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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Weissport Borough Council said on Monday it has some street lights that are burned-out for months and wants them repaired.

"There's a bunch of street lights out in town and on the (Bridge Street) bridge," said councilman Arland Moyer. He said some have been out for several months.

It was stated that the lights are owned by PPL Electric. Council Vice President Susan Pywar said the borough must report the outages to PPL and provide pole numbers.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Health officials have designated hospitals in central and eastern as Pennsylvania's first Ebola treatment centers outside Philadelphia.

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center near Harrisburg and Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg in Bethlehem were added to the list Tuesday.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last month included the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia among an initial group of 35 designated hospitals across the country.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Carbon County Salary Board set the salaries for county employees in the court system for 2015 during its annual meeting this week.

Motions to establish this year's salaries were made by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II. Each employee will receive a 3 percent raise in 2015.

All motions are effective Jan. 1 unless otherwise noted.

Court Administration

Ÿ Set the position of three law clerks** at $32,086.60 per year;

Ÿ Set the position of one law clerk (temporarily) at $32,086.60 per year;

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Franklin Klock tosses a Christmas tree onto the pile at the Carbon CountyEnvironmental Education Center Wednesday morning.

Not sure what to do with that outdated Christmas tree?

One suggestion is to haul it into a vehicle and drop it off at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill.

The center, located at 151 E. White Bear Drive, is once again accepting old, natural Christmas trees as part of its recycling program, according to naturalist Franklin Klock.

"Here in Carbon County, we figure about 9,000 Christmas trees go to the curb each year," Klock said. "If they end up in a landfill, they will take up the space of about four football fields in size, 8 feet in height."

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The popular Paint and Sip classes at the Tamaqua Community Art Center will now be offered to those between the ages of 6 and 16.

The first Paint and Sip For Kids will be held this Saturday. Two sessions will be offered, from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The "subject" will be a fox. Children will be able to take their art work home with them after the class.

Participants will bring their own beverage, non-alcoholic of course, and a snack.

For more information, or to register, call 570-668-1192. The art center is located at 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A computer breach at Jim Thorpe Area High School in October was investigated internally and did not involve the local police department, according to Principal Thomas Lesisko.

The statement, made in a Nov. 25 email to district parents, contradicted a Lesisko email on Oct. 30, when he said both the Jim Thorpe Police Department and high school administration conducted a "thorough investigation."

Both emails were obtained through a recent Right To Know request.

Borough Police Chief Joseph Schatz said his department did not investigate the breach.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Special to the Times News State Rep. DoyleHeffley, left, is sworn in Tuesday in Harrisburg. This is Heffley's third term in office, after his election to the House in 2010.

Several area state lawmakers took the oath of office Tuesday in Harrisburg to begin their 2015 terms.

State Sen. John Yudichak, D-Luzerne/Carbon, will begin serving his second term in office.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will be held Jan. 24 at the Hometown Volunteer Fire Company to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Hours will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Cost of the dinner will be $7 with children under two eating for free.

The Wounded Warrior Project's mission is to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members and to help injured service members.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Special to the Times News/ Larry Neff This crash on Interstate 81 was one of several investigated by police Tuesday.

At least one person was injured Tuesday morning when severalvehicles collided along the southbound lanes of Interstate 81

in Kline Township. The crash occurred at the McAdoo exit on a snow-covered roadway.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Carbon County Bar Association recently presented a checkfor $500 to the Lehighton Area Memorial Library. From left are library director Becky Wanamaker and attorney CynthiaDyrda-Hatton, board member of the Carbon County Bar Association.