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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Schuylkill County will soon be playing a vital role in the federal penal system as construction is about to begin on a new $40 million federal penitentiary along I-81, five miles south of the borough of Frackville.

Pennsylvania will have two federal penitentiaries when the Schuylkill facility opens in two-and-half year.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Weatherly Borough residents are in for a 31 percent tax increase in 2014, according to the details of the final budget passed on Monday night by the borough council.

The new spending plan increases real estate taxes by 1.5 mills – from 4.8 to 6.3 mills. It passed on a 5-2 vote and drew opposition from Mayor Tom Connors, who said the council did not spend enough time discussing the budget.

The action also drew criticism from some borough residents who questioned council's decision to grant raises of 25-cents-per-hour to all of the borough workers.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Predicting the weather is a science; making decisions based on weather predictions is a wintry mix of science and teamwork.

At best, it's a slippery slope, according to school administrators. Panther Valley School District Superintendent Rosemary Porembo started watching Tuesday's predicted storm Sunday night.

"Some storms are easier to call than others, but the ones that start in the morning hours are the trickiest," Porembo said Monday afternoon.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Thor, a pit bull mix, is hoping he will be someone's Christmas gift this year. This very friendly, playful pup is available for adoption at the Carbon County Animal Shelter. If you can't adopt a pet like Thor, why not help an area organization by filling part of their Christmas wish list.

All I want for Christmas is ... canned food, volunteers, monetary donations and pet food.

These are just a few of the many items area organizations are wishing Santa or the kindhearted people in the community will bring them this Christmas.

In an effort to bring a little holiday cheer to a number of these groups and the people or animals they serve, the TIMES NEWS is acting as one of Santa's Little Helpers and publishing their Christmas wish lists.

Animal sheltersand rescues

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Jim Thorpe Tourist Promotion Agency has canceled its event tonight, Tuesday, at Encore Restaurant due to circumstances beyond their control.

JTPA will be holding its first mixer of 2014 on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the Broadway Grille (adjacent to the Inn at Jim Thorpe).

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

With the winter weather wreaking havoc on the area today, there are a number of postponements.

Meet the Cougars' Night at Lehigh Carbon Community College's new Carbon campus in Jim Thorpe, which was slated for tonight, will now be held from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the new site, located at 1100 Center St., Jim Thorpe.

The Carbon County Fire Chief meeting has also been rescheduled to March 19, 2014.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks reported they were summoned to an aggravated assault incident on Monday at 2 p.m. along Cummings Lane in Penn Forest Township.

Police said four persons sustained non-life threatening stab wounds as a result of an altercation within a residence.

Police said three black males and a black female were the only ones involved in the incident and police are not seeking additional suspects.

No other information was reported by police.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Lansford police are investigating a hit-and-run accident involving a pedestrian.

Police received numerous calls around 2:30 p.m. Monday that a female was struck by a car on the 100 block of West Ridge Street, and the driver left the scene.

The incident occurred near the liquor store on West Ridge Street. The victim, whom police did not identify, was conscious and alert, and told police that she saw the driver before being hit. She described the driver as an older female with long, gray hair who was driving a tan-colored vehicle.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) A northeastern Pennsylvania man accused of killing three people at a municipal meeting in August pleaded not guilty to homicide charges on Monday in a case in which prosecutors have vowed to seek the death penalty.

Rockne Newell, 59, sprayed dozens of rifle rounds as he targeted officials in Ross Township, officials said.

Monroe County District Attorney David Christine intends to seek the death penalty for Newell, who pleaded not guilty at his arraignment.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Encore Restaurant, second floor, 66 Broadway, Jim Thorpe. The agenda will include the presentation of the slate of proposed officers. Members should bring any other officer suggestions they may have.

At 7 p.m. there will be a move downstairs for a holiday party, with light fare provided by Encore and a cash bar. Members, friends, people interested in becoming members, or anyone interested in enjoying the party are welcome.