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Local News

The local news category. Will contains stories from Jim Thorpe, Northern Lehigh, Palmerton-Lehighton, Panther Valley, Poconos, and Tamaqua.

Businessman Steve Forbes was on derailed train

Sunday, April 3, 2016

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on an Amtrak derailment in Chester, Pennsylvania. (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

Businessman Steve Forbes says he was on the train that derailed near Philadelphia, killing two people and injuring several dozen others.

Forbes told CSPAN's "Book TV" by phone that he was in the next-to-last car when the train "made sudden jerks" as if it was about to make an abrupt stop Sunday morning.

Snow possible tonight

Sunday, April 3, 2016

A clipper system will bring accumulating snow Monday morning across the higher elevations before changing to rain.

The latest forecast:

Tonight: A chance of snow, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Northwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming southeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Power outages reported from high winds through area

Sunday, April 3, 2016
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Lehighton Walmart reopens after electricity is restored

Several hundred people in the area are still without power because of downed trees and wires because of the high winds overnight and this morning.

Power was out at the Normal Square and Walmart intersections of Route 443. Walmart reopened shortly before 4 p.m. after electricity was restored.

In Carbon County, 280 people are without power, with 195 in Kidder Township and 52 in Mahoning Township. Pockets of outages of East Penn, Palmerton, Penn Forest, Packer, Towamensing and Weissport.

Senator: 2 dead in train-backhoe crash were Amtrak workers

Sunday, April 3, 2016

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — An Amtrak train struck a piece of construction equipment just south of Philadelphia on Sunday causing a derailment, killing two Amtrak workers and sending more than 30 passengers to hospitals, authorities said.

Train 89 was heading from New York to Savannah, Georgia, at about 8 a.m. when it hit a backhoe that was on the track in Chester, about 15 miles outside of Philadelphia, officials said. The impact derailed the lead engine of the train that was carrying more than 300 passengers and seven crew members.

Trump calls on Kasich to quit race: 'He's taking my votes'

Sunday, April 3, 2016

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Donald Trump on Sunday called for John Kasich to drop out of the Republican presidential race, arguing that the Ohio governor who's only won his home state so far shouldn't be allowed to continue accumulating delegates if he has no chance of being the nominee.

High wind, hail possible tonight into Sunday

Saturday, April 2, 2016

A high wind warning remains in effect from midnight tonight to noon Sunday.

Winds will be west to northwest 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.

A squall line may pass through this area between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m., possibly, accompanied by wind gusts to 50 mph and small hail. Otherwise, west to northwest winds will increase sharply near or after midnight and then continue to be strong into Sunday morning. Highest gusts and greatest potential for damaging winds will probably be from about 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. Sunday.

Community Center raises funds for future projects

Saturday, April 2, 2016
Crystal Reid of Lehighton purchases a Chocolate Chip loaf from Teresa Ogden during Saturday’s bake sale.

Homemade apple, blueberry and peach strawberry cakes were sold Saturday afternoon outside of Rita’s in Lehighton.

The congregation of People’s EC Church baked goods to help raise funds for the newly created St. Peter’s Community Resource Center at 177 Main Road in Franklin Township.

The mission of St. Peter’s Community Resource Center according to Director Will Hoffman is “to build relationships, unite the community and be a resource to those in need.”

It’s the Reader’s Turn: Who will be on the ballot for the presidential race?

Saturday, April 2, 2016
Jenna Beck “I think it will be Ted Cruz because he has more experience and his plans are more effective then Trump’s. Bernie will get the nomination because Hillary isn’t focusing on the future. He’s the smart choice for America.”

With the primary election just around the corner, we asked seven first-time voting Lehighton High School students, who will face off for the official candidacy position?

Cryptic tombstone leads to details of 1927 murder

Saturday, April 2, 2016

HANOVER TOWNSHIP — The faded, weatherworn tombstone Michelle Davies sometimes passed in St. Mary’s Cemetery gives passers-by just one cryptic detail about the fate of the bones below.

Underneath the black-and-white picture showing a gloved young woman with crossed ankles and a bouquet of flowers in her lap, the cross-shaped headstone says Jennie Monica, 19, died on June 2, 1927.

“She died rather than sacrifice her honor. May she rest in peace,” reads the inscription, etched into gray stone generations ago.

Female business owners key to a growing economy

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Businesses owned by women are on the rise in our country.

Economists and academics both agree that women entrepreneurs are the under-tapped key to our growing economy.

According to the 2012 U.S. Census, women own 36 percent of all businesses, a jump of over 30 percent since 2007.

For the first time in 2015, female-owned businesses reached the 5 percent goal of awarded government contracts. This accounted for 17.8 billion of all small business eligible government contracts going to women entrepreneurs.