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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The $946,690 total in the draft budget for Towamensing Township retains a 2-mill tax rate. The total amount for last year was $1,032,750.

It was tabled Dec. 4 because supervisors had just received the draft version and did not have time to review it.

The earned income tax will be half of 1 percent. The real estate transfer tax will also be half of 1 percent. A local services tax is $10 and the per capita tax is $5.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Most local areas got only a little ice overnight and virtually no snow.

Most schools had a two-hour delay.

Further north, in Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wayne counties, there were multiple school closings because of snow and ice.

Our area is likely to be belted with winter weather tonight.

The National Weather Service is calling for four to eight inches of snow overnight.

A winter storm warning is in effect until 1 p.m. Wednesday.

While rain is expected to fall throughout today, the turnover to snow will happen during the night and will accumulate.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Pleasant Valley School District Superintendent Carole Geary and Delaware Valley School District Superintendent John Bell testified at the Basic Education Funding Commission public hearing on funding issues on Thursday.

Geary said Pleasant Valley and Delaware Valley fall into a group of school districts that needed to respond to sharply increasing enrollment after 9/11 and a distinct decrease in enrollment triggered by the recession.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The court battle over whether or not Jim Thorpe's remains stays in the Carbon County town named after him apparently isn't over.

In October, an appeals court had overturned a ruling by a federal judge and said that Thorpe's body can stay at the mausoleum along North Street in the local borough.

The federal judges had ordered in April 2013 that the body can be removed from the present burial site.

On Monday, a petition was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit asking for a rehearing on the matter.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The choir and volunteers from the congregation of Faith Alive United Methodist Church in Bowmanstown will present a Cantata this weekend.

"Down From His Glory" will be performed at 6 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday.

All are welcome. For more information call the church at 610-852-2805.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS From left are members of the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts as they performed "There is a Tree Where The Sidewalk Ends" at the Palmerton Area Library: Anna Langman, Celia Freed, Albert Nelthropp (the narrator), and Aeriell Hartshorne-Hesketh.

Members of the senior class of the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts presented a performance of "There is a Tree Where the Sidewalk Ends" at the Palmerton Area Library.

The play was adapted by student Sarah Bauch from Shel Silverstein's "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and "The Giving Tree," under the direction of their teacher, Ashley Weller.

They will continue to perform at schools, libraries and other venues.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

American Legion Post 316, Summit Hill, will host its traditional Christmas party for children of the community.

The free event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Children of Summit Hill residents are invited to attend. Hot dogs and soft drinks will be served while they await the arrival of Santa Claus. He will arrive at 1 p.m. and will distribute a gift to each child.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Lansford Historical Society will present its annual Christmas musical program at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Lansford Historical Society Museum on East Bertsch Street.

The free holiday music program will be followed by refreshments and holiday treats during an open house at the society museum and the Panther Valley Public Library which shares the same building, a converted church.

The holiday musical program will feature the gifted voice and talents of Leilani Chesonis of the Shenandoah area, returning this year by popular demand, event organizers said.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday in three cases, all involving theft-related counts.

Kyle Hagenbuch, 20, of Lehighton, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve a total of six to 12 months in a state correctional institution on charges of access device fraud and receiving stolen property. The prison term will be followed by two years of probation.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Coaldale secretary/treasurer Andrea Davis quit her job Monday, citing "workplace bullying," and Mayor Richard Kellner has tendered a letter of resignation.

Council is expected to address the moves in its meeting tonight.

Davis, who was hired in October 2013, said in a phone interview that she could not stay at her job due to conditions.