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Wednesday, February 2, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Icicles hang from the front porch of a home in Andreas.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

If you listened to meteorologists yesterday, you probably made sure you had enough bread and milk in your home, had fresh batteries in your flashlights, and dug out the kerosene lanterns and extra blankets.

A major ice storm was predicted and as late as 4 o'clock this morning one forecast called for an ice buildup to as much as three-quarters of an inch. Power outages seemed likely.

The overnight weather certainly wasn't anything to ignore. But it appears temperatures climbed quicker in our area than expected and spared us the solid ice accumulation.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A former Jim Thorpe resident admitted in Carbon County court on Tuesday to shooting his uncle during a family dispute.

James W. Freiling, 28, of Tamaqua, pleaded guilty before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to one count each of aggravated assault and possession of an instrument of crime.

Freiling was arrested on June 16, 2009, at 225 South St., Jim Thorpe. Borough police were dispatched to the home to a report of an altercation and shooting incident.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Snow, ice and freezing rain hit made some areas of travel more treacherous than others. Pictured is a section of SR209 in just off Bull Run Street in Seek, Coaldale, where two accidents occurred Tuesday morning. No serious injuries were reported.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Ice encrusted tree branches frame the Tamaqua Railroad Station in this photo taken after Wednesday morning's sleet and ice storm.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Bruce A. Nalesnik

Carbon County Coroner Bruce A. Nalesnik of Nesquehoning has announced his candidacy for re-election to a fifth four-year term of office. He is seeking the Democratic nomination in the May 17 Primary Election.

Certified in Death Investigation by the State Attorney General's Office, he also belongs to the American College of Forensic Examiners. He has continued his education in that field with over 60 credit hours of instruction.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS With SJRA Principal Melissa Cuzzola looking on from the podium, four law enforcement officers addressed the assembled student body during the students "Thank You for Community Leaders" presentation during the Catholic Schools Week program held Monday morning. The officers are, from left, Trooper Dave Klitsch, Lansford Patrolman Robert Shubeck, Carbon County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant David Midas, and Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joseph Schatz. Carbon County Jury Commissioner Joseph Steber also addressed the students.

Like other Catholic schools in our area and around the nation, St. Joseph Regional Academy (SJRA) in Jim Thorpe is celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2011 with a variety of events for the students and their family and friends.

The theme of this year's celebration is "Catholic Schools: A-Plus For America," celebrating the fact that Catholic schools are an added value ("a plus") for the nation.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Mike Burke (right), president of the St. John Neumann Regional School Advisory Board, presents Peter Kern (left), with a certificate of appreciation for his support of the school on Monday as part of Catholic Schools Week.

High academic standards combined with strong moral values is a clear-cut recipe for success.

Its ability to achieve superior marks in the classroom and display ethical behavior has resulted in heady praise for St. John Neumann Regional School.

Peter Kern, president of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce, read a proclamation in recognition of the school Monday as part of Catholic Schools Week Jan. 30-Feb. 4.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

As part of their Catholic Schools Celebration this week called Celebrating Catholic Schools In Our Community, 7th and 8th graders from Our Lady of Angels Academy in Lansford entertained residents at the St Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale with instruments, songs and gifts. Pictured standing from back left are Nick Barron, 13, Anthony Stianchie, 13, Cassidy Ryan, 12, Courtney McCall, 12, and Zach Gilbert, 12. Sitting from front left are Taylor Horvat, 13, residents Thelma Martinec and Francis Monchak.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A hearing for a father and daughter charged with the sexual assault of a female family member has again been continued.

Michael Steven Taschler, 79, of Covered Bridge Road, Kunkletown, and Debbie Lynn Green, 39, of Avenue A, Palmerton, were scheduled to have preliminary hearings this morning before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

Instead, the hearings have been continued. The date for the hearing has yet to be rescheduled. Both individuals remain free in lieu of $200,000 unsecured bail.