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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states cannot deprive people of the fundamental right to marry simply because they want to be wedded to someone of the same sex.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lehighton borough officials are doing their part to help ease the financial hardship experienced by businesses throughout the bridge reconstruction project.

On a 5-0 vote on Monday, borough council agreed to waive penalties on utility bills for the third quarter, which is the term of the detour. Councilmen Scott Rehrig and John Kreitz were absent.

About 20 businesses will have their penalties on utility bills waived, according to borough Manager Nicole Beckett.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Carbon County Navy Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Nesquehoning VFW, locacted at 300 E. Center St. in Nesquehoning.

New members and new associate members are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Care to rid yourself of any unwanted, broken, and outdated electronics and appliances?

You can dispose of them as part of a free electronics recycling day this Saturday in Palmerton.

From 9 a.m. to noon, electronics and appliances may be dropped off at 402 Third St.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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West Penn Lions Club hosted its chicken BBQ on Saturday, and also held its Community Donation Presentation. Nearly $6,000 was presented to eight local organizations. Members of the club and representatives from the local organizations that received donations are, first row from left: Denise Skrabak, Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center; Becky Neumoyer, president of the West Penn Township Lioness Club; Melissa Kistler, president of the West Penn Township Lions Club; Darryl Fritz, West Penn Township Park Commission; and Jolene Barron, Tamaqua Area Public Library.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Tamaqua Area Middle School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society inducted 46 new members during a ceremony held at the school district's auditorium.

The ceremony included a traditional candle lighting, the presentation of individual certificates by chapter adviser Megan Frantz and congratulatory remarks offered by middle school Principal Christopher Czapla.

Membership criteria includes scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lehighton will revisit potential improvements to its annex building at a later date.

After some discussion, borough council on Monday agreed to table any action on the masonry work to the building, according to borough manager Nicole Beckett.

Beckett said the masonry and facade are in need of repair, and that work needs to be completed due to water leakage, insurance requirement and structural safety.

"We had received notification from our insurance company that the work must be completed in order to continue insuring the building," Beckett said.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS D&L National Heritage Corridor volunteer Allen Sachse, left, and bicycle rider Robin Davies, center, of Macungie, listen to John Cool, of Allentown, at the Slatington Trailhead Saturday as he points out a group of 18 bicycle riders who traveled down from New York State to ride the D&L Trail for three days.

There was hardly a parking spot to be found on National Trails Day, held early this month on a spectacularly sunny afternoon at Slatington's downtown trailhead.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Four local municipalites received harsh letters from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stating they have 30 days to update their stormwater management plans or they could face penalties.

Letters were sent Tueday to Bowmanstown, Lower Towamensing Township and Weissport, all in Carbon County, and Slatington in Lehigh County.

Nine other Lehigh County municipalities were also put on notice: Catasauqua, Whitehall, Macungie, Upper Milford Township, Salisbury Township, South Whitehall Township, Emmaus, Alburtis and Weisenberg Township.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

They may not have earned the ultimate prize, but the Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Department ended up a big winner behind a strong show of support.

Thanks to an online voting campaign, the fire department is a top finalist in the "Best of Us" campaign after it placed somewhere between sixth and ninth in the voting.

For its showing, the fire department will receive $1,000, training materials, and Johnsonville sausages, according to fire department President Rory Koons.