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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A meeting to plan the 2014 Carbon County Home, Garden & Business Expo will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Carbon Builders Association office, 490 Ore St., Bowmanstown.

For additional information, or to RSVP call 610-379-1099.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

When it met Tuesday evening, Tamaqua Borough Council voted to approve the 2014 street materials contract. Two bids for the materials were received, one from Lehigh Asphalt and Paving of Tamaqua and the other from Pottsville Materials, of Pottsville.

The bids included prices for delivery and for the borough to pick up the materials themselves.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Miller Keystone Blood Center will be conducting a blood drive from 2-5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Palmerton Hospital.

Bob Miller encourages everyone to consider donating blood because there is a critical need. Blood usage is up and donations are down.

If you would like to donate, please contact Denise Kennedy at 610-377-7350.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Fresh fallen snow and falling temperatures create this beautiful scene along Hunter's Creek along Spruce Hollow Road, Little Gap.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Freedom Community Church invites the public to an evening of Candy Bar Bingo, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Lehighton Recreation Center.

Free hot dogs, soda, and hot chocolate will be served. This event is family friendly and all ages can play.

Admission fee is one candy bar per person.

For more info contact Pastor Mark at 610-714-9834 or go to

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Look out your window.

What you see falling before your eyes is what many are calling "The Blizzard of '87."

And before it stops snowing tonight expect from six to 10 inches of fresh snow to cover the several inches of crusty accumulation of snow and ice already firmly in place from storms that hit the area on Sunday and Monday.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS A Jim Thorpe Borough plow truck clears Fisher's hill on Center Street Tuesday afternoon.

There are winners and losers when winter weather hits.

Some examples:

BLUE MOUNTAIN RESORT: Barb Green, owner, said business should continue to thrive. On Tuesday, she said, "The diehard skiers will be out here, the people that don't mind driving in snow. (Today) there will be a lot of people taking off from work."

Green added, "It looks like the weather is cooperating this winter. Mother nature is being good to us this year."

ATHLETIC DIRECTORS: Area athletic directors have been pretty busy lately postponing and rescheduling events due to the weather.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tamaqua's Borough Council meeting Tuesday featured an active public comment period, during which John Tracy questioned council's refusal to act on the recommendation of the borough authority that he be reappointed to a five-year term on the authority.

His term would have begun this month. At a meeting earlier this month, council appointed Phil Houm to fill the vacancy.

"I take issue with Councilman (Tom) Cara and his statements that authority members were uncooperative," said Tracy.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Weissport Council voted on Tuesday night to pay $1,342 to Weed Inc. to spray the weeds along the levee and the Lehigh River. The work will be done in May.

One section that will be sprayed for weeds is the riprap north of the railroad. The other section is the riprap that will be sprayed from the playground south to the end of the levee. The fee will cover labor, materials, insurance and a guarantee.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Carbon County man was sentenced on Tuesday to a long state prison term for striking a Jim Thorpe police officer with his car as he was directing traffic. He also was sentenced on charges of illegal recording and for his part in a fight at the county prison.

Robert W. Monroe, 53, of Towamensing Trails, Albrightsville, was sentenced to four to nine years in a state prison and also faces large restitution bills.

Monroe previously pleaded guilty in three pending cases including the one involving the police officer.