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Friday, December 7, 2012

Panther Valley school board on Thursday rejected its insurance carrier's proposed settlement of a lawsuit filed against the board by a Nesquehoning man, and is looking for a new company.

School directors David Hiles; Anthony DeMarco; Michelle Markovich; Richard Zabroski; Koreen Nalesnik and board President Jeff Markovich voted thumbs down on the proposal. Irene Genther opposed rejecting the settlement, and Roy Angst said he would not vote.

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Panther Valley school board embarked on the journey toward its 2012-13 budget Thursday with the approval of a $24.7 million proposed preliminary spending plan that calls for a 2 mill property tax increase.

Now, officials will begin the work of paring down the tax hike. On Jan. 24, the board expects to adopt a preliminary budget. the budget will be available to the public for 20 days before that date.

The board voted 8-1, with roy Angst opposing, to approve the projected spending plan.

Friday, December 7, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Frozen surfaces and freezing rain this morning resulted in very slippery conditions. At one time, there were reports of six vehicles involved in accidents on Interstate 81 around 7 a.m. this morning. Pictured laying salt on the sidewalk in front of the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church is Allen Bonser of Tamaqua.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Bruce P. Frassinelli, son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Frassinelli, Summit Hill, has been inducted into the Eta Tau Chapter of Phi Alpha Theata, national historical fraternity at East Stroudsburg State College. A 1957 graduate of Summit Hill High School, Frassinelli is a graduate student at ESSC majoring in political science. He is Pocono Bureau Chief of he Easton Express newspaper. He formerly taught French at Stroudsburg Area High School and American Governmentat ESSC.

Friday, December 7, 2012

This Saturday, shoppers at both the Hometown and Lehighton Wal-Mart can add a few items to their cart for a good cause. Wal-Mart has teamed up with the Tamaqua Salvation Army to collect toys and coats for children in a new event.

Friday, December 7, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Police throughout Carbon County were kept busy Friday morning after a brief rain turned into ice causing roadways to be very hazardous. This utility truck of the Reading & Blue Mountain Railroad was traveling east on SR443 at the intersection with County Line Road when the driver lost control. The unit impacted with and snapped off a P.P.L. utility pole carrying high power lines. Mahoning Township police are investigating this incident.

Friday, December 7, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rain didn't stop community members from joining in the annual holiday tradition.

A winter's downpour didn't stop people from participating and attending the annual Tamaqua Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Depot Square Park over the weekend. The event, held as part of the Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas Festival and organized by members of the Tamaqua Beautification Association, was the finale of the four-day festival.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Carbon County commissioners may lay off employees in order to avoid a 58 percent property tax increase, Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard said after a public meeting Thursday.

"Right now we're not going to comment on how many layoffs there will be here in the county. There's certainly going to be some layoffs. A lot of difficult decisions to make," he told reporters. "The three commissioners are sitting down with our county administrator, working diligently at this, trying come up with cutting some money off that budget, trying to get the millage down."

Friday, December 7, 2012

The National Weather Service apparently didn't see it coming. Neither did PennDOT.

What sucker-punched them was a paralyzing blanket of freezing rain that entered most of the region after 6:30 a.m.

Shortly after, there were traffic accidents everywhere. Roads, including major highways, were shut down. PennDOT raced to get its equipment to the trouble spots.

Friday, December 7, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

This flock of seagulls took refuge recently in the Tamaqua Family Dollar parking lot. Many gulls prefer water (not always salt water); but most are occasionally seen far from it. Herring Gulls and Ring-billed Gulls are examples of species common throughout the lower 48.