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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Two visitors approached the Slatington Parks and Recreation Commission Monday night seeking further help in moving a Boy Scout monument along Scout House Road to borough property along the Slate Heritage Trail.

Former Troop 65 members Bill Carlton and Vince Morris last week visited Slatington Borough Council in hopes of getting the move approved. This week, they asked the commission if it could take up an offer council had made, after approving the move, to provide them some mechanical and financial assistance.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
ARCHIVES/DONALD R. SERFASS  On May 11, 2005, a fly ash truck overturned on Route 54 in Nesquehoning, dumping its cargo into the environment.

(Editor's note: This is the second part of a two-part series about clean water in our region.)

Concern about the potential for water and air contamination dominated the news in the Tamaqua/Panther Valley area a decade ago.

The issue arose as early as 2002 with proposals by Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company, Pottsville, to begin reclamation of the Springdale Pit using fly ash, or coal combustion waste.

The pit is a 1,200-foot-wide and 400-foot-deep mine reclamation excavation falling within Carbon and Schuylkill counties.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
'Pray for Emily' page honors teen crash victim

Friends and family of one of five teenagers in Sunday's Franklin Township crash have started a Facebook page in her honor.

"Pray for Emily" was started as a tribute to Palmerton teen, Emily Brong.

At press time this morning, the page already had more than 2,650 likes. Through the page, family and friends are offering prayers for Emily, who is still in ICU at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest.

The multi-car crash happened along Pohopoco Road in Franklin Township just after 11 a.m Sunday.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Tamaqua Area School District is reviewing a $24.8 million preliminary budget for the 2007-08 fiscal year that is projecting a deficit of $877,861.

The budget already includes a proposed 1.41 mill real estate tax increase, which is not enough to cover the deficit without using the district's reserves, according to business manager Connie Ligenza.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Residents of Carbon County are able to receive emergency alerts and notifications via mobile devices or email accounts through

Sign up at to register with an email address and/or mobile device. Residents can choose what alerts they want to receive such as for the Carbon Emergency Resource Team, law enforcement or municipalities.

The Roam Secure Alert Network provides real-time updates, instructions on where to go, what to do and what not to do, who to contact and other important information.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Here is a list of cancellations today:

Due to the inclement weather, this evening's Palmerton Area School Board meeting has been postponed until 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4.

The Carbon County Planning Commission has canceled its meeting for this afternoon.

Bowmanstown Borough Authority regular scheduled meeting for this evening, has been canceled due to the weather.

Pet Store Universe in Lehighton will be closed this afternoon and reopen at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Send your cancellations to and we'll post them here.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Summit Hill police is looking for information on two burglaries that took place in the borough recently.

Chief Joseph Fittos said that the department is investigating the two incidents, which occurred at the Park View Inn, 204 W. Ludlow St., and Sommers Inn, 50 W. Ludlow St.

The burglary at Park View Inn happened on Jan. 13. Fittos explained someone entered the establishment and took an unspecified amount of cash.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The Rev. Chris Deforest spreads cinders on the sidewalk in front of his home at Third and Iron streets in Lehighton this morning before heading to St. Johns Lutheran Church in Mahoning Township to take care of the sidewalks there.

This winter has been like the movie "Groundhog Day."

It seems like every time you blink, the area is bracing for yet another blast of snow that disrupts school; creates tricky travel conditions and brings the bitter, bone-chilling arctic temperatures.

Today is no different.

Snow started falling over the region by 8:30 this morning.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Tamaqua Area Athletic Alumni Association meeting scheduled for this evening has been postponed, due to the weather. The meeting has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. on Jan. 27. It will be held in room 108 of the Tamaqua Senior High School and will focus on by-laws, social activities and fundraising.

All former athletes, coaches and friends of TAHS athletics are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Mike Hromyak, TASD athletic director,

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Due to the inclement weather, this evening's Palmerton Area School Board meeting has been postponed until 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4.