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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It appears more and more likely that Lehighton will be able to avert a municipal tax increase next year.

Borough Council continued its review of the 2015 spending plan at a brief special meeting on Tuesday.

Borough Manager Nicole Beckett said that next year's budget remains on track with no tax increase.

If council were to approve next year's budget with no tax increase, it would leave the tax rate in check at 7.5 mills.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tamaqua residents are facing a potential 1 mill increase in taxes this year.

The first look at the 2015 budget came at Tuesday night's regular meeting. Although borough manager Kevin Steigerwalt did not include a tax increase in the proposal, the bottom line of the general fund came up $242,249 short.

Councilman Brian Connely proposed the 1 mill increase, however, the motion initially died for lack of a second.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A former Palmerton boys basketball coach likely will be relieved of his teaching duties in the district.

On an 8-0 measure, the school board on Tuesday approved the notice of dismissal charges for Michael Stefanek. Director Darlene Yeakel was absent.

Superintendent Scot Engler said Stefanek is a social studies teacher in the junior high school.

After the meeting, Engler declined to comment further, citing personnel reasons.

Stefanek previously served as the high school boys basketball coach in the 2011 season, as well as the first four games of the 2012 season.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Some of the pornographic emails that were exchanged among state government officials in a scandal that has claimed some of their jobs involved children and violent sexual acts against women, the state attorney general said Tuesday.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane said in an interview televised Tuesday night on CNN the images are "deplorable."

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania jury has imposed the death penalty on a man convicted in the murder and dismemberment of a woman whose remains were found along a pair of eastern Pennsylvania interstates six years ago.

Forty-year-old Charles Ray Hicks was convicted last week of first-degree murder in Monroe County in the January 2008 murder of 36-year-old Deanna Null.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A ferocious storm dumped massive piles of snow on parts of upstate New York, trapping residents in their homes and stranding motorists on roadways, as temperatures in all 50 states fell to freezing or below.

Even hardened Buffalo residents were caught off-guard Tuesday as more than 4 feet fell in parts of the city. Authorities said snow totals by Wednesday afternoon could top 6 feet in the hardest-hit areas south of Buffalo, with another storm expected Thursday.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A donation from the West End Rotary Club is helping the sick and injured get out of tight places.

To help it maneuver patients in confined spaces, West End Community Ambulance is purchasing stair chairs that help responders safely navigate homes that cannot accommodate a stretcher.

"West End Community Ambulance responds to more than 3,000 calls a year," said Honi Gruenberg, the club's foundation chair. "They have four Stair-PRO chairs but need two more so they will have a chair for every ambulance."

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Three defendants who previously pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and related charges were sentenced on Monday in Carbon County court to prison terms.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II imposed the sentences on the following:

Eric Michael Kester, 28, of Northampton, and formerly of Parryville, was sentenced on two counts of DUI and one of recklessly endangering another person.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 502 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton, will hold a Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 1-4 p.m. Saturday in the parish hall.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Lehigh Carbon Community College unveiled two key additions to the college and the community with the announcement of a $1.575 million endowment for technology scholarships from donors Lisa Scheller and Wayne Woodman, and the naming of the Lisa Scheller-Wayne Woodman Community Services Center.