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Thursday, November 14, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This GMC pickup truck is owned by Steven Hughart, 57, of Kunkletown.

One person was injured during a two-car crash that occurred Thursday morning in front of a funeral home in Palmerton.

Palmerton Police Department said the accident occurred at around 10:20 a.m. in the 100 block of Delaware Avenue when a 2014 Chrysler Town & Country minivan operated by Stephen Becker, 35, of Lansford, was traveling eastbound when it attempted to turn left into the T.K. Thomas Funeral Home, at which time it turned into a 2005 GMC pickup truck operated by Steven Hughart, 57, of Kunkletown.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Hot potato bill rolls to House

Go ahead and roll your eyes, but state Sen. David G. Argall's recent legislative proposal to sack weight requirements for packaging potatoes is gaining steam.

The proposed legislation, SB 1131, cleared the Senate Tuesday, and is now headed to the House.

The weight restrictions need to be lifted, Argall said.

"This is the type of bureaucratic red tape that greatly frustrates the people I've been elected to represent. It's time to relieve our farmers and our consumers of these old restrictions on potato packaging," he says.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Residents in Lower Towamensing Township will once again see no property tax increase next year.

By a unanimous measure, the township's board of supervisors agreed on Tuesday to adopt the 2014 budget with no millage increase, which will leave the property tax rate unchanged at 1.6 mills.

That means a person whose home is valued at $100,000, and would be assessed at $50,000, will again pay $80 to the township in property taxes next year.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The 30th Annual Pennsylvania Christmas and Gift Show will be open from Wednesday, Dec. 4 to Sunday, Dec. 8 at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, with over 750 vendor booths.

Some of the many thousands of gift ideas include arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, leather goods, toys, flowers, tree ornaments, stocking stuffers and handcrafted furniture. Many are hard-to-find gift items that can't be purchased elsewhere.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Chad M. Conklin

A Nesquehoning man is behind bars after authorities found a portable meth lab his home Tuesday night.

Chad M. Conklin, 38, of 151 E. Catawissa St., is charged with intent to manufacture a controlled substance; manufacture, delivery, or intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, both felonies; and a misdemeanor charge of use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek, Lansford, and jailed under $100,000 bail.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Three World War II veterans were honored during a gathering of the Tamaqua American Legion's Last Man's Club Saturday evening. Honored were, from left, Charlie Hollenbach, 85, who served in the Army's Armored Corps; George Millet, 86, who served in the Army's Signal Corps; and George Fredericks, 87, who served in the Army's Medic Corps. Ed Smith, Commander, 13th District, American Legion, said that these three represent some of the last World War II veterans in the area.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Formerly "55-Alive," the four- and eight-hour classroom refresher/defensive driving course is designed for qualified drivers 50 and older. There are no tests and membership in the AARP is not necessary.

All automobile insurance companies doing business in Pennsylvania, are required by state law, to give a minimum discount of 5 percent to all qualified policy holders over age 55 who take the course. Check with your insurance agent or company to make sure you qualify to receive a discount.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Nick Hawkey, commandant of the Carbon Mountaineers Marine Corps League 996, salutes Elizabeth Tumas, who served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1982.

Veterans at the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center were honored by the Carbon Mountaineers Marine Corps League Detachment 996 during a Veterans Day program at the center.

The program was presented by Nick Hawkey, commandant; and George Unangst, paymaster.

Nancy Snyder, activities staff, said that Hawkey has been presenting Veterans Day programs for the past eight years.

"It's special for our residents to have you honor them," she said to the former Marines.

Hawkey said, "All that we have is because of a veteran."

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Special to the times news

Members of the Veteran's Day Community Choir sing during the annual service honoring area veterans Sunday at First Congregational Church, Coaldale. The choir, directed by Faye Lewis, Coaldale, is comprised of members of 27 Panther Valley churches. Veterans attending the service were introduced after a slide show of photographs of 100 local men and women who served in the armed forces.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A lack of interest has forced Lower Towamensing Township to rebid a project for its wastewater treatment plant.

Because no bids were received, township solicitor Jim Nanovic said the wastewater treatment plant project will be rebid, and added, "If we still receive no bids, then we negotiate privately."

The plant would provide wastewater treatment services to residents in the Little Gap, Walkton and Aquashicola geographic area, Nanovic previously said.