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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News Anthony Sarti, of New Jersey, cuts a tree Sunday while his daughter, Rachel, watches at Hill Farms in Lehighton.

With snow still draping many of the evergreens around Carbon County, hundreds of families took their saws and measuring sticks into the fields this past weekend in search of that perfect Christmas tree.

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, around 25 million to 30 million real Christmas trees are sold each year in the United States.

In 2013, the industry raked in $1.16 billion at an average of $35.30 per real tree, according to a consumer survey.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Some Weissport Borough Council members are thinking about eliminating the town's one-man, part-time police department.

Council member Sue Pywar said the police department is "costing a lot of money."

Gene Kershner, president of the council, added that there is a problem sometimes reaching the officer. He said, "I tried to reach him. The mayor tried to reach him."

"We want to do what's best for the town," Pywar said.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Bible Study

The Women's Ecumenical Bible study group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Good Shepherd Room of St. John's Lutheran Church South Avenue. The group is open to all women of the community. Joan DeAcetis is the group leader.

Openings on board

There are openings on the Jim Thorpe Civil Service Commission. Anyone interested in serving, should mail their letters of intend to the borough office, and they should be received no later than Dec. 8. If you have any questions, call the borough office.

Final registration dates

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Carbon County judges conducted probation and parole revocation hearings on petitions filed by the adult probation office against defendants on supervision who violated the terms of their release.

Those who had hearings included:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

WILKES-BARRE Two women were sentenced in Luzerne County court this week for cheating an insurance company when they provided false information about a car crash on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Judge Tina Polachek Gartley sentenced Jennifer C. Apollon, 31, of Edwardsville, and Lisa G. Moore, 49, of Scranton, to 18 months in the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Program, a special probation program for first-time nonviolent offenders.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

One of the contenders in 2016 presidential election might be Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon best known for his work separating conjoined twins.

Carson hasn't officially announced his candidacy, but even on the NBC show "Meet the Press" on Sunday, he hasn't ruled out that possibility.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Carson will speak at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The Lehighton 9/12 project presents Carson speaking on the topic "One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America's Future."

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

During yet another East Penn Township board of supervisors meeting, complaints about "junk" on some owners' properties made up the better part of Monday's discourse, even after the meeting ended.

Following many months of public debate about the state of fellow residents' properties, this time many audible sighs of seeming exasperation were heard from the audience, and comments were made, like Lisa Kercsmar's plea that "some of this has to stop."

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

For the past two months, Penn Forest Township supervisors have advertised to sell two of the township's 2012 Ford F550 dump trucks. At Monday evening's meeting, a sealed bid for $33,011.20 was received from A Bug's Life Inc. of Brodheadsville for one of the vehicles.

Chairman Warren Reiner made a motion to accept the bid for the truck, which has 10,984 miles on it. The motion to sell the truck was not unanimous.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

West Penn Township supervisors held a public hearing to modify the way it will spend Community Block Grant Funds from prior years.

The township has $20,480 left from CDBG funds from 2012. That money had been earmarked for use on demolition projects. Instead, the township will modify its CDBG plans from 2012 and apply those monies to the 2014 program.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Several schools in our area are closing early due to the impending snow, sleet and freezing rain that is expected to pelt the region this afternoon and evening:

Tamaqua Area School District: All secondary schools will dismiss students at 11 a.m. Elementary students, including morning kindergarten, will be dismissed at noon. There will be no afternoon kindergarten.