Monday, September 25, 2017

Local News

Thursday, September 21, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s credit rating took its latest punch Wednesday, another black eye in a nearly three-month budget stalemate that has pitted Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Senate against the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

The credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s lowered its rating on Pennsylvania’s debt, citing the state’s stubborn post-recession deficit and its history of late budgets, as well as Standard and Poor’s belief that the pattern could continue.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A 10-hour standoff in Summit Hill ended just after 11:30 this morning.

Police said the call came in for a suicidal person on East Richards Street around 1 a.m.

During the morning, police set off three flash grenades as the man was barricaded inside.

They set off a round of tear gas and then went in to escort the man safely out of the house.

Negotiators could be heard talking to a man named Freddy.

The state police Special Emergency Response Team was on scene, with local police and state troopers standing back doing crowd control.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Grace Industries is fast-tracking the construction of the Dotters Creek culvert on Hell Hollow Road in Polk Township with weekend work. The project recently received an extension for completion. BRIAN W. MYSZKOWSKI/TIMES NEWS

Despite some setbacks, Grace Industries is pushing to complete the Dotters Creek culvert within the next two weeks, though more time may be needed to round out the project.

While the culvert project on Hell Hollow Road in Polk Township was previously pushed back to accommodate moving utility lines and poles, Grace is making up for lost time by fast-tracking the placement of the footers.

For this portion of the project, the stream had to be diverted in order to install the structures on dry land.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Parryville Borough has been working to design a new waste disposal system.

While it has been difficult for the borough to regulate the upkeep of sewage tanks on a house-to-house basis, the idea of a community sewage system has become the top priority.

Moving forward with that, the borough has several different options.

Option number one would be to create a fully structural sewage plant which would involve the construction of a building necessary for the equipment.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The 19th annual Lehighton Bike Night will go ahead as scheduled, at a new venue, Riders Resort in Franklin Township.

The township supervisors approved an agreement with the motorcycle enthusiast campground at the meeting Tuesday, allowing the event to go forward this Saturday, as well as a kickoff party Friday night.

Earlier in the day, township officials were in court asking a Carbon County judge to block the event from taking place.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Saint Joseph Regional Academy’s new Principal Brian Cristopher Cooper and the school’s technology instructor Ann Marie Oblas work with school students, from left: Jenna Goff, Cora Rodrigues, Elizabeth Snerr, Andrew Reaman and Isabella Sully in the school’s Cipko Computer Center which is adjacent to the school building. VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Starting out the school year in 2017, St. Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe has a new principal.

Brian Cristopher Cooper is the new elementary principal of St. Joseph.

Cooper, a retired superintendent from the public school system, has been working in education for 27 years.

After retirement, he decided that he wanted to give back to the church and the community, so he looked at Catholic positions available, and after applied to St. Joseph’s.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A McAdoo man will serve state time for having a prescription drug he was not authorized to have, and for trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill.

Kevin W. Black Jr.,20, was charged by McAdoo police on March 16, 2016, with having Xanax for which he did not have a prescription, and by Kline Township police with passing a counterfeit bill on Nov. 4, 2016.

He admitted to the possession and attempted forgery before Schuylkill County Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin.

A charge of attempted theft by deception was dropped.

Dolbin sentenced Black to six to 24 months.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
A 35-foot flagpole and American flag in honor of fallen veterans and all who served the United States in military and support efforts will be dedicated as part of a living history tour on Saturday at Lehighton Cemetery. JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS

The Lehighton Cemetery, along Fourth Street, is hosting a living history walking tour from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with the Lehighton Fall Fest.

A follow-up to a highly successful event as part of the Lehighton Borough Sesquicentennial Celebration last year, the tour is not a focused on ghost tales, but rather reflects on the lives of notable individuals buried at the site.

Among those featured on the tour are Jack and Ruth Anthony, the Obert Family, Guy and Marian Morthimer, William Swartz and Leo Francis (Frank) Clark.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Palmerton Area School District approved three change orders Tuesday night related to improvement projects at its athletic stadium and junior/senior high school complex.

Two of the change orders are adding cost to the project, while one will save the district money.

The board approved an added cost of $48,834 to Hayden Electric at the stadium for work that included a 400-amp circuit breaker for the main building feeder, according to Director of District Facilities Joe Faenza. A disconnector found to be in disrepair was replaced, he added.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Jim Thorpe’s Phoenix Hose Company building at 173 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, is being put up for sale.

At last week’s meeting of the borough council, it was decided to sell the building via sealed bid.

The council said it has an appraisal for the building.

Councilman John McGuire voted to put the building up for sale while Jay T. Miller, a longtime member of the Jim Thorpe Fire Department, seconded the motion.

“We have an appraisal. We know what it’s worth,” said Miller.