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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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Pictured layered with snow is West Ridge Street in Lansford last night, following late evening snow showers.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tamaqua's American Hose Company #1 and East End Fire Companies are sponsoring a chili and boilo cook off to benefit the Carbon/Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society. The event will be held at the East End Fire Company on Feb. 16. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. and tasting will be held from 1 to 5 p.m.

For pre-registration, or more information, contact Brian Connely at (570) 233-8006.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Seven area residents were among 52 who were arraigned Monday in the Schuylkill Count courthouse before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon on criminal charges and all pleaded not guilty and asked for a jury trial.

David Edward Dahms, 36, of 215 E. High St., Coaldale, charged by Rush Township Patrolman Richard Bekesy, with possession of a controlled substance (CS) and giving false identification to police when stopped last Aug. 31 in Tuscarora Park.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Due to a community-wide surge in influenza and flu-like illnesses, all six St. Luke's University Health Network Hospitals are instituting a uniform hospital visitation policy as follows until further notice.

The visiting restrictions are as follows:

No visitors 18 years of age and under

No visitors with any symptoms of flu-like illness (fever, cough, sore throat, body aches)

The new restrictions are effective immediately and are designed to protect the hospitals' patients and staff.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Palmerton Area School Board's Budget and Finance Committee will hold a budget workshop at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The budget workshop was rescheduled from Jan. 16 due to inclement weather.

The board's regularly scheduled meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. this evening.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Weatherly High School will offer a free FAFSA Completion Night on Monday February 4 at 6 p.m. in the school's library/computer lab. The workshop, for college-bound juniors and seniors and their parents/guardians, provides the opportunity to get personalized help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the chance to ask questions related to the financial aid process.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
AP PHOTO President Barack Obama receives the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts as first lady Michelle Obama, center, and daughters Malia and Sasha listen at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Four years ago, President Barack Obama and his staff spent the first day in the White House learning the basics. Not just the basics of governing, but also figuring out how to get cleared into their offices by the Secret Service, log on to their government computers and find keys to unlock office drawers.

They solved those problems long ago. Also in the rearview mirror are the economic recession, the Iraq war and the hunt for terror mastermind Osama bin Laden.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Whether a former textile manufacturing facility in Palmerton may be transformed to a warehousing use could soon be decided.

Jeff Hager, owner of Hager Furniture Company Inc., 242-48 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton, will go before the borough's Zoning Hearing Board at 7 p.m. Jan. 28, in search of a special exception.

Hager wants to change the former textile manufacturing facility, OTD Manufacturing, at the corner of Fifth and Franklin, to a warehousing use. The property, located at 620 Fifth Street, is in an R-2 (Residential-Medium Density) zoning district.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The First National Bank of Palmerton gave its old bank building to the Palmerton Free Library Association. The deed to the property at Fourth and Delaware Avenue was presented by Geza Holczman, chairman of the board of directors of the bank. The library has been operating from its new location since mid-September. Mrs. William Danneberg, librarian, said records indicate an increase in the number of persons using the library since it was moved a block and a half from its former location, the Palmerton Borough Hall.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

West Penn Township supervisors filed an action in Schuylkill Count court against an operator of a seasonal roadside stand alleging violations of the township's zoning ordinance and seek an injunction temporarily until a hearing is held.

The action is brought against Steven C. Dunn, 59, Peach Drive, New Ringgold, who is owner of the property located at the intersection of state routes 309 and 443, in the village of South Tamaqua. The premises is located within the highway commercial zoning district under the ordinance and commonly referred to a the Leiby's intersection.