Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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Friday, August 26, 2016

NESCOPECK — Pennsylvania State Police say a missing 3year-old girl apparently taken by her father has been found in New York City.

An Amber Alert was issued Friday morning for Ava Byrne, who was last seen in Nescopeck Borough around 12:30 a.m., wearing only a diaper. The alert was canceled Friday afternoon when she was found with her 24-year-old father, Robert Byrne.

No other details were immediately available.

Friday, August 26, 2016

CENTRALIA (AP) — Centralia is the spookiest and saddest place in Pennsylvania. An unquenchable 54-year-old underground coal fire compelled the relocation of virtually the entire population of the borough through federal government buyouts in the 1980s.

From a population of more than 1,000 in 1980, only a half-dozen holdouts remain in the Columbia County community.

Friday, August 26, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016

Lansford’s Music in the Park program continues this weekend at Kennedy Park.

“The Boys Upstairs,” a group from Pottsville, will perform acoustic classic rock and current and past hits from 6-8 p.m. Sunday.

The park is located next to the Panther Valley Football Stadium in Lansford.

Admission is free and refreshments will be available. Bring your own lawn chair.

The concerts are sponsored by Lansford Alive, and any proceeds are used for the revitalization of Kennedy Park.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Join Lehigh and Northampton County Master Gardeners from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdayfor a morning of gardening, graciously hosted by the Wildlands Conservancy in Emmaus.

Learn how you can help our declining pollinator populations by planting the right plants.

Take a tour of the recently planted demonstration pollinator garden at the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary.

Friday, August 26, 2016
John Koehler, son of the late “Jack” Koehler, talks about his father’s work documenting the history of the Lehigh Valley Railroad yards in Weatherly. CHRIS REBER/TIMES NEWS

Weatherly is mourning one of its most loyal sons, the town’s historian and former postmaster, John S. “Jack” Koehler.

But thanks to Jack’s own efforts, the town will be able to enjoy his vast collection of photos, news clippings and artifacts for years to come.

On Thursday, residents, train buffs and some returning natives came to the Weatherly Museum for its open house. And memories of Jack weren’t far from their minds. Koehler passed away Monday at home at the age of 89.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Political signs and statements seem to be everywhere leading up to November’s general election, but school grounds in the Pleasant Valley School District won’t be one of them.

Jeff Kaye, a Chestnuthill Township resident, questioned the school board Thursday night as to why a bear paw his son painted with the words “Trump 2016” was not acceptable.

Seniors at Pleasant Valley High School traditionally paint and personalize bear paws outside the school’s athletic stadium, but the Trump statement was painted over.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Nesquehoning is looking for three trucking companies that caused emergencies in the borough over a three-day period earlier this year to pay the costs for the fire response.

On Wednesday, John McArdle, borough emergency management coordinator, said there has been no response to the bill sent to the three trucking companies involved in the tractor-trailer crashes coming off the Broad Mountain into Nesquehoning that occurred March 31, April 1 and 2.

Friday, August 26, 2016

An elderly Carbon County woman was the victim of what police call a “granny scam.”

State police at Lehighton said a 77-year-old from Towamensing Drive, in Towamensing Township received a phone call that her grandson was in an accident and needed bail money to get out of jail.

The woman used Western Union to send $2,400 to a false address.

The incident was reported at 1 p.m. on Thursday.