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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Boaters attended a meeting at Beltzville State Park with officials of the Department of Environmental Resources, Bureau of State Parks, to discuss the issue of controlling the size and horsepower of boats allowed to use Beltzville Lake.

DER officials were presented with a petition containing 80 signatures, demanding that something be done to regulate the size of boats and the use of jet skis on the lake. The petition was presented by Jan Kapcala, owner of Beltzville Pro Fishing of Lehighton, who told DER "Things are out of control. It's a dangerous situation."

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Schuylkill County officials are projecting needing an increase of more than half a million dollars from their general fund to make up a projected 911 center shortfall due to decreased use of landline telephones.

"We're projecting $3.1 million that we'll have to pull into the general fund," said Commissioner Gary F. Hess after a public commissioners' workshop meeting Thursday.

The 911 center's budget is about $5 million. Of that, the county anticipated contributing about half, or $2.5 million, for the center's operating budget.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Did you know that when you tour the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development office located on 137 South St. in Lehighton, you will find unique paintings, drawings and photographs lining the walls.

The beautiful artwork is provided to us by the Carbon County Art League. We feature new artwork every two months created by local artists who live right here in Carbon County.

Our goal is to promote the art league and our local artists, so all of the pieces are for sale!

The power of partnerships.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Area events for Veteran's Day:

Ÿ Tamaqua Veteran's Day parade, 10 a.m. today.

Ÿ The Carbon County Veterans Day Parade will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Nesquehoning. The rain date is Nov. 16.

Ÿ The Carbon County Veterans Affairs office will host its annual Veterans Day program at 1 p.m. Monday in the Josiah White Park, downtown Jim Thorpe. All veterans organizations and the public are invited.

Ÿ The American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert will host its annual Veterans Day Service at the Post at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Saturday, November 8, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Summit Hill residents Sophie and Walter Porambo, ages 92 and 94, have a story to tell. Both were World War II veterans.

Sophie and Walter Porambo have a story to tell.

The Summit Hill couple has seen nearly a century of change in the Panther Valley, Carbon County, the United States and even the world.

They have lived through 17 presidents, the Great Depression and have seen gas prices rise from 10 cents a gallon in 1939.

But the thing that distinguishes Walter and Sophie besides their years of wisdom is that they are both World War II veterans.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Another week is in the books. Here are the Friday Night Football final scores.

Easton 46, Pleasant Valley 0

Northwestern 42, Palisades 14

North Schuylkill 38, Palmerton 0

Marian 35, Williams Valley 12

Northern Lehigh 49, Western Wayne 41

Saturday, November 8, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a second trail-blazing pick for the nation's top law enforcement officer, President Barack Obama intends to nominate a federal prosecutor in New York to become the next attorney general and the first black woman to lead the Justice Department.

Obama's spokesman said Friday that he will announce his selection of Loretta Lynch from the White House on Saturday. If confirmed by the Senate, she would replace Eric Holder, who announced his resignation in September after serving as the nation's first black attorney general.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

With playoffs in full swing in the Times News area, here are the halftime scores for tonight's football games.

Marian 21, Williams Valley 0

Northwestern 21, Palisades 0

North Schuylkill 25, Palmerton 0

Easton 33, Pleasant Valley 0

Northern Lehigh 20, Western Wayne 14

Friday, November 7, 2014

It's one down and one to go in terms of asbestos abatement decisions in Lehighton Area School District.

The nine-member school board unanimously approved the $262,900 base bid of Sargent Enterprises, of Jim Thorpe, to remove asbestos at Lehighton Area Middle School in advance of a larger renovation project.

While that has been determined, what remains to be seen is what the board decides to do in the building's auditorium, widely regarded as one of the most acoustically friendly rooms in the county.

Friday, November 7, 2014

The West Penn Township parking lot was full of vehicles, and about 30 residents took their seats inside the municipal building, ready to state their case for or against the Blue Mountain Zendo.

In September, township zoning officer Bill Anders had issued a cease-and-desist order to the Zendo, located at 44 Deere Lane, stating that the private residence was operating as a house of worship.

The property is owned by Honey Badger Investors of Allentown, and the house is occupied by Joriki Baker, a Zen monk, and his family.