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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The bitter cold is delaying school days yet again.

Schools throughout the TIMES NEWS coverage area called for a delay this morning because of the near zero temperatures and sub-zero wind chills.

Those with two-hour delays include: Carbon Career & Technical Institute, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Palmerton, Panther Valley, St. John Neumann, St. Joseph's Regional, Tamaqua, Weatherly, Pleasant Valley and St. Jerome's Regional.

A wind chill advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. today.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

PJM Interconnection, the electricity grid operator for more than 61 million people in 13 states and the District of Columbia, is asking consumers to conserve electricity today. The call for conservation is prompted by another wave of frigid weather that will push up the demand for electricity.

The request is being made throughout the entire area served by PJM. The demand for electricity and the need for conservation is expected to be highest Tuesday evening.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Thirty-five "polar bears" took the plunge this weekend to help raise money for a local Catholic school.

During the first annual St. Joseph's Regional Academy Polar Plunge, held at Mauch Chunk Lake in Jim Thorpe on Saturday, dozens of jumpers, as well as 19 chickens, braved the bitter temperatures to participate in the event. Some were dressed in costumes, while others donned their summer attire.

When all was said and done, over $6,000 was raised for the school.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Representatives of a Lansford garment business that recently went through an employee-takeover in order to survive, have asked the board of directors of the Carbon-Schuylkill Industrial Development Corporation (CSIDC) to assist them in any way possible to unravel the red tape that has ownership of the building where the company is based tied up in a bankruptcy case.

Monday, January 27, 2014

State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) has announced the Mobile Veterans Center will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the American Legion, 314 Veterans Ave., Lehighton.

Services include individual, group, family and bereavement counseling; medical referrals; assistance in applying for Veterans Affairs benefits; employment counseling; guidance and referrals; and alcohol and drug assessments. The veterans center is scheduled to return to the Lehighton American Legion on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Monday, January 27, 2014

A number of defendants appeared this past week before District Judge Steven Bayer, whose court is located in Tamaqua, on charges related to driving under the influence of alcohol and/or controlled substances. One defendant failed to appear for his preliminary hearing, which was then conducted without him. All of the defendants will now face trial in Schuylkill County Court.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Four people were killed in crashes over the weekend.

A one-vehicle crash on Andreas Road in West Penn Township early Sunday morning resulted in the death of Bryn Watkins, 21, of Coaldale.

Watkins was operating a black Nissan Titan pick up truck around 2:45 a.m., when he lost control. The pick up truck struck a utility pole and rolled over, ejecting Watkins from the cab.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Schuylkill County Coroner Larry Neff.

Monday, January 27, 2014
Adams in Carbon Prison file photo

A new twist in the matter of a fight involving a Jim Thorpe football star emerged Friday when police filed assault, stalking, and harassment charges against the man the athlete is accused of beating.

Kirt D. Adams, 57, of Nesquehoning, who police said had been attacked by Ryan R. Saunders II, 18, of Penn Forest Township, and another teenager on Dec. 18, was charged after authorities determined that Adams had followed Saunders to a Lehighton home following a road rage incident that had begun four miles north in Jim Thorpe.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Preliminary hearings held this month in the Tamaqua court of District Judge Steven Bayer included a case involving two defendants accused in a retail theft incident at the Hometown Commons Wal-Mart.

Samuel O. Koch, 54, of 220 High St., and Judith A. Allen, 57, of 118 Railroad St., both of Tamaqua, were each charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and conspiracy to commit theft following the Aug. 31 incident.

Monday, January 27, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Carbon-Schuylkill Industrial Development Corporation welcome incoming president David Kuchta, standing second from right, during the group's annual reorganization meeting at The Mansion House in Summit Hill. Since the group's inception in 1957, there has been 19 men to serve as president of the CSIDC. Standing, from left, are Larry Marek; Richard E. Forgay, executive director; Russell King, treasurer; Kuchta; and Andy Snoha.Second row, Dan Dopira, Bill Gardiner and