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Saturday, December 13, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Council voted Thursday night to place no parking signs on Hill Road by the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

Jim Thorpe Council voted Thursday night to place no parking signs on Hill Road by the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

Police Chief Joseph Schatz said four cars were illegally parked in the eastbound lane during a recent opera house show.

"We ticketed one guy who wasn't happy because there was not a no-parking sign there," Schatz said.

"We don't really need one because it is a road. You don't park in the middle of the Pennsylvania Turnpike because there isn't a sign there that says no parking."

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Jim Thorpe Borough Police released its monthly report for November.

Officers patrolled 4,736 miles, using 284.1 gallons of gas.

They issued three nontraffic citations, 74 traffic citations, filed 15 criminal charges including five driving under the influence offenses, and nine drug charges.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

It has been a very busy year for new and existing businesses in Carbon County and for the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development in the rebuilding and rebranding of our organization.

I'm sure you have seen the various newspaper articles and television spots on Channel 13 throughout the year highlighting what we are doing.

What you may not know is that Carbon Chamber and Economic Development partners with many entities in the region to help start or build a business.

The Small Business Development Center at Wilkes University is one of those partners.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Lansford Borough Council approved its tentative budget Wednesday with no tax increase anticipated.

The final budget adoption will occur at a special meeting of the council on Dec. 30.

The new budget shows some categories having slight increases while others have decreases.

Overall, the new budget calls for a property tax rate of 32.82 mills. The 2014 millage rate was 32.91, meaning a slight decrease in tax bills.

A home valued at $25,000 would see a decrease of $2.25 in annual property tax.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Carbon County Commissioners on Thursday hired Thomas L. Jones of Summit Hill as a full-time assistant public defender. Jones will start his new job on Jan. 5 and will earn $51,500.

In other personnel matters, commissioners appointed Teah M. Reichard of Palmerton as a domestic relations officer, effective Jan. 2.

Commissioners also changed the employment status of Deena L. Fital of Lehighton from clerical aide in the Archives Department to aging case aide for the Area Agency on Aging as of Dec. 15.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Schuylkill County prison is once again bulging at the seams.

According to a report by Warden Eugene Berdanier, the population as of Wednesday stood at 306, with 37 inmates sharing cells with two others. That's down from a peak of 352 in November.

In September, the prison housed an average of 308 inmates.

The population has been rising steadily since January, when the prison housed 264 inmates. There were 275 in February, 279 in March, 279 in April, 281 in May, 294 in June, 276 in July and 292 in August.

The prison, built in 1851, should house up to 240 inmates.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday moved swiftly through their public meeting agenda, with colleague Thomas Gerhard participating by telephone.

Gerhard, who is recovering at his Packer Township home from bypass surgery, was mentioned in the traditional opening prayer by Commissioner William O'Gurek. Gerhard later thanked his co-workers, friends and family for their caring, support and encouragement during his illness.

He said he is doing well, exercising daily and looking forward to returning to work.

"I'm just glad to be here," he said.

Saturday, December 13, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS MacKenzie Reed, 8, left, talks to Santa in Lehighton, Friday night, while her sister, Rebekah Reed, 2, sits on Mrs. Claus's lap and isn't very happy about it. About 175 children, accompanied by parents and other adults, attended Christmas in the Park in Lehighton, which was sponsored by The Young Professionals Council of the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corporation.

It was an event especially for children in Lehighton, Friday night.

Girl Scouts decorated a Christmas tree with ornaments edible to birds. Hot chocolate was served. There were gifts. The Lehighton Band played a large selection of popular Christmas songs such as "Jingle Bells" and "Silent Night."

And, of course, Santa was there, arriving in style on the back of a fire truck.

"Christmas in the Park" which included the borough's Christmas tree lighting was held by The Young Professionals Council of the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corporation.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Charges against a Lehigh County man accused of operating a meth lab have been bound over for court.

Joseph Giles, 28, of Slatington, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Instead, Giles waived his right to the hearing and will appear next month for a pretrial status conference in the district attorney's office at the Carbon County Courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS paid at least $6 billion in child tax credits in 2013 to people who weren't eligible to receive them, a government investigator said Tuesday.

Payments went to families that mistakenly claimed the tax credit or claimed the wrong amount, as well as taxpayers who committed fraud, according to an audit by J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration.

The audit highlights problems with a tax credit that President Barack Obama has championed as a way to help low-income working families.