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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
bob ford/times news A bird flies above a shrouded Saint Joseph Church in Jim Thorpe Tuesday afternoon.

The area was shrouded in fog Tuesday and the haze continued this morning.

The fog, combined with icy glazed roads brought road crews out this morning. Area schools decided to play it safe with two-hour delays.

According to the National Weather Service, visibility was reduced to one-quarter mile or less. The fog alert continued through mid-day.

Tonight, there's a chance of snow showers.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Zinc Corp. of America yesterday announced that it will be closing its zinc oxide facility in Palmerton resulting in the layoffs of 100 local men and bringing to an end a legacy of over 80 years of zinc production at the plant.

Workers were notified yesterday of the phasedown, which is scheduled to be completed by September of this year.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Carbon County judges conducted parole/probation revocation hearings recently on petitions filed by the adult probation office.

The petitions were filed against defendants currently on either parole or probation for violating the conditions of their release.

Frank Dandrea, 25, of Weatherly, had his parole revoked on a driving under the influence on petition filed by probation Officer Joseph Bettine for violating conditions by using heroin, which violated the zero tolerance provision, and for his unsuccessful discharge from the Salvation Army program in Harrisburg.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Western Pocono Community Library will be featuring Saturday Movies at the Library.

Movies geared for adults will be played every Saturday in January beginning at 1 p.m. Popcorn and beverages will be available for purchase. For a schedule of movie titles please call the library at 570-992-7934.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21 WPCL will be serving hot tea and cookies (while supplies last). All proceeds benefit the library.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Len Sniscak of Lansford urged Coaldale Borough Council members on Tuesday to take steps to reign in what he feels is excessive compensation among members of the Lansford-Coaldale Joint Water Authority board.

A retired financial professional has investigated compensation schedules of local water utility boards.

He says one stands out as needing drastic change.

And if that change were made, says Lansford's Len Sniscak, every family in Coaldale and Lansford would have about $68 more in their pockets to use for food and other basic needs.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Kim Ernsberger, recreation manager for Hamilton, Jackson, Pocono (HJP) Park and Open Space, recently was named a Certified Park and Recreation Professional by the National Certification Board and the National Recreation and Park Association.

The CPRP certification is granted to individuals employed in the recreation, park resources and leisure services professions who meet eligibility requirements including a combination of higher education and/or work experience and who successfully complete the national CPRP examination.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Jim Thorpe Community Watch meetings will begin on Feb. 20. They will be held at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, at Memorial Park.

Featured guests will be:

Ÿ Feb. 20: Janene M. Holter will do a presentation on identity theft.

Ÿ March 20: Justin Markell will do a tour or presentation on the Carbon County Communications Center.

Ÿ April 17: Magistrate Ed Lewis will do a presentation on the criminal justice system.

Ÿ May 15: Janene M. Holter and Helene Katz will do a presentation on child predators and the social networks.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

An Easton Area School District teacher, who resides in Palmerton, was located late Tuesday evening after she went missing a day earlier.

Palmerton Police found Dana Morgan-Buck, 36, at around 10:53 p.m. Tuesday in a parking lot in the 200 block of Delaware Avenue, according to borough police Chief Randy Smith.

"She was found here in the borough, and taken to Palmerton Hospital for examination," Smith said. "She's fine as far as I know, according to the report."

Smith said Morgan-Buck was located by police as they were "going through the area and found her."

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term Tuesday in the county court on two counts each of indecent assault, corruption of minors and open lewdness He previously entered guilty pleas to the charges.

Bradley R. Johnson, 62, of Lehighton, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve one to two years on each count with the terms running concurrently, followed by two years of state probation.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Jack Frost may be nipping at your nose, and he's also starting to nip away at Easter vacation.

During a Tamaqua School Board committees' meeting Tuesday, directors learned that the school calendar must be adjusted.

"We have to revise once again," said Superintendent Carol Makuta. "We're into Easter recess to get a snow make-up day."

Students will make up the missed days by attending school on Jan. 20, Feb. 17 (President's Day) and April 23.