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Friday, January 3, 2014

Three public officials elected in November's general election were sworn in Tuesday in the Schuylkill County courthouse. More than 200 family members, friends, a full compliment of judges, and state and county officials attended.

Taking the oath was newly elected District Attorney Christine A. Holman, who became the first woman elected district attorney of Schuylkill County.

Friday, January 3, 2014
BOB FORD/times news Cars travel slowly on Route 443 in Lehighton Friday morning.

Snow stopped falling shortly after 4 a.m. this morning and now it's time to shovel out.

Don't wait too much longer. It's only going to get colder.

The coldest weather in several years will be arriving by tonight and temperatures are expected to fall below zero.

This is after a pesky snowstorm dumped between 6 to 10 inches of snow throughout the region.

Readers reported 7 inches of snow in Lansford, 10-plus inches in Towamensing Trails, Albrightsville/Penn Forest Township and 8 inches in south Tamaqua, with drifts above 2 1/2 feet.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Three Carbon County row officeholders, all who were reelected last November, were sworn in on Thursday morning during the county court's annual swearing in ceremony held in courtroom one on the second floor of the courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

Judy Moon, register of wills, clerk of the orphans court, took the oath for her fifth full term; William C. McGinley, clerk of courts, began his seventh term; and Ronald Sheehan, treasurer, began his fourth term in office.

Friday, January 3, 2014
Snow falls near St. John's Lutheran Church on North Street in Jim Thorpe.

Area residents report roads are snow covered and slick in the Times News region.

Richard W. Szoke reported, "Palmerton borough in the West End is not good at all."

As of 5 p.m., he said, "The turnpike is pretty good. Interchange road from the McCall bridge to Country Inn was really sloppy for a state road."

Brandi Kuernag said, though that the Hometown Hill was covered at 4:30 p.m. "Traffic is crawling," she said.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A few schools in the area have announced they will be dismissing early today in preparation of the upcoming winter storm.

Jim Thorpe School District will begin dismissing its high school at noon; L.B. Morris and Penn-Kidder Elementary Schools will dismiss at 12:30 p.m.

Panther Valley School District's high school will dismiss at noon; the middle school, 12:30 p.m., and the elementary school, 1 p.m.

Our Lady of The Angels Academy, Lansford, will dismiss at 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The new year is bringing a new storm. The National Weather Service has issued a storm warning for 1 p.m. Thursday into 10 a.m. Friday.

The forecast is for 6 to 10 inches of snow.

Some snow will begin Thursday morning through early afternoon. The storm will pick up by late Thursday afternoon with the bulk of the snow expected Thursday night and Friday morning.

Wind will increase throughout the day, with blowing and drifting snow making travel more dangerous.

Thursday, January 2, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Helen Torok is being sworn in today to a seat on Lehighton Borough Council

Helen Torok is being sworn in today as a new member on Lehighton Borough Council.

She would be called a surprise candidate because she wasn't even on the ballot in the primary.

But she won write-in campaigns to have her name placed on both the Democrat and Republican sides of the November ballot.

In November, she tallied the most votes of five candidates, netting 386, while incumbent Scott Rehrig got 375 and another newcomer, Joseph Flickinger netted 355. Two other incumbents lost.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Bob Silver of Lansford Alive has announced the winners of the Lansford Christmas lighting contest:

Ÿ Traditional - Debbie Kupres, 437 E. Ridge St.

Ÿ Lighting - Theresa Papay, 100 W. Abbott St. (laser lights)

Ÿ Whimsical - Rose Marie Harvan, 112 E. Front St.

Ÿ Creativity - Steve Banditelli, 314 E. Bertsch St.

Ÿ Theme - Krystle Ahner, 814 E Patterson St.

Ÿ Holiday Neighbors - Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Eltringham, 531 E. Abbott St., and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Metro, 533 E. Abbott St.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) recently honored the achievement of Meegan Rossi, of Jim Thorpe, who earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. The award is the highest honor that can be achieved in the Girl Scouts of the USA. To earn the award, Rossi conducted a food drive at Jim Thorpe Area High School, in addition to building additional shelving units at the Christ Lutheran Church food pantry in Jim Thorpe. For her efforts, Rossi was also honored with a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

With Winter finally arriving, Tamaqua Borough officials want to remind residents of regulations in place concerning snow removal and sidewalk safety.

Property owners are required to maintain a clear path, at least three feet wide, on sidewalks. Snow and/or ice must be removed from these pathways within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm.

Snow, ice and other materials may not be thrown into the streets. Fines of $25 and up may be imposed on anyone caught throwing snow or ice into the street, or who fails to maintain a snow-free pathway.