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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.

Allentown man pleads guilty for incidents in Rush Twp.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

An Allentown man, who went on a rampage in Hometown, Rush Township, and on the football field of Marian Catholic High School, entered a guilty plea in Schuylkill County court to a number of criminal charges and was sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin.

On this date

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October 2, 1987

Travis Kunkle, poster child for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, will hold its first public appearance at the foundation's opening of a new office in Whitehall on Monday. He is the 4-year-old son of David and Connie Kunkle of Palmerton R. 1. He was diagnosed at birth to be a victim of cystic fibrosis. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation comprises a 15 county area.

U.S. Senate candidate stops in Lehighton

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

U.S. Senate candidate Tom Smith, a Republican, brought his bus to the Carbon County Republican Committee office in Lehighton on Monday afternoon. About 50 people greeted him. Smith, second from left, with, from left, Carbon County Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard; Carbon County Republican Party Chairperson MaryEllen Salerno, and Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein. Smith spoke on his platform during his visit to Lehighton.

Berks mobile home park operator fined by DEP

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Berks County firm that owns 73 mobile home parks in the state, including one in West Penn Township, has been fined a total of $1,339,000 by the state Department of Environmental Resources (DEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), following a joint investigation by the two regulatory agencies.

GSP Management Co., of Morgantown, was ordered to make corrective measures at the parks it owns. One park is The Pines at West Penn, located south of SR895 between New Ringgold and Snyders.

Blessing of the Animals Sat. and Sun. in Tamaqua

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Two Tamaqua churches will be holding pet blessing services this weekend in respect to the festival day of St. Francis of Assisi. Community members are encouraged to bring their leashed pets.

On Saturday, a Blessing of the Animals church service will be held at the St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pine and Mauch Chunk Street in Tamaqua. The service will begin at 10 a.m. Owners are responsible for proper control and any accidents of their pets. For more information, call the church at (570) 668-4570.

Weatherly's historic train shop roof coming down

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Contractors are half way done the demolition and removal of the roof of Weatherly's historic train shops. The decision was made by borough council to remove the roof after the borough's insurance company said the roof had to be torn down for both safety and liability reasons. The walls will remain standing.

Summit Hill bank to close

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS The Summit Hill branch of First Niagara Bank will be closing at the end of the business day on Dec. 28. A bank has been located at the Chestnut and Ludlow Street location since 1919.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS The Summit Hill branch of First Niagara Bank will be closing at the end of the business day on Dec. 28. A bank has been located at the Chestnut and Ludlow Street location since 1919.

Summit Hill will soon become Carbon County's largest community without a bank.

First Niagara will be closing its Summit Hill branch, located at 2 East Ludlow St., on Friday, Dec. 28.

It is advising its customers that accounts will transfer to the Lansford branch of the bank, located at 13 W. Ridge St.

The closing of the bank has been anticipated for some time by local residents.

Late last year, First Niagara Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Sales Manager Joseph Tedesco announced the branch would be closing in early 2012.

Yudichak anti-gang proposal approved

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The state Senate Appropriations Committee Monday approved Sen. John Yudichak's amendment to an anti-gang bill, toughening penalties for gang members who recruit anyone under 16 years old. The law also broadens enforcement tools by treating gang recruitment by jailed gang members with the full force of the law.

Fireworks, Car Show Saturday in Kaska

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Kaska Volunteer Fire Company will be holding a fireworks display along with their annual car show this Saturday. The auto show lasts from 1 to 6 p.m., with music from 2 to 6 p.m. In addition to food and other activities, the fire company will also be providing a fireworks display, which is scheduled to start at dusk.

Weissport discusses streets; plans to hire part time police officer

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Weissport Council discussed two important issues that will impact the residents of the borough. Both involve their safety and welfare.

Council president Gene Kershner said he met with David L. Horst, Benesch engineering firm, Pottsville, and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to discuss roads within the borough.

Kershner said that he and the borough engineer looked at borough streets.

"We drove through town and White Street is the worst," he said. Kershner noted that the back alley is also in poor shape.