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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

With temperatures reaching the 40s this past weekend, residents waited in line at area car washes to wash off the salt and the grime of winter.

It was good they took the opportunity because temperatures won't rise above freezing for the rest of the week.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett planned to reveal spending plans for education, jobs, and human services in his "State of the Budget" address today.

The speech, Corbett's fourth since taking office and the final one of his term, introduces the $29.4 billion 2014-2015 budget. Lawmakers will begin to craft the fiscal blueprint on Feb. 10, and a final budget must be adopted by June 30.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Donette Miller's traditional chili took the 2013 judge's choice award during the first "Coming Together For a Cause" chili and boilo cook off contest, sponsored by Tamaqua's East End and American Hose Company #1. This year's event will be held Feb. 15, at the East End Fire Company, and will benefit the American Cancer Society.

A friendly rivalry between two Tamaqua volunteer fire companies has evolved into an annual event to benefit the American Cancer Society.

In 2013, members of the American Hose Company #1 and the East End Fire Company combined their love of chili and coal region specialty boilo to create a Chili and Boilo Cook Off event. The initial event collected $2,800 for the ACS, according to organizers, who hope to top that total this year.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A snow removal announcement by the East Penn Township Board of Supervisors was adamantly reiterated Monday evening.

After having publicly announced it at their Jan. 6 meeting, the supervisors again announced that, according to Township Ordinance 2005-6, it is illegal to deposit, plow, push or shovel snow onto public roadways.

"We understand the need to clean up," said Chairman Dean Kercsmar, "but it can be hazardous if (snow is) thrown back onto the road."

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lisa Hiles of Summit Hill placed this sign at Hiles Brothers Heating, Plumbing, Fuel Oil, Construction along Route 902 in Summit Hill. She's hoping that enough people will "think spring" to have it happen soon. She said, "If we all stare at it and concentrate spring will come."

Is it spring yet?

That seems to be the question on most everyone's mind.

Unfortunately, winter just doesn't seem to want to leave or at least let up for a little.

This week has been particularly active in weather patterns, with winter storm Maximus, which dropped approximately eight inches over the region as it moved its way east on Monday. Now the area is bracing for Nika, which sounds like a beautiful, exotic woman, but really her pretty exterior masks her cold, icy interior.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett is asking lawmakers to approve changes to Pennsylvania's public employee pension system in an effort to save $300 million for the state and school districts next year.

The Republican governor made the appeal during his budget address to lawmakers Tuesday.

Corbett, who's running for re-election, says inaction is unwise and unfair to children and the schools. Rising pension costs is one of Corbett's biggest fiscal challenges, and he says it's also driving up local property taxes.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a winter storm warning snow, sleet and some freezing rain, which is in effect from 11 pm this evening to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Snow accumuations of 6 to 10 inches are expected.
 
Snow will overspread the region late this evening and may fall heavy at times overnight, then continuing Wednesday. 

The snow though should mix with sleet wednesday with some areas   changing over to some freezing rain and sleet. 

Precipitation should taper off during Wednesday afternoon. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Members of the Family Promise of Carbon County (FPCC) fundraising team and other interested individuals met to work on invitations to this year's first funding event, an open house planned for Feb. 14 at the Lehighton home of Tina and John Dowd.

According to Larissa Kimmel founder of FPCC, "tax deductible donations from individuals make up 12 percent of our budget with the majority of individual donations using the '180 Club,' named for the fact that $180 will fund a family of four for one week in our program.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The name of a suspect in the murder of a Tamaqua woman has been published by a North Carolina newspaper.

The Kinston Free Press reported on its website that the Kinston police pulled over Angela (Serfass) Steigerwalt’s 2010 silver Buick LaCrosse on a report that it was stolen.

The car was driven by Anthony Darrell Heath, 24, of Allentown and he has been linked to the Steigerwalt’s death.

Monday, February 3, 2014
Angela Steigerwalt

A grisly murder scenario unfolded over the weekend as the burned body of a Tamaqua woman was discovered in shrubbery atop the Flagstaff Mountain.

The woman was identified by relatives as Angela (Serfass) Steigerwalt, 35, a lifelong resident of Tamaqua.

She reportedly was last seen by her family Friday night when she left for work at Kraft Foods in Fogelsville.

Her body was discovered just before 10 a.m. Saturday when the Jim Thorpe Fire Department was called to a brush fire atop the Flagstaff, and discovered the victim ablaze.