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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Lehigh Fire Company No. 1 has donated money to area organizations.

The Mahoning Valley Fire Department, Franklin Township Fire Department, Parryville Fire Department, East Penn Township Fire Deparment and Lehighton Fire Police have received cash donations of $2,000.

Other groups also received donations up to $2,000.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Freedom Community Church invites children and their parents to a free Community Christmas Party at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lehighton Recreation Center.

Free backpacks with toys and essentials will be given out to the first 100 children who attend. Cookies, crafts, games, and hot chocolate will be available.

For more info contact the Rev. Mark Akers, pastor, at 610-714-9834 or visit us on the web at

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ethan Cramer holds a protest sign on the sidewalk across from the Carbon County Courthouse in Jim Thorpe. Cramerclaims that he was given a two-week job separation from the Carbon CountyCorrectional facility after requesting to go from a full-timecorrectional officer to part-time.

He also said he will be considered a new hire and have to serve a six-month probationary period.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Students named to the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2014-2015 school year at Lawrence B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe have been released as follows:

Honor roll

Third grade: Rene Bubar, Ada Finsel, Lillian Heydt, Brooke Higgs, Alessandra Marciante, Liliana Nuzzo, Erin Remmel, Melina Schwartz, Cassidy Soden, Aubrey Bonner, Maria Castillo, Maggy Hallihan, Phoenix Kalavoda, Annika Platel, Horacio Robles, Noah Rosahac, Hailey Wallace, Stephen Yuhas, Willow Gould, Brielle Gowrie, Richard Kenna, Madelyn Konklin, Luke Olmsted

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

HARRISBURG (AP) Pennsylvania's governor-elect, Tom Wolf, plans to use his own money to rent office space for state police security officers while they are guarding him at his private residence, where he plans to live as governor.

Wolf's transition team isn't saying how much he'll pay for the office space. Wolf's spokesman Jeffrey Sheridan is only saying that he'll pay "full market value."

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nesquehoning Mayor Sam Kitchko, second from left, presents Trajan Koerbler, second from right, with the Nesquehoning Hose Company Fireman of the Year award as Fire Chief John McArdle, left, and Joseph Starosta, Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1 president, look on.

Trajan S. Koerbler is the 2014 Nesquehoning Hose Company Fireman of the Year.

Kroebler, who serves as the assistant chief of the fire company, as well as the fire company vice president, was awarded the honor during the fire company and Nesquehoning Ambulance Corp's Christmas banquet on Dec. 6.

The presentation was made by Nesquehoning Mayor Sam Kitchko.

The Nesquehoning Hose Company Fireman of the Year award was started in 2003 at the request of Fire Chief John McArdle.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Aisling George, right, with piano teacher Randall D. Perry.

Aisling George, of Albrightsville, recently won first place in the Piano Division of the music competition at the Verlin Irish Feis.

The competition took place in October at Pearl River High School, Pearl River, New York.

She also won first place in the Irish Dance Division during the same competition.

The judges were impressed with her performance, and in the comments section of the piano competition wrote: "Aisling George performed on the piano 'Garryowen;' played very nicely, with both hands complimenting each other very well. Keep up."

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The walls are up and the parking lot is taking shape, but the Walmart Superstore in Hometown, Rush Township, is still months away from being completed.

Jim Davis, public affairs officer for the retailer, said the Hometown store won't be opening until spring, with no official opening date set yet due to possible weather delays. The store will have approximately 150,000 square feet of merchandise space.

Meanwhile, the Walmart Superstore proposed in Mahoning Township has hit another legal snag.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Mary D Fire Chief Matthew J. Rudy was back at the scene early Monday continuing an investigation into the cause of a fire that gutted two homes and left seven homeless. The fire, which apparently started in a kitchen, was termed accidental.

The cause of the fire that ravaged a double-block house and left seven homeless Sunday in the village of Mary D will be ruled accidental.

Those were the words by Fire Chief Matthew J. Rudy, Mary D Fire Company early Monday.

Rudy investigated the scene late Sunday. Then, early Monday, Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal trooper John Burns also performed an investigation.

As a result, the cause is believed to have been cooking-related, with the fire breaking out in the kitchen area at 173 Sunny Lane.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron streets in Lehighton, will once again offer an annual candle lighting service to remember children who are gone too soon.

The second Sunday in December of each year is designated as "Worldwide Children's Remembrance Day." It is a time to commemorate and honor the memory of children who have died at any age from any cause.