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Saturday, January 11, 2014
Bob Aaron, Franklin Township "PennDOT does a magnificent job on the major roads and Franklin Township does a good job on local roads. I took the Turnpike three times on snow days and I was very happy to follow the plow train and get home safe."

We've had several rounds of snow. Do you feel PennDOT has done a good job of maintaining the roads or could there be improvement?

Saturday, January 11, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

This 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Heather Lacy, 38, of Palmerton, was traveling south on Fireline Road at around 9:14 a.m. Friday when it applied the brakes and slid on the snow covered road, leaving the roadway and striking a tree, according to police. A passenger, Lacy's 16-year-old daughter, complained of head and back pain, and was transported by Palmerton Ambulance to Palmerton Hospital. The vehicle was disabled, and had to be towed from the scene. Police said charges are pending. The accident remains under investigation.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

To ensure that much-needed heating fuel can reach Pennsylvanians with no interruptions, PennDOT has temporarily waived certain restrictions on commercial drivers to allow for the smooth delivery of heating oil and propane gas to homes and businesses for heating purposes.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Carbon County officials set employee salaries for the year during the recent annual salary board meeting.

Salaries are included in the following stories.

In addition to setting salaries, the board also made the following changes to a number of positions.

Court administration

Ÿ Abolish the position of one tipstaff at $96.23 a day, effective Jan. 1.

Domestic relations

Ÿ Abolish the position of one domestic relations hearing officer at $27,582 per year, effective Jan. 1.

Saturday, January 11, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Master Sgt. Kyle Williams and Senior Airman Brian Zorn load gates onto a gator to be posted around aircraft at the Dubai World Central Airport in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates. The airmen assigned to the 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron were given an opportunity to support the 2013 Dubai Airshow Nov. 17-21. The U.S. participates in the DAS to demonstrate a commitment to regional security, the flexibility of air power, and to strengthen military-to-military relationships with regional partners. Williams is the 380th ESFS logistic superintendent and hails from Lehighton.

Saturday, January 11, 2014
Misericordia University's online bachelor's degree programs have been ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report in the 2014 U.S. News Online Education Program Rankings that were released Jan. 8 - the only online bachelor's degree program to be recognized in northeastern Pennsylvania.

DALLAS, Pa. - Misericordia University's online bachelor's degree programs have been ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report in the 2014 U.S. News Online Education Program Rankings that were released Jan. 8 - the only online bachelor's degree program to be recognized in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Saturday, January 11, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

This 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Heather Lacy, 38, of Palmerton, was traveling south on Fireline Road at around 9:14 a.m. when it applied the brakes and slid on the snow covered road, leaving the roadway and striking a tree. A passenger, Lacy's 16-year-old daughter, complained of head and back pain, and was transported by Palmerton Ambulance to Palmerton Hospital. The vehicle was disabled, and had to be towed from the scene. Charges are pending. The accident remains under investigation.

Saturday, January 11, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Salaries were established this week for Carbon County employees. Shown is the Carbon County Courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

The Carbon County Salary Board set the salaries for county employees in the court system for 2014 during its annual meeting this week. Motions to establish this year's salaries were made by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II. Each employee will receive a 3 percent raise in 2014.

All motions are effective Jan. 1 unless otherwise noted.

Court Administration

Ÿ Set the position of three law clerks** at $32,086.60 per year;

Ÿ Set the position of one law clerk (temporarily) at $32,086.60 per year;

Saturday, January 11, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS The collapse of the World Trade Center released 2,500 contaminants, according to the American Medical Association.

According to a study by the American Medical Association, firefighters who responded to the World Trade Center were nearly 20 percent more likely to develop cancer than firefighters who were not at the site. The toxic dust and debris at the site contained more than 2,500 contaminants.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Coaldale-Lansford-Summit Hill Joint Sewer Authority, currently paying in excess of $35,000 in Pennsylvania Power and Light Company fees, is exploring the windmill idea as its main source of power, with consulting engineer Ronald M. Tirpak of Carbon Engineering firm, Summit Hill, doing the preliminary studies.