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Friday, December 9, 2011

The next Hour of Honor will be on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Veterans Monument in front of Monroe County Courthouse, Stroudsburg.

The Hour of Honor is held in remembrance of our troops killed in the current war against terror.

Friday, December 9, 2011
iPods and iPhones stolen from Hometown Wal-Mart

Rush Township police in Schuylkill County are looking for 2 males who stole several thousand dollars worth of iPods and iPads from the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Hometown.

The theft occurred at 3 a.m. on Thursday. Both males in the surveillance photos and videos appear to be in their late teens to mid-20s and over 5 feet tall. The first male suspect has an above average build, black hair with possible ponytail, black chin-beard, and was wearing a black/dark-hooded sweat shirt (with white/gray hood inner), gray shirt/sweater, blue jeans and black/dark shoes.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Palmerton borough residents have some welcome news.

By a 6-0 vote on Thursday, council agreed to adopt the 2012 budget with no tax increase. Councilman Randolph Gursky was absent.

The $13,468,993 budget will leave the millage rate unchanged at 8.27 mills. The owner of a home with a market value of $100,000, which would be assessed at $50,000, will again pay $413.50 in property taxes to the borough next year.

Friday, December 9, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, PA-11, praised the passage of a bill that will ban so-called bath salts and other synthetic drug substitutes.

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1254, the Synthetic Drug Control Act, which places so-called bath salts and synthetic drug substitutes on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. It bans chemical compounds used in synthetic drugs that are commonly sold as bath salts or plant food.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Carbon County is continuing to save money on its workers' compensation insurance.

During the weekly meeting of the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted unanimously to approve the proposal from the Housing and Redevelopment Insurance Exchange (HARIE) for workers' compensation insurance for 2012. The total cost is $346,508, $50,226 less than 2011.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said that the lower premium is due to smart planning on the county's part.

Friday, December 9, 2011

A divided Nesquehoning Borough Council voted to approve the long overdue contract of Police Chief Sean Smith in a 4-3 vote on Thursday, which included a 9.4-percent pay increase for Smith.

Councilwoman Rose Walck was the first to raise her concerns with the agreement, due to the fact that solicitor Robert Yurchak added additional items to the version originally viewed by council.

Friday, December 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Seventy five years ago, Santa Claus broke his ankle when he landed in an empty coal car at the LCN No. 9 Colliery in Lansford while trying to parachute from a bi-plane into Lansford High School Stadium where a capacity crowd was waiting to welcome him to the Panther Valley. As the plane was flying over the stadium, the pilot was testing the winds when St. Nick fell prematurely out of the plane and he missed the stadium by 400 feet or so. He was taken to the Coaldale State Hospital (now St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital) with many of the children in tears. This year, Santa arrived by sled to the mine's museum, where the children had their picture taken with Santa for a donation to the mine. Children were given hot chocolate, cookies and a candy cane. Elf Holly Frick, 15, participates in holiday craft-making with Dalicia, 3, and Michael Leon, 5 during the mine's holiday event.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Panther Valley School Director Mickey Angst, upset that the public meeting was being led by interim President Anthony DeMarco, left the meeting after a heated debate.

After one Panther Valley school director resigned, another left during an executive session and three others walked out at the start of the public session, the four remaining board members on Thursday were unable to act on anything but one agenda item.

The saga is expected to continue when the board meets again at 7 p.m. Dec. 20.

Because they lacked a quorum, school directors were able only to accept the resignation of Anthony Pondish, a Democrat first elected in 2001.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Morning Worship will be held at First Congregational Church, Coaldale, at 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, followed by Sunday School for all ages at 10 a.m.

Choir rehearsal will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. Bible Study will follow at 7 p.m.

The Christmas program with children, youth and adults participating, will be presented during the 9 a.m. service Sunday, Dec. 18. The White Gift Ceremony will also be held at this time.

Friday, December 9, 2011

If the post office in Parryville closes it may cause financial and fiscal hardships to the residents, one county commissioner said.

During the Carbon County Commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, addressed an item under correspondence regarding the possible closing of the Parryville post office. The correspondence included nearly 30 letters from Parryville residents asking for the county's help in opposing the closing of the office.