Aug. 17 incident.

The paper says Frymoyer admits she bit him but says he also bit her, on the back, and slammed her down.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The next step for funding a proposed Lehighton Area School District elementary center and renovations to its middle and high schools is up in the air following Monday night’s board meeting.

The board, by a 6-3 margin, voted down a motion that would have authorized district administration to begin discussion with Public Financial Management (PFM) as financial advisor and Rhoads and Sinon as bond council on one or more series of bonds netting a maximum of $52.5 million for the three building projects.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Route 33 Northbound is closed from 4 lane Route 209 to Interstate 80 for emergency bridge work.

This closure is expected to last until 4 p.m.Tuesday.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Nighttime work will begin today on the Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge that connects Route 443 to Route 209 in Lehighton.

Work will be conducted from 6 p. m. to 6 a.m. weekdays through Sept. 5.

Lane restrictions will be in effect.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The checks are in the mail to people in our area.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service on Aug. 19 sent reimbursement checks to more than 3,400 people who were victimized by MoneyGram International. The firm admitted to aiding and abetting wire fraud through schemes through corrupt MGI agents.

Here's how much money was remitted to folks in our area, according to Nick Alicea, the Harrisburg-based U.S. Postal Inspector team leader.

Carbon County: Lehighton, two people, one received a check for $967.15 and the other for $1,575.63.

Monday, August 25, 2014

In an effort to gather information about the newest drug concerns and prevention methods in Schuylkill County, the Schuylkill County delegation will host an informational hearing about heroin and opioid addiction. Eight representatives from related agencies and groups will testify at this hearing, which is open to the public, however only the testifiers on the agenda will speak.

It will be held from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. on Tuesday at Penn State Schuylkill campus, 200 University Drive, Schuylkill Haven, Room C-100 in the classroom building, which is the third building on the left.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Carbon County's retirement fund took a slight hit in July after hitting its all-time high in June.

During the monthly meeting of the county retirement board on Thursday, Robert Crampsie, county controller and secretary to the retirement board, reported that the fund is healthy.

The retirement portfolio value as of July 31 was $74,319,865, $952,951 lower than June's value of $75,272,816.

Monday, August 25, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mark Goff, 39, of Jim Thorpe, was operating a 2006 Hondamotorcycle westbound at 6:12 p.m. at a high rate of speed when he failed to negotiate a slight left-hand curve, according to police. He was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.

A Carbon County motorcyclist was seriously injured Sunday evening when he was involved in a crash along Valley Road just west of Mountain Road in Walker Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said Mark Goff, 39, of Jim Thorpe, was operating a 2006 Honda motorcycle westbound at 6:12 p.m. at a high rate of speed when he failed to negotiate a slight left-hand curve.

The bike went onto the right shoulder and struck an embankment, causing the bike to flip several times before coming to rest in the middle of the road.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Construction Mechanic Gary E. Beaver, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Beaver Jr. of Lehighton, attended a sunrise celebration recently in Antartica.

Many of the men wore beards, since beards provide extra warmth. For the men at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, it was the first time they had seen sunrise in over four months.

For Beaver, the sunrise also means a trip home. As soon as the sun thaws the ice enough, replacements will arrive and the men of Detachment Alpha will return to the U.S.