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Tuesday, February 4, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas docks at port in Bermuda during an earlier voyage. A West Penn Township couple arrived home last week after eight days aboard the ship, in which anywhere from 700 to 1,000 passengers fell ill.

A local couple was glad to spend a calm weekend at home after taking part in the most illness-ridden voyage in more than 20 years.

Tom and Donna Messerschmidt of South Tamaqua, arrived back in West Penn Township late Wednesday after more than a week aboard the Royal Caribbean International's Explorer of the Seas, which docked at port in Bayonne, N.J., earlier in the day.

The couple was able to avoid the suspected Norovirus outbreak, which had hit passengers on the cruise, but weren't able to escape an illness, similar to a head cold.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

It seems that we've had one winter storm after another and that pattern isn't changing any time soon.

Despite the combination of constant snow and brutally cold temperatures, most local municipalities seem to be in good shape with finances and road materials.

That's because some municipalities had excess anti-skid materials from last year's mild winter, and because none of the storms have been major ones.

Snow hasn't impacted budgets because the majority of the storms occurred in January when new yearly budgets just begin.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A large number of people, possibly the highest in history, appealed in Carbon County court proceedings Thursday in Jim Thorpe.

A total of 41 persons, answering a variety of criminal charges, appeared. Of the 41, 28 of them are charged with driving under the influence.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Allies' heroics in one of history's most elaborate and dangerous military campaigns is the focus of a new exhibit opening this weekend at Scranton's Everhart Museum.

"D-Day 1944: 'Accept Nothing Less Than Full Victory!'" focuses not just on the June 6, 1944, invasion of France but also the preparation that went into the endeavor, its aftermath and life back home at that time. Running Friday through June 16, it coincides with the invasion's 70th anniversary, a milestone curator Nezka Pfeifer said inspired the show's creation.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Rep. Matt Cartwright

The two Republicans who want to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright have raised only a fraction of the money they will probably need to accomplish their goal, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

Matthew Dietz, a Wind Gap airplane pilot, and Schuylkill County Coroner David J. Moylan have less than $15,000 in cash on hand combined while Cartwright's cash balance is approaching half a million dollars.

17th District

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Palmerton Borough official charged with a misdemeanor bad check offense will have his preliminary hearing next month.

Michael Ballard, 54, is scheduled to appear before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton at 10:30 a.m. March 12.

Ballard was originally scheduled to go before Kissner in December on criminal charges. Instead, the hearing was continued.

A former Palmerton Area School director, Ballard was re-elected to a four-year term on borough council in November's general election.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Blaine R. House, Towamensing Elementary teacher that passed away last May, coached football at Palmerton Area High School, not basketball, and he and his wife, Tammy, were married 23 years.

Incorrect information was listed in an article on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

With temperatures reaching the 40s this past weekend, residents waited in line at area car washes to wash off the salt and the grime of winter.

It was good they took the opportunity because temperatures won't rise above freezing for the rest of the week.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett planned to reveal spending plans for education, jobs, and human services in his "State of the Budget" address today.

The speech, Corbett's fourth since taking office and the final one of his term, introduces the $29.4 billion 2014-2015 budget. Lawmakers will begin to craft the fiscal blueprint on Feb. 10, and a final budget must be adopted by June 30.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Donette Miller's traditional chili took the 2013 judge's choice award during the first "Coming Together For a Cause" chili and boilo cook off contest, sponsored by Tamaqua's East End and American Hose Company #1. This year's event will be held Feb. 15, at the East End Fire Company, and will benefit the American Cancer Society.

A friendly rivalry between two Tamaqua volunteer fire companies has evolved into an annual event to benefit the American Cancer Society.

In 2013, members of the American Hose Company #1 and the East End Fire Company combined their love of chili and coal region specialty boilo to create a Chili and Boilo Cook Off event. The initial event collected $2,800 for the ACS, according to organizers, who hope to top that total this year.