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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS A car thermometer read -9 degrees in Andreas at 6:45 a.m. this morning.

Temperature records shattered like crystal under a soprano's "high C" this morning as the mercury plunged to new lows.

The National Weather Service logged the temperature at minus 7 in Lehighton this morning, minus 14 in Stroudsburg, and minus 7 in Allentown.

Times News reader Amy Baddick Herring reported minus 17 in Albrightsville, Brett Heckman reported minus 9 in Lehighton, and Lisa Stroup said her thermometer read minus 9 in Palmerton.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A total of 13 defendants in pending driving under the influence cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Monday.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II accepted the pleas from the following:

Sean Michael Kutz, 37, of Jim Thorpe, was arrested on Aug. 23, 2014, by state police at Lehighton along Fairyland Road in Franklin Township. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

St. John United Church of Christ, on Pine Street in Tamaqua, held its third in a series of monthlong dedication services for its new church. This morning's Homecoming Service was attended by 485 people and was followed by a banquet, attended by 425.

Miss Annie Stein was honored as the congregant with the longest continuous membership, having been confirmed in the church in 1896.

Paul H. Miller served as the master of ceremonies.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) A proposal to sell off most of Pennsylvania's state-owned liquor system and its wholesale distribution network moved ahead with a vote in the Legislature on Monday, although its prospects to become law remain uncertain.

The state House Liquor Control Committee voted 15-to-10 to advance a Republican-backed proposal similar to a bill that passed the House but stalled in the Senate during the last legislative session.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Defendants in pending criminal cases entered a plea before Carbon County President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II:

Nicole Ann Park, 33, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of criminal conspiracy-receiving stolen property.

She was charged by Franklin Township police for her part in the theft of a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber handgun from the home of Denise and Douglas Hass, 445 Main Road, on or about Nov. 12, 2013. There is a co-defendant in the case.

She told Nanovic she traded the gun for illegal drugs in the Allentown area.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Rush Township has hired Portnoff Law Associates Ltd. to collect its delinquent garbage fees and sewer fees.

After Feb. 19, each delinquent property owner will receive a notice advising him or her of the balance due.

Attached to the notice will be a schedule of legal fees that Portnoff Law Associates will potentially assess against the property, if the property owner fails to respond to the notice.

Recipients of the notice will be afforded a 30-day grace period within which to make payment arrangements.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

On Monday the Kidder Township Zoning Hearing Board approved a request to install two electronic signs at the entrances of Split Rock Resort.

Township Zoning Officer Ginny Compton had denied the request because the current township ordinance does not allow for signs which are "animated, sequential, flashing or oscillating."

Split Rock also needed approval from the board because according to the ordinance, signs are not permitted within the right of way and a sign must be located on the same premises to which it refers.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Lehigh County man admitted to drug dealing in Carbon County.

He was one of two defendants in pending drug cases to enter a guilty plea on Monday before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Sells to confidential informant

Jonathan Matthew Schick, 26, of Slatington, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-cocaine.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The following schools are on a two-hour delay Tuesday because of wind chills below zero:

Carbon County Career and Technical Institute, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Palmerton, Pleasant Valley, Panther Valley, Tamaqua and Weatherly.

Monday, February 23, 2015

A late-night fire destroyed a Weatherly residence Saturday and left an elderly woman dead.

Firefighters responded to the 200 block of Entwistle Street shortly after the blaze broke out around 10 p.m.

Weatherly Fire Chief Don Weston said it was fully involved when crews got on the scene, with flames bursting through the roof of the one-story home.

Despite their best efforts, firefighters were unable to save the home's lone occupant.