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Saturday, December 27, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS  Mum is the word as these St. John Neumann Regional School students perform during the school's Christmas Show, Christmas in the Kitchen, held recently at the Assumption BVM Church in Slatington.

Some students really know how to cook up good, old-fashioned holiday spirit.

Just ask St. John Neumann Regional School students, who did exactly that during the school's annual Christmas Show held recently at Assumption BVM Church in Slatington.

As part of the show, the students performed their musical, Christmas in the Kitchen. Students made cookies, which helped tell the Christmas story, according to instructor Mary Hartz.

She said the musical began with Mary and Joseph, whose foot-shaped cookies made their feet skip on their long journey to Bethlehem.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

An 80-year-old Slatington man was killed when his vehicle struck a rock embankment and then another vehicle on Friday.

Charles M. Eaches Sr. of 8633 Brown St. was pronounced dead by Lehigh County Chief Deputy Coroner Andrew H. Kehm.

Kehm said the cause of death was multiple traumatic injuries due to the motor vehicle accident. The manner of death was ruled accident.

The crash happened at about 3:05 p.m. at the intersection of Best Station Road at Spur Road, Washington Township.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

An armed man robbed the ESSA Bank on Route 209, Chestnut Hill Township, shortly before 5 p.m. Friday.

According to Pennsylvania State Police investigating officer Jeff Kowalski, Fern Ridge, the man entered the bank, displayed a dark-colored handgun, commanded everyone to get on the floor and demanded cash.

He fled, but the victims did not know what means he used to get away, or which direction he went.

Saturday, December 27, 2014
JARRED HEDES/TIMES NEWS The view from atop Blue Mountain Ski Area. The resort boasts the highest vertical drop in the region.

Thanks to the cold temperatures, avid skiers were able to frequent several local ski areas earlier than usual this year.

Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Palmerton and Jack Frost Big Boulder in Kidder Township, both in Carbon County, have been open since late last month.

But what exactly is it about the Carbon County ski areas that makes them such popular destination points this time of year?

Who do they attract

Saturday, December 27, 2014

It's 2:40 a.m. on the Sunday before Christmas, and several families apparently don't know where their children are.

These particular teens are in Tamaqua, riding ATVs in the South Ward section of the borough.

Police were alerted to a suspicious vehicle that morning and attempted to stop an ATV, which was in the 200 block of Race Street.

Saturday, December 27, 2014
The Rev. Robert Teklinski, left, pastor of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, points out details of the church to Nesquehoning Historical Society members Tim Sverduk, center, and Rita Trucios.

Nesquehoning was a bustling hub of visitors last weekend during the first Nesquehoning Historical Society Church Tour.

The seven churches of the borough, as well as the site of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, which was torn down following the church consolidation in 2008, opened their doors to tours and to tell the rich history that lay within the walls of the congregations.

Bill Gardiner, historical society member, said that the event was "the greatest idea," citing that people from Palmerton, Jim Thorpe, Whitehall and beyond came to see the beauty that the churches possess.

Saturday, December 27, 2014
Harold Moll, Tamaqua High School "Kevin Durant, (NBA), because he went through a lot when he was growing up. He was raised by a single mom, and recently fought back through an injury."

Is there a famous athlete that you look up to as a role model?

Saturday, December 27, 2014

In the age of Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, Pennsylvania is stuck in the past century when it comes to voter registration.

Prospective voters can download the necessary form online, but can't submit it digitally. Instead, they have to mail it or personally deliver it to their county voter registration office.

That's among the voting procedures some members of the General Assembly want to change. It's early in the new legislative session, but several proposals to modernize voting protocol are already circulating among state lawmakers.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

WASHINGTON More teens are trying out e-cigarettes than the real thing, according to the government's annual drug use survey.

Researchers were surprised at how many eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders reported using electronic cigarettes this year, even as regular smoking by teens dropped to new lows.

Nearly 9 percent of eighth-graders said they had used an e-cigarette in the previous month, while just 4 percent reported smoking a traditional cigarette, said the report being released Tuesday by the National Institutes of Health.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas excitement turned into disappointment for many people who received PlayStation and Xbox devices Thursday.

The game systems require a connection to Sony or Microsoft. Those connections were disrupted by computer hackers.

As a result, people couldn't play their eagerly awaited Christmas presents.

A group called The Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the hacking.

According to the British Broadcasting Company, reports suggest The Lizard Squad is based in Russia.