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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Coaldale Council will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, hoping to appoint a new mayor, council member, zoning officer and secretary/treasurer.

During a meeting Tuesday, council tried twice to appoint a new person to council, either Francis Hutta or Vincent "Skip" Miller, but ended up deadlocked both times.

Councilwoman Linda Miller passed away Nov. 16. Council has 30 days to fill her seat.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Tamaqua Area Community Theatre will present a Christmas Cabaret on Dec. 20 in the Tamaqua Arts Center, 135 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Featured performers will include Amy Bachert, Jonathan Rodgers, Chanita Guererro, Lourdes, Kevin Killian and Kelly Surotchack.

Doors to the art center will open at 6:30 p.m. with the cabaret scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 570-668-1192.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Walnutport man pleaded guilty to a charge of fleeing and eluding police and was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday.

He was one of seven defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Mahoning incident

James Joseph Shelak II, 43, was arrested following an incident on Oct. 2 in Mahoning Township.

Officers observed two motorcycles traveling along Route 209 toward Lehighton and crossing the center and fog lines.

Police initiated a stop and one of the cyclist pulling over while the other sped off.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Young At Heart Seniors will meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Polk Township Fire House Social Hall in Kresgeville. They will have a cookie exchange, and visitors are welcome.

For more information, contact Janet at 570-722-3895.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas events

Ÿ Festival of Lights at Phifer Ice Dam's Park, hosted by the Franklin Township Lions Club, the walk-through outdoor holiday display of lights and music at 880 Main Road in Lehighton in Franklin Township includes a nightly visit from Santa and runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21 as well as Dec. 22 and 23. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 4-12, and free for children under the age of 4. For more information visit www.FranklinTwpLions.com or call 610-714-2204.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

The Lehighton Area Lions club presents members of the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League, Detachment 626, with a $100 check and toys for their annual drive. At thepresentation were, from left, Lion Megan Linaberry; Tom Fenon, SCMCL; Joe Balogach, SCMCL; and Lion Vice President Barbara Walck.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Area organizations have shared requests for items to help in their missions of helping the less fortunate.

The requests include specific items, both small and large; monetary donations; or donations of time.

If you're looking for ways to brighten the season for area residents who need some extra holiday cheer, look no further.

Family Promise

of Carbon County

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Meals on Wheels and the Palmerton Concourse Club joined

in making some people's Christmas spirits a little brighter. Standing, from left, Vinita Horinko, member of the Concourse Club and chair

of the Meals On Wheels committee, and Marge Palumbo, also

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

During a meeting Tuesday, Coaldale Council adopted a budget which doesn't have a tax increase. It's the third straight year the borough has held the line on taxes, keeping the mils at 25.04.

Revenues are projected to be $1.9 million with expenditures at $1.8 million. To help build funds which may be needed for infrastructure repairs to the borough's aged sewer system, the sewer maintenance fee will be raised from $25 to $75.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Cyclists stop along the D & L trail in Walnutport.

Washington, D.C. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey announced that the National Defense Authorization Act, which has already passed the House and is likely to pass the Senate this week, would protect four Pennsylvania National Heritage Areas for the next decade.

Among them is the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.