Churches throughout our area and worldwide were aglow with the sights and sounds of the season, including St. Joseph Church in Jim Thorpe, where the lights, greenery, and a Nativity scene made last weekend's Christmas Mass special for worshippers.
Other area Kmart and Sears stores also safe
Sears Holdings Company has announced its first round of store closings and the Walnutport Kmart isn't on the list.
Sears stores in Whitehall and Frackville also will remain open, as will its portrait studio at the Laurel Mall in Hazleton.
Yesterday Sears announced the closing of 79 stores nationwide – Sears and Kmart combined. A second round of store closings will be announced in the near future.
Earlier this week, Sears said it could close up to 120 stores.
The only Pennsylvania stores on yesterday's list are in Upper Darby and Pottstown.
This is an open letter to all your readers who drive:
I am asking for your help to ban photo traffic enforcement in Pennsylvania.
As a motorist, you know how important road safety is when exercising your inalienable right to freedom of travel.
Photo enforcement exists to raise revenue. It does this by causing more crashes, injuries and fatalities. Money, not safety, is the goal.
January is National Blood Donor Month.
Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives:
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 3:30 to 7 p.m., Nesquehoning VFW, 300 Center Street, Nesquehoning. For information call 570-669-9201.
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2 to 5 p.m., M&T Bank, 100 E. Broad Street, Tamaqua. Call Call 570-668-0640.
Saturday, Jan. 7, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., The Boat Yard, replacement drive for Arthur "Smokey" Highland, 251 Canal Street, Lehighton. Call 570-657-6620.
Franklin Township residents can dispose of their Christmas trees after Sunday, Jan. 1 at the Phifer Ice Dam Park using the Penn Street entrance.
As the year 2011 draws to a close I cannot help wonder what resolutions I will make to improve my lifestyle. It seems that every year we all do the same ole stuff. You know – clean the garage, take out the trash, lose weight and be nicer to your spousal equivalent.
Well, I have a different idea for next year. I'll call it "remember the first time." Think about all the happy moments we had in our life with the many first-time experiences we had. You know ... when I first shot my first buck, got my first car (boy, was that a bucket of bolts).
Pocono Mountain Regional Police have arrested Alex Vigo, 32, of Long Pond, for driving under the influence.
Police said the arrest was made after a stop for a Vehicle Code violation on Dec. 28 on Rt. 196 in Coolbaugh Township.
Police said officers detected the odor of burned marijuana emanating from the vehicle in which Vigo was the operator. Police said he failed field sobriety tests and was arrested and transported to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for a blood analysis.
A New Tripoli man died during a one vehicle crash early last evening in Weisenberg Township.
Fred A. Bowman, 76, was pronounced dead after his vehicle traveled into a yard and struck a well casing, a parked SUV, a concrete porch of a home, and then into a home where it caused major structure damage.
Trooper Francis L. DeMatto of the Fogelsville barracks of the state police said the investigation remains open pending a coroner's report, but that death may have occurred prior to the crash.
It's becoming quite common this time of the year.
Select a football all-star team and you're bound to have a host of Northern Lehigh players on it.
After another successful season (the Bulldogs have reached postseason play in 13 of the last 14 years), it shouldn't come as a shock that Joe Tout's club once again dominated the TIMES NEWS First Team.
In all, nine players received mention on our top team. Leading the way is TN Football Player of the Year Trevor Yashur. Two other Bulldogs were recognized on the Second Team.
Katrina Marie Vandling, 22, of 81 Jamestown Drive, Lehighton, is facing drug-related charges filed against her by Nesquehoning police, who said they were called to the Carbon County Correctional Facility in the borough after prison officials and sheriff's deputies found her to be in possession of the unlawful items.
Police said she was arraigned before District Justice Casimir Kosciolek on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a communications device by an inmate. She was retained in prison in lieu of $1,000 bail.
To the Panther Valley Football Association:
Yesterday, I picked up the paper and after reading the sports section I could not believe it.
The Scholar Athlete Award was given to the WATER BOY/equipment helper! He never even played!
ARE YOU KIDDING? What a Joke!
