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Friday, March 14, 2014

Like a disgraced politician who refuses to quit, winter is hanging on until the last moment.

Spring officially begins a week from today.

Between now and then, we have potential for two snowfalls.

In both cases, forecasters are telling us that it's too early to know precipitation totals.

The first could whack us Sunday night into Monday.

The second could happen late Wednesday through Thursday.

Friday, March 14, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe police blocked off a section of North Street this morning after a downed power line was discovered.

Jim Thorpe police blocked off a section of North Street this morning after a downed power line was discovered. Police Chief Joseph Schatz said officers were dispatched to the 500 block of North Street at 5:56 a.m. A PPL crew arrived later arrived to fix the problem.

Thirty PPL customers in the borough remained out of power as of 9:30 a.m., according to the company's online outage center. It was not clear exactly where the outages were, or whether they were due to the downed line.

Friday, March 14, 2014

PPL Electric Utilities, Allentown, reported that 1,118 customers were without power in eastern Schuylkill County about 6:45 a.m. Friday, along with an additional 50 customers in Jim Thorpe.

Areas affected in Schuylkill County include Rush Township, West Penn Township, Walker Township, Coaldale, South Tamaqua and Tamaqua.

Fire police were summoned about 7:20 a.m. for traffic control at the intersection of Routes 443 and 309 in South Tamaqua.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — One of two defense lawyers who represented former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky at his child sex abuse trial has voluntarily surrendered his license to practice law in Pennsylvania. The move comes amid an investigation into allegations of misappropriation of client funds.

The Cumberland County Bar Association said Thursday that Karl Rominger had surrendered his license. It says the effective date of that surrender will be determined by the state Supreme Court.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Passengers have been evacuated from a Florida-bound plane at Philadelphia International Airport after an apparent mechanical failure.

Airline officials said USAirways Flight 1702 was heading to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when the pilot was forced to abort take-off around 6:30 p.m. Thursday after the front landing gear failed.

An airport spokeswoman said no injuries have been reported.

No further details were immediately available.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Carbon County agencies want to know state legislators' thoughts on some hot topic issues in the county.

That's why the Interagency Council of Carbon County has organized the fifth annual legislative brunch for area legislators and the public. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on April 25 at the Penn Forest Township Volunteer Fire Company.

During the event, elected and appointed officials will present their thoughts on several important issues that deal with Carbon County's present state and future. Speakers have not yet been announced.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The ninth annual Kids Closet Sale officially opens to the public on Friday.

The event, held at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, will be open today and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The sale brings thousands of new and gently used baby and teen items together under one roof and makes it easy for new moms to find everything they need for their bundle of joy.

For more information on the sale, visit www.thekidsclosetsale.com.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A man who was wanted after unlawfully entering a Lansford home last month has been captured and is in Carbon County jail tonight.
Brian Kehl was arrested this morning in Kline Township, police said.

Kehl and Joseph Becker, 31, of Coaldale invaded a home on West Water Street on Feb. 27 looking for a man namned Cody. A teenage boy was home at the time and his armed grandfather David Knittle came to his defense.

Becker was arrested earlier and charged with robbery, criminal trespass and theft.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Carbon County is trying to save money on its electricity.

The county commissioners this morning opened quotes for electric service for all county-owned buildings. The county uses approximately three million kilowatt hours annually.

Six bids were opened after the online bid window closed at 11:30 a.m., with TriEagle Energy submitting the apparent low bid of 7.991 cents per kilowatt hour for a 36-month contract.

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Author Ellen Hopkins, seated, autographs books for eighth students Desiree Abadia, left, and Sarah Markovich, during a visit by Hopkins on Wednesday to Panther Valley High School.

Ellen Hopkins, who has written 13 books, visited Panther Valley High School on Wednesday and spoke to students during an assembly program.

Her visit garnered some controversy because of the contents of some of her books.

She made no apologies for the contents, saying she strives for honesty as she writes on topics affecting teens, including drug use, rape, prostitution, and teen pregnancy.

After her presentation, she signed autographs of her books for the students. She also met with an English class.

Students said they are inspired by her writings.