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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a former Pennsylvania state prison inmate pleaded guilty today in Scranton before Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley to mailing a letter threatening to injure and kill a Monroe County Common Pleas President Judge Margherita P. Worthington.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The National Weather Service says spotty freezing drizzle may occur late tonight.

More winter weather is heading our way this weekend. Low pressure will be developing northeastward off the mid Atlantic coast Saturday night and Sunday.

A mixture of precipitation including snow is expected. This should not be major storm. Uncertainty exists regarding precipitation types and amounts of each type.

The forecast:
Tonight: Scattered flurries, mixing with freezing drizzle after 10pm, then gradually ending. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. West wind around 13 mph.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Marines who served with a man believed to have killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives said he fought constantly with her, although a Veterans Administration psychiatrist deemed him free of any suicidal or homicidal thoughts a week before the deadly rampage.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview."

The cancellation announced Wednesday was a startling blow to the Hollywood studio that has been shaken by hacker leaks and intimidations over the last several weeks by an anonymous group calling itself Guardians of Peace.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Property taxes in Franklin Township will stay the same for 2015 and the municipality will keep its police department after much discussion during the past year.

Supervisors on Tuesday night unanimously approved next year's spending plan, which keeps the current 6.3-mill property tax rate, the same it has been since 2010. The township is anticipating $1,168,263 in tax revenue.

Also identical to last year is the garbage collection rate at $225 or the early payment discount rate of $215.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Carbon Career & Technical Institute students Kaylee Murphy andJeanna Struble, inconjunction with the American Heart Association and HOSA, recently raised awareness at CCTI about the effects of heart disease on their community.

The students created a poster promoting the American Heart Association to bring awareness of heart disease to the school staff and students.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

For well over a year, the Weissport Municipal Authority has been debating what should be done about borough residents who have become delinquent in their sewage account payments. Dale Nansteel, senior accountant for the authority, noted some residents have not made any payments during the entire year.

Nansteel warned the authority members that unless the delinquents are made to pay their bills, the authority will not be able to repay the financing agency for the recently installed system.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Saturday was a busy one for Salvation Army volunteers, beginning at 6 a.m., as more than 400 hams needed to be loaded into a truck and delivered to Lehighton for the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's Carbon County Toys For Tots distribution. That's a lot of hams to be moved, and a last-minute call for help was made Friday night via Facebook. The request worked. Pictured filling the truck are Cy Leonard, Dina Depos, Donald Knoblauch and Matt Greenly. Present, but not pictured, were Joe Franko, Melissa Latham and

Maj. Sharon Whispell.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In their last meeting of the year, Chestnuthill Township supervisors passed the proposed 2015 budget released in November.

According to the budget, township residents will see a real estate tax increase of 1.25 mills in the new year. The 6.45 mills includes 5.2 mills for the Chestnuthill Township municipal and road budget, 1 mill for the West End Fire Company and 0.25 mills for West End Community Ambulance.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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A Facebook campaign conducted by Bill and Sharon Chapman, owners of Parkview Inn