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Monday, January 13, 2014

Palmerton Area Library, 402 Delaware Ave., will host a 'Meet the Author' event from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 18.

Brandon Nelson, 15, wrote "Denver Downunder," which is now available for purchase on Amazon, in Kindle format only.

The story starts in Moscow, Russia where the Russians are planning to seize robotic intelligence to cripple the United States cyber defense systems. The action moves to Denver, Colo. and the East Coast.

Nelson will talk about why he wrote the book and how he got it published.

Monday, January 13, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A sign inviting people to attend church at Ebenezer Evangelical Church, 441 Center St., Jim Thorpe, has been vandalized at least 10 times since the sign was built by church members about one and a half years ago.


Members of Ebenezer Evangelical Congregation Church of Jim Thorpe, continue to pray for the person who has vandalized their billboard once again.

Michelle Hamm, church secretary, said that the billboard recently was vandalized for about the 10th time since it was installed.

She said the billboard was put up along Route 209 in the Packerton area in Mahoning Township about one and a half years ago by church members.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Pennsylvania Route 248 Eastbound is closed due to debris on the side of the roadway.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the closure is between Delaware Avenue and Pennsylvania Route 946 in Palmerton.
Check back for more information as they become available.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Two Schuylkill County fires have been ruled accidental.

State police fire marshal Trooper Joseph Burns, of the Frackville barracks, said a fire that occurred at 92 Ben Titus Rd., in Rush Township, that occurred on Jan. 10 started in the rear of the home in an enclosed porch. He attributed the fire to an electric space heater. The home was occupied by Aaron Gimbel, Megan Devlin, and Rose Mashak. Mashak was injured in the fire and transported to an area hospital for treatment of burns to her feet.

Monday, January 13, 2014

A former Palmerton Area School District superintendent could be tagged for that position at a school district in Susquehanna County tonight.

Carol Boyce is listed on this evening's Montrose Area School District board of directors' agenda for approval as superintendent of schools, effective Feb. 3, for a three-year contract, at a starting salary of $120,000.

Montrose Area School District is a small, rural school district located in northwestern Susquehanna County.

Contacted this morning, Boyce deferred comment on the matter until a later date.

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Schuylkill County contractor, who was scheduled to have a hearing last week on charges he didn't finish work for clients, is now being investigated by the Pa. Attorney General's office.

John Joseph Kachmar, 48, of Barnesville, had his hearing scheduled because of the AG investigation.

He was charged in Schuylkill with theft by deception fail to correct. receiving stolen property, and deceptive business practice.

Monday, January 13, 2014
Seen in this photo is the sign after vandals defaced it this summer.

Members of Ebenezer Evangelical Congregations Church spent the weekend cleaning up a billboard that has been vandalized.

The billboard with a picture of Jesus is located along Route 209 in the Packerton area of Mahoning Township. It is a frequent target.

On Wednesday, Mahoning Township police received a report that the Ebenezer Evangelical Congregations Church billboard was vandalized overnight.

A bottle of Radiant Colors ink (tribal black) was found next to the billboard. This ink is commonly used by the tattoo industry.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

After two years of talk and little action, pension reform might finally rise to the top of the General Assembly's to-do list in 2014.

If so, it will be for good reason. Escalating pension costs will consume an estimated $2 billion in next year's budget, which must be approved by the end of June, up from $1.4 billion this year. School districts, which pay for roughly half of retirement costs for teachers and other school employees, are facing similar increases that threaten to swamp their budgets with red ink next year and for years to come.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Increased electric service reliability is in sight for a quarter-million PPL Electric Utilities customers in the Poconos and surrounding areas of northeast Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday (1/9) approved the utility's proposed Northeast Pocono Reliability Project, a $335 million project that involves building new electrical substations and a new 230-kilovolt power line running approximately 60 miles, primarily in Lackawanna and Wayne counties.

Other project work is planned to improve existing 69-kilovolt power lines in the region.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Upon the recommendation of the appropriate county row officers, the following positions and salaries were set at the annual Carbon County Salary Board meeting, held in the commissioners' meeting room. The salaries and positions are effective Jan. 1, 2014. Each employee will receive a 3 percent raise.

Clerk of Courts

Ÿ Set the position of one first deputy at $43,516.20 per year;

Ÿ Set the position of one second deputy at $16.83 per hour;

Ÿ Set the position of one clerical specialist at $11.49 per hour;