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Monday, November 24, 2014
Sharon Stanley/Special to the Times News Richard L. Nothstein of Palmerton, center, the recipient of the "The William H. Bayer Lifetime Achievement Award," stands with presenters Craig Zurn, left, of Jim Thorpe National Bank, and state Rep. Doyle Heffley.

The Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation honored four businesses and three business professionals at its third Golden Harvest Annual Dinner Friday at the Blue Mountain Ski Resort.

"The main goal of the night was to celebrate Carbon County businesses and people," said CCEDC Executive Director Marlyn Kissner. "That's what our organization makes up ... the best people and the businesses we want to showcase, that's what tonight was about."

Monday, November 24, 2014

People traveling to see their loved ones on Wednesday may be in for some tricky travel conditions.

A winter storm watch has been issued by the National Weather Service in Mount Holly for Wednesday.

According to the National Weather Service, northwest New Jersey and the Poconos along and north of the Interstate 80 corridor will be affected by the storm forming off the coast on Tuesday.

Monday, November 24, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Chuck Thamarus and Jerry McFadden place food in baskets as Chip Burnett, right, double checks to make sure each basket has all of the ingredients for a full Thanksgiving feast.

Members of the Carbon County Ancient Order of Hibernians assembled Thanksgiving baskets for needy families in Carbon County Saturday morning.

The 12 baskets were delivered to all of the Catholic churches in Carbon County.

Churches in turn distribute them to a needy family in their parish.

In past years the club distributed 10 baskets, but a donation from Dennis Gallagher allowed the club to purchase the contents for two extra baskets this year.

The organization also puts together baskets for Easter and gives out gift cards at Christmas time.

Monday, November 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular team of national security advisers.

During a White House ceremony, Obama said he and Hagel had determined it was an "appropriate time for him to complete his service."

Monday, November 24, 2014

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Firefighters say a man drowned while trying to save a 9-year-old boy from an icy northeastern Pennsylvania stream.

Scranton Fire Superintendent Pat DeSarno says a dive team recovered Robert Kehoe Jr.'s body from Roaring Brook at Nay Aug Park around 10 p.m. Sunday.

DeSarno says a hiker and two college students helped pull the boy to safety.

Officials say the boy fell into the water as he walked with Kehoe and a younger boy around 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Divers of the Lehighton Fire Department Dive Team assisted Lehighton police in retrieving motorcycle parts from the Lehigh River Sunday afternoon.

Earlier in the day a person notified the Carbon County Communications Center of spotting motorcycle parts in the river along the west bank between the McCall and Weissport bridges.

Divers were able to scour the bottom of the river finding numerous parts.

Lehighton police took the parts as evidence seeking the owner of the bike.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

This year’s official White House Christmas tree will again come from a Carbon County farm. The tree was cut on Sunday at Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton and traveled to Washington this morning.

“We practiced that cut all year,” joked owner Chris Botek, after cutting the tree so that it fell gracefully onto a waiting trailer.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A period of heavy rain early Monday could lead to ponding of water in poor drainage areas.

The National Weather Service says heavy rain could linger into the beginning of the Monday morning rush hour.

A coastal storm will impact the area Wednesday and Wednesday night.

A substantial accumulation is expected and will affect Thanksgiving travel.

Amounts will be updated throughout the week.

The forecast:

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Two cars were involved in a collision at the intersection of Route 443 and Chestnut Street in the village of McKeansburg, West Brunswick Township.

The crash occurred at 6:30 p.m.

Route 443 is closed with traffic being detoured around the scene.

Injuries are not known at this time.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Snow sport enthusiasts don’t judge winter’s arrival by a calendar.

For them, the season arrives the first time they can strap on a pair of skis or bring the snowboard out of summer retirement.

Over 4,000 people scratched the itch to hit the slopes this weekend at Blue Mountain as the Palmerton area resort celebrated its earliest opening in 38 years.

One of only two Pennsylvania mountains open on Saturday and Sunday, Blue Mountain capitalized on lower than average temperatures and state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment to make an early start date a reality.