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Friday, November 14, 2014

A Summit Hill man died early this morning as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Summit Hill police reported that at 1:23 this morning, officers received a report that there was a 24-year-old male at one of the cemeteries in the borough who was threatening to harm himself.

Police responded to the scene and found the man, whose name has not been released. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lansford police, the Carbon County coroner and Lehighton Ambulance assisted.

Police report that the incident doesn't appear to be suspicious.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The man accused of opening fire on a Pennsylvania State Police barracks admitted killing a trooper because he was dissatisfied with government and wanted to "wake people up," according to court documents filed Thursday that provided the first indication of a possible motive.

Eric Frein spoke of wanting to start a revolution in a letter to his parents and called the slaying of Cpl. Bryon Dickson an "assassination" in a police interview after his Oct. 30 capture, the documents said.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Associated Press

Authorities in Pennsylvania on Thursday released a letter they said was written by state police ambush suspect Eric Frein during his time on the run. The text, addressed to Mom and Dad, reads:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Those low gas prices on station signs aren't going away soon, the government says.

In a dramatic shift from previous forecasts, the Energy Department predicted Wednesday that the average price of gasoline in the U.S. will be $2.94 a gallon in 2015. That is a 44-cent drop from an outlook issued just a month ago.

If the sharply lower estimate holds true, U.S. consumers will save $61 billion on gas compared with this year.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

It remains 'thrifty' even at 50.

For a half century, shoppers in downtown Palmerton have been able to spend their money wisely thanks to The Nearly New Shop at 225 Delaware Ave. in Palmerton.

In honor of its 50-year anniversary, the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary of the Blue Mountain Health System celebrated the 50th anniversary of the shop Wednesday and today with special sales, and a chance to win a $50 gift certificate.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Members of the Eastern Schuylkill Regional Planning board met Tuesday to make amendments to the proposed zoning ordinance, based on input from the participating entities. Tamaqua borough and Walker, Rush and Schuylkill townships have joined to form the regional zoning plan.

"It was a very productive meeting," said Chairman Bud Smulligan, who represents Tamaqua. "Next we'll contact the municipalities by letter and schedule the public meeting."

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Faith Alive United Methodist Church, located in Bowmanstown, will serve a Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 22 at the church.

The meal will be served at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

All are welcome to enjoy. There are no takeouts.

Transportation or delivery for the homebound can be made available by prior arrangement, at least four days ahead of the dinner.

For more information, and or arrangements, call 610-852-3833 or 570-386-5586 before Nov. 18.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission public hearings regarding electricity rate increase requests have been rescheduled.

Hearings are now scheduled for 1 and 6 p.m. Monday at East Stroudsburg University's Innovation Center Room.

Met-Ed is asking for a rate increase of 11.5 percent, or $151.9 million for Met-Ed consumers. For the average customer using 1,000 KWH per month, the prospective increase would add around $21 to their bill.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Leaf collection will be held in the borough on the following dates: Nov. 10-14, they will be collected on Heights, Broadway and West Broadway; they will be collected on the east side from Nov. 17-21. Have the leaves curbside for the sweeper. No bagged leaves will be collected.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Carbon County Fire Police Association will be hosting the quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania State Fire Police Association on Sunday.

The meeting is at 1 p.m. at the Penn Forest Fire Company No. 1 fire hall along Route 903. Guest speakers will be Mark Nalesnik, Carbon County EMA director, and Steve Austin, project manager of the Responder Safety Institute.