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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

"Meet the Cougars" night at Lehigh Carbon Community College's new Jim Thorpe campus, which was scheduled for tonight, has been canceled because of the extreme cold weather.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Many schools throughout the area are delayed this morning because of the weird winter weather moving through the area.

Carbon County Head Start, Carbon Career & Technical Institute, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Palmerton, Panther Valley, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern Lehigh, Tamaqua, Our Lady of The Angels Academy, St. John Neumann, St. Joseph Regional Academy, SS. Peter and Paul, St. Jerome Regional and Weatherly schools are all operating on a two-hour delay today.

This is the beginning of the next wintry blast of arctic air that is slated to move through the region later today.

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Lower Towamensing Township man will again seek permission to modify his home occupation to conduct repairs out of a garage.

Matthew Steinmetz will once again go before the township's zoning hearing board at 7 p.m. Wednesday in search of a special exception, which would also be used for storage related to the activity.

At that time, Steinmetz will attempt to secure a special exception to modify his home occupation at 425 Hahns Dairy Road to conduct repairs out of a garage, and to use it for storage related to the activity.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Effective Feb. 1, the Lehighton Salvation Army store is closing.

"We will be out of here by or before that date,"said Kathy Kriner, store manager, who has been employed there for 12 years.

Three full-time and four part-time workers will become unemployed by the store's closure.

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Slatington Lions Club will meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Moose Club.

The speaker will be Donald Trexler, who will discuss the Beacon Lodge.

Monday, January 6, 2014

A meeting of the Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee will be heldat 7 p.m. Wednesday inthe Palmerton Borough Hall.

Prior to that, the Christmas in the Park Committee will meet at 6 p.m.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Carbon County Animal Shelter will benefit from sales at Pizza Hut from noon to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6.

Anyone who wants to help the homeless dogs should stop by the Lehighton Pizza Hut on Monday.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Pennsylvania Sen. Vanessa Lowery-Brown, D-Philadelphia, is proposing a bill that would allow school boards to include classes in gun safety for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

The classes would be based on the Eddie Eagle firearm safety education program, which teaches four absolutes children must do upon encountering a gun:

1. Stop

2. Don't touch

3. Leave the area

4. Tell an adult

Monday, January 6, 2014

In Pennsylvania in 2011, 34 children under the age of 14 four of them under age 5 were injured by guns. The Pennsylvania Department of Health compiled a report that includes the instances of firearm injuries requiring hospitalization among children aged 14 and under. Here are the numbers by county for 2011, the most recent data available:

Allegheny County: 2

Cumberland County: 2

Dauphin County: 2

Delaware County: 4

Lancaster County: 1

Lawrence County: 1

Lehigh County: 1

Luzerne County: 1

Northampton County: 2

Monday, January 6, 2014
Roy Angst

The Panther Valley School District, its board and superintendent and one board member in particular violated the terms of former JROTC senior instructor Kenneth Markovich's contract, violated his civil rights, and released confidential information to the public, according to a federal lawsuit filed by Markovich.

Markovich, of Pottsville, filed the 15-page suit through his attorney, Michael J. Fiorillo, on Dec. 27 in U.S. District Court in Scranton. The suit asks for more than $75,000 in damages.