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Monday, January 13, 2014

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he continued to stray from the script by hopping off his popemobile to pose for "selfies" with young people and also sipping tea passed to him from the crowd.

In his homily, Francis called on people, himself included, to look into their own hearts to see how they are living their lives.

Monday, January 13, 2014

The 2014 budget for Schuylkill County Court and court related offices runs into millions of dollars and includes a 3 percent cost of living pay increase for staff employees and clerical staffs.

Estimated cost of operation of the six courtrooms is $408,660, a 1.93 percent increase over 2013.

Costs include the salary of staff for President Judge William E. Baldwin, which is $99,350; Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin, $93,380; Judge John E. Domalakes, $79,043; Judge Jacqueline Russell, $81,208; Judge Charles M. Miller, $77,668; and Judge James P. Goodman, $77,668.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Towamensing Township supervisors have approved rules and regulations for the recreation field.

The regulations were proposed at the Dec. 5 meeting.

"It is municipal property," said Supervisor Tom Newman at that meeting, "and residents live in the surrounding area."

Field use is to be limited to 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Alcohol and loud music are prohibited.

Monday, January 13, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS  Michelle Nace, a worker for more than three years at Majestic Fire Apparel in Lehighton, sews a fire retardant hood last week.

Imagine savoring some buttery Mrs. T's Pierogies for dinner, made in an All-Clad pan, washed down with an ice cold Yuengling lager, with a square of Hershey's chocolate for dessert. The dining room is lit by Sylvania light bulbs, and a child is coloring with Crayola crayons while her older brother strums his Martin guitar. The scent of a Blue Mountain candle, lit by a Zippo lighter, wafts through the room.

What's the common theme among all of these? Each product mentioned is made in Pennsylvania.

Monday, January 13, 2014

During the annual meeting of the Carbon County Salary Board this week, the following positions and salaries were set under the jurisdiction of the board of commissioners at the Carbon County Courthouse complex. The salaries and positions are effective Jan. 1, 2014. Each employee will receive a 3 percent raise.

Animal Shelter

Ÿ Set the position of one county animal warden at $11.81 per hour;

Ÿ Set the position of three part-time K-9 officers* at $8.82 per hour.

Archives Department

Ÿ Set the position of one archivist/records manager at $15.54 per hour;

Monday, January 13, 2014

An early morning fire Sunday in the Seek section of the borough of Coaldale temporarily left one family homeless while causing severe damage to the interior of the home.

The fire occurred shortly after 3 a.m. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kropp, 29 Bull Run St., Coaldale. Fire Chief Andrew Sotak said it is believed the fire started due to a faulty chimney.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Palmerton Area Library, 402 Delaware Ave., will host a 'Meet the Author' event from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 18.

Brandon Nelson, 15, wrote "Denver Downunder," which is now available for purchase on Amazon, in Kindle format only.

The story starts in Moscow, Russia where the Russians are planning to seize robotic intelligence to cripple the United States cyber defense systems. The action moves to Denver, Colo. and the East Coast.

Nelson will talk about why he wrote the book and how he got it published.

Monday, January 13, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A sign inviting people to attend church at Ebenezer Evangelical Church, 441 Center St., Jim Thorpe, has been vandalized at least 10 times since the sign was built by church members about one and a half years ago.


Members of Ebenezer Evangelical Congregation Church of Jim Thorpe, continue to pray for the person who has vandalized their billboard once again.

Michelle Hamm, church secretary, said that the billboard recently was vandalized for about the 10th time since it was installed.

She said the billboard was put up along Route 209 in the Packerton area in Mahoning Township about one and a half years ago by church members.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Pennsylvania Route 248 Eastbound is closed due to debris on the side of the roadway.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the closure is between Delaware Avenue and Pennsylvania Route 946 in Palmerton.
Check back for more information as they become available.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Two Schuylkill County fires have been ruled accidental.

State police fire marshal Trooper Joseph Burns, of the Frackville barracks, said a fire that occurred at 92 Ben Titus Rd., in Rush Township, that occurred on Jan. 10 started in the rear of the home in an enclosed porch. He attributed the fire to an electric space heater. The home was occupied by Aaron Gimbel, Megan Devlin, and Rose Mashak. Mashak was injured in the fire and transported to an area hospital for treatment of burns to her feet.