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Monday, December 22, 2014

Carbon County Retirement Board is increasing the interest rates on member accounts.

During the monthly meeting of the board last week, officials voted to set the 2015 interest rate on members' accounts at 5.5 percent. Last year, the interest rate was set at 4.5 percent.

Before the vote, Robert Crampsie, county controller and secretary to the retirement board, explained his recommendation for the increase. By law, counties are required to set the interest rate between 4 and 5.5 percent.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Community members are stepping up to the plate to help the families of four teens killed Friday night in a Lower Towamensing Township crash.

Funds have been set up to help pay for funeral costs.

While police have not officially released names of the deceased, the fund have been set up in memory of Nathan and Courtney Murray, who were brother and sister, Michael Muniz and Austin Hunsicker.

The links are as follows:

http://www.gofundme.com/j4sy24 (Nathan and Courtney Murray)

https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/y327 (Michael Muniz)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Two Palmerton residents were transported from the scene of a Towamensing Township crash with minor injuries just before 11 p.m. Saturday.

State police at Lehighton said a 2012 Dodge Ram driven by Jason A. Holden, 30, was struck on the side when it tried to cross Route 209, from Trachsville Road, in front of a 2004 Hyundai Elantra driven by Jaclyn D. Eagle, 21, of Kunkletown.

Palmerton EMS transported Holden and his 27-year-old passenger, Brandi M. Winters, to Palmerton Hospital for evaluation.

Police said Holden would be cited in the crash.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

State police are looking for a male suspect in a Luzerne County robbery Saturday night.

The man entered the Bear Mart Exxon, along Route 115 in Bear Creek Township, just before 6 p.m. and demanded six cartons of Newport cigarettes and cash.

He kept his hand under his shirt while in the store and fled with the cigarettes and $400.

According to police, the man was wearing brown shoes, blue jeans and a dark green hooded pullover.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Nesquehoning was a bustling hub of visitors Saturday during the first Nesquehoning Historical Society Church Tour.
The seven churches of the borough, as well as the site of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, which was torn down following the church consolidation a few years ago, opened their doors to tours and to tell the rich history that lay within the walls.
Bill Gardiner, historical society member, said that the event was "the greatest idea," citing that people from Palmerton, Jim Thorpe, Whitehall and beyond came to see the beauty that the churches possess.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The cold air was heavy with a cathartic expression of collective grief.
They gathered Saturday at 6:30 p.m. around the gazebo in Palmerton Borough park, arriving in groups of two or
three or more, typically with heads bowed.

All expressed the same sentiment: "I can't believe this happened."

The candlelight vigil was arranged by Melissa Hollenbach, Palmerton, mother of two of four teens killed Friday night in a fiery-two car crash on Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Four teenagers were killed Friday night when their car strayed into the oncoming lane of Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township and hit another car, injuring its occupants, driver Stacy Peddigree, 18, of Lehighton and passenger Tim Shiner, 22, of Palmerton.

State police at Lehighton say speed was a factor in the horrific crash.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

At about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, a woman kneels before a scorched tree rising from a patch of blackened earth along Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township, her sobs echoing through the chill air.

A group of people huddles around her, hands in their coat pockets, some with their shoulders hunched, all with tears trickling down their faces. The sharp, acrid smell of burned fuel lingers.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

State police at Lehighton are withholding the names of four people killed Friday night in a horrific crash on Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township until relatives have been notified.

According to a news release issued at 1:32 a.m. today by Trooper Fiorey, the two-car crash happened at 8:25 p.m. Friday at 1650 Dairy Road. Ages have not been released, but based on Facebook and Twitter posts it is believed the victims were teens.

Two others were taken by Lehighton and Palmerton ambulance crews to hospitals further evaluation.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
AP Photo/Erie Times-News, Greg Wohlford