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Saturday, January 25, 2014
Susie Long Lehighton "Extra layers. I hate the winter."

How are you surviving the winter? What are you doing to stay warm?

Saturday, January 25, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Travis Jones and Kaitlyn Spitzer, of Palmerton, take a tour through one of the units inside the newly renovated 477 Apartments, at 477 Lehigh Ave. in Palmerton.

A former factory in Palmerton has been remodeled into an apartment complex.

To celebrate the occasion, an open house was held recently at the 477 Apartments, at 477 Lehigh Ave.

The site of the former Scotty's Fashions, the facility consists of 19 apartments. The complex is owned by Sal Checho.

Bonnie Paules, office manager, 3 Twins Realty Partners, Bangor, noted that much interest was expressed in the apartments.

"Everybody comes here with a different story of working at Scotty's," Paules said.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Another business in Summit Hill is the victim of a break-in.

According to borough Police Chief Joseph Fittos, the Batter's Box Sports Bar and Grille, 10 E. Lehigh St., was entered sometime after closing on Thursday. During the burglary, an unspecified amount of cash was taken.

Fittos said that police are following up on leads but asks anyone who may have any information regarding the incident to call police at 570-645-7429.

Earlier this week, it was reported that two other Summit Hill businesses were also victims of burglaries.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Tom Walsh has seen meat prices change plenty of times in the almost 29 years he's owned Trawka's Market. But he has never seen anything like what he's experienced since the start of the year.

"Some (meats) have gone up 40, 60, 70 cents a pound," Walsh said. "That's unheard of."

Walsh said the recent jump in beef prices is the most dramatic since he opened his store, located at 712 Payne Ave. Beef prices have been on the rise for a couple of years, but they hit record highs this month at a point when prices are usually going down.

Saturday, January 25, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS

These bison pastured along State Road, Barnesville, don't let the cold bother them. They seemed perfectly adjusted to the frigid temperatures at the Bison Ranch and at Domday Farms.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

School officials aren't the only ones cringing when snow is in the forecast.

Some parents, teachers and students are ready to get back on normal school schedules; while others still welcome snow days.

Jennifer Zettlemoyer of Lansford said her son, Isaiah, a third-grade student at Panther Valley, loves snows. He just wishes when it does snow, that it wouldn't make the roads so dangerous and cause school closures anymore because he is looking forward to a long summer vacation and camping.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Fourteen people, aged 15 and older, ventured outdoors on Jan. 18 for the 17th annual Bake Oven Knob Area Winter Bird Survey.

Eleven traveled by car on three teams and three stayed on the Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge and surveyed on foot.

The four teams combined to find a cumulative total of 2,404 birds of 55 different species. The total number of birds is derived by taking the highest count for each species for all teams as the count for that species, then adding those numbers. The Hoopes team recorded the most species with 42 seen for the morning.

Saturday, January 25, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Lansford police officer Robert Shubeck is seen Friday exiting the courtroom of District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton. Shubeck waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and will have his charges bound over to Carbon County Court.

Charges have been bound over to Carbon County Court against a Lansford police officer who police say formed a sexual relationship with a teenage boy, gave him beer, and showed him pornography

Robert Shubeck, 40, of Nesquehoning, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Friday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Shubeck waived his right to the hearing, and will appear Feb. 27 for a pretrial status conference in the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

BEDFORD – Focusing on tourism and economic development in rural areas, the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a roundtable discussion in Bedford at the request of Sen. John Wozniak.

"I'm happy we could bring the policy committee to Bedford," Wozniak (D-Johnstown) said. "Our committee will take today's local input back to Harrisburg and to help amplify the viewpoints of local officials and business leaders."

Wozniak said that building a comprehensive strategy to strengthen tourism and fuel economic development is a worthy goal for any rural community.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

HARRISBURG Pope Francis has named Pottsville native the Most Rev. Ronald W. Gainer, 66, as the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg. He succeeds Bishop Joseph P. McFadden, who died May 2, 2013.

The Very Rev. Robert M. Gillelan, Jr., diocesan administrator, made the announcement in an email distributed to media early Friday morning.

Gainer was be introduced at a news conference at the Cardinal Keeler Center, 4800 Union Deposit Road, at 10 a.m. Friday.