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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The state Senate today expects to consider a resolution to study the potential for growth of the commonwealth's gaming industry, including online gambling.

After generating more than $6 billion since the Gaming Act was signed into law in 2004, revenues have begun to downshift, while the state's bills continue to pile up.

Gaming at the state's 12 casinos generated $249.5 million in revenue in October, up slightly from $243.7 million in October 2012, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Lehighton Downtown Initiative will present a bigger and better "Christmas in the Park," Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

The annual event will be held at the bandshell in the upper park in Lehighton, rain or shine. Santa Claus will arrive at 6:30 p.m.

Paul Smith and the Lehighton Band will provide musical entertainment with favorite Christmas Carols, while Senior Girl Scout Troop 583 will provide hot cocoa.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Tom Connors, director of the Carbon County Animal Shelter, left, speaks with Arland Moyer Sr., a Weissport councilman, center; and his wife Lynnette Moyer about John Wayne, a 1-year-old Mastiff mix, who is available for adoption through the shelter.

Carbon County's animal shelter wants municipalities to know that it is here to help.

Last weekend, employees of the shelter opened its doors to elected officials interested in learning more.

The purpose was to provide information on how the shelter operates and answer any questions municipalities or police may have.

Tom Connors, director of the shelter, spoke to those in attendance about a number of topics and operations at the shelter including adoption procedures, dog calls in municipalities, the dog laws and caring for the animals.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The date for the appeal hearing for the borough of Jim Thorpe in a court decision involving repatriation of the body of Olympian Jim Thorpe has been tentatively set for Friday, Feb. 14, in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Philadelphia.

Attorney William Schwab of Lehighton, who has been representing the borough in the case on a gratis basis, said he was notified of the appeal date Tuesday.

The date is subject to be changed to any day during the week of Feb. 10.

During the appeal, a panel will determine whether there will be oral argument in the case.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Bowmanstown Council President, and soon-to-be mayor, William Ravert hands retiring mayor, Keith Billig an appreciation plaque and gift certificate for his 28 years of service.

Bomansown Borough Council honored mayor Keith Billig Tuesday night for 28 years on council.

When asked about his impending retirement, Billig said,

"Well, it's been an experience. You know, going from not knowing hardly anything about the law or about government and getting thrown into something like this. It was quite a learning experience."

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Area School Board held its reorganization Tuesday evening. Board members are, front from left, Bill Allison, Dr. Clem McGinley, president; John Partenio, vice president; and Gerald Strubinger; and back, Dr. Barbara Conway, superintendent; Gregory Mousseau, solicitor; Glenn Confer; Pearl Downs-Sheckler; John Ciavarella; Dennis McGinley; and Lauren K. Kovac, business manager and board secretary.

Dr. Clem McGinley will continue to serve as president of the Jim Thorpe Area School Board.

He was the only nominee for the presidency, and was elected by a 7-1 vote. The only dissenter was board member Gerald Strubinger.

"I am not satisfied with the last term of office of Mr. McGinley," said Strubinger, adding that he opposed McGinley as president because "we need to hear the voices of the citizens at all times."

Renamed vice president was John Partenio by an 8-0 vote.

Attorney Gregory Mousseau was unanimously reappointed solicitor.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The fire truck will park to signify the arrival of the jolly old man dressed in red and white.

Indeed, the mood figures to be festive during the annual Slatington Tree Lighting event, to be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Slatington.

Once again sponsored by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce, the always popular tree lighting event will be held at Slatington Memorial Park, 509 Main Street, across from the Slatington Baptist Church.

Prior to the lighting of the tree, Santa will arrive by fire truck for photos with the kids.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Blue Mountain Health System received $15,000 from the Women's 5K Classic Grant Committee for its 2014 Women's Cancer Prevention/Early Intervention Programs and Projects.

Each year, the health system holds a variety of programming to raise awareness about women's cancer prevention and early intervention, namely free screening mammograms and if necessary, diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds for women who are under- or non-insured. This year nearly 150 mammograms and ultrasounds were provided to women in the BMHS community.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Ss. and Peter and Paul School, 307 Coal St., Lehighton, is hosting its annual Christmas Festival and Holiday Gift Shop this weekend.

The event will kick off with snacks and story time with Santa and Mrs. Claus at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Reservations are required and there is a fee. Call 610-377-4466.

T&R Photography will be on site to capture memories as Santa and Mrs. Claus spend time with each child. Each child will receive a gift.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A hearing for a Palmerton borough official charged with a misdemeanor offense has been postponed.

Michael Ballard, 54, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Instead, the hearing has been continued. No new date has yet to be determined.

Criminal charges were filed against Ballard for bad check. Ballard was just re-elected to a four-year term on council in last month's general election.