Saturday, December 10, 2016

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Lansford Borough Council plans to raise taxes in 2017.

Council approved a proposed budget at a special meeting Wednesday night, setting the stage for final adoption at the regular meeting next week.

The proposed 2017 spending plan includes a 1-mill tax increase — bringing the property tax rate to 34.53 mills.

The board voted 4-1 with Martin Ditsky voting against. Councilmen Colin Jones and Matt Walsh were absent.

Friday, December 9, 2016

HARRISBURG (AP) — Calling it a “fishing expedition,” Pennsylvania election officials on Thursday asked a federal judge to throw out a Green Party-backed lawsuit that seeks a recount of paper ballots cast in the Nov. 8 presidential election and an inspection to determine whether election software was hacked.

The state attorney general’s office, representing Secretary of State Pedro Cortes, a Democrat, attacked the recount effort by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein as an effort to undo the presidential election won by Republican Donald Trump.

Friday, December 9, 2016
Nativity figurines can be seen inside this coconut shell. It is one of 600 Nativity sets on display at the ninth annual Indoor Nativity/Creche Displays at St. John in the Heights Lutheran Church in Jim Thorpe on Saturday afternoon. KRISTINE PORTER/TIMES NEWS

More than 200 people visited the display of Nativity sets at St. John in the Heights Lutheran Church in Jim Thorpe on Saturday afternoon. This is the ninth year the church has held the Indoor Nativity/Creche Display.

Visitors came from all over eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and even Ecuador, said church member Betty Ann McElhenney.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Two topics that often have profound impact on families — bullying and suicide — were discussed Wednesday during a program conducted by Behavioral Health Associates in Nesquehoning.

Although the two topics were handled separately, one speaker said that at times they can have ancombined impact.

About 20 people attended the program held in Nesquehoning Fire Company No. 1.

Following presentations by three speakers, staff members of several local agencies were available for individual discussion.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Carbon officials made motions on a number of employee salary positions last week during the county salary board’s monthly meeting.

Motions included:

• Sheriff: Establish the position of one special deputy sheriff at $14.35 per hour, retroactive to Nov. 21; and abolish the position of one special deputy sheriff trainee at $13.67 per hour, retroactive to Nov. 21.

• Animal shelter: Change the rate of one part-time K-9 officer from $9.53 per hour, to $9.26 per hour, effective Dec. 1.

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Pleasant Valley board held its organization meeting on Thursday evening.

Board President Russell Gould and directors Susan Kresge and Steven Borger were absent.

For 2017, Gould will once again serve as president of the board. Len Peeters will serve as vice president and Bob Serfass, who took over as treasurer upon the death of Charles Hoffman, will continue in that position.

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club will hold its annual meeting and election of officers at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Palmerton Hotel, 302 Delaware Ave., Palmerton.

The club’s holiday dinner will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinnerat 6:30.

The proposed slate of officers for 2017 includes: Sarina Berlow, president; Kathy Fallow, vice president; Marian Hoffner, secretary; Janine Carazo, treasurer; and Linda Christman, Carbon County E-Board Southern Regional Coordinator.

Friday, December 9, 2016

TOBYHANNA (AP) — An 18-year-old girl was live-streaming herself as she drove along a Pennsylvania highway in the moments before the crash that killed her and a passenger.

State police say Brooke Miranda Hughes was broadcasting live video on Facebook while driving slowly in the right lane of Interstate 380 near Tobyhanna.

The passenger, 19-year-old Chaniya Morrison-Toomey, can be heard asking, “Are you going live?”

Before Hughes can answer, lights flash inside the car, followed by the sound of screeching tires, the (Scranton) Times-Tribune reported.

Friday, December 9, 2016
Members of the Knights of Columbus who recently helped distribute meals to needy families are, from left, the Rev. Michael Ahrensfield, Tom Brogan, Mike Hartman, Tyler Hartman, Kevin Cartier, Carl Burghardt and Matthew Sofranko. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Grand Knight Carl Burghardt and several fellow Knights from the Damien Council 598 distributed about 80 full meals, consisting of turkey, stuffing, yams, corn and dessert to needy families in Lehighton and Jim Thorpe.

The meals were obtained from the Schuylkill Technical School in Pottsville and packaged for distribution by Knights of Columbus Council 431 in Pottsville.

Local distribution was from St. Peter and Paul parish hall in Lehighton.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Weatherly Area High School’s annual Scholastic Scrimmage Alumni Meet will be held on Jan. 5, in Katie Leach’s high school classroom.

Leach invites all scholastic scrimmage alumni to attend and compete against the current team and a team of teachers.

The scrimmage will begin at 2:25 p.m.

Refreshments will be served following the competition.