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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

It began as a way to scout talent for the USA Luge Olympic team.

Since its modest beginning, Winterfest has taken on a life of its own at Blue Mountain Ski Resort.

The fourth annual event will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the resort just outside of Palmerton.

Those who attend will see ice carvings, dog sledding, tubing, skiing, torch parades, and fireworks, according to Barbara Green, owner.

Green said interest in the event has grown over the years.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

It's official. Lehighton will not be constructing a new hydroelectric plant.

The borough had been approved for a $5.5 million state grant two years ago for the project and had already received the paperwork to physically receive that grant.

Monday night borough council agreed to return that contract to the state.

The borough had been working on the financing of the plant with Summit Water Nexus, a spin-off from Gravity Renewables Group of Colorado.

The plant would have been constructed on Pohopoco Creek at the basin of Beltzville Lake.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A Royal Caribbean cruise ship headed back to its home port in the U.S. on Monday after hundreds of passengers and crew members fell ill with vomiting and diarrhea during what was supposed to be a 10-day getaway in the sun.

 

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

At the direction of Governor Corbett, PennDOT has extended the temporary waiver on certain restrictions on commercial drivers to allow for continued smooth delivery of heating oil and propane gas to homes and businesses for heating purposes.

“Winter shows no signs of easing its barrage of bitterly cold weather, and we are extending the waiver to prevent any possibility of people being left without deliveries of fuel,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch.

 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and if you have a romantic story to share about how you or your spouse proposed, we would love to hear about it.

Send us your special story and we will pick what we believe to be the most romantic. That couple will receive a $50 gift card for dinner at Roadie’s Restaurant at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe.

We will announce the winner and publish as many stories as we can in our Friday, Feb. 14 edition.

Stories should be 400 words or less and please remember, we reserve the right to edit any submissions. Deadline is noon Monday, Feb. 10.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Slatington Borough Authority officers chosen for 2014 are, from left, David Frederick, assistant treasurer; William Stein, chairman; Darrell Baus, secretary; Anthony Gnas, treasurer; Scott Schuckert, assistant secretary; and (not pictured) Laurie Dart-Schnaufer, vice chairman.

A bid for a large wastewater treatment plant project was awarded, and new officers chosen, at the Slatington Borough Authority's Reorganization meeting Monday morning in borough hall.

Authority Special Projects engineer Ted Stevenson, of Rettew Associates, presented authority members with three bids received Monday, Jan. 20, for a Trickling Filter Media Replacement Project.

The three bids were received from C&T Associates Inc., Lisbon Buildings Infrastructures Inc. and Eastern Environmental Contractors Inc.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

District Judge Steven Bayer, whose court is located in Tamaqua, had a large number of drug related cases scheduled for preliminary hearings last week. All but one of the defendants chose to waive their right and have their cases heard in Schuylkill County Courts. Two men were charged with multiple offenses.

One defendant was a McAdoo juvenile, charged with making unsworn false statements to law enforcement. She was charged by McAdoo Police Chief Jeffrey Wainwright following an Oct. 8, 2013 incident.

She was released on her own recognizance.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

We're looking for people who listen to the police scanner nights, weekends and overnight.

If you do, send us an email at tneditor@tnonline.com.

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.