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Monday, February 17, 2014

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a winter weather advisory for the region from 3 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday

Snow should come in rapidly overnight and fall moderate  to heavy at times throughout the morning commute, ending close to noon Tuesday.* impacts...one inch per hour snowfall rates are likely to occur  during the morning commute. This will make driving and plowing  difficult.

The additional snow will cause more strain on weakened structures increasing the chances for collapses. Isolated  power outages are possible. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

As Pennsylvania studies the potential of legalizing online gambling, state Rep. Mario Scavello (R-176) wants to set up a road block to web-based wagering.

The Monroe County Republican last week outlined a plan to penalize people who gamble online, which is illegal but not punishable in Pennsylvania. Scavello believes online gaming poses a threat to children who could easily find the sites and especially dangerous to problem gamblers who could go all-in and lose from the comfort of their living rooms.

Monday, February 17, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS The Rev. Kevin Roberts speaks during the Community Healing and Hope Service at Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church Sunday evening.

People in the tightly-knit neighborhoods were reeling from the losses, all happening in the first week of February the murder of a young woman, the car crash that took a husband and wife, the death of a 6-week-old baby.

In response to those events, a Community Healing and Hope Service was held at Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church Sunday night, sponsored by Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network. The Rev. Kevin Roberts, George Taylor of TAFFN and Micah Gursky, president of Tamaqua borough council, worked together to organize the service.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Believe it or not, the National Weather Service is calling for you guessed it more snow.

Snow is expected to move into our area sometime after 1 a.m. with the possibility of another 1 to 2 inches.

Temperatures overnight are expected to be around 20 degrees. An additional inch may fall before 1 p.m.

With more snow on the way, there is a chance that area students may be home yet again.

So what can you do to while away another snow day?

Here are a few suggestions culled from our Facebook readers:

Monday, February 17, 2014

Got cabin fever?

How about a case of the winter blues?

If so, don't feel bad. You're far from alone.

As we continue to trudge along through one of the harshest winters on record, it's important to keep our heads up, and hopefully, above the massive piles of snow that have accumulated on our front lawns.

Food deliveries down

This most unkind of winters has interrupted food deliveries to seniors by Meals on Wheels in Palmerton, according to Richard Bowman, coordinator.

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Jim Thorpe Community Watch meetings will begin on Feb. 20. They will be held at 7 p.m., on the third Thursday of the month, at Memorial Park. Featured guests are:

Ÿ Feb. 20: Janene M. Holter will do a presentation on identity theft.

Ÿ March 20: Justin Markell will do a tour or presentation on the Carbon County Communications Center.

Ÿ April 17: Magistrate Ed Lewis will do a presentation on the criminal justice system.

Ÿ May 15: Janene M. Holter and Helene Katz will do a presentation on child predators and the social networks.

Monday, February 17, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Firefighters attempt to access a fire inside the rear of the William J. Murphy Beer Distributor business, housed in a 114-year-old Tamaqua commercial building, which is cantilevered over the Little Schuylkill River, thereby providing no rear access.

No injuries were reported Saturday night after a fire inside a 114-year-old Tamaqua commercial building sent occupants fleeing out onto the street.

Firefighters from the Tamaqua and Coaldale fire departments responded to an 8:33 p.m. structure fire at the William J. Murphy Beer Distributor building, 443 Pine St.

Initial reports from the Schuylkill Communications Center indicated a working structure fire at the rear of building and that all occupants had safely exited the wood-frame commercial unit.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Rail and motor traffic was running normally again today as track and highway workers, aided by thawing weather, cleared travel arteries of snow and ice following last week's storm.

All main roads in Schuylkill and Carbon counties were reported clear with the exception of the Mansion House Hill road at Mauch Chunk.

Covered at spots by 35 to 40 feet of snow last Friday, the hill was opened to one lane of traffic yesterday.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Coaldale: Dolores E. Ponzo to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.: 137 Sixth St. for $1.

Craig Stabler to Bank of America, BAC Home Loan Service, and Countryside Home Loans: 232 E. High St. for $1.

Joseph J. Zonca Sr., Joseph J. Zonca Jr., Schuylkill County Register of Wills to Angela M. Blasko: 211 Greenwood St. for $1.

Tamaqua: Douglas Schartel and Melissa Schartel to CN Properties: 114 Market St. for $39,410.

Debra L. Masser to Debra L. Masser and Nicole Ann Paulo: 213 W. Broad St. for $1.

Debra L. Masser to Nicole Ann Paulo: 25 Railroad St. for $1.

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Tamaqua Area School Board meeting originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday has been rescheduled due to availability of the board. The meeting will now be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Tamaqua Area Middle School large group instruction room.