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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Lehighton Rec Center is open to students attending Lehighton Area School District. Hours for students in fourth through eighth grade will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. and ninth to 12th grade from 8 to 9 p.m. Students are welcome on Monday through Thursday. Parents and students must fill out and sign a participation form.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

PPL Electric Utilities is delivering on its promise to improve customer phone access during major storm emergencies and provide more accurate restoration times.

The improvements, outlined in a plan recently submitted to the state Public Utility Commission, call for:

Ÿ Increasing the number of telephone lines serving the customer contact center by 20 percent.

Ÿ Expanding the number of customer service representatives available for emergency calls.

Ÿ Leasing capacity with an outside service that can assist with high-volume call periods.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Taxes, garbage fees raised

Engineering fees to comply with the Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan and the failure of some residents to pay their garbage bills will cause taxes and fees to rise in Parryville for 2012.

Also, an estimated higher cost for the proposed salt shed was a factor.

At a special meeting Tuesday night, council tentatively adopted the new budget which carries a two-mill tax increase and a garbage collection increase of $20 a year. This year, Parryville residents paid $180 for garbage collection.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Christmas party/mixer from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at the All Lit Up Plaza, 450 Interchange Road, Lehighton. There will be a buffet of finder foods, drinks, chair massages and a manicure station set up to pamper you after a long day in the office. There is a cost and a portion will be donated to local food pantries. For information or to register, contact Joe Federanich at parsallentown@parsinc.com.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be meeting at the LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua in room 104/105 on Monday, December 5th, at 7pm for all committee and team members. The meeting is open to all participants and anyone wishing to get involved.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Marianne Dwyer's name was incorrectly spelled in a recent story about the Pet Food Pantry.

In the story, Marianne Dwyer said that Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club raised $225 for the pet food pantry by holding a community fundraiser. The pet food food pantry provides pet foods to be distributed to several local food pantries.

The TIMES NEWS apologizes for the error.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Members of Occupy Allentown, West Allentown and Bethlehem stage a rally at the Corio residence in Slatington on Tuesday. From left: Alyssa Santo, Adam Santo, Joris Rosse, Susie Buller, Daniel Hunter, Brad Ziegler, Phil Stein, Karen Samuels and Anne Keller-Smith.

A family of five and their eight dogs have lost their home and are being forced to move into their Chevy Suburban, victims of what the family says is not just a bad economy, but predatory lending and even the failure of President Barack Obama's Home Affordable Modification Program.

The predicament reached a head early Tuesday morning when the family was put out on the street in the rain and house door locks were changed.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News A pregnant Illinois woman who apparently lost control and rolled her SUV was found lying outside her vehicle by firefighters after the turnpike crash Tuesday.

Thanks to the heroic efforts of firefighters from Franklin Township, Lehighton and Parryville, victims involved in a multivehicle crash along the Northeast Extension of the turnpike received quick help Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Once again Christmas on the Hill in Summit Hill, which will be held Saturday, will feature Santa arriving by helicopter.

Santa will arrive on the Ginder Field between 10:30 and 11 a.m.

Christmas on the Hill is sponsored by the Summit Hill Recreation Commission.

After Santa arrives, he will join the Summit Hill children for breakfast immediately at the Summit Hill Community Center.

The children will have breakfast with Santa, write him a letter and have a short visit with him.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Schuylkill County man, already facing charges of assaulting a woman in his home, is facing new allegations of sexual abuse of children.

State police at Schuylkill Haven have charged William John Shilbe, 54, of 2008 Village Rd., in Orwigsburg, West Brunswick Township, with having in his possession images of female children nude and also engaged in sexual acts with adult men. The photos are of children from infant age to pre-teen, troopers allege.