The Jim Thorpe Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire at 216 W. 13th St. in the borough just before 11 p.m. Saturday. The first crew responded within minutes and found a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicle fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters had to use foam to put the fire out. The cause of the fire was unknown, as there was too much damage done to the vehicle for that to be determined, according to borough Fire Chief Jarrod Steber. No injuries were reported. There was some grass damage.
Mario Scavello, Republican, and Mark Aurand, Democrat, will vie for the 40th district seat in Pennsylvania's Senate in Tuesday's general election. The district covers parts of Monroe and Northampton counties.
The Times News asked each candidate the same set of questions. The answers are printed below. Aurand did not respond as of press time.
What will it take to achieve property tax reform in Pennsylvania?
Voters in Carbon, Schuylkill, Monroe and Lehigh counties will have their say at the polls Tuesday when Pennsylvania holds General Election 2014, highlighted by the spirited campaign for the commonwealth's governor's position.
Voters in three of those counties (Carbon, Schuylkill and Monroe) will also have a choice in who will represent them in Washington, as there is a two-person competition for the 17th Congressional District seat that stretches across three counties in the Times News coverage area.
In addition to being able to vote in the races for Pennsylvania governor and the U.S. House of Representatives, 17th Congressional District, Carbon County voters have a key Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat on their ballot on Tuesday.
Rep. Doyle Heffley, a Republican from Lower Towamensing Township, is running for re-election to a two-year term in the 122nd District.
Heffley succeeded Rep. Keith McCall upon the latter's retirement at the end of 2010, having won two-year terms in both the 2010 and 2012 elections.
The Rotary Club ofSlatington set up cutouts of American pilgrims for the 2014 Walnutport Canal Festival held recently.Visitors were able to have their photo taken looking like a pilgrim. The Northern Lehigh High School Art department, which created the pilgrim cutouts,donated them to the Rotary Club, which has used them for the past three years. The Rotary Club provides these pilgrim cutouts as a service to the community. Picturedin the pilgrim cutouts are Jen Burnard, and her son, Bradley, as they enjoy the Canal Festival.
The choices of voters in Tuesday's General Election in Monroe County will be plentiful.
That's because in addition to casting their vote for the Pennsylvania governor candidate of their choice, county voters will have decisions to make in two congressional districts, two Pennsylvania Senate races and three state House of Representatives contests.
Of course, the keynote contest on top of the ballot is that of Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, being challenged by Democrat Tom Wolf for the four-year term.
Feed the People will serve dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Johns Evangelist Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott St. (Tunnel Street entrance), Lansford.
All are welcome to this community dinner.
If the Panther Valley School District closes early or has an early dismissal, dinner will be canceled.
For more information, call 570-657-1480.
The Women's Ecumenical Bible study will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Good Shepherd Room of St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue.
Joan DeAcetis, group leader, invites all women of the community to join the group. They are currently studying the Book of Daniel. They meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.
Conflicting claims by a political candidate and an area non-profit organization took center stage Monday afternoon, less than 24 hours before polls open for the general election.
Members of the Lehighton 9/12 Project held a protest outside the Carbon County Democratic headquarters on South First Street in Lehighton.
Around 10 people, many of them holding signs, spoke out against claims by Patti Borger, Democratic candidate for the 122nd district seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, in an advertisement Borger placed in the Times News.
A Kunkletown teen was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence after he fled the scene of a domestic dispute Sunday, according to state police at Lehighton.
Police responded to the dispute in the 1200-block of Wood View Road in Eldred Township around 10 p.m.
Nicholas James Frable, 18, fled the scene in a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta, which crashed into a tree on Fiddletown Road, police said.
Frable then fled on foot until he was located near his residence.