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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A slight decrease in taxes is part of the 2015 budget of Summit Hill borough.

The borough council adopted the final budget by a 4-1 vote during a meeting Monday. The budget shows a decrease of 0.25 mills.

Opposed was Michael Kokinda. He didn't indicate why he was against the budget.

In favor were Council President Jesse Walck, Michael Alabovitz, John O'Gurek and Bill O'Gurek. Absent were Gregory Kosciolek and Bill Chapman.

The budget is based on 15.6 total mills, which is less than last year's assessment of 15.85 mills.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Women's Club of Lehighton presented an original drawing by the Rev. Benton Zettlemoyer to Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton. The drawing will be displayed in the hospital's lobby. The 5 by 3 foot drawing of the "Birth of Christ" is done in pastel fluorescent chalks and will be displayed annually during the Christmas season.

Mrs. Jeanne Smith, publicity chairman of the women's club, commented on the presentation, saying "It is so beautiful, we wanted he community to enjoy it."

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

An 81-year-old New Tripoli man died of injuries as a result of a two-vehicle crash at 1 p.m. Monday in Lynn Township.

Ralph Everett, of 8039 Kings Highway, Lynn Township, was pronounced dead at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest by the Lehigh County Coroner's Office.

Scott Grim, Lehigh County coroner, said Everett died as a result of blunt-force neck trauma. He ruled the manner of death an accident.

The crash happened at the intersection of Route 143 and Behler Road in Lynn Township.

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..