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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

“The Dark Tower” is a competent science-fiction film with several good performances.

The movie is based on the series of eight novels (1982-2012) written by Stephen King that stitches together several cinema genres and literary influences.

In “The Dark Tower” movie, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), known as the last Gunslinger, is battling Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), known as the Man in Black. Roland is trying to stop Walter from toppling the Dark Tower, purported to be the energy force that powers the universe.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Weatherly school board appointed a new business manager at its meeting last week.

Peter Bard was appointed as new business manager/board secretary with a one-year agreement at a salary of $57,000.

Bard will replace David Marsiglio, who resigned from the position in April. He left in June after six years with the district to take a position in the Bloomsburg district.

A number of staffing changes and salary raises were also included in the school board’s agenda during the monthly meeting.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Lehigh County man pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Tuesday to three retail theft charges.

Joshua Jesse Pereira-Lopez, 28, of Allentown, admitted to theft incidents on May 18, 20 and 25, all at the Walmart store in Mahoning Township. Township police arrested Pereira-Lopez on the third theft incident after previously reviewing video surveillance of the first two theft incidents and identifying him as a suspect.

In each case Perieira-Lopez and a co-defendant took baby formula.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A plan to construct a communications tower in Penn Forest Township needs a few tweaks before it can receive approval from the Carbon County Planning Commission.

On Tuesday, the planning commission recommended conditional plan approval for the Stoney Mountain RL Communications Tower, owned by New Line Networks LLC, which is proposed for 586 Stoney Mountain Road.

The plans call for constructing a 100-by-100-foot New Line Network Communication Complex consisting of a 150-foot-tall self-support communications tower and a gravel access road.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ALLENTOWN (AP) — A masked group broke into an apartment and forced a man to open his safe, then told his young daughter to turn around before shooting him five times, authorities said.

One arrest has been made, and three other people are being sought.

The home invasion happened early Sunday at Jermaine Taylor’s apartment in Allentown. His roommate and his brother called 911 when they returned home and found the 39-year-old Taylor dead.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

It will cost Tamaqua Area School District over $38,000 for safety poles at its baseball/softball complex.

On an 8-0 vote, with Director Aaron Frantz absent, the school board on Tuesday purchased the services of S.J. Thomas Company, Inc., Lansdowne, for the transport and installation of safety poles at the complex, at a cost of $38,115, less a $5,000 insurance deductible.

After the meeting, Superintendent Ray Kinder said “insurance will cover all but our $5,000 deductible.”

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Carbon County man admitted in the county court on Tuesday to his part in a robbery that occurred in Lansford.

Robert Lee Clifford III, 23, of Lansford, who had a former address in Forty Fort, Luzerne County, pleaded to one count each of criminal conspiracy-robbery and receiving stolen property.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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The leading vote-getter in the primary election for a seat on Palmerton Area School District’s board of directors is getting an early start on his new role.

Earl Paules agreed Tuesday to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Chuck Myers, board president, earlier this week.

According to Vice President Tammy Recker, Myers informed the board of his intentions late Monday afternoon.

In a resignation letter, Myers said he stepped down for personal reasons.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Slatington Council looks at its animal ordinance after Oscar the pig was shot in the borough. TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO

Slatington Borough Council combed over the wording of Animal Ordinance 60 Monday night to determine if there is a potbellied pig pet loophole.

The issue came to Council’s attention after a potbellied pig got loose in the borough and was shot by police.

The animal ordinance states that residents are not allowed to own an animal “not normally purchased in a retail pet store,” said borough solicitor Thomas H. Dinkelacker.

“The ordinance that deals with animals is consistent with the zoning ordinance,” he said.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Lehighton Area School District board members and invited guests begin a tour of the new elementary center outside its main entrance Monday. The $33 million school is slated to open for the 2018-19 school year and house all K-5 students. JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS

School board members and other invited guests left impressed Monday night after their first walk through the construction site of Lehighton Area School District’s new elementary center.

Structural steel erection is complete and concrete slabs are in place in the south and north classroom wings of the $33 million school, which is slated to open to all K-5 students for the 2018-19 school year.