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Saturday, December 6, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Deacon and Marcia Evans of the Therapy Options Carolers, sing prior to the arrival of Santa during the Olde Time Christmas kick off in Jim Thorpe on Friday evening.

It may have been cold and rainy, but that didn't stop Santa from coming to kick off the 33rd annual Olde Time Christmas Celebration in Jim Thorpe on Friday evening.

The event, held in the Josiah White Park in the center of town, was filled with dozens of families waiting to see Jolly Ol' Saint Nick, as well as honor one of their own, Corporal Michael Dugan.

The Olde Time Christmas committee chose Dugan because they wanted to honor one of the many Pennsylvania State Police who serve this area and keep families safe.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

HARRISBURG Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, along with the attorneys general of 44 states and the District of Columbia, announced Thursday that Sirius XM Radio Inc. of New York has agreed to pay $3.8 million to the states and provide restitution to eligible consumers.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Lehigh Township Police responded Friday to a crash on Route 248 at Route 873, involving a school bus that was rear-ended by a van.

A Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit school bus, driven by Brenda Christman, 47, of Schnecksville, was rear-ended by a 2002 White Ford SuperDuty van, driven by Carl Marzen, 56, of Lehighton.

Christman and Donna Gruber, 49, of Schnecksville, another Carbon-Lehigh IU employee, were both transported by Northampton Regional EMS to the hospital with minor injuries.

No children were on the bus.

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee has announced that due to the inclement weather, the second annual Christmas in the Park event will now be held from noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the Palmerton Borough Park.
For more information visit the Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee Facebook page.

Friday, December 5, 2014

MILFORD, Pa. (AP) - A preliminary hearing for the man charged in the fatal ambush of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper has been rescheduled after one of his lawyers withdrew from the case.

A judge Friday granted a defense request to move Eric Frein's hearing to Jan. 5. It had been scheduled for Tuesday. The judge will decide at the hearing whether Frein should stand trial.

Attorney Michael Weinstein asked for the postponement after his co-counsel withdrew from the case. Weinstein says a new attorney will need time to get up to speed.

The Pike County prosecutor opposed the delay.

Friday, December 5, 2014
Groups share wish lists for the holidays

Area organizations have shared requests for items to help in their missions of helping the less fortunate.

The requests include specific items, both small and large; monetary donations; or donations of time.

If you're looking for ways to brighten the season for area residents who need some extra holiday cheer, look no further.

Family Promise of Carbon County

Friday, December 5, 2014

With inclement weather expected later today and this weekend, check www.tnonline.com for weather updates and event cancellations.

Christmas events

Friday, December 5, 2014

Eldred Township supervisor Vice Chairman Mary Anne Clausen presented to the board several motions on potential shared use changes to be brought to the CJER planning commission.

The following received no second motion and failed to be approved: An after-hours club, operating between 2-6 a.m., nightclub and amusement park.

The following received second motions and were approved:

Ÿ Power plants. Clausen said she did not want to see nuclear or coal fire power plants permitted in Eldred. Gretchen Gannon Pettit seconded it.

Friday, December 5, 2014

During a meeting Thursday, Walker Township supervisors approved a proposed 2015 budget which raises taxes by 0.5 mills. That translates to a tax that is 55.4 cents for each $100 of assessed valuation of a property.

The budget is balance with revenues at $416,733 and expenditures at $416,734. The supervisors will meet at 11 a.m. Dec. 27 to adopt the budget; it is available for review at the township office. The supervisors also set the date for their reorganizational meeting for 10:30 a.m. Jan. 5.

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Bach Handel Chorale will be performing at the Tamaqua Community Art Center on Dec. 13.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the music scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, or advance tickets, call 570-668-1192.

The arts center is located at 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.