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Friday, February 1, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lady Bugs, over 5,000 species of them, are a common visitor to warm buildings in the winter. When the days begin to cool they leave their feeding spots in fields, forests and lawns and swarm to a warmer climate such as large structures and dwellings, especially those in the suburbs and country settings. It is not unusual for country homes to host a large number of the insects, at times over one hundred. Although they are able to penetrate almost any building it appears their longevity is rather short.

Friday, February 1, 2013

It may be late, and it may not be perfect, but Lansford finally has a proposed 2013 budget.

At a special meeting Thursday, council, with member Andrew Snyder absent due to work, voted 5-1, with Tommy Vadyak opposing, to accept the budget proposal it had rejected on Jan. 3.

The $1,474,446 balanced spending plan, crafted by council President Rose Mary Cannon, calls for a slight drop in the property tax rate, from 33.47 mills to 32.91 mills.

That means the owner of a home assessed at $25,000 would pay $822.75 in real estate tax this year, down from $836.75 last year.

Friday, February 1, 2013

PennDOT seemed to be caught off-guard last night as a snow squall made many roadways very slippery and accident prone.

The snow began shortly after 6 p.m. and lasted about 45 minutes. By the time it ended, there were numerous accidents, roads closed, and PennDOT crews scrambling to catch up with the mess.

PennDOT had to call its crews out as the snow was falling.

There were accidents on Route 248 near Palmerton, 209 in Franklin Township, 902 in Mahoning Township, Patterson Street in Lansford; to name a few.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Kindergarten registration in the Panther Valley School District will be held on April 3, 4, and 5, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For a child to be registered for Kindergarten, the parent must call the Panther Valley Elementary School and make an appointment. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Registration will be held at the Panther Valley Elementary School, 1 N. Mermon Avenue, Nesquehoning.

Friday, February 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A knife-weilding robber got away with an unreleased amount of money last night from the Turkey Hill in Lansford.

A knife wielding man got away with an unknown amount of cash after robbing the Lansford Turkey Hill around 10:30 p.m. last night. Immediately following the robbery, police put out an ATL (attempt to locate) broadcast for all surrounding departments. Despite a large response, the robber was not found.

According to police, the robber walked into the store, banged his knife on the counter and demanded the woman clerk to empty to cash register. The clerk complied and the robber took off towards West Bertsh Street.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Supporters of keeping the Panther Valley School District's indoor swimming pool open to the public will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Summit Hill American Legion.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Christopher Czapla, principal of Tamaqua Area Middle School, has released names of students attaining honor roll status for the second marking period of the 2012-2013 school year. To be eligible for highest honors, students must maintain a cumulative average of 95 or higher, with no grade lower than a 93. For high honors, students must earn grades of 90 or higher, with no grade lower than 86 in a major subject. An average of 86 or above, with no grade lower than 78 is required for honors status.

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Friday, February 1, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Black ice played a part in numerous accidents across the area Thursday night. This Jeep Cherokee was being operated north along SR209 in Franklin Township when it encountered a large section of black ice in front of LaRose's roller skating rink. The unit crossed the roadway rolling onto its side. The driver refused medical attention at the scene. The Franklin Township Fire Company responded to the scene. Township police are investigating the incident.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Carbon County Women in Business will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Blue Ridge Country Club, 2230 Fireline Road, Palmerton. 2230 Fireline Rd. The speaker will be Mayra Kowalcyk, owner of Jim Thorpe Yoga and certified instructor. She will be explaining the health benefits of yoga that is for every body.

To register, contact Heather McClure, at (610) 379-5000 or email mail@carboncountychamber.org.

Those planning to attend are asked to note the change of location.

Friday, February 1, 2013

On Thursday, Feb. 7, Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) will offer her monthly veterans outreach hours in her Northampton district office.

During the special hours, a veterans outreach specialist from the American Legion in Wilkes-Barre will be available to meet with local veterans and assist them with issues they may be having accessing benefits and services from the U.S. Veterans Administration.