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Friday, December 13, 2013

Smoke detectors

Jim Thorpe Fire Chief Bill Diehm, would like to let the residents of Jim Thorpe know that there are smoke detectors available. These items are for residents that do not have any for their homes. If you are interested please contact Chief Diehm at 570-325-3890.

Holiday party

Members of the Phoenix Hose Company will hold their holiday party at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 at the fire company. Deadline to make reservations is Dec. 20 and will be accepted by calling Arlene at 570-325-4251.

Class of 1964

Friday, December 13, 2013

Carbon County is planning to reduce the parking fee in its county lot in 2014.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to advertise an amendment to the parking ordinance of the lot. The amendment, which Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard outlined, will be to continue charging $5 on weekdays; but reduce the weekend rate from $10 to $6, with the exception of the weekends in October, which will remain as $10, as well as the St. Patrick's Day parade weekend.

Friday, December 13, 2013

A Jim Thorpe woman died Sunday in a skiing accident in Vermont, according to published reports.

The Killington Ski Patrol found the body of Jennifer Strohl, 21, at 4:45 p.m. about 10 feet off the Great Northern Trail at Killington Mountain. Her friends had reported her missing at 3 p.m.; they had not seen her since about 10:45 a.m. when she became separated from the group.

Strohl had suffered head injuries as a result of a collision, and was not wearing a helmet, according to newspaper and television reports. Her death is not being considered suspicious.

Friday, December 13, 2013

By sundown today, skies will cloud over and the temperature will drop to 21 degrees, noted weather forecasters.

By tomorrow afternoon, a blanket of snow will cover the area possibly as much as eight inches.

The National Weather Service said snow should move in by early moning and continue throughout the day.

The NWS is predicting four to eight inches locally.

Snow will continue until midnight when the snow will change to freezing rain and sleet, which is expected to continue through overnight hours.

Friday, December 13, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Mahlon Arner of Palmerton was happy to greet visitors, Marge Porambo, a Meals on Wheels volunteer and Concourse Club of Palmerton treasurer, and Venita Horinko, a Concourse Club member. Porambo not only delivered his meals for the day, but the ladies also gave him a hand made Christmas wreath as a gift from the Concourse Club. Every Palmerton Meals on Wheels client received this gift. "This has been a community project for the last 10 years because it brings cheer to the clients," says Porambo.

Friday, December 13, 2013

This morning's cloudy weather cleared and gave us mostly sunny skies this afternoon with a high temperature of 29 degrees so the air feels winter comfortable, but by sundown, the skies will cloud over and the temperature will drop to 21 degrees, noted the Weather Channel. Snow showers are forecast for later tonight.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Carbon County is planning to reduce the parking fee in its county lot in 2014.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to advertise an amendment to the parking ordinance of the lot. The amendment, which Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard outlined, will include a rate reduction on weekends.

For the complete story, grab a copy of today's Times News.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Sabir Duncan Johnson, 18

A teenager who police said brought a fully loaded replica revolver to Jim Thorpe Area High School is back in Philadelphia while he awaits court action.

Sabir Duncan Johnson, 18, who lived in a ChildFirst Services Inc. group home in Albrightsville when he brought the gun to school on Nov. 27, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
TIMES NEWS file photo Bhaskarbhai Patel

Charges against the former owner of a Bowmanstown convenience store accused of the indecent assault of a customer have been dismissed after the alleged victim failed to show up for court.

Bhaskarbhai Patel, 49, of Ben Salem, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

But the alleged victim never showed up for the hearing. However, the dismissal gives the commonwealth the opportunity to refile the charges at a later date.

Patel faced charges of indecent assault and harassment.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley High School's Leo Club members Nina Giambalvo, president, and Rosana Ponce, tell Mrs. Santa Claus (Joyce Castillo of the Western Pocono Lioness Club) what they would like for Christmas, while Elizabeth Bartos, 7, tells Santa Claus (Joseph Malocheski) what she hopes to find under the tree at the Western Pocono Women's Club's annual Breakfast for Santa held at Salem UCC in Gilbert.

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