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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Copper thieves break into vacant houses, raid construction sites, and even climb cell towers to get their hands on the metal, which they sell to scrapyards.

Law enforcement authorities are blaming a recent spike in copper thefts on a still-struggling economy and increased value of the metal.

In January, 2006, the price of copper was about $2.06 a pound, according to Rachel Lees, senior analyst for the London Metal Exchange.

On Nov. 30, 2011, the price hit $3.36 a pound.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

At long last, skiers anxious to hit the slopes may have just hit pay dirt.

For weeks, unseasonable temperatures along with the absence of snow have conspired against skiers eager to get their fix on the mountain.

As evidenced by today's brisk temperatures, it appears that's all about to change, much to the delight of Blue Mountain Ski Area near Palmerton.

Even with temperatures far from conducive for skiing, visitors continued to turn out at the ski area, said Heidi Lutz, director of sales and marketing.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will display plans on the rehabilitation of the Route 209 Thomas McCall Bridge and seeks the public's input at a meeting to be held Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company.

The public officials meeting will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the open house plans display at 7 p.m.

The McCall Bridge, built in 1938, carries nearly 24,000 cars a day over the borough of Weissport, the Lehigh River, the Lehigh Canal and the Norfolk Southern rail line.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

REYNOLDSVILLE, Pa. (AP) – Authorities are blaming a snow squall for a 21-car pileup that closed Interstate 80 in western Pennsylvania for about eight hours.

The eastbound lanes reopened late Monday night after crews cleaned up the crash involving six tractor-trailers and 15 other vehicles in Washington Township, Jefferson County.

Seventeen people were reported injured. State police say several of those injured were in serious condition.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

If you have youngsters standing at the bus stop the next two mornings, be sure they are bundled-up.

The coldest weather of this winter season is arriving and with a light wind, the wind chill factors will be below zero.

The National Weather Service at Mount Holly, N.J. says the very cold weather will be short-lived and temperatures are expected to become seasonal again by Thursday.

The NWS says an Arctic cold front from the northwest will move across the area today, and cold pressure will build in behind the front into tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Donations were made by the Summit Hill Lions Club to both the Summit Hill Historical Society and the Summit Hill Shade Tree Commission. Tom Midas, left, of the Lions, presents a check to Maxine Vermillion of the historical society, while Mary Ann Szczecina, second from right, accepts a check from Lion Louis Vermillion.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Local actresses Erika Cassell and Stephanie Mau are organizing a Valentines Cabaret Show at the Strawberry Playhouse in Tuscarora in early February. They are looking for people with any type of amusing talent to be a part of their show. There is no cost to participate and no age restrictions. The two audition dates are Tues. Jan. 3 and Thu. Jan. 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. They are also accepting monetary and baked good donations to raise funds to fix the playhouse up a little. The show will be held Sat., Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Strawberry Playhouse in Tuscarora.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

History occurred this morning in Carbon County with the swearing in of a third judge. Joseph J. Matika, center, takes the oath of office administered by President Judge Roger Nanovic, while looking on is Matika's wife, Jeanine Lee. Matika joins Nanovic and Judge Steven Serfass in Carbon County Court. Also sworn in this morning were other row office holders and county officials.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

The swearing-in of Carbon County officials occurred this morning in Carbon County Court. Republican commissioners Wayne Nothstein, second from left, and Thomas Gerhard, second from right, take oath while looking on is Nothstein's wife, Donna, and Gerhard's father, Thomas. The elder Gerhard is a former commissioner. Democrat-elected commission Charles Getz was not present, announcing his resignation last week. An appointment of a Democrat is expected to be made later today.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Weatherly Area PTA will hold its fourth annual meeting for the 2011-2012 school year on Monday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m., in the elementary/middle school cafeteria. Topics will be Cooking Together/Cooking Forever, Take a Family Member to Lunch, upcoming Family Nights, Powerwalk Committee 2012 and more. Child care will be provided.

A door prize will be given out and refreshments will be served.

PTA meetings will be held on the second Monday of every month unless otherwise noted.