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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Senior students Zach Confer and Danielle McArdle were looking for a meaningful experience for their required Senior Project at Jim Thorpe Area High School, and a way to honor in memory of their friend Hunter K. Wolfe of Jim Thorpe.

In this season of gift giving, they organized "Hunter's Hope Toy Drive" in memory of Hunter, who lost his battle with leukemia in July.

The two students visited schools in the Jim Thorpe area, asking each student to bring in one unwrapped toy.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A multi-lot subdivision plan in Towamensing received the green light as long as additional conditions are met.

During the monthly meeting of the Carbon County Planning Commission, the board voted to give Richard Morrissey, owner of The Shire at Emerald Hills, conditional plan approval for his proposed subdivision, located on Koch Road in Towamensing Township. The property abuts the Carbon/Monroe County boundary line. Plans call for subdividing 33.6377 acres into 20 lots.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua American Legion Post 173 purchased and wrapped new toydonations for Access Service's Life adult and youth programs, which in totalbenefits over 1,100 children and adults with disabilities in Schuylkill and Carbon counties. Anyone wanting to open their homes to a disabled child or individualis encouraged to call (570) 366-1154.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A free lunch will be held at Parryville UMC, Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, weather permitting.

All are welcome.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Palmerton residents are once again urged to lock their vehicles as a rash of car burglaries continues.

Palmerton Police Chief Randy Smith said upward of 40 unlocked vehicles have been broken into, with the perpetrators stealing cash only.

Smith cautioned residents to lock their vehicles at all times.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tamaqua Borough Council has finally passed a balanced budget, however, it contains several drastic and some unexpected measures to meet the $229,000 deficit that existed prior to last night's meeting.

Earlier this month, council discussed laying off one full time police officer. Despite several audience members' protests, council went ahead and approved the budget that contains that layoff. Page 9

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Two persons died in a crash Tuesday at about 5:45 p.m. on Rt. 145 in Lehigh Township, Northampton County. The names of the deceased have not yet been released.

A one-car crash Tuesday at about 5:45 p.m. on Route 145 in Lehigh Township, Northampton County, claimed the lives of an elderly Walnutport couple.

Township police, contacted this morning, said neither the details of the crash nor the names of the deceased, were available, although reports indicate the man and woman died after their car, traveling southbound, struck a retaining wall at 1223 Riverview Drive (Route 145).

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

No, your eyes aren't deceiving you. At least one area service station has dropped the price of a gallon of gas to under $3 a gallon. When's the last time that happened? The Fegley's Valero station in Tamaqua was the first area station to drop under the $3/gal price. Call it an early Christmas gift. According to the PennsylvaniaGasPrices.com website, the average gas price in Pennsylvania has decreased in the last 30 days from $3.40 to $3.29, although some local gas stations have opted to take their prices even lower to compete for a growing number of "penny pinching" consumers.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

West Penn firefighters responded during pouring rain Tuesday evening to a report of a brush fire on the 100 block of Blue Mountain Drive in the township. When firefighters arrived, they noticed an unmanned burn pit, with nearby shrubbery on fire as well. Firefighters extinguished the fire. West Penn fire police also responded.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Nesquehoning Woman's Club gave away close to 100 pairs of gloves to needy students at the Panther Valley Elementary School in Nesquehoning. The glove give away is done each Christmas for the students. Judy Moon, right, club president presented the gloves to school secretary Terese Altemose.