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Friday, November 26, 2010
Ron Gower/Times News Over two inches of snow fell in some areas of the region Thursday. Left photo shows snow-covered Route 902 hill between Lansford and Summit Hill. In right photo, a woman was injured after losing control on snow-covered state Route 54 just east of the Fairview street intersection early Thursday afternoon.

The fresh snowfall that blanketed the region Thanksgiving morning presented some postcard-like scenes, but for many, it was a travel nightmare.

Police and rescue crews responded to numerous accident calls as the wet snow caught motorists by surprise and made driving hazardous, especially in higher elevations.

Friday, November 26, 2010
Andy Leibenguth/Special to the Times News

The quick-hitting snow that blanketed the area Thursday morning provided the ground cover to give Lansford sledders a great time. Pictured sledding with friends, from left are, Falynn Elicati, 13, Alaijia Stinson, 11, Dylan Michael, 5, in front, and Brian Higgins, 8.

Friday, November 26, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS John Sverchek, left, of Lehighton, gets assistance from Patricia Heiland, office manager in the Lehighton office of State Representative Keith McCall. McCall's offices will be closed after the work day of Nov. 30. The new state representative, Doyle Heffley, doesn't assume his position until January.

The three Carbon County offices of state Rep. Keith McCall will close for good next Tuesday.

The offices did more than provide access to the 28-year assemblyman.

Patricia Heiland, who has worked in the Lehighton office for the past 20 years, said she provided photo copies and faxes for many people, especially seniors.

The staff in McCall's offices also filled out rent rebate, fuel assistance, and PACE forms for constituents.

They did simple tax returns for senior citizens.

Mostly, they had free notary service.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Levar Fisher, a former NFL linebacker with the Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints, spoke to students of the Tamaqua Area School District on Wednesday. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Levar Fisher didn't come to Tamaqua to tell students what to do with their lives.

Instead, the former National Football League linebacker wants them to freeze and think about that for themselves.

Fisher spoke to Tamaqua Elementary, middle and high school students Wednesday as part of an anti-bullying and healthy living program.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Carbon County and railroad officials will have to discuss who will pay the $300,000 matching portion of a $700,000 state grant they received to complete work on the Hometown High Bridge.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Franklin Township's property taxes and municipal fees will remain at their current rates through 2011.

At their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night, the Franklin Township board of supervisors tentatively adopted a 2011 budget that will see no tax or fee increases.

The supervisors were planning to retain last year's millage rates of 6.30 mills for general funds, .537 mills for the capital reserve building fund, and .800 mills on properties within 780 feet of fire hydrants, a goal that is expected to be officially adopted at next month's board meeting.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Palmerton girl who was last seen in school on Monday remains missing.

Mackenzie Donovan, 15, of 40 Little Gap Road, was last seen by her parents at 6:30 a.m. Nov. 22.

Contacted this morning, Trooper Craig Dadurka of the state police at Lehighton, told the TIMES NEWS Donovan did report to school that morning, but never returned home.

Dadurka said her parents reported her missing Tuesday morning, and believe she may be in Allentown following an argument with the family.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Blocker Enterprises Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki and Yamaha of Lehighton is sponsoring a Christmas cookie bake off from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Bakers are invited to participate. Anyone is eligible to bring cookies to sample. Cookies will be judged by popular vote from customers in the store and by a panel of cookbook judges. The winner of the best cookie will receive $100 cash. Other prizes include gift certificates. All proceeds from the bake off will benefit MDA. Call (610) 377-0440 for additional information.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

State Rep. Keith McCall will permanently close his district offices in Albrightsville, Lansford and Lehighton as of Tuesday, Nov. 30.

"It has been a true honor serving you in Harrisburg since 1982, and I'm very proud of my staff for the incredible work they have done helping so many people over the years," McCall said. "Thank you for your trust and your support."

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The American Diabetes Association offers these tips to help those with diabetes navigate the Thanksgiving holiday.

1. Focus on friends and family instead of food. Remember, the holidays are a time to slow down and catch up with your loved ones. Play games, volunteer, or spend time outdoors enjoying the winter weather together.