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Monday, December 1, 2014

Polk Township residents will not see an increase in their 2015 taxes. The 2015 proposed budget will stay the same at 4.3 mills.

"We raised the taxes 1 mill in 2014 to allow us to make some necessary improvements that had been put off for a long time," said supervisor Chairman Brian Ahner. Up until then there had been no increase in the township taxes since 2005.

If the budget passes, a property assessed at $20,670 will pay $88.88.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Carbon County Art League and Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will host a free mixer from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Chamber Offices in downtown Lehighton at 137 South St.

The Art League will have artwork on display for purchase for unique Christmas gifts.

The mixer will be an opportunity to enjoy refreshments and socialize with members of the Chamber and Art League.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Nine people were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program for first-time offenders on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their record will be wiped clean. However, if they fail complete the program, or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, December 1, 2014
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News A woman was injured in this crash Sunday on Maury Road, which resulted in a pole being snapped off. The road was closed for a period of time.

A woman was injured Sunday afternoon in a crash along Maury Road in Penn Forest Township.

The crash occurred at 1:30 p.m. as the female was traveling south near the entrance to Penn's Peak.

She failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway, entering the right berm, where her car hit and snapped off a utility pole.

Her car continued on, coming to rest back on the roadway. The victim was treated at the scene and transported to an area hospital.

Monday, December 1, 2014

MEDICAID EXPANSION:

Ÿ Eligible: childless working adults under 65 with incomes up to $15,500.

Ÿ Available to more low-income parents under 65.

Ÿ Basic package: http://bit.ly/1ymEHcr.

Ÿ Copayments in effect.

Ÿ In 2016, some enrollees will see premiums replace copays, with the exception of an $8 copay for nonemergency use of the emergency room.

Ÿ People can begin enrolling online or by telephone www.compass.state.pa.us or 866-550-4355 or by going into a county assistance office.

Monday, December 1, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Cal Hill and Carol Tempest stand next to an Angel Tree at Cal's Auto in Hometown. The Angel Tree program is one way to help families in need during the holiday season.

The angels among us come in all sizes, shapes, genders and ages. They quietly enter our lives and just as quietly leave when their mission is accomplished. While angels are busy year round, their best work is done during the holidays, bringing comfort and joy to those who need it the most.

It doesn't take much to become an angel: just a little bit of love, understanding and concern for those who are less fortunate in life, according to Carol Tempest, an employee at Cal's Auto and Tire Service in Hometown.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Area events

Ÿ Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Santa parade Friday evening.

Ÿ "A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail" will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday at the theater, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua. For more information, call 570-668-1192.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Rep. Rosemary Brown will host a hearing with the Basic Education Funding Commission to discuss Pennsylvania's basic education funding formula from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Carl T. Secor Administrative Center at 50 Vine St., East Stroudsburg.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Tamaqua Community Art Center is thrilled to be included in Schuylkill County's Spirit of the Holidays, which celebrates the county's artists. It's the third year for the three-day event, and the first time the TCAC is included.

"It's a way to shop locally, supporting our small businesses and our artists," TCAC director Leona Riegel said. "People who visit all the venues will see the work of more than 200 artists."

Monday, December 1, 2014

Across Pennsylvania, children are beginning to try drugs at an earlier age.

Here are some alarming statistics of the drugs being used by Carbon County students in 2013-2014.

Ÿ Top drug choices: 357 Carbon County students have tried marijuana, 285 reported using over-the-counter medications, 140 used nonprescribed prescription drugs, 109 used LSD/mushrooms, and 104 used cocaine.

Ÿ Opiate choices: 81 tried heroin, 89 tried Vicodin, 96 tried codeine, 87 tried OxyContin, and 89 tried Percocet.