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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Mahoning Township police said four youths fled the Concern Treatment Center on Country Club Road last week, but were all captured within 12 hours.

One was apprehended after he reportedly stole a knife from the Walmart in the township.

Mahoning Police Chief Audie Mertz said the four runaways left the center at 11:17 p.m. Thursday.

They were ages 14, 15, 16 and 17. Two of the four had previously run away from the center but were located and returned.

On Friday at 4:30 a.m., police located one of the males at the Carbon Mini Mart in Lehighton.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Schuylkill County District Attorney Christine Holman, second from left, holds anti-impaired driving posters at a recent Schuylkill County Chiefs of Police Association meeting. At left is Minersville Police Chief Michael Combs, who is also the association president. Chief Schuylkill County Detective Dolly Dronick Malec is second from right. At right is Port Carbon Officer Joseph Ferraro.

Drive sober or get pulled over.

That's the message the Schuylkill County Chiefs of Police Association is driving home this holiday season.

The group met last week at the Schuylkill County courthouse to fine-tune plans to keep impaired drivers off the roads.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS More than 500 gather in Palmerton Borough Park to pay homage to four teenagers killed in a fiery crash Friday night on Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township.

A sea of more than 500 people gathered around the bandstand in the Palmerton Borough Park Monday evening for a candlelight vigil.

The vigil, arranged by Amy Dailey of Palmerton, was held in memory of the four teenagers who were killed Friday night in a fiery two-car crash on Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township.

Killed in the crash were Michael Muniz, 17, of Palmerton; Austin T. Hunsicker, 16, of Bowmanstown; Nathaniel Murray, 16, of Palmerton, and his sister, Courtney Anne Murray, 13, of Palmerton.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Family Dollar Store will be constructed on a vacant lot at the corner of Spruce and Center streets. Tamaqua's Zoning Hearing Board approved the venture during a meeting Monday.

In order to move forward with the project, the developer sought numerous variances related to setback requirements, impervious ground coverage and parking spaces.

Attorney Denise Dieter of Jersey Shore represented George Hutchinson, who owns the development company for Family Dollar. Tom Ludgate, Ludgate Engineering, is developing the plan for the site. Gary Winkleman is the firm's project manager.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area High School fans are in the Christmas spirit Monday night at the boys' basketball game against Lehighton.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Lansford Alive Events Committee congratulates and thanks the winners for having a wonderful Christmas spirit.

The winners received gift certificates from the following Lansford merchants: BoBo Garden Chinese Restaurant, Cabrera's Pizzeria, Emil's Barber Shop and Hair, Marco's Pizza, Northeast Chemical Supply Company, Porvaznik's Flowers, Valley Athletic Supply, and Panther Valley Lumber and Home Center.

Winners are:

Most Creative, Cecilia and son Tim Midas, 210 Cortright St.

Most Traditional, Theresa Papay, 100 W. Abbott St.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A slight decrease in taxes is part of the 2015 budget of Summit Hill borough.

The borough council adopted the final budget by a 4-1 vote during a meeting Monday. The budget shows a decrease of 0.25 mills.

Opposed was Michael Kokinda. He didn't indicate why he was against the budget.

In favor were Council President Jesse Walck, Michael Alabovitz, John O'Gurek and Bill O'Gurek. Absent were Gregory Kosciolek and Bill Chapman.

The budget is based on 15.6 total mills, which is less than last year's assessment of 15.85 mills.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Women's Club of Lehighton presented an original drawing by the Rev. Benton Zettlemoyer to Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton. The drawing will be displayed in the hospital's lobby. The 5 by 3 foot drawing of the "Birth of Christ" is done in pastel fluorescent chalks and will be displayed annually during the Christmas season.

Mrs. Jeanne Smith, publicity chairman of the women's club, commented on the presentation, saying "It is so beautiful, we wanted he community to enjoy it."

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

An 81-year-old New Tripoli man died of injuries as a result of a two-vehicle crash at 1 p.m. Monday in Lynn Township.

Ralph Everett, of 8039 Kings Highway, Lynn Township, was pronounced dead at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest by the Lehigh County Coroner's Office.

Scott Grim, Lehigh County coroner, said Everett died as a result of blunt-force neck trauma. He ruled the manner of death an accident.

The crash happened at the intersection of Route 143 and Behler Road in Lynn Township.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

We are in for a soggy Christmas Eve.

The National Weather Service says we could get an inch or more of rain Wednesday.

Here’s the forecast:

This Afternoon: A chance of rain or drizzle. Cloudy, with a high near 43. Light east wind. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight: Periods of rain or drizzle, mainly after 11pm. Areas of fog. Low around 42. Southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.