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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club will host a Breakfast with Santa at 10 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Lehighton Recreation Center, Eighth Street, Lehighton.

The event will include breakfast, candy, a gift from Santa, and a DJ.

Children are asked to bring a letter for Santa's mailbox, and to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for his reply.

Santa will be there, so bring your camera.

Deadline for tickets is Friday. For more information call Barb at 610-377-8132, Betty at 610-379-4284 or Alicia at 570-325-8685.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Lehighton continues to gain steam on a spending plan that calls for no municipal tax increase next year.

Borough council on a unanimous measure Monday agreed to adopt the proposed 2015 budget with no tax increase.

Councilman Darryl Arner praised borough Manager Nicole Beckett for her work on the budget, as well as borough council for its support of the budget.

If council were to approve next year's budget with no tax increase, it would leave the tax rate in check at 7.5 mills.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

This oversized load caused traffic headaches for motorists driving through Tamaqua Tuesday morning. Parking was banned on North Railroad Street in order to have enough room for the rig to travelon the one-way street. Tamaqua Police and fire police had traffic stopped from Broad Street to Schuylkill Avenue for 20 minutesto allow the loaded truck to make its way north, traveling the wrong way on the one-way street.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Summit Hill Borough Council, by a 4-2 vote, agreed to terminate the Summit Hill Water Authority effective June 1. The borough will then take it over and operate it as the Summit Hill Water Department.

Water authority employees will become borough employees at that time.

The advertised ordinance called for the dissolution to occur Jan. 1, but the council was advised by its solicitor, Attorney Michael Greek, that it might take longer than Jan. 1 for transferring the deeds of property owned by the authority and checking if any approvals are needed by the state.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A proposed natural gas pipeline is expected to be less than a half mile from Moore Elementary School, and some Northampton Area School District school directors are concerned about it.

"It scares me to death," school Director Jean Rundle said after the Monday meeting. "I think it's too close to our school," said Rundle, who represents Moore Township on the school board.

The pipeline project came up during the meeting when board President David Gogel reported on a meeting about the project he attended Nov. 19 at the Klecknersville Rangers Volunteer Fire Company.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Scenes reminiscent of the year 1917 were re-enacted in Mauch Chunk this morning when Robert Lobien, a 23-year-old Second Ward resident, entrained for Wilkes-Barre aboard a L.V.R.R. train amid a tumultuous ovation. Lobien was among the first Carbon County draft eligibles to volunteer for selective service training with Uncle Sam's first peace time army.

More than 1,000 residents, 500 of them school pupils, witnessed his departure. Music was played by the Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk bands.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Koch’s Turkey Farms in Walker Township will present two of the company’s signature organic whole turkeys to Gov. Tom Corbett and first lady Susan Corbett on Tuesday.

The family-owned and operated poultry producer will provide the turkeys for the Pennsylvania first family’s Thanksgiving Day dinner. The company’s last presence in the Governor’s Residence was during the administration of Gov. Dick Thornburgh.

The turkeys will be presented by Brock Stein, a fourth generation member of the Lowell Koch family, and Sen. Dave Argall.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Phil Nuccio of Marzen Feed and Hardware unloads a pallet of calcium chloride Tuesday morning.

Turkey. Check.

Stuffing. Check.

Cranberries. Check.

Snow. Uh, really?

As the Northeast begins to prepare for Thanksgiving Day feasts, many are worried if loved ones will be able to make it home as the first winter storm is expected to push through the region Wednesday one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Many areas will also probably be in for a very white Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Elderly Carbon woman struck by car, killed

An elderly Carbon County woman was struck by a car and killed Monday evening in Franklin Township.

Township police identified the victim as Agnes Szpak, 89, of Nesquehoning.

Police said Szpak got out of her car about 6:30 p.m. while parked along the shoulder of the northbound lanes of Route 209 and attempted to cross the northbound lanes, which she did successfully.

However, she was struck while crossing the southbound lanes by a vehicle operated by Nicole Iannone, 22, of Kunkletown, who was southbound on 209.

Monday, November 24, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced the decision Monday evening. A grand jury of nine whites and three blacks had been meeting weekly since Aug. 20 to consider evidence.

At least nine votes would have been required to indict Wilson. The panel met in secret, a standard practice for such proceedings.