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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Images of Lehighton is available in time for Christmas shopping. It contains over 200  historial photos.

Nobody know Lehighton history like Lamont Ebbert and Gordon B. Ripkey, both former teachers and administrators in the Lehighton Area School District.

The two life-long residents of the borough have collaborated on a book highlighting Lehighton's history.

That book, entitled "Images of America, Lehighton" is available at numerous locations in the community including Mallard Markets and Lehighton Hardware - just in time for the Christmas shopping season.

The book was produced without any reenumeration for the duo.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Area residents entered guilty pleas to criminal charges at hearings held in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell as follows:

Kerry L. Frank, 32, of 36 Ludlow St., Apt. 2, Summit Hill, seven counts of burglary, was sentenced to serve nine months to two years in a state correctional facility.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

At a Capitol news conference this week, Senate Democrats outlined a comprehensive package of legislation designed to help veterans and their families deal with issues as they return to civilian life from military service.

According to Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), the Saluting Pa. Veterans plan contains measures that promote veterans' education, housing and jobs in addition to initiatives that provide monetary assistance, counseling services and relief for families.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Carbon County residents can probably expect to pay the same on their county taxes in 2014.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve the 2014 budget with no tax increase. As it stands, the tax rate for the county will remain 10.25 mills.

That means that a homeowner with a $100,000 home that is assessed at $50,000 will pay $512.50 in county real estate taxes next year.

The proposed budget, which is broken down into operating funds, $42,138,271; capital projects, $745,000; and special funds, $2,292,325; totals $45,175,596.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Honors recipients at Lehighton Area High School were recognized for the first marking period.

High honors

A high honors status is when a student attains an overall average of 95 in the marking period in all subjects with no grades lower than an 87.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Getting Victory Park prepared for the borough's upcoming sesquicentennial celebrations next year was the main topic of discussion at Monday's Slatington Parks & Recreation Commission meeting in borough hall.

Member Dave Schnaars first asked Chairman Robert Stettner whether or not money had been set aside in the budget for improvements and purchases for 2014, such as sand for the volleyball court.

Other members chimed in about other improvements needed at the park, including picnic tables and benches that need to be replaced, or at least repaired and painted.

Friday, November 22, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS/ ROY ACKERMAN PHOTO Presidential hopeful John F. Kennedy is greeted by Tamaquans on Oct. 28, 1960, at West Broad and Nescopec streets. The photo is held in the archives of the Tamaqua Historical Society.

Presidential nominee John F. Kennedy visited Tamaqua 53 years ago.

Today, the event is a study in contrasts.

Kennedy was a Democrat. Tamaqua was a Republican stronghold.

Kennedy was Catholic. Tamaqua was largely Protestant.

Kennedy came from a background of privilege and wealth. Tamaqua was a working-class, blue-collar town.

Despite those differences, Kennedy's presence on Friday, Oct. 28, 1960, was a big deal for rank-and-file residents, although innocuous in terms of pageantry.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Barry J. Schoch released these facts about the impact of the highway bill:

Ÿ The financing phases in over a five-year period. It is misleading to ignore this fact when gauging the plan's impact. The plan does not include an immediate increase of 28 cents per gallon, as has been reported. Such an estimate is based on the wholesale price of fuel in 2018. It is not possible to predict the price per gallon five years from now.

Friday, November 22, 2013

In order to balance the budget in 2014, Rush Township Supervisors say they must eliminate two full-time positions, a police officer and a township secretary. Rush Township currently has two full-time secretaries; one will be changed to a 20-hour-per-week position. Rush currently has three full-time police officers; one full-time officer position will be covered by part-time officers.