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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Look out your window.

What you see falling before your eyes is what many are calling "The Blizzard of '87."

And before it stops snowing tonight expect from six to 10 inches of fresh snow to cover the several inches of crusty accumulation of snow and ice already firmly in place from storms that hit the area on Sunday and Monday.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS A Jim Thorpe Borough plow truck clears Fisher's hill on Center Street Tuesday afternoon.

There are winners and losers when winter weather hits.

Some examples:

BLUE MOUNTAIN RESORT: Barb Green, owner, said business should continue to thrive. On Tuesday, she said, "The diehard skiers will be out here, the people that don't mind driving in snow. (Today) there will be a lot of people taking off from work."

Green added, "It looks like the weather is cooperating this winter. Mother nature is being good to us this year."

ATHLETIC DIRECTORS: Area athletic directors have been pretty busy lately postponing and rescheduling events due to the weather.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tamaqua's Borough Council meeting Tuesday featured an active public comment period, during which John Tracy questioned council's refusal to act on the recommendation of the borough authority that he be reappointed to a five-year term on the authority.

His term would have begun this month. At a meeting earlier this month, council appointed Phil Houm to fill the vacancy.

"I take issue with Councilman (Tom) Cara and his statements that authority members were uncooperative," said Tracy.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Weissport Council voted on Tuesday night to pay $1,342 to Weed Inc. to spray the weeds along the levee and the Lehigh River. The work will be done in May.

One section that will be sprayed for weeds is the riprap north of the railroad. The other section is the riprap that will be sprayed from the playground south to the end of the levee. The fee will cover labor, materials, insurance and a guarantee.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Carbon County man was sentenced on Tuesday to a long state prison term for striking a Jim Thorpe police officer with his car as he was directing traffic. He also was sentenced on charges of illegal recording and for his part in a fight at the county prison.

Robert W. Monroe, 53, of Towamensing Trails, Albrightsville, was sentenced to four to nine years in a state prison and also faces large restitution bills.

Monroe previously pleaded guilty in three pending cases including the one involving the police officer.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Winter Mixer is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Broadway Grille and Pub, 24 Broadway, Jim Thorpe.

The event is sponsored by Blue Mountain Ski Area and Jim Thorpe Tourist Promotion Agency.

RSVP by Jan. 27 to nancyz@innjt.com.

There will be complimentary appetizers, cash bar, prizes and more. Proceeds of the event will help promote Amazing Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Two of the teenagers who were injured in a multicar crash on Sunday morning along Pohopoco Drive in Franklin Township remain as patients at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest this morning. The driver of the car in which the teens were passengers was Liz Heffley, daughter of state Rep. Doyle Heffley.

Heffley's friend, Emily Brong, was most seriously injured and remains a patient in the trauma center in the intensive care unit, said a hospital spokeswoman, Wednesday morning.

Tyler Fisher also remains hospitalized.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Carbon County man entered guilty pleas in six pending criminal cases on Tuesday in the county court.

He was one of 11 defendants to enter a guilty plea during a daylong court session before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

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Sean McFadden, 24, Nesquehoning, pleaded guilty to two counts of escape, four counts of theft from a motor vehicle, and one count of flight to avoid apprehension.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A 23-year-old Poconos man must face trial for allegedly killing his accomplice after police say the two robbed a man who responded to their fake Craigslist ad, a district judge ruled Tuesday.

William McRae of Long Pond allegedly gunned down Brandon Fraser this summer because Fraser was getting sloppy in covering his tracks into the July 31 robbery they committed, Pocono Mountain Regional police said.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Adriana LeBar, a 7th grade student at Pleasant Valley Middle School, won First Place in the Western Pocono Lions Club Peace Poster contest.

A Pleasant Valley Middle School student won the Western Pocono Lions Club's Peace Poster contest.

Seventh grader Adriana LeBar "wowed" the club's judges with her vibrant colorful rendering of what peace means to her.

She explains that the tree in her poster represents life and that we could not exist without them. The outline of two faces represent family and friends, who without, the world would just not be the same. The two hands encompassing the earth in a background of orange/yellow is the earth shining from the people of a peaceful world.