Thursday, March 5, 2015

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The following schools are on a two -hour delay due to inclement weather.
Jim Thorpe School District.
Lehighton School District.
Palmerton School District.
Panther Valley School District.
Pleasant Valley School District
Tamaqua School District
Weatherly School District.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Due to the winter storm impacting the region, PennDOT has temporarily reduced the speed limit on the major roadways in the area.

PennDOT encourages motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph on the following highways:
Interstate 78 in Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton counties;
Interstate 80 in Carbon and Monroe counties;
Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County;
Interstate 380 in Monroe County;
US 22 in Lehigh and Northampton counties;
PA 33 in Monroe and Northampton counties.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Nesquehoning Police investigated a crash just before 3 today at the intersection of Route 54 and 3rd Avenue.

A Neon was traveling East on at 54 lost control struck the pole and then hit the GMC truck in the opposing traffic lane.

More details will be released as the report is completed.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

POTTSVILLE (AP) - Authorities say a man found dead in an eastern Pennsylvania home had been shot to death.

Officials in Schuylkill County said 32-year-old Dat Cong Huynh was killed around noontime Monday in a Pottsville home.

Police chief Richard Wojciechowsky said the cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds following an autopsy and the death was classified a homicide.

Police were seeking information about two men seen in the area and a sport utility vehicle also reported nearby.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Lansford man who Nesquehoning police said tried to sneak heroin into Carbon County Prison faces charges of possession of contraband, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Charges were filed Feb. 26 against John Charles Sabol, 52, of East Bertsch Street.

During a strip search on Feb. 10, prison staff found a “suboxone strip” under Sabol's top denture and a capped needle, containing heroin, in the index finger of his left glove.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf wants to raise Pennsylvania's cigarette tax by $1 per pack.

If approved, smokers would have to pay $2.60 per pack instead of the current $1.60.

It's one of several tax hikes Wolf proposed Tuesday in his budget plan for the coming year.

The Democratic governor is seeking new revenues to support public education and cut property taxes. But Republican lawmakers oppose his plan.

Wolf's statewide cigarette tax would take effect Oct. 1 and raise about $358 million.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Highlights of Gov. Tom Wolf's spending plan for the budget year that starts July 1:



—Increases spending through the state's main bank account by about 3 percent to $29.9 billion. Figure is $33.7 billion, a 16 percent hike, if payments to school pension fund and property tax relief earmarked for 2016-17 are also figured in.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In an ambitious first budget plan, Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday proposed more than $4 billion in higher taxes on income, sales and natural gas drilling to support new spending on schools and to cut property taxes as part of an effort to overhaul the way public education is funded.

Wolf, a Democrat, is also asking the Republican-controlled Legislature to cut corporate taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars, borrow more than $4 billion to refinance pension debt and inject new money into business loans, clean energy subsidies and water and sewer system projects.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Due to today's inclement weather, this evening's Palmerton Area School Board workshop has been canceled.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

West Penn Township's municipal building and annex building are a few steps closer to being accessible by ramps instead of steps.

During a meeting Monday, township engineer Jeff DeAngelo of Alfred Benesch & Co. updated the supervisors on the ongoing project. The township will use Community Development Block Grant monies for the projects, which at both buildings involve ADA-accessible ramps, doors and parking.

"We are finalizing the bidding documents," DeAngelo said. "Potentially, we should be able to start the projects during the summer."