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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

With the Thanksgiving travel period under way, PennDOT today urged motorists to use caution and allow extra time to reach their destinations.

"The Thanksgiving travel period tends to bring the highest volume of traffic to our roadways and, unfortunately, it has the highest number of crashes compared to other holidays as well," PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. "Drivers should build extra travel time into their schedules, especially with varying winter weather across the state."

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Police discovered a weapon this morning at Jim Thorpe Area High School and another man reportedly had a knife at a Lansford bus stop.

According to scanner and school reports, police from several communities responded to Jim Thorpe Area High School about 9 a.m. when it was reported that a student had a gun in a gym bag.

The student was reportedly taken into custody by police. Scanner reports said someone was being taken to the police station.

Police established a perimeter around the school.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lake Harmony Fire Chief, Ralph Lennon shows off some of the 32 trophies that Station 17 brought home in 2013.

The firefighters of Station 17 in Kidder Township are real pros at fighting fires and they are getting to be pros at fire parades as well.

For several years now the Lake Harmony Fire Company has brought home a firetruck load of first place trophies at township parades and state conventions.

For 2013 Lake Harmony was awarded 32 trophies. Of those, 28 were first place honors.

"The season runs from spring through fall" said Fire Chief Ralph Lennon. "We typically attend six parades, two of which are the much larger Pennsylvania and New Jersey Firefighters Conventions."

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Sheridan Wall, a fifth grade student at Panther Valley Elementary School, was happy to find a coat. She shopped with Bella Wall, 3; and Nakiah Wall, 5, who also found new coats.

Between 250 to 300 coats recently were distributed to low income families in Carbon County through a coat drive organized by Carbon County Association of Realtors.

The coats were distributed at Panther Valley Elementary School. This is the third year the Realtors held the coat drive.

In the first hour, nearly 30 families stopped by for a coat. Also on hand for distribution were hats and scarves which were donated by the teachers at the school.

"Each year it gets bigger with more coats donated and more coats are given away," said Kathy Henderson, CCAR office manager.

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.