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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Special Olympics Pennsylvania Carbon County is starting track and field trainings Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Jim Thorpe Area High School Gymnasium.

The group is looking for volunteers to help athletes prepare for a successful season. There are several events and areas in which volunteers can help. No prior track and field experience is necessary.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Chestnuthill Township supervisors approved the 2014 fee schedules which are now available to be viewed on the township's website,

Township manager, David Albright said that there were only two changes to the township's schedule and that was because they were inadvertently left off 2013's schedule. There were some increases and some decreases in the Lehigh Valley Inspection Service's schedule of fees, but there were no changes to the sewage enforcement services or Chestnuthill Township Park's schedule of fees.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Route 209 in Packerton, Mahoning Township, was closed for a while Monday morning when a tractor-trailer jackknifed. The closure was from the Mansion House Hill in Jim Thorpe to Lehighton. It was one of many accidents in the region caused by snow that began falling early Monday morning. There also were several traffic accidents which had temporarily closed Route 209 in Franklin Township.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Panther Valley Middle School has chosen the December

Students of the Month. From left are, Meghan Boyle, grade 6;

Frederick Doerr-Pugh, grade 7; and Cassandra Vachon, grade 8.

Students were chosen for their excellence in academics and conduct and each received a certificate of achievement and a gift card.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Palmerton Area School District has approved a tentative budget with a 2.8 percent increase in the property tax rate next year.

The school board, on an 8-0 vote on Tuesday, adopted the 2014-15 proposed preliminary general fund budget with a 1.44-mill increase. Director Barry Scherer was absent.

If granted final approval, the $28,698,457 spending plan would raise the property tax rate from 51.44 to 52.88 mills.

A person whose home is valued at $100,000, and assessed at $50,000, would pay $2,644, or $72 more in property taxes to the district next year.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

New information has been confirmed with the release of court documents about the murder of Angela Steigerwalt of Tamaqua.

According to an affidavit of probable cause for the arrest of Anthony Darrell Heath, 24, of Allentown, filed Sunday with District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe by Lehighton state Trooper Joseph Campbell, here's what happened:

At 10:48 a.m. Saturday, Campbell was called to help Jim Thorpe police with a burned torso that was found in the area of 600 Flagstaff Road.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

For many years, Tamaqua had no provisions or rate for collection of trash from businesses. If a merchant should ask, he was told by the borough to contract with a private hauler. Recently the borough revised its policy and rates on garbage collection in anticipation of entering into a private contract for garbage disposal when the borough landfill closes this spring.

Thursday, February 6, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS A water main break near the Five Points Intersection in Tamaqua caused headaches this morning for Tamaqua Borough work crews and motorists.

A water main break on a heavily traveled street in Tamaqua today caused headaches for northbound motorists.

Just in time for this morning's commute, Tamaqua Borough Water Authority officials were in the unit block of Mauch Chunk as water began bubbling to the surface, creating a small pond on the already icy street. Traffic was re-routed along East Broad to Pine Street, resulting in traffic jams until Tamaqua Fire Police arrived to direct traffic.

Thursday, February 6, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The William H. Kresge Funeral Home, Inc. in Brodheadsville is a five-generational family business. This portrait hangs in the foyer of the funeral home. The founder, William A. Kresge is on the top right, his son Eugene Kresge is on the top left, his son, William H. is on the bottom right and his son, Tom is on the bottom left. Standing next to the portrait is Tom Kresge, right and his son, Tommy, who continues the 134-year-old family business.

A family mourns the loss of a beloved patriarch with the passing of William "Bud" Kresge at the age of 96 on Jan. 13.

But his legacy lives on as one of his two sons and a grandson continue the family business that is now in its fifth generation the William H. Kresge Funeral Home Inc., which is located in Brodheadsville.

Tom Kresge and his son, Tommy, will carry on and grow the legacy that began in 1880 by William A. Kresge.

Thursday, February 6, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS This year's Bowmanstown Council includes, from left, Darren Thomas, newly elected member; Rob Moyer, newly elected and president pro tem; Ernest Guldner, president; Kara Scott, vice president; Burdell Steigerwalt and John Domant, newly elected member.

Waste, and waste products, were main topics of discussion at the Bowmanstown borough council meeting Tuesday night.

From possible licensed dumping to recent snow removal, to a possible borough-initiated compost pile and major sewer problems caused by disposable wipes, council members kept returning to the topics all evening.

At the outset of the meeting, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc. project coordinator Aaron Jeffries, who had visited council last month, again requested to use the borough's East Penn dumpsite for the upcoming Pennsylvania Turnpike project.