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Thursday, January 2, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS

Santa's still hanging around in Tamaqua, but with Winter Storm Hercules headed this way, he may decide to head back to the North Pole. Weather forecasters are predicting plowable snow followed by frigid temperatures throughout our area.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Lansford property owners will see their borough tax bills stay the same this year.

Council at a special meeting Monday adopted a 2014 budget that keeps the property tax rate the same, at 32.91 mills.Each mill generates about $34,000.

That means the owner of a property assessed for taxes at $25,000 will pay $822.75 in 2014 borough property tax, the same as the 2013 bill.

President Rosemary Cannon cast the sole opposing vote. Councilman Andrew Snyder resigned in November; Councilwoman Mary Soberick was absent.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Palmerton Concourse Club will meet at 6 o'clock tonight at Holy Trinity Parish Hall, 502 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton.

Members are invited to join in a pot luck and recipe swap.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

SHENANDOAH A stubborn fire left five people homeless Tuesday morning, including a woman who lived in her South Grant Street homestead.

Firefighters were called at 10:07 a.m. to 112 S. Grant St. for a report of a structure fire with entrapment and met by heavy fire coming from the rear of that unoccupied home.

Firefighters from Shenandoah and surrounding communities worked for about 1 1/2 hours to bring it under control but not before it spread to the home of Debra Ann Franz Krusinsky, 114 S. Grant St., the home she grew up in.

Thursday, January 2, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Chase Denardo from Easton pumps gas at Fegley's Fast Fill in Lehighton Thursday morning.

The first phase of Pennsylvania's gas tax kicked on Jan. 1, adding 9.5 cents to each gallon of gasoline and about 13 cents to each gallon of diesel.

The tax is imposed on sales of fuel to gas station owners, who are expected to pass it along to customers.

But the hit might not be as hard as it could have been: the U. S. Energy Information Administration expects the wholesale price of gas and diesel fuel to drop a bit this year, about seven cents a gallon for gas and about 15 cents for diesel, said spokesman Jonathan Cogan.

Thursday, January 2, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Children at Pathstone Child and Family Development Services in Coaldale wait for train conductor Bill Solomon to stamp their tickets as they prepare for the "all aboard" call before viewing the movie Polar Express. The non-profit preschool conducted a Polar Express Day right before the school cosed for the winter break.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

As the New Year's ball descended in New York City's Times Square for the 100th time Monday night, nearly 1,000 Tamaqua residents welcomed the new year at the 10th Annual Ball Rise celebration, "Times Square on Broad Street."

Gathered in front of the ABC Hi-Rise building on the 200 block of East Broad Street and braving temperatures in the teens, celebrants watched 15 illuminated eagle cut-outs rise up each of the building's 16 stories to a giant "2008," synchronized with the lowering of the ball in New York City.

Thursday, January 2, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Plenty of shovels remain in stock at Shea's Hardware Store in Palmerton.

Bread, milk and eggs.

Those winter essentials were certain to fly off the grocery shelves as customers began to hunker down in anticipation of this afternoon's projected weather forecast.

The mad dash was evident earlier this morning at Country Harvest Family Market in Palmerton.

Kim Balliet, of Palmerton, said she shopped at Country Harvest because, "I ran out of milk for the kids."

Armed with a jug of milk and other grocery items, Jeff Hager, owner of Hager Furniture Company Inc. of Palmerton, stocked up prior to the start of his shift.

Thursday, January 2, 2014
Tamaqua ushers in 2014

As the closing moments of 2013 ticked down, a series of eagles illuminated up the side of the Tamaqua ABC High Rise, culminating in the bright flash of the New Year's numerals.

As the eagles rose, so did the breaths of the approximately 400 faithful who braved the single-digit windchill degrees to usher in 2014.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
TN FILE PHOTO A woman was killed Nov. 4 when an explosion destroyed this house in Lake Harmony Estates.

2013 was an eventful year for our region.

Here is a look at some of the events:

Ross shooting

Rockne Newell, 59, a disabled junk dealer, is charged with shooting and killing three people at a Ross Township supervisors' meeting.

He is charged with killing Gerald J. Kozic, 53, and James V. LaGuardia, 64, both of Saylorsburg, and Ross Township zoning officer David Fleetwood, 62, who was a Chestnuthill Township supervisor.

Kozic's wife Linda was severely wounded and faces a long recovery.

Police officer dies