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Monday, January 17, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Pictured outside of the Fireline Hotel in Palmerton are (front) Jane Hower (back, l-r) Ken Huber and Michael DiGirolamo. The restaurant recently celebrated its five-year anniversary.

It began as nothing more than a casual stop for a hamburger.

Little did Ken Huber know that his decision to stop at the Fireline Hotel in Palmerton over a decade ago would lead to a highly successful foray into the restaurant business.

The business, located at 1065 Fireline Road, recently celebrated its five year anniversary under Huber.

Originally from Jim Thorpe, Huber moved to Wind Gap, and then the Bethlehem area. He worked 30 years in the trucking business, where be became operational manager at Silberline.

Monday, January 17, 2011

A free community dinner will be held on Thursday, Jan. 20 from 4-6 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 301 N. Second St., in Lehighton.

All are welcome.

Monday, January 17, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Just before 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening Tamaqua Police responded to a call of a tractor trailer impacting a vehicle at the intersections of Mauch Chunk Street and Pine Street, SR-309, in Tamaqua. While traveling north on Mauch Chunk St, Route 309, a tractor trailer lost a set of two tires after they somehow disconnected from one of the axles. The tires stopped rolling when they impacted a silver Honda Civic which was waiting for the light, faced south at the intersection. No injuries were reported.

Monday, January 17, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Around 8 a.m. this morning, Coaldale Fire Company and Police responded to a two vehicle accident involving a white Toyota Corolla and a Tamaqua Transfer garbage truck that occurred on SR-209 at the intersection of Fifth Street and West Water Street, SR-209, in Coaldale. There was heavy damage to the front of the Toyota, while the dump truck sustained minimal damage to the rear of the truck. Coaldale Police are investigating. Coaldale Fire Police detoured traffic during the fluid cleanup and vehicle removal. No serious injuries were reported.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Alerted by an anonymous telephone tip, deputies from the Schuylkill County Sheriff's Office visited a construction site in Pottsville and arrested four illegal immigrants

Taken into custody were Cesar Cano, 43; Zacaria Zepeda, 33; Cornelioi Mora-Martinez, 50, and Jose Alfredo Torres Montemayhor, 29. All were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement officers.

The site on which the immigrants were found was at the Empire Education Group construction site, located along SR61 between Pottsville and Saint Clair, across from the Fairlane Village Mall.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Another civil suit was started by the Schuylkill County Commissioners against Controller Melinda Kantner, involving the ongoing dispute the controller has with the public accountant hired by the board to perform a financial audit last year.

Monday, January 17, 2011

A hearing originally scheduled to go before the Palmerton Zoning Hearing Board tonight has been postponed until further notice.

Palmerton Partners Inc., with property at 302-304 Delaware Avenue, plans to seek permission to continue to advertise on an existing LED sign.

The company is in search of an interpretation and variance with regard to a section of a borough zoning ordinance that would allow off-premises advertising on an existing LED sign.

Monday, January 17, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

This month, the Tamaqua library has a collection of traditional waving fans from China, France, and America on display in their front lobby courtesy of Rita Trucios of Summit Hill. Fans have been used since ancient times in China, Egypt, and Greece, recorded as early as the 4th century B.C. Since Queen Victoria of England, who received a fan on her Diamond Jubilee, the Lady members of the Royal Family to mark their marriage or special event with a fan. Fans were and are used to help cool, brush away insects, as weapons, to flirt, or to wear one's family arms.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Motorists may experience some tricky travel conditions Tuesday morning as two storm systems are expected to combine over the Northeast just in time for rush hour.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Carbon, Monroe, Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties from 1 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The advisory states that snow and periods of freezing rain will occur during that time.

Monday, January 17, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Recent snowfall has left layers of blowing and compressed snow around our area. Pictured are someone's snow prints left by unmelted and compressed snow located at the entrance leading up to the Owl Creek Road park in Tamaqua.