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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

An Albrightsville woman who police said was driving under the influence of alcohol drove her vehicle southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 for 18 miles on New Year's Day.

"It was a miracle the operator and her passenger, or any motorist were not killed or injured severely from this incident," said a state trooper from the Dunmore barracks after Paige Cicardo, 22, of Aazlea Drive, was stopped via a roadblock. Police said light traffic due to the holiday could have created a more serious outcome.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Palmerton Hospital Adult Day Services at Blue Mountain Health System will hold its Family Caregiver Support Group on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Palmerton Health Center at 217 Franklin Avenue in Palmerton.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A former retail store in Palmerton could be converted into a pair of apartments.

That's if the borough's Zoning Hearing Board opts to grant a variance request when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8.

At that time, Paul Rueda will seek permission to convert the former retail store and apartment at 757 Church Street into two apartments.

The former retail store was abandoned several years ago, at which time the use of the property was reverted to residential.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The winter's blue sky reflects off the top of the Still Creek reservoir in Rush Township following a few days of less than "colorful" weather.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
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The Franklin Township Lions Club recently gave five Christmas baskets to needy families in the township. They also give baskets at Easter and Thanksgiving. The club also gave $1,000 to the Trinity Lutheran Food Bank. Lions members participating in the project are, front l-r, Shirl Gross, Pat Hawk, Elaine Correll, and back l-r, Kermit Heiland, Carl Gross, Joel Christman, and Franklin Township Elementary School Guidance Director Debora McCain.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Several local area legislators were sworn in Tuesday at the state Capitol in Harrisburg. From left are Rep. Mike Carroll; Rep. Jerry Knowles; Sen. David G. Argall; Rep. Julie Harhart; Sen. John Yudichak, and Rep. Doyle Heffley.

HARRISBURG – In front of family and friends, Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill) was sworn in to serve his second term in the state Senate Tuesday afternoon at the state Capitol.

Argall, who was recently appointed Chairman of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, reflected on several key issues.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Dec. 28 approved changes in PPL Electric Utilities' distribution rates effective Jan. 1, 2013.

The new rates will provide about $71 million in additional annual revenue.

For residential customers, the changes include an increase in distribution charges to reflect higher operating and maintenance expenses, including recovery of extraordinary costs for storms in 2011, and improvements to the distribution system over the past two years to enable PPL Electric Utilities to provide safe, reliable service to customers.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Police and firefighters were called to an overturned truck in the middle of SR54 in Barnesville just before 2:30 a.m. Monday. When they responded they noticed the driver was missing. Beer bottles and cans could also be seen spread around the crash site. Firefighters pointed out fresh footprints in the snow, which lead away from the crash and into the woods. In addition to Rush Township police, Ryan Township police and state police, firefighters, and paramedics from Ryan Township and Delano responded. No more information was available as of press time.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Police from Schuylkill and Carbon counties responded to a report of "shots fired" Tuesday night along SR443 in West Penn Township. A motorist reported he was traveling east near Sandy's Show Bar in the village of Mantzville when at least one shot struck his car. He raced to a business along Rex Road in Mahoning Township where he called authorities. Police from West Penn and Mahoning townships, Summit Hill, and Lehighton responded to the scene along with state troopers from the Frackville barracks. Police did find damage to the roof of the car and are continuing their investigation.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Jim Thorpe Borough Council has passed the 2013 final budget. JT Borough Council has announced that there will be no tax increase for 2013.

The budget was tentatively passed in November and the final budget has now been approved.

The taxes are:

Real Estate Tax- 6.4 mills equals $97,416 is one mill

Fire Tax- .5 mill equals $48,708 is a mill

Occupational Tax- .0055 %

Per Capita Tax- $5

LST Tax- $25.00 ($5 share with school district)

Earned Income Tax- 1% (1/2 shared with school district)

Realty Transfer Tax- 1%