What a way to slap the face of the players who played their hearts out, with sprains, sore muscles, broken bones and dedication to the sport.
Is it any wonder why the enrollment in PV sports is declining?
I am writing in regards to our local law enforcement officers and whom ever answered my 911 call on the evening of 12/28/2011. I want to explain my dilemma and what came of it. I answered a knock at my front door around 6:20 p.m. and a young black male claimed he was from direct power and was checking to see if I had recieved my rebate check he told me he needed my PPL bill.
Imagine my surprise Sunday morning discovering that my car was a victim of a hit and run driver. I can only surmise that the driver was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The damage to my car and the incovenience and monetery loss is typical of an impaired driver. The insurance copany declared this accident a total loss.
The 2012 bowl season is here and the Nittany Lions will be going to Dallas to face The Houston Cougars (12-1) in the TicketCity Bowl. Yes, Penn State fans, the Nittany Lions have literally punched their ticket to the TicketCity Bowl. I don't know if it's neccessarily the show that the 9-3 Lions wanted to attend, but it seems the bowl reps had already given out all the good seats to the "cool" shows.
The following actions were filed in Carbon County as mortgage foreclosures for alleged defaults on loans:
Oak Capital Trust, Anaheim Hills, Callif., filed against Amy L. Allen and Christopher M. Allen, 634 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton, over a property at that address. Sought is $57,329.96, plus continuing interest, costs and fees.
If someone asks you to take a hike Sunday, do it
With a new year just a day away, it might not be the best time to lay a guilt trip on people.
But then again, this is the time for New Year's resolutions, and by the second week of January, many of our greatest intentions may already be history.
For all you couch potatoes who crave that Sunday football game fix, there's an alternative.
And for all you procrastinators who are used to pushing back that diet just one more week even after putting on those extra pounds from the many Christmas calories fests there is hope.
Nesquehoning police report the arrest of Jordan Michael Tessitore, 19, of 209 E. Patterson St., Lansford, on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The arrest stems from an incident on Dec. 19 at 2:59 p.m. at McDonald's, 180 Market St.
Police said they were called to the restaurant after an employee noticed drug paraphernalia in a car Tessitore was driving when he went through the drive-through serving line.
Upon responding and talking to Tessitore police found him to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will serve a free community New Year's Day pork and sauerkraut dinner on Sunday in it's Luther Hall. Dinner will include potatoes, vegetables and dessert.
Dinner will be served for up to 250 people from noon until 2 p.m.
The Northern Lehigh Senior High School honor roll for the first marking period of the 2011-2012 school year has been announced by Mr. Robert Vlasaty, Principal.
State police at the Frackville barracks are investigating a burglary that happened between 9 a.m. Dec. 24 and 9:30 a.m. Dec. 28 at a cabin owned by the Wildcat Gun Club, 137 Wildcat Road, Walker Township.
Police said someone entered the cabin by forcing open a door on the south side of the building. Once inside, the actor(s) removed two beige-colored kerosene heaters, a blue 1,000-watt generator, two steel pool pumps, about 8-10 garbage bags of crushed aluminum cans, a 2-1/2-gallong clear fuel can, various lengths of electrical wire and an aluminum roof antenna.
The Tamaqua boys' and Panther Valley girls' basketball teams notched wins, while Palmerton, Panther Valley and Tamaqua took to the wrestling mats.
The Blue Raiders held a 20-point halftime lead and cruised to the win over Schuylkill Haven, 58-35.
Zach Wargula's 14 points, Brett Kosciolek's 13 and Jake Fegley's 10 led the scoring for Tamaqua.
Brandon Weiser led the 'Canes in the losing effort.
Tamaqua won the JV game, 57-18, as Mike Weinert's 12 points and Drew Chartier's 11 led the way.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Juan Castillo's eyes got red and watery and his voice quivered slightly when he was asked if he ever lost confidence in himself during his struggles as a first-time defensive coordinator.
"The only thing for me is: I don't want to fail my head coach," Castillo said. "I don't want to fail him, man. I don't want to fail my boss."
The Philadelphia Eagles aren't going to the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and just the fourth time in coach Andy Reid's 13 seasons.
