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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Due to inclement weather expected in Carbon County this week, Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) has announced the postponement of his Veterans Expo, which had been scheduled for today at the American Legion in Lehighton.

"I'm looking forward to meeting with our region's veterans but I don't want to encourage anyone to drive in poor weather conditions," Heffley said.

"After consulting with the vendors involved in the event, we decided to move it to next week."

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

St. John's United Church of Christ, 15 N. Second St., Slatington, will offer a free Thanksgiving dinner from noon until 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28. All are welcome.

No reservations are required, but are appreciated. Call the church office at 610-767-5554 for information or to make a reservation. The office is open 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

A light snow coats the railroad tracks along the Lehigh River in Jim Thorpe. A winter weather advisory has been issued for the area today through this evening, calling for snow, sleet and freezing rain.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Tamaqua man remains imprisoned on rape related charges following a preliminary hearing before District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua, last week.

Angel Anthony Resto, 21, of 62 Hunter St., elected to have his hearing but failed to have any of the charges dismissed.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Work continues on the construction of an addition to the Lehighton Fire Station on South Third Street. Lehighton Borough Manager Nicole Beckett said the new structure could be occupied as soon as early December.

The fire station project on South Third Street in Lehighton is nearing completion.

Lehighton Borough Manager Nicole Beckett, who has been a coordinator for the project, said she anticipates the new facilities could be occupied as soon as early December.

She said the project won't be completed by then, but the building will be able to be occupied.

The project includes the addition of several new bays, office space, and shower facilities. The new bays connect the Lehigh Fire Company No. 1 building with Station 2, the Engine Company No. 2 building.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The recount of the votes cast for the office of district attorney in Schuylkill County, which was to take place this morning at the courthouse in Pottsville, was postponed until Wednesday morning.

Hearings on the petitions to recount the vote for supervisor in Schuylkill Township and mayor of Mahanoy City proceeded this morning as scheduled.

The delay in the DA recount was caused by a last minute petition filed by another group of Democratic voters. President Judge William E. Baldwin scheduled a hearing to be held on this petition this morning.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Weatherly Area School District Holiday Concert will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, in the middle school gym, 602 Sixth St., Weatherly.

The evening of musical entertainment features all musical ensembles in the district, from elementary band and chorus through middle school band and chorus to high school band and chorus. Refreshments will be served following the concert in the elementary/middle school cafeteria.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Polk Township supervisors are still working on the 2014 proposed budget.

"No one wants to hear about taxes being raised. But we're kicking it around," Supervisor Chairman Brian Ahner said at Monday night's supervisors' meeting.

There has been no tax increase in Polk taxes since 2005. It has been at 3.3 mills for the last eight years.

Currently the amount of tax money Polk receives is $219,296. If the township adds 1 mill, it will realize an increase to $285,749. At a 1.5 mill increase, it will realize $318,976 and a 2 mill increase will realize $352,202.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Some changes are coming regarding parking in Lehighton's downtown, including extending hours for metered parking.

Councilman Scott Rehrig said the effective date hasn't been determined. Changes include:

Ÿ Meter parking will be from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. with the price being 25-cents-per-hour, except at marked locations where it will be 25-cents per 30 minutes.

The present rate is 25 cents per hour, but meter parking ends at 5 p.m.

Ÿ Parking for casino buses and route buses will be moved to in front of the former PNC Bank Building on South First Street.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Colder temperatures have enabled several local ski areas to get an early start to their season.

Blue Mountain Ski Area, in Lower Towamensing Township, plans to open on Black Friday, while Jack Frost and Big Boulder, in Kidder Township, have already been open for several weeks.

Blue Mountain Ski Area will open at 8:30 a.m. Friday with seven trails.