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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lehighton's police chief has a new contract in place.

By a unanimous measure, borough council on Monday unanimously approved an employment agreement with borough Police Chief Brian Biechy.

Per the agreement, Biechy will receive an annual salary of $72,800, effective Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2015.

Biechy has been police chief since Dec. 21, 2013. At that time, he succeeded Scott Prebosnyak, who was serving as the officer in charge.

At that time, council sought applications for the police chief position, but Prebosnyak indicated he wasn't interested.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Summit Hill Lions Club recently continued its tradition of making annual Christmas donations to community and area organizations, presenting $1,400 ($200 each) to the Summit Hill Historical Society, Summit Hill Recreation Commission, Summit Hill Shade Tree Committee, Diligence Fire Company No. 1, Toys for Tots, Carbon County Friends of Animals and The Salvation Army.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS First Baptist Church and St. Mary's Byzantine Church are two stops during the first Nesquehoning Historical Society Church Tour on Saturday. Tickets are still available for the tour.

Tickets are still available for the first Nesquehoning Historical Society Church Tour on Saturday.

The event will include church tours of seven churches in the borough, as well as the site of the former Sacred Heart Church, located along West High Street. It will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Four defendants in pending driving under the influence cases entered guilty pleas on Monday in Carbon County court before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Dezera Colleen Defiore, 23, of Catasauqua, was arrested on May 24, 2013, by Kidder Township police along Route 940. Given a test, the result was 0.14 BAC.

Sentencing was deferred.

Steven Neil Spaide, 43, of Freeland, was arrested on June 7 by state police at Hazleton along Buck Mountain Road in Lausanne Township, following his involvement in a hit-and-run accident. Given a test, the result was 0.20 BAC.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Anyone wishing to plow within the Borough of Lehighton are required to do the following things:

Ÿ Register with the borough of Lehighton.

Ÿ Provide copy of valid driver's license.

Ÿ Provide valid insurance with a rider for plowing if plowing a commercial business, or valid car insurance only for plowing parking spaces.

Ÿ Provide phone number.

Ÿ List all areas you will be plowing and when.

Ÿ There are to be no piles anywhere.

Ÿ If temporary pile is made for removal, truck must be present at the time to remove the pile immediately.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

An application for medical offices is among a pair of requests set to be reviewed by the Lehighton Zoning Hearing Board.

The application from Blakeslee Commons LLC, 2216 Willow Park Road, Bethlehem, will be revisited when the zoning board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Blakeslee Commons has requested a special exception from a section of the borough zoning ordinance that pertains to special uses as the property at Ninth and Bridge streets is located in an industrial zoning district.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Palmerton Area School District has announced that schools will have early dismissal on Dec. 23 and then close for the winter holiday until school is back in session on Jan. 2, which will be a full day.

Please note the following details that will have an effect on bus schedules on Dec. 23:

Ÿ Secondary students (7-12) dismissal at 11 a.m.

Ÿ Elementary students (K-6) dismissal at 11:45 a.m.

Ÿ All a.m. and p.m. kindergarten students will attend the a.m. session. (Early dismissal day schedule for kindergarten students is 8:30 to 11:45 a.m.)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Area residents aired mixed feelings on the proposed demolition of the Packerton Yards during a meeting of the Carbon County Commissioners.

About 15 people, both local and out-of-town individuals, expressed their concerns about the upcoming project. While some were in favor of economic development of the yards, others pleaded for preservation of the historic 42,000-square-foot building. One speaker said, "The real heritage of this area is the blue-collar workers, not the building."

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

For Jews around the world, the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah begins this evening at sundown.

Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is a celebration of joy. All signs of sadness are avoided and there is to be no fasting. At funerals, eulogies are omitted.

Typical celebrations include the giving of gifts on each day of Hanukkah. Traditional foods served during the season include latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly-filled doughnuts), which are fried in oil.