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Monday, December 31, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area High School students named to District 10 Chorus are, l-r, Elyse Kistler, a senior; Noah Williams, a sophomore, and Schyler Cordoba, a junior.

The Lehighton Area High School Chorus has much to sing about this year in preparation for their performances next year in Disney World.

Three students were recently selected to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Associations District 10 Chorus for 2013.

They are Schyler Cordova, Elyse Kistler, and Noah Williams.

District 10 Chorus is being hosted Berks Catholic High School February 7-9.

Monday, December 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Santa Claus's sleigh was replaced with a fire truck as he arrived on an American Hose Company fire truck to the annual Children's Christmas Celebration held in the bay of their station. The celebration, which has been held every year since 1948, was open to the public and held free of charge. It also consisted of a visit and gift from Santa Claus, as well as free snacks and refreshements from local firefighters.

Santa Claus, along with his firefighter elves, made a special appearance during the American Hose Company's annual Children's Christmas Celebration held in the bay of their station. The celebration, which has been held every year since 1948, was open to the public and held free of charge. It also consisted of a visit and gift from Santa Claus, as well as free snacks and refreshements from local firefighters.

Monday, December 31, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The occupants of this van escaped serious injury Sunday morning after losing control of the vehicle, sending it into a stream along SR902 in Mahoning Township. It is believed the van struck a patch of black ice while traveling south, crossing the roadway, and leaving the east berm, where it slid into the stream. The occupants managed to climb out of the vehicle, but had to enter the frigid waters, with temperatures being just above 20 degrees. Responding to the accident were the Mahoning Valley Fire Company and Mahoning Valley Ambulance.

Monday, December 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Joseph Meadows Jr. and his wife, Brittany, both of Nesquehoning, escaped serious injury after overturning their car along SR54, near the Carbon County line, just after 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Responding were Rush Township Police, Hometown Fire Company, Tamaqua Rescue and Rush Township Fire Police.

Monday, December 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Scenes like this were repeated many times as drivers hit slick spots or drove too fast for road conditions. Both the SUV and van pictured slid down this ice-covered slope located between the Hometown Mini Mart and the Beacon Diner. No injuries were reported. Another related incident resulted in the Beacon Diner being struck by another vehicle.

Monday, December 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A two-vehicle accident in Middleport around 5 p.m. Sunday resulted in one car striking a home and the other pinning the driver's door against a utility pole. Only minor damage was done to the home, which was located at the intersection of Main Street and SR209. Responding were firefighters from Middleport, Cumbola, Kaska and Tuscarora. No serious injuries were reported. No more information was available from state police as of press time.

Monday, December 31, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

The Summit Hill Lions Club donated $1,000 to the St. Luke's Miners Memorial Medical Center as part of a five-year donation commitment. This is the fourth year of that commitment. Bill Moyer, left, president of St. Luke's Miners, accepts check from Lions committee chairmen Anne Sverchek and Mark Sverchek.

Monday, December 31, 2012

A few snow showers are forecast for tonight, which should not put a damper on the area's New Year's Eve festivities across Carbon County and in surrounding communities.

Daytime temperatures for today will hover around 34 degrees and by nightfall, temperatures will drop to 29 degrees. There is a 30 percent chance of snow showers, according to the Weather Channel.

Monday, December 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/FILE PHOTO/TIMES NEWS The 100 block of East Broad Street will be filled with people as the Eagles rise tonight in Tamaqua.
Monday, December 31, 2012

Police from Schuylkill County converged on Marian High School, Hometown, on Sunday afternoon when a report of a man carrying a rifle case near the school during a girls' basketball game caused immediate concern.

The Marian girls' basketball team played host to Dunmore High School. Media reports indicated the school was in lockdown after the gun report surfaced.