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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

We are in for a soggy Christmas Eve.

The National Weather Service says we could get an inch or more of rain Wednesday.

Here’s the forecast:

This Afternoon: A chance of rain or drizzle. Cloudy, with a high near 43. Light east wind. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight: Periods of rain or drizzle, mainly after 11pm. Areas of fog. Low around 42. Southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Memorial services have been announced for the four teens killed in a fiery crash Friday night in Lower Towamensing Township.

Services for Courtney A. Murray, 13, and her brother, Nathan C. Murray, 16, of Palmerton will be held Wednesday at noon at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2915 Fireline Road, Palmerton, PA, 18071. Call is from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday in the church.

Contributions can be made to the Carbon County Friends of Animals, 63 Broad St., Jim Thorpe, PA, 18229.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Chestnuthill Township

Effort United Methodist will have a service at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

McMichaels UMC will hold a worship service at 7 p.m. with candlelight and music. Children will receive glow sticks so it is safer for them to hold.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church will offer Mass at 4, 7 and 10 p.m. There will be no Mass at 8 a.m.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Heavy smoke belches from home at 530 E. Kline Ave., Lansford, as the result of a working kitchen fire. Fast response by firefighters contained the flames to the kitchen of the wooden row home.

It began as a stove fire. The flames spread and within a short time, the entire kitchen was ablaze in a Lansford row home Monday night.

Quick response by firefighters resulted in the containment of the fire and averted a potentially major conflagration.

The fire happened at about 6:30 p.m. at 530 E. Kline Ave. in Lansford. When firefighters reached the scene, they found a "working fire" in the kitchen of the home.

The house is one of four attached, two-story wooden dwellings on the narrow street.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Cleaver

A two-year contract extension approved Monday night will take Jonathan Cleaver's run as Lehighton Area School District superintendent through at least the 2017-18 school year.

By a 7-1 vote, with director Hal Resh absent, Cleaver will receive a 2.27 percent salary increase at $132,000 for the 2016-17 school year and a 2.22 percent increase at $135,000 for the 2017-18 school year.

All other terms of Cleaver's contract remain the same, according to the memorandum of understanding.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Six-year-old Addie Fausett likely is celebrating her last Christmas.

The Utah girl suffers from a terminal illness that causes cerebral atrophy. Her motor and speech skills have deteriorated so much that she can't walk or say more than one word at a time, and her doctors do not expect her to live another year.

She can, however, open letters, and when Mount Nittany eighth-grader Ashley Wolynec learned what was at the top of Addie's Christmas list — a lifetime of Christmas cards — she had to respond.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Hundreds attended a vigil held Monday night in the Palmerton Borough Park in memory of the victims who were killed Friday night in a fiery two-car crash on Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township.

For more on this story, see Tuesday!s Times News..

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Carbon County Coroner’s Office has identified four teens killed Friday night in a fiery crash.

Coroner Bruce Nalesnik confirmed Monday that the teens were Michael Muniz, 17, of Palmerton; Austin T. Hunsicker, 16, of Bowmanstown; Nathan Murray, 16, of Palmerton; and Courtney Anne Murray, 13, of Palmerton.

Dental records were used to identify three of the four teens.

Cause of death is listed as multiple blunt force injuries to either the head or torso.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Zion Opera Workshop, the longest continually running theater group in Carbon County, will be holding open auditions on Friday for their annual show.

The auditions will be held at 1 and 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron streets, Lehighton.

The group puts on one Broadway-style show each year and more recently has started performing an annual summer outdoor Broadway Revue. This year's show will be Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun."

Show dates will be Thursday, March 5; Friday, March 6 and two shows on Saturday, March 7.

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation driver's license and photo centers will be closed Thursday for Christmas.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online at www.dmv.state.pa.us.