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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Lehigh Carbon Community College has announced the dean's list for the fall 2014 semester.

Students with an academic grade point average of at least 3.50 achieve dean's list status. They include the following students from the Times News coverage area:

Albrightsville: Vanessa Cole, Ashli Daley, Alan Dent, David Ingrassia, Michael Ingrassia, Brian McNellis, Nicole Merriman, Melissa Napoletano, Garrett Rizzo, Alisha Stelling and Valerie Vazquez.

Andreas: Justin Balliet.

Aquashicola: Kimberly Komala.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The following schools are on a two-hour delay because of road conditions:

Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Palmerton, Panther Valley, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern Lehigh, Weatherly and Tamaqua.

Please use caution while driving.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A coastal storm is headed our way Saturday, bringing significant amounts of snow.

Here's the latest forecast:
Overnight: A chance of snow showers, mainly before 3am. Cloudy, with a low around 23. Light southeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Thursday: Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 36. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 18. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The weather forecast has forced the postponement of the following athletic events for today:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Court documents released Wednesday show a grand jury has concluded there are reasonable grounds to charge Pennsylvania’s top prosecutor with perjury, false swearing, official oppression and obstruction after an investigation into leaks of secret grand jury material.

The records made public by the state Supreme Court say the grand jury’s Dec. 18 presentment regarding Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane has been sent by the supervising judge to the district attorney in Montgomery County for any prosecution.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tamaqua Area School district is the first school in the area to call for an early dismissal. We will update the story if any other school change their schedules for today.

Northwestern Lehigh has also announced an early dismissal. The high school and middle school will be dismissing at 11:00 a.m. and the elementary school will be letting out at 12:15 p.m.

Northern Lehigh announced a 1:00 p.m. closing for the high school and middle school and all after school activities postponed.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Snow is expected to begin across the region this afternoon.
One to 2 inches are expected, which could make a slippery afternoon commute.

The forecast from the National Weather Service:
Today: Snow likely, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. East wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tonight: Snow, mainly before 1am. Low around 23. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — With the dashboard camera in their cruiser rolling, police pulled a Jaguar over for running a stop sign on a dark night. But things suddenly turned tense when one of the officers warned his partner that he could see a gun in the glove compartment.

Screaming over and over "Don't you f---ing move!" and "Show me your hands!" at the man in the passenger seat, the officer reached into the car and appeared to remove a silver handgun.

Then, the passenger, despite being warned repeatedly not to move, stepped out of the Jaguar, his hands raised about shoulder level.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Christopher Czapla, Tamaqua Area Middle School principal,

has announced the December students of the month. Earning the award were, from left: Tyler Steigerwalt, sixth grade; Brandon Lusch, seventh grade; Sarah Maue, eighth grade; Matthew Franklin, eighth grade; Ashlei Arthurton, seventh grade; and Regina McMahon, sixth grade.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Lauren Elizabeth Campbell

Each year the Concourse Club of Palmerton honors five Guiding Stars from the Palmerton Area High School.

The Guiding Stars are chosen by a committee of high school educators in the district.

A Guiding Star must be a female student in the top 25 percent of the senior class and be involved in both school and community activities.

Each Guiding Star receives a certificate, an engraved Guiding Star charm and a $100 cash award.