PV doesn't feel St. Ann's housing should be exempt
A low-income senior housing project in Lansford meets the criteria for tax-exempt status, a Carbon County judge has ruled.
Catholic Housing Corporation's St. Ann's School Apartments, 30 E. Bertsch St., is a charity and therefore relieved of property tax obligations to the Panther Valley School District, Lansford borough and the county, Judge Richard W. Webb ruled on Dec. 23.
However, the school district has appealed the ruling, attorney Michael Greek told Lansford Borough Council on Wednesday.
Feed the People
The public is invited to a "Feed the People" program on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at the Summit Hill Heritage Center, 1 W. Hazard St., Summit Hill.
This is a new program being started by community members to provide a hot meal for anyone in need. This will be the first meal served through the program which will reach through Summit Hill, Lansford and Coaldale.
100 acres of nostalgia in Snydersville
Many have Christmas traditions handed down to them from generation to generation. Baking cookies, trimming a Christmas tree and caroling are just a few.
When families gather, they often tell and retell their stories of past Christmases.
What if you could relive Christmas days of yore? What would it have been like to have a Christmas tree with no electric lights or to bake cookies in the oven of a wood stove or to work on making homemade Christmas presents by candlelight?
Colleen Booth, 135 Clearview Drive, Palmerton, filed against Kevin Booth, 355 Hahn's Dairy Road, Palmerton. They were married May 9, 1998.
Owes for vehicle
M & T Bank, N.A., successor in interest to M & T Credit Corporation, Buffalo, N.Y., filed a civil action against Daniel P. Marsolick, 227 E. McMurtrie St., Summit Hill, claiming the defendant defaulted on a retail installment contract involving the purchase of a 2008 Adventurer 38T recreational vehicle.
December 30, 2002 Dave Conway and Eddie McLaughlin each score six first-quarter points as Marian jumps out to an early lead and then cruises to a 57-40 win over Northwestern. Conway finishes with a team-high 17 points for the Colts, who hold an 18-6 advantage after the opening frame. Zane Hadzick adds 13 for the winners, coached by Mick Stefanek, while McLaughlin ends with 11. Marian also receives 10 points from Jim Mansell, while Northwestern's TJ Stellar scores a game-high 20.
Tonight, at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, some of the greatest songs of the past decades will be sung when the Fabulous Greaseband makes an appearance.
The concert is at 8 p.m. and tickets will be available at the door for $22 each.
Tomorrow night, a special New Year's Eve event is slated with Live Wire, considered "the world's greatest AC/DC tribute," will be on the large stage.
It's a concert for all ages and the concert starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance and $27 the night of the show.
Carlene (Kohut) Jones and Bruce Jones, both of Tamaqua, were remarried in a special ceremony on Aug. 6, 2011 in Macungie, Pa.
The Hon. Arnold C. Rapoport officiated the double ring ceremony, which took place at Das Awkscht Fescht. The ceremony was held in the Camaro tent at the car show, as Mrs. Jones, who is a deputy clerk for Judge Rapoport, is a fan of Camaros.
Judge Rapoport is a founding member of the car show, and since the couple are car buffs, they felt it was the perfect setting for a second wedding.
The cost of garbage permits in Penn Forest Township have gone down this year. The township has also added a limited usage permit. The prices for a one-year permit are as follows:
Regular residential permit: $75 for four bags per week, backpunching is allowed. This price is available until Jan. 6. There is a $1 charger per extra bag.
Limited usage permit: $50 for two bags per week, no backpunching allowed. This permit is not available after Jan. 6. There is a $1 charger per extra bag.
A fee schedule is available for bigger items.
State police at Schuylkill Haven are continuing their investigation into the dumping of 13 tombstones in a remote area of Schuylkill county. The tombstones were discovered Wednesday morning by a hiker on property of the Reading Anthracite Company. The scene is just east of the Burma Road, about a mile northeast of St. Clair in East Norwegian Township. Security personnel of Reading Anthracite said the tombstones were dumped at the site in the past two weeks. State police are asking anyone who may have any information into the investigation to call them at (570) 593-2000.