Saturday, December 27, 2014

Local News

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Choir of All Saints Church, 21 N. Cleveland St., McAdoo, along with some other members of the parish, have been preparing a very special work by Randy Vader, Jay Rouse and Rose Aspinall titled "And on Earth ... Peace."

This work presents the peaceful Christmas story as if it were never told before. This cantata is a Christmas prayer as well as a celebration.

The cantata will be presented on Christmas Eve at 9 p.m., followed by the solemn Mass of Christmas at 10 p.m. It will be presented again at 4 p.m. on Jan. 4.

There is no charge to attend.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Christmas and New Year's holidays bring with them increased traffic on Pennsylvania's roadways.

People will be traveling all over the commonwealth to spend the holidays with their family and friends.

Motorists should give themselves plenty of time to get to their destinations safely.

When traveling long distances, motorists should use rest areas if they are feeling tired and fatigued.

Motorists should remain aware that the cold temperatures and winter weather have the potential to cause slippery conditions on the roadways.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

People's Evangelical Congregational Church, 216 Wagner St. in Franklin Township, will conduct a Christmas Eve service featuring the cantata "The Night Before Christmas."

The service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Everyone is invited to attend this free events. For more information call 610-377-1696.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Mahoning Township police said four youths fled the Concern Treatment Center on Country Club Road last week, but were all captured within 12 hours.

One was apprehended after he reportedly stole a knife from the Walmart in the township.

Mahoning Police Chief Audie Mertz said the four runaways left the center at 11:17 p.m. Thursday.

They were ages 14, 15, 16 and 17. Two of the four had previously run away from the center but were located and returned.

On Friday at 4:30 a.m., police located one of the males at the Carbon Mini Mart in Lehighton.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Schuylkill County District Attorney Christine Holman, second from left, holds anti-impaired driving posters at a recent Schuylkill County Chiefs of Police Association meeting. At left is Minersville Police Chief Michael Combs, who is also the association president. Chief Schuylkill County Detective Dolly Dronick Malec is second from right. At right is Port Carbon Officer Joseph Ferraro.

Drive sober or get pulled over.

That's the message the Schuylkill County Chiefs of Police Association is driving home this holiday season.

The group met last week at the Schuylkill County courthouse to fine-tune plans to keep impaired drivers off the roads.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS More than 500 gather in Palmerton Borough Park to pay homage to four teenagers killed in a fiery crash Friday night on Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township.

A sea of more than 500 people gathered around the bandstand in the Palmerton Borough Park Monday evening for a candlelight vigil.

The vigil, arranged by Amy Dailey of Palmerton, was held in memory of the four teenagers who were killed Friday night in a fiery two-car crash on Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township.

Killed in the crash were Michael Muniz, 17, of Palmerton; Austin T. Hunsicker, 16, of Bowmanstown; Nathaniel Murray, 16, of Palmerton, and his sister, Courtney Anne Murray, 13, of Palmerton.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Family Dollar Store will be constructed on a vacant lot at the corner of Spruce and Center streets. Tamaqua's Zoning Hearing Board approved the venture during a meeting Monday.

In order to move forward with the project, the developer sought numerous variances related to setback requirements, impervious ground coverage and parking spaces.

Attorney Denise Dieter of Jersey Shore represented George Hutchinson, who owns the development company for Family Dollar. Tom Ludgate, Ludgate Engineering, is developing the plan for the site. Gary Winkleman is the firm's project manager.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tamaqua Area High School fans are in the Christmas spirit Monday night at the boys' basketball game against Lehighton.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Lansford Alive Events Committee congratulates and thanks the winners for having a wonderful Christmas spirit.

The winners received gift certificates from the following Lansford merchants: BoBo Garden Chinese Restaurant, Cabrera's Pizzeria, Emil's Barber Shop and Hair, Marco's Pizza, Northeast Chemical Supply Company, Porvaznik's Flowers, Valley Athletic Supply, and Panther Valley Lumber and Home Center.

Winners are:

Most Creative, Cecilia and son Tim Midas, 210 Cortright St.

Most Traditional, Theresa Papay, 100 W. Abbott St.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A slight decrease in taxes is part of the 2015 budget of Summit Hill borough.

The borough council adopted the final budget by a 4-1 vote during a meeting Monday. The budget shows a decrease of 0.25 mills.

Opposed was Michael Kokinda. He didn't indicate why he was against the budget.

In favor were Council President Jesse Walck, Michael Alabovitz, John O'Gurek and Bill O'Gurek. Absent were Gregory Kosciolek and Bill Chapman.

The budget is based on 15.6 total mills, which is less than last year's assessment of 15.85 mills.