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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Allies' heroics in one of history's most elaborate and dangerous military campaigns is the focus of a new exhibit opening this weekend at Scranton's Everhart Museum.

"D-Day 1944: 'Accept Nothing Less Than Full Victory!'" focuses not just on the June 6, 1944, invasion of France but also the preparation that went into the endeavor, its aftermath and life back home at that time. Running Friday through June 16, it coincides with the invasion's 70th anniversary, a milestone curator Nezka Pfeifer said inspired the show's creation.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Rep. Matt Cartwright

The two Republicans who want to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright have raised only a fraction of the money they will probably need to accomplish their goal, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

Matthew Dietz, a Wind Gap airplane pilot, and Schuylkill County Coroner David J. Moylan have less than $15,000 in cash on hand combined while Cartwright's cash balance is approaching half a million dollars.

17th District

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Palmerton Borough official charged with a misdemeanor bad check offense will have his preliminary hearing next month.

Michael Ballard, 54, is scheduled to appear before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton at 10:30 a.m. March 12.

Ballard was originally scheduled to go before Kissner in December on criminal charges. Instead, the hearing was continued.

A former Palmerton Area School director, Ballard was re-elected to a four-year term on borough council in November's general election.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Blaine R. House, Towamensing Elementary teacher that passed away last May, coached football at Palmerton Area High School, not basketball, and he and his wife, Tammy, were married 23 years.

Incorrect information was listed in an article on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

With temperatures reaching the 40s this past weekend, residents waited in line at area car washes to wash off the salt and the grime of winter.

It was good they took the opportunity because temperatures won't rise above freezing for the rest of the week.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett planned to reveal spending plans for education, jobs, and human services in his "State of the Budget" address today.

The speech, Corbett's fourth since taking office and the final one of his term, introduces the $29.4 billion 2014-2015 budget. Lawmakers will begin to craft the fiscal blueprint on Feb. 10, and a final budget must be adopted by June 30.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Donette Miller's traditional chili took the 2013 judge's choice award during the first "Coming Together For a Cause" chili and boilo cook off contest, sponsored by Tamaqua's East End and American Hose Company #1. This year's event will be held Feb. 15, at the East End Fire Company, and will benefit the American Cancer Society.

A friendly rivalry between two Tamaqua volunteer fire companies has evolved into an annual event to benefit the American Cancer Society.

In 2013, members of the American Hose Company #1 and the East End Fire Company combined their love of chili and coal region specialty boilo to create a Chili and Boilo Cook Off event. The initial event collected $2,800 for the ACS, according to organizers, who hope to top that total this year.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A snow removal announcement by the East Penn Township Board of Supervisors was adamantly reiterated Monday evening.

After having publicly announced it at their Jan. 6 meeting, the supervisors again announced that, according to Township Ordinance 2005-6, it is illegal to deposit, plow, push or shovel snow onto public roadways.

"We understand the need to clean up," said Chairman Dean Kercsmar, "but it can be hazardous if (snow is) thrown back onto the road."

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lisa Hiles of Summit Hill placed this sign at Hiles Brothers Heating, Plumbing, Fuel Oil, Construction along Route 902 in Summit Hill. She's hoping that enough people will "think spring" to have it happen soon. She said, "If we all stare at it and concentrate spring will come."

Is it spring yet?

That seems to be the question on most everyone's mind.

Unfortunately, winter just doesn't seem to want to leave or at least let up for a little.

This week has been particularly active in weather patterns, with winter storm Maximus, which dropped approximately eight inches over the region as it moved its way east on Monday. Now the area is bracing for Nika, which sounds like a beautiful, exotic woman, but really her pretty exterior masks her cold, icy interior.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett is asking lawmakers to approve changes to Pennsylvania's public employee pension system in an effort to save $300 million for the state and school districts next year.

The Republican governor made the appeal during his budget address to lawmakers Tuesday.

Corbett, who's running for re-election, says inaction is unwise and unfair to children and the schools. Rising pension costs is one of Corbett's biggest fiscal challenges, and he says it's also driving up local property taxes.