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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

One name was inadvertently missed in the Panther Valley High School Honor roll that was published recently in the Times News.

Delana Nalesnik was also named to the distinguished honor roll for the first marking period.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Nov. 27 and Nov. 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us.

A complete listing of PennDOT driver and photo license center closings in 2014 is available on the website under "News, Stats and Facts."

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Palmerton Area School District has taken the next step in its vision for its long-range facilities plan.

The school board, on an 8-0 vote on Tuesday, approved the transfer of $3 million from the district's general fund to its capital reserve fund. Director Darlene Yeakel was absent.

That action comes after Superintendent Scot Engler reviewed the facilities and future district plans with school directors at a board workshop session held earlier this month.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hundreds of nativities of all styles, materials and sizes will be on display at the 15th Annual Open House Nativity Display later this month at Hope Lutheran Church, 4131 Lehigh Drive Cherryville.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 29 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30.

Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. Children are also encouraged to come and take in the sights and make a nativity craft in the children's center.

People in the community willing to share nativities with Hope Lutheran Church for the event are welcome to do so.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

State Senate Democrats unanimously re-elected Sen. Lisa M. Boscola to chair the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.

"I am honored that my Senate colleagues have again selected me to lead this important committee that shapes our caucus agenda and advance legislative issues that are important to people in the Lehigh Valley and throughout Pennsylvania," Boscola said.

The Democratic Policy Committee researches issues, conducts hearings and develops the Democratic Caucus' legislative policy. Boscola was first elected to the leadership position in January 2011.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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PPL crews make repairs as over 500 PPL Electric customers were without power Tuesday after high winds tore down power lines at the intersection of Maury and Long Run roads

in Franklin Township on Tuesday. Power has since been restored.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Carbon County bank was robbed by a lone suspect on Tuesday after it had closed.

State police at Lehighton said the Jim Thorpe National Bank branch office located along Route 903 in Penn Forest Township was robbed about 3:50 p.m.

Troopers said the suspect entered the bank by smashing a glass security door. Once inside he approached three bank tellers and demanded money. After obtaining an undetermined amount of cash the suspect fled the scene through the smashed door and across 903.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The public was out again in full force at Franklin Township's supervisor meeting Tuesday, asking about recently adopted policies, police scheduling and more.

Though the supervisors adopted the township's tentative 2015 budget, which secretary Brenda Neeb said is available at the office for public viewing, most all of the two-plus-hour meeting was taken up by public comment.

First up, Weissport Borough Councilman Arland Moyer said he was there to ask Franklin Township if it would like to somehow work together regarding both municipalities' police forces.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It appears more and more likely that Lehighton will be able to avert a municipal tax increase next year.

Borough Council continued its review of the 2015 spending plan at a brief special meeting on Tuesday.

Borough Manager Nicole Beckett said that next year's budget remains on track with no tax increase.

If council were to approve next year's budget with no tax increase, it would leave the tax rate in check at 7.5 mills.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tamaqua residents are facing a potential 1 mill increase in taxes this year.

The first look at the 2015 budget came at Tuesday night's regular meeting. Although borough manager Kevin Steigerwalt did not include a tax increase in the proposal, the bottom line of the general fund came up $242,249 short.

Councilman Brian Connely proposed the 1 mill increase, however, the motion initially died for lack of a second.