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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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These yellow blooms looked sad this morning after April snow showers movedthrough overnight. The rest of the week will be cool, with temperatures expectedto reach 59 degrees for Easter.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Grace-St. Paul's UMC free community dinner will take place from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, April 19.

Dinner will be spaghetti and meatballs.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to the Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information call the church at 570-325-9151.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1140 Pohopoco Drive, Lehighton, will host an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26. The theme is "Strengthening Home and Family."

Everyone is invited for a brief tour of the church and to become better acquainted with its members and organization. Visitors will be able view displays, ask questions, and enjoy light refreshments.

Tom Thunell and his wife, Heather, are serving as missionaries for the church and are assigned to work at the Lehighton branch.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley Public Library recently held an open house to

showcase some improvements. Visitors were invited to view the new shelving, which opens up the room and creates more space for

additional books, along with four new computers and a large screen TV that will be used to show movies to children. Patrons were

treated to goodies and were able to purchase chances to win one of over 52 baskets. From left are, Sarah DeHart, 4, of Lansford; Diane Gould of Coaldale; and Ayana Batchelder, 15, of Lansford.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Resident Terri Roselli (standing) on Tuesday speaks out against Palmerton Area School Board's decision to have the district's engineering firm complete a site feasibility study for a potential multipurpose turf field.

A site feasibility study for a potential multipurpose turf field has been given the green light in the Palmerton Area School District.

By a 6-3 vote, the school board on Tuesday approved Barry Isett & Associates to complete the study for the proposed multipurpose field located at the current football field and track site.

Among those in favor of the study were directors Clarence Myers, Sherry Haas, Josann Harry, Charles Gildner, Joshua Smale and board President Tammy Recker. Opposed were directors Darlene Yeakel, Barry Scherer and Susan Debski.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Speaking as a taxpayer, and not as a school board member, director Susan Debski on Tuesday implores her fellow board members to reconsider their consensus to approve the 2014-15 budget with a 1-mill increase.

A slight increase in the 2014-15 property tax rate could be in the cards for residents who live in the Palmerton Area School District.

On a narrow 5-4 vote on Tuesday, the school board instructed district business manager Diane Serfass to construct a budget with a 1-mill increase.

Directors Darlene Yeakel, Sherry Haas, Josann Harry, Joshua Smale, and board President Tammy Recker were in favor. Directors Barry Scherer, Susan Debski, Clarence Myers, and Charles Gildner were opposed.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Parryville Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 will host a rummage sale from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on April 25, 26 and 27 at the fire company at 359 Main St. in Parryville.

Those wishing to donate items that are unwanted and in good condition can do so from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 21.

For more information or to schedule a drop off, call Jen at 484-553-0061 or Carolyn at 484-560-0167.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A parent with several children who attend school in the Palmerton Area School District is dissatisfied that she wasn't notified sooner of various social media threats that were made to students.

Resident Alicia Pfaff aired her concerns to the school board on Tuesday after an investigation determined that a 13-year-old male from Palmerton was responsible for the threats made to students in the Palmerton and Lehighton area school districts.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mahanoy City Police have made an arrest in the Dec. 1, 2013, fatal stabbing of resident Lawrence Quinn.

Kimberly Lynn Hons, 33, of 739 E. Mahanoy Ave., Mahanoy City, daughter of Quinn's longtime companion Linda Smith, has been charged with felony counts of voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault, as well as misdemeanor charges of possession of an instrument of crime and reckless endangerment in connection with the stabbing.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Map illustration/David W. Rowe Site of proposed wind farm project.

A proposed wind farm in Carbon County has a few kinks that must be worked out before ground can be broken.

During the Carbon County Planning Commission meeting Tuesday, the board voted to recommend conditional plan rejection until a number of problems are addressed and adequately mitigated.

The plans by Tihali Wind Turbine Farm LLC of Brick, N.J., call for a 3,439-acre wind farm, costing approximately $400 million, on the Broad Mountain, stretching between Packer Township and Nesquehoning.