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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

State Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) will host a hearing with the Basic Education Funding Commission to discuss Pennsylvania's basic education funding formula from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 4 at the Carl T. Secor Administrative Center, 50 Vine St. in East Stroudsburg.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a lengthy state prison term Monday in the county court after previously pleading guilty to four theft counts involving a county ski resort.

Joshua Jeremy Strohl, 28, of Palmerton, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve a total of 18 to 36 months in a state correctional institution.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Carbon County's elected officials will see a pay increase in 2018 and 2019.

During a special county commissioners' meeting on Monday evening, the board voted unanimously to increase the county's elected officials' salaries by 2 percent in 2018 and 2 percent in 2019.

The action now means that the county commissioners will receive a 2 percent increase to $67,834 in 2018 and a 2 percent increase to $69,191 in 2019. They will not receive salary increases in 2015, which was previously set in 2010. The current salary for the commissioners is $64,554.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) – Immigrants entering illegally into the U.S. are increasingly making states along the East Coast their home rather than states closer to the Mexican border.

A new report by the Pew Research Center finds that New Jersey, Florida and Pennsylvania were among seven states to register gains in unauthorized immigrants from 2009 to 2012. That came even as the total number of immigrants in the U.S. unlawfully was unchanged at 11.2 million.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Members of Tracey's Dance Academy participate in an opening celebration of the Olde Time Christmas Festival in Jim Thorpe. The festival will take place the first two weekends in December.

The 33rd Annual Olde Time Christmas Festival in Jim Thorpe will be celebrated the first two weekends in December.

The festivities will take place on Dec. 5, 6, 7, 13 and 14.

Santa's arrival via firetruck along with the tree lighting ceremony at Josiah White Park kicks off the festival at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A homeless man is living in a vehicle along the Lehigh Canal in the Weissport area, residents told Weissport Borough Council on Monday.

Woodrow and Joanne Nace of Lehighton told council the person at the canal urinates in front of passers-by and keeps his personal items in a shed where equipment is stored for the Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission.

The Naces said the man does some work for the canal commission and has a key for the chain access to the canal as well as the storage shed.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Motorists traveling through the borough of Lehighton, take extra caution.

Scanner reports coming in just after 11 a.m. state that power outages are being reported in the borough.

Traffic control has been called to a number of intersections to help direct motorists safely through the area. Traffic should treat intersections without traffic control as a four-way stop.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Attorney Carl Engleman talks to landowners about the importance of staying informed and building a good support team when dealing with PennEast Pipeline Company.

State Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon, hosted a landowner's information session in Jim Thorpe on Monday evening to help the people in Carbon County who may be affected by the proposed gas pipeline.

"The goal of this meeting is to help property owners understand their rights under the law in regard to this project," Heffley said. "This isn't intended to sway anyone for or against the project, but to give them as much information as possible before it gets started."

Monday, November 17, 2014

Two people were killed, including a Tamaqua woman, when a Veterans' Affairs van crashed into the side of a tractor-trailer Monday morning in Cass Township.

Schuylkill County Coroner Dr. David Moylan confirmed the deceased as James Metzger, 67, of Barnesville; and Elaine Bradley, 73, of Tamaqua.

Metzger, the van’s driver, and Bradley, a backseat passenger, were pronounced dead at the scene.

A third occupant of the van was transported from the scene with serious injuries.

The driver of the truck was uninjured.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hundreds of nativities of all styles, materials and sizes will be on display at the 15th Annual Open House Nativity Display later this month at Hope Lutheran Church, 4131 Lehigh Drive, Cherryville.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 29 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30.

Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. Children are also encouraged to come and take in the sights and make a nativity craft in the children's center.

People in the community willing to share nativities with Hope Lutheran Church for the event are welcome to do so.