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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

An official with the state department of forestry testified Tuesday at the trial of a Summit Hill man charged with deliberately setting 16 brush fires in 2008, that investigators found 31 incendiary devices at various sites around where the fires occurred.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A total of 333 cases were started in November in the office of Carbon County Prothonotary Joann M. Behrens, according to a monthly statistical report released by the officeholder.

A breakdown of the cases is as follows:

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Two Lehighton Area High School students are among those nominated by U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta for the United States service academies.

Nicholas Donald Mantz, son of David and Judy Mantz of Andreas, was nominated to the both the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Military Academy, New York, and the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland.

Also nominated for the U.S. Naval Academy was Zachary Tyler Coleman, son of Amy and LeRoy Coleman Jr. of Lehighton, a student at Lehighton High School.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

HARRISBURG Senator David G. Argall has offered an amendment to Senate Bill 1237, which would require Pennsylvania's Department of Community and Economic Development to annually report to the General Assembly on the costs and benefits of Keystone Opportunity Zones (KOZs) every year.

The amendment to review the state's tax-free zones for economic development was unanimously approved by the Senate.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
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Members of the Hometown Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary held their installation dinner recently at the Basile's Restaurant in Hometown. Pictured from left are Nancy Messerschmidt, installing officer; Cindy Messerschmidt, president; Helen Miller, vice president; and Debby McKinley, secretary. Not pictured is Josephine Stone, treasurer.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
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Tamaqua's St. Jerome Regional School students in grades four through six sang holiday carols in the chapel at the Tamaqua Salvation Army as part of the Spirit of Christmas held last weekend. The school's Performing Arts Christmas Concert Series will be held next week at the school. Preschool, kindergarten and first grade students will perform on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m., while the 2-8 grade students will perform on Dec. 15 at 1:30 and 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

If you're going to be driving late tonight, be careful.

With forecasters saying snow could fall at the rate of an inch per hour at times, driving conditions could begin to deteriorate by midnight.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for tonight into tomorrow morning for four-to-eight inches of snow in Carbon, Schuylkill, and Monroe Counties. AccuWeather, based at State College, has a slightly lower estimate of 3.3 inches.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Lansford residents who have raked their leaves into piles are asked to call the borough office at (570)645-3900 to have the leaves picked up, free of charge.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The picture caption that appeared with the Thursday, Dec. 1 article on page 17 titled "Planting a million trees one at a time" was incorrect. It should have read, "Eldred Township supervisors, left to right, Gretchen Gannon-Petit, Clair Borger and Sharon Solt, are very pleased with the donation of a tree planted at the township building by Western Pocono Lions Club members as part of the International Lions' project of planting one million trees."

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Organizers of the world-acclaimed Silk Road Flower Rain performance scheduled to take the stage in the Tamaqua Area Auditorium want to emphasize that the public performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Fri. Dec. 16.

Early reports announced a 7 p.m. starting time but that is not correct. The show will definitely begin at 6:30 p.m. in Tamaqua, according to June Krell-Salgado, cultural affairs director at Salisbury University, Salisbury, Md. All who wish to see the free special performance should plan accordingly