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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Lansford Borough Council has taken initial measures to replenish ranks in the town's police department.

At Tuesday's final regular meeting of the year, the board approved the appointment of Jason Helmer as a provisional police officer due to what is regarded as an understaffing emergency.

According to council, Helmer became eligible for the post after passing a verbal Civil Service Commission test administered Monday in which he reportedly answered all questions correctly.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Ice sits atop Burdock seed pods Tuesday around sunset at Mauch Chunk Lake Park. Even though the sun is forecast to be shining for the next couple of days, according to the National Weather Service temperatures aren't expect to be above freezing until Sunday, with snow and freezing rain expected Saturday.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Ninth Annual Palmerton Area Heritage Society Ecumenical Church Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Little White Church, located at 911 Third St. (corner of Third Street and Columbia Avenue), Palmerton.

The message will be delivered by the Rev. Richard Wilcock of Faith Alive UMC.

In case of inclement weather, please contact 610-824-6954 for cancellation information.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Residents of Schuylkill County still don't know who will be their district attorne. A hearing got under way Tuesday in Schuylkill County Court on a challenge of Christine Holman's victory.

Holman won by 63 votes over incumbent District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon.

No resolution was reached Tuesday and the hearing was rescheduled for another day.

President Judge William E. Baldwin dismissed a motion by Holman to dismiss the petition filed on behalf of Noon to declare the election for district attorney illegal.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Nesquehoning Water Authority tentatively approved its completed audit Monday night, which was presented by John M. Nonnemacher, a certified public accountant for Snyder & Clemente in Hazleton.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Business groups, taxpayer organizations, lawmakers and educators gathered in Harrisburg Tuesday for a roundtable discussion on the need for property tax reform.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Lower Towamensing Township will negotiate privately in its quest to provide sewage treatment to its residents.

No action was taken by the township's board of supervisors on Tuesday after no overtures were received for a second straight month for its wastewater treatment plant project.

While a motion to open bids for the wastewater treatment plant was listed on the agenda, township solicitor Jim Nanovic said no action was necessary because no bids were received.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Route 93 at the intersection of Route 209 in Nesquehoning was shut down early this morning as a result of a tractor trailer crash that happened early this morning.
According to Nesquehoning police, officers were dispatched to the bottom of Route 93 at approximately 4:20 a.m., for reports of a tractor trailer over the guardrail in the southbound lane.
The driver, identified as Marrero Norberto of Palm Beach, Fla., was apparently backing up the rig for unknown reasons when he went up and over the guardrail and got the trailer stuck.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

State police at Lehighton are asking the public's assistance in an apparent child abduction incident.

Troopers said on two separate occasions a male approached a 13-year-old female as she walked home from a school bus stop. As she walked the male suspect repeatedly asked the victim if she would like a ride home. The victim said that the suspect exited his vehicle on one occasion.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
bob ford/times news A cyber school wants to open in the former J.E. Morgan Antique Car Museum.

A former antique car museum may see new life as a cyber school in West Penn Township.

During a supervisors' meeting Monday, Ron Madison of Rettew, the township's engineer, said that he'd reviewed a sketch plan for the proposed project. Madison said that the applicant is Commonwealth Connections Academy, which is headquartered in Harrisburg.