Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Local News

Friday, October 17, 2014

Week 8 is in the books and here are tonight's Times News area high school football final scores.
Lehighton 45, Shenandoah Valley 7
Marian 21, Mahanoy Area 14
Blue Mountain 14, Tamaqua 6
Southern Lehigh 40, Northern Lehigh 7
Northwestern 50, Palmerton 14
North Schuylkill 43, Jim Thorpe 0
Pleasant Valley 17, East Stroudsburg North 7
Hanover 34, Panther Valley 0

Friday, October 17, 2014

Week 8 of Friday Night Football is underway. Here are the halftime scores for our area teams.
Blue Mountain 7, Tamaqua 0
Mahanoy Area 14, Marian 7
Lehighton 33, Shenandoah Valley 0
Pleasant Valley 10, East Stroudsburg North 7
Southern Lehigh 27, Northern Lehigh 0
Hanover 28, Panther Valley 0
Northwestern 36, Palmerton 14
North Schuylkill 36, Jim Thorpe 0

Friday, October 17, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS One of many broken parking meters on Ridge Street in Lansford.

For a short time at last week's meeting of Lansford Borough Council, it appeared that parking meters in the struggling business district of Lansford would be removed.

There was a motion made and seconded for the meter removal.

The motion was made by council member Mary Soberick, who said there is "minimal business" and "half of (the meters) don't work."

Her motion was seconded by Joe Butrie.

But councilman Tommy Vadyak spoke up and said the meters are needed "to keep vehicles moving." He said once they are removed, they likely would never be put back.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Two hikes have been scheduled for two Schuylkill County state parks.

On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. a hike will be held to explore the mountain behind Locust Lake State Park and visit the Silver Creek fire tower. This hike is 8 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The pine stands and brush are perfect habit for birds and other wildlife. Participants will meet at the visitor's parking lot at the park, which is located before the contact station. Bring a lunch and dogs are welcome but all pets must be leashed and get along with people and other pets.

Friday, October 17, 2014
Steven Mika

Two Carbon County men have been charged with selling heroin to an undercover officer in Lehighton, Mahoning Township police announced Thursday.

Joseph D. Franklin of Lehighton and Steven M. Mika of Weissport were both transported to Carbon County Correctional Facility, and bail was set at $50,000.

The sale took place near the Mallard Market at the conclusion of a joint investigation by Mahoning Township police, Lehighton Borough police, theCarbon County DrugTask Force and the Carbon County District Attorney's office.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Walker Township will ante up, but in the future would like to know what's in the cards.

During a special meeting Thursday, Walker supervisors voted to pay 18 percent of the most recent engineering fees associated with development of their Act 537 Plan, which is a plan for handling sewage in the township. Walker and West Penn townships formed an intermunicipal agreement for the plan, with Walker paying 18 percent and West Penn paying 82 percent.

Early in September, Walker received a bill from Rettew, the engineering firm which is developing the plan.

Friday, October 17, 2014
 File photo  The Palmerton United Veterans Organization has been selected as grand marshal for the 23rd annual Palmerton Halloween Parade, which will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Palmerton United Veterans Organization has been chosen to serve as grand marshal of the 23rd annual Palmerton Halloween Parade.

Sponsored by the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce, the parade will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday. The rain date is 7 p.m. Monday.

Change in parade route

Unlike years past, the parade route has changed this year, according to parade chairwoman Susie Arner.

Arner said the parade will form at 2:30 p.m. There will be no parking along the parade route, she said.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Members of the Jim Thorpe Education Association attended the school board meeting this week wearing T-shirts.

"JTEA committed to excellence" was printed on the front of the shirt, with the message "… and a fair deal" printed on the back.

An incorrect quote from the shirts appeared in the article.

Friday, October 17, 2014
DONALD SERFASS/TIMES NEWS The apartment building at 420 E. Broad St. could see a smaller property tax bill.

A Tamaqua apartment building that provides housing for people with low incomes will likely pay a smaller property tax bill.

Schuylkill commissioners on Wednesday approved an assessment appeal by East Broad Associates that reduced the fair market value of the building, at 420 E. Broad St., to $304,000.

The change, from $1,140,073, would be retroactive to Jan. 1. It still needs a judge's approval to go forward.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Phil Martin Otto, 48, of 138 Pin Oak Road, East Penn Township, was not cited by police for harassment.

Police were called to his home, but did not cite him, according to state police at Lehighton.

Police log items Wednesday and Sept. 19 incorrectly reported information.