Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Local News

Monday, September 25, 2017

A federal appeals court has blocked a former Palmerton football player from suing his coach and school for the traumatic brain injury he suffered when he kept playing despite a concussion.

When Sheldon Mann, then 17, was hurt on Nov. 1, 2011, no player had ever sued to hold coaches or schools liable for brain injuries, Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie wrote.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Some highlights from Saturday’s unveiling of the Betty Mullen Brey statue unveiling in Weissport Park:

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Panther Valley Public Library is holding a preschool reading program for children ages 3-5.

The program takes place from 10-11 a.m. every Tuesday at the library.

No sign-up is necessary.

The library is located at 117 E. Bertsch St.

Monday, September 25, 2017

A Lehigh County man was sentenced to a prison term on Tuesday afternoon after entering guilty pleas in two pending cases, including fleeing the scene of a crash. He also faces a big restitution bill.

Monday, September 25, 2017
Shane Brey, left, of Florida, and Mike Brey, right, Notre Dame head basketball coach, join Tom Mullen, center, in unveiling statue of Betty Mullen Brey, an Olympic swimmer, in the Weissport Borough Park on Saturday. Shane and Mike are Betty’s sons, while Tom is her brother. Betty Brey competed in the 1956 Olympics and several Pan American Games in which she won several medals. Scan this photo with the Prindeo app for a photo gallery and video. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

It was Betty Mullen Brey Day in Weissport on Saturday.

A bronze statue of Brey was unveiled in the town where the Olympic swimmer was born and raised.

More than 300 people attended the program in the borough park, including her son, Michael Brey, head coach of Notre Dame University’s basketball team, and numerous other family members.

Betty Brey competed in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. She swam for the silver medal-winning U.S. team in the preliminary heats of the women’s 4x100 member freestyle relay.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Social media and water cooler conversations in the past 24 hours have centered on the National Football League players protesting during the national anthem.

President Donald Trump’s comments about owners firing players who kneel during the national anthem sparked a mass increase in such protests around the National Football League on Sunday, as more than 130 players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance during early games.

The matter has ignited widespread debate not only on a national level, but locally as well.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sponsored by the Carbon County Bar Association and Ballard Spahr LLP, the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is volunteering its time to bring the Wills for Heroes program to the area beginning at 11 a.m. Saturdayat the American Legion Lehighton, 381 Bridge St., Lehighton.

Monday, September 25, 2017

West Penn Township continues to zero in on an ordinance that would regulate well drilling.

On a 2-1 vote, supervisors agreedlast week to have board solicitor Holly Heintzelman make changes to its well water ordinance. Supervisor Ted Bogosh was opposed.

Before the vote, Bogosh said a copy of the ordinance didn’t appear to be available to review for any changes.

Heintzelman said she didn’t believe the township has a current well water ordinance in place.

The board would then look to adopt the ordinance at its Oct. 16 meeting.

Monday, September 25, 2017

West Penn Township hopes to soon have a new windmill ordinance in place.

On a 2-1 vote, with Supervisor Ted Bogosh opposed, the township’s board of supervisors agreedlast week to advertise for adopting a new windmill ordinance.

The ordinance will be scheduled for adoption sometime in November, supervisors said.

Earlier this month, supervisors agreed to have board solicitor Holly Heintzelman request the GIS information from the Audubon Society in the township’s name and use the township’s email address.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Here’s a listing of the upcoming road and bridge work in the region.

Northampton County

Northampton Borough: Main Street between Nor-Bath Highway and Howertown Road, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Lane restrictions for pothole patching.

Lehigh Township: Route 248 between Mountain View Drive and Carbon County line, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. Lane restrictions for drainage work.

Lehigh Township: Route 248 between Route 145 and Blue Mountain Drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Lane restrictions for pothole patching.

Schuylkill County