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Thursday, July 24, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Amanda McLean captured this lightning strike Wednesday night near Miller's Country Store in Franklin  Township.

Thunderstorms moved through the area Wednesday afternoon and evening, leaving behind fallen trees and wires. One child was injured when lightning struck a chimney near where he was standing.

Just after 4 p.m., lightning struck a brick chimney in Lansford, sending debris onto the roof and nearby sidewalk.

An 11-year-old was standing nearby and was transported to St. Luke's Hospital-Miners Campus in Coaldale for evaluation.

Once the rain became a downpour, scanner reports said that a number of trees had fallen throughout the area.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The annual Lehigh Valley Heart and Stroke Walk will take place at 10 a.m. Sept. 21 at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The walk raises awareness about heart disease and stroke prevention and raises funds for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. It is sponsored by Easton Hospital.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Schuylkill County's public transportation system is on a $1.9 million roll.

On Wednesday, commissioners authorized the county's 2014-2015 application to the state Department of Transportation for transit-related improvement projects.

The projects include expanding and renovating the Schuylkill Transportation System's office and maintenance building in Saint Clair at a cost of $1.5 million, and replacing five 8- to 14-passenger accessible small transit buses for $372,400.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Navy Club of Carbon County will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Nesquehoning VFW, 300 E. Center St., Nesquehoning.

Commander Scott Reinhart will be in charge of the meeting.

All members and anyone wishing to become a member are welcome to attend.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Schuylkill commissioners are hoping an energy audit will shed some light on the county's electric bills.

Commissioners on Wednesday agreed to seek proposals to upgrade lighting and guarantee energy cost savings at the county's adult probation and 911 buildings.

With Commissioner George Halcovage away at a county-related function, commissioners Gary J. Hess and Chairman Frank J. Staudenmeier agreed to seek the proposals.

"We're always looking for opportunities to be more energy efficient and save taxpayers' money," Staudenmeier said after a public meeting.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

HIGHSPIRE, Pa. (AP) – Speed limits on more than 100 miles of two interstates in Pennsylvania will rise to 70 mph for the first time this summer, with similar increases possible next year on other stretches of roadway around the state, state transportation officials said Wednesday.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's announcement comes a day after the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission raised the speed limit on a 97-mile stretch of I-76 in central and eastern Pennsylvania from 65 mph to 70 mph. About three dozen states already have speed limits of 70 mph or higher.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Daniel Engler of Kunkletown is seen as he leaves the office of District Judge William Kissner on Wednesday. Engler waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and will appear before the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas for a hearing on Sept. 4.

A Carbon County man who allegedly hit a 14-year-old male with his vehicle and drove away from the scene has had his case bound over to Carbon County Court.

Daniel Engler, 70, of Kunkletown, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Instead, Engler waived his right to a hearing and will appear Sept. 4 for a pretrial status conference in the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that happened between 3 p.m. July Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday at the Towamensing Elementary School, 7920 Interchange Road in Lehighton.

The victim is the Palmerton Area School District.

Police said someone broke a rope on the flagpole at the school, causing the flag to fall down, and also caused minor damages to the mulch and shrubbery located in front of the building.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that was reported at 12:29 p.m. Wednesday at the Cornerstone Community Church on 388 Polk Township Road in Polk Township.

Police said someone broke a lock on an electrical box at the outdoor basketball courts so they could turn on the lights. They also damaged one of the baseball benches on the property.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Another thunderstorm is moving through the region, knocking down trees and wires as it goes.

"Trees are down all over the place" according to scanner reports. Crews are out at the 600 and 900 blocks of E. Catawissa Street in Nesquehoning, as well as other areas.

Fire police are being called to the area to assist with traffic control.

PPL is reporting 230 customers without power in Nesquehoning. A handful of people are out in other areas of the county.