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Monday, December 2, 2013

An Albrightsville teenager, who brought a replica air-propelled revolver loaded with six 2-inch long bullets to school last Wednesday, remains in Carbon County Prison under $100,000 straight cash bail.

Sabir Duncan Johnson, 18, whose address is listed as 2605 Route 903, brought the Black Ops air gun to the Jim Thorpe Area High School, police said.

Johnson was caught after he asked two girls in his class to look at his backpack, which contained the gun.

The girls alerted school officials.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Many local townships might not feel the sting of rising employee insurance costs now.

But, come 2015, those same townships figure to be hit hard, at least in part, due to the Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as "ObamaCare."

The Affordable Care Act is a United States Federal Statute that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010.

Together, with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, it represents the most significant regulatory overhaul of the U.S. health care system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.

Monday, December 2, 2013
Dean Founds of Summit Hill rips into a wing during the Batter's Box Wing Off Friday afternoon. Founds won the event, eating 47 wings in 10 minutes.

While many people were out looking for hot deals on Black Friday, 13 people were at the Batter's Box Sports Bar and Grille in Summit Hill looking for hot wings.

The Batter's Box and Magic 105.5, the local radio station, teamed up to host the first "Batter's Box Wing Off" in memory of Ray "Moose" Hartung. All proceeds from the event benefitted the Hartung family.

Monday, December 2, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS About 90 people from 25 area churches took part in the 11th annual cantata at Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton, on Sunday. The cantata was "Christ Was Born For This," and was accompanied by a 20-member orchestra.

Zion United Church of Christ in Lehighton presented its 11th annual ecumenical cantata Sunday night.

Entitled "Christ Was Born For This, it featured about 90 voices from 25 area churches as well as the Zion Opera Workshop of Lehighton.

Brad Cressley, music director at the host church, directed the choir as well as the 20-member accompanying orchestra.

The welcome and introduction was given by Rev. Christopher deForest, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Mahoning Township.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Parryville Council adopted the 2014 tentative budget on Saturday. Taxes will remain at 11.5 mills and one mill for fire safety. Final adoption will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17.

With two of the five Parryville Council members absent, Mike Grant, president, counted on both attending members Sharon Keiser, vice president; and Cathy Hawk, to continue the afternoon's business. The meeting was held Saturday afternoon because Tuesday's regular meeting was canceled because of weather. Absent on Saturday were Jennifer Borger and Jennifer Emrey.

Monday, December 2, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Five-year-old Joey Gindhart of Lansford tells Santa what he's hoping to get on Christmas. Santa arrived Saturday night in the borough park. Behind him are Santa's helpers, Morgan Rosohac, left, and Janelle Balliet.

The Christmas season officially arrived in Lansford, Saturday night.

Santa arrived. The Christmas trees in the borough park were lit. There was caroling, free horse-and-buggy rides for children, musical entertainment, the naming of Little Miss Snowflake, and even wrapped presents for all who attended.

Several hundred people ignored biting cold temperatures to attend the festive event, sponsored by the Lansford Alive Improvement Committee.

Marie Ondrus served as the master of ceremonies, assisted by Kerry Dowd of Radio Station WMGH, Lansford.

Monday, December 2, 2013
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Connor Veglia, center, during his Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony. With his are his father, Brian Veglia, far left, and his mother, Judy Veglia. At far right, is Eric Resch, assistant district commissioner of Black Rock District, Boy Scouts.

Connor Veglia, Tamaqua, a member of Troop 777, became the Black Rock District's 80th Eagle Scout at a ceremony Sunday at St. John's United Church of Christ in Tamaqua.

As Connor knows, achieving Scouting's highest rank isn't easy; getting the medal out of its presentation box proved to be no simple matter either. The beautiful medal was held to its backer board by several plastic cuffs.

Scoutmaster Scott Winterburn, Black Rock District, Hawk Mountain weathered the slight glitch with aplomb. Did anybody have some clippers?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Winter Wonderland in the Park will be held from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, in Memorial Park, located on East 10th Street, Jim Thorpe. There will be a Christmas tree lighting, holiday crafts for children and a visit with Santa Claus. Hot chocolate and cookies will also be distributed to guests.

The event is free and open to the public, but donations to the evening's sponsors, Jim Thorpe Police and Jim Thorpe Community Watch, are appreciated.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Fran Arieta was taking her regular daily walk in the Our Lady of Mount Carmel cemetery in Nesquehoning on Nov. 18, when pausing at her father's grave, she became aware that something was missing.

"The first thing I noticed was the flags had been removed from the vets' graves," she said.

The priest who had them removed from the cemetery, known as the Gate of Heaven, the Rev. Anthony M. Drouncheck, says he was within his rights and that the flags were worn and blowing into a neighbor's yard.

Monday, December 2, 2013
BILL GEORGE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS This house fire at 2385 Little Gap Road in Lower Towamensing  Township was fully involved when firefighters arrived on the scene.

A house on Little Gap Road in Lower Towamensing Township was destroyed early Sunday morning by a fast-moving fire, which melted power lines and the siding on three neighboring houses.

Aquashicola Fire Chief Bill George said firefighters were dispatched at 2:15 a.m. to a dwelling fire with flames showing. The house at 2385 Little Gap Road was engulfed in flames when they arrived on scene.

"It was a total ball of fire," George said. "There was nothing we could do except protect the neighboring houses."