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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Six-year-old Colton Rodgers of Lehighton enjoys the snowy conditions as he slides down a hill at Baer Memorial Park in Lehighton. The hill next to Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool offers a safe sleigh riding area for youngsters. Colton's father, Dustin Rodgers, said he has been having winter fun at the site since he was a youngster.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

It's Northeast Pennsylvania, so you think by now everyone would be used to cold, snowy winters.

Think again.

The last few years of warmer than average winters with not nearly as much precipitation have spoiled many and now this winter is making everyone dream of spring.

But keep dreaming because winter is sending yet another reminder Wednesday night that the cold and snow is here for a few more months.

According to numerous weather services, a potential Nor'easter is expected to move up the coast Wednesday into Thursday.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Two diesel engines belonging to Conrail were derailed on Tuesday night on track near Buck Mountain, Schuylkill County, about a mile east of Mahanoy City.

State Police at Frackville said unknown persons shot a lock off a junction switch causing the two engines to derail. No estimate of damages were given by Conrail, police said.

There were no injuries.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


WOODSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was 85.

Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died Monday night at about 11 p.m. at her home near San Francisco. She was surrounded by family members and caregivers, Kagan said.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The owners of Boyer's IGA, Tamaqua, want to purchase and annex a portion of land from Mady Real Estate Co., which owns the car wash in front of the grocery store.

During a meeting Monday the venture was discussed by the involved parties and members of the Tamaqua Planning Commission, who voted to continue the discussion until next month's meeting, giving the purchaser time to iron out a punch list of plan requirements.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Piles of snow line the Route 209 bypass in Lehighton. Lehighton Borough workers dumped snow from around town at the site after clearing streets.

With a series of storms dumping layers of snow over the region, borough crews have been busy clearing streets.

But where do the tons of snow go?

"We have several locations we can dump snow," said Tamaqua public works director Rob Jones. "Up by the bungalow at the former Little League field; the lot at the end of Center Street, which is the former Hosak Pontiac property on Route 309 at the south end of town. The (state Department of Transportation) now owns it and gave approval for the borough to dump snow there."

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Several local businesses received state grants through the Department of Environmental Protection.

In Carbon County, the Panther Valley Mini-Mall, Lansford, received $3,639. In Schuylkill County, C&R VIP, no address given, received $9,447; Cocoa Hut 100, Mahanoy City, $5,335; Fanelli Warehousing & Distribution Center, Pottsville, $6,086; Heckman & Laudeman, Orwigsburg, $3,438; and Losch Realty, Schuylkill Haven, $9,500.

The grants are among $996,713 distributed to 134 small businesses to invest in energy efficiency or pollution prevention projects.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The state of the borough's cleanliness became an unintended focus at Slatington's Borough Council meeting Monday night.

From public comment about general exterior building maintenance throughout the borough, discussions eventually devolved into one resident accusing a councilperson of having an unkempt property.

First up during public comment, resident Ronald Scheffler rebuked council for a recent newsletter he said was sent to all borough residents concerning the general upkeep of their properties.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Accuweather is reporting we’ll get 3 to 6 inches of snow Wednesday night into Thursday night.

However, some other models are reporting up to a foot of snow. The Eastern Pennsylvania Weather Authority posted a map showing 12-plus inches of snow.

The National Weather Service hasn’t committed to a total at this time.

We’ll update Tuesday and Wednesday as details become reliable.

Monday, February 10, 2014
Carl Lucas

Lansford police have issued a felony warrant for Carl Lucas, 36, whose last known address was 162 E. Phillips St., Coaldale. Lucas faces a felony retail theft charge stemming from an incident on Dec. 3, 2013.

Here’s what happened, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed with District Judge Casimir Kosciolek by officer Jason A. Helmer.