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Friday, November 22, 2013

In order to balance the budget in 2014, Rush Township Supervisors say they must eliminate two full-time positions, a police officer and a township secretary. Rush Township currently has two full-time secretaries; one will be changed to a 20-hour-per-week position. Rush currently has three full-time police officers; one full-time officer position will be covered by part-time officers.

Friday, November 22, 2013

A Jim Thorpe teacher should not have been allowed back in the classroom after he was accused of improper conduct, and parents should have been notified immediately that the incident had taken place, one fuming parent told Jim Thorpe Area School District officials last night.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Members of the Carbon County Planning Commission has rejected a plan to develop the former IGA building in Palmerton.

The commission rejected a plan submitted by Yong Zheng Chen to develop property at 483 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, the site of the former IGA building. Ivan O. Meixell Jr., county land planner, said that Chen wants to add two retail stores and an apartment above. The building presently contains a restaurant and second floor apartment.

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Northern Lehigh Senior High School honor roll for the first marking period of the 2013-2014 school year has been announced by Robert Vlasaty, principal.

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Friday, November 22, 2013
Roy Wallano

The death of President John F. Kennedy sent shock waves through the country. At 43 years old, he was the youngest man and first Roman Catholic to hold that office. Elected in 1960, he was the 35th president of the United States and was loved by the masses.

President Kennedy confronted mounting Cold War tensions in Cuba, Vietnam and elsewhere. He also led a renewed drive for public service and eventually provided federal support for the growing civil rights movement.

Friday, November 22, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the New Columbus Fire Company proudly display their new rescue truck. The truck is a 2013 Ford F-550 that was purchased from KME for $97,000. An $85,000 grant was utilized for the purchase and the balance was paid by the Borough of Nesquehoning. The Fire Company is also looking to purchase a new F-350 Utility Truck. From left are Fire Chief Jim Nardozzi, second Assistant Chief Joe Folk, Captain Dave Chapman, First Assistant Chief Don Schlier and fireman Tyler Schlier.

Members of the New Columbus Fire Company proudly display their new rescue truck. The truck is a 2013 Ford F-550 that was purchased from KME for $97,000. An $85,000 grant was utilized for the purchase and the balance was paid by the Borough of Nesquehoning. The Fire Company is also looking to purchase a newF-350 Utility Truck. From left are Fire Chief Jim Nardozzi, second Assistant Chief Joe Folk,Captain Dave Chapman, First Assistant Chief Don Schlier and fireman Tyler Schlier.

Friday, November 22, 2013

The subject of the recent fatal home explosion and resulting fire came up during the public comment portion of the Kidder Township supervisors' meeting.

"I wanted to take this opportunity to publicly thank everyone who helped out during the recent fatal explosion," Lake Harmony Fire Chief Ralph Lennon said. "I especially want to thank the other fire companies who helped out. Everyone did a great job."

The same subject came up during Police Chief Matt Kuzma's report.

Friday, November 22, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS After leaving Tamaqua on Oct. 28, 1960, the Kennedy motorcade stopped at the James Fogarty Esso Service Station, Hometown, where Kennedy used the comfort facilities.

A warm coal region welcome for Sen. John F. Kennedy resulted in several impromptu stops along the campaign trail as he greeted large crowds.

One of those stops actually was a bathroom break.

A small, one-column story at the bottom of the page of the Tamaqua Evening Courier on Oct. 29, 1960, reported that Kennedy and his entourage took a brief pause in Hometown.

"The Kennedy party made a surprise stop at the James Fogarty Esso service station ... the president shook hands with all and signed autographs," stated the story.

Friday, November 22, 2013
Highway bill moves to Corbett

Gov. Tom Corbett plans to sign into law next week a massive transportation bill that will raise $2.4 billion over the next five years to repair Pennsylvania's crumbling bridges and highways, shore up mass transit and pump money into air, rail and other projects.