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Local News

The local news category. Will contains stories from Jim Thorpe, Northern Lehigh, Palmerton-Lehighton, Panther Valley, Poconos, and Tamaqua.

Pennsylvania Turnpike under weather emergency

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is under a Level 1 Weather Conditions system-wide due to existing roadway conditions with poor visibility. This includes the Northeast extension (I-476), I-76 and I-276.

Areas of snow covered roadways are being treated. All travelers are urged to reduce their speeds and keep alert for quickly changing weather conditions. The potential for snow and icing conditions exists and motorists should keep alert for quickly changing weather conditions and reduced visibility.

Summit Hill police investigate burglaries

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Summit Hill police is looking for information on two burglaries that took place in the borough recently.

Chief Joseph Fittos said that the department is investigating the two incidents, which occurred at the Park View Inn, 204 W. Ludlow St., and Sommers Inn, 50 W. Ludlow St.

The burglary at Park View Inn happened on Jan. 13. Fittos explained someone entered the establishment and took an unspecified amount of cash.

Schools begin to call early dismissals, closures ahead of storm

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Schools are beginning to dismiss early or close in preparation for the upcoming snowstorm, expected to hit the area later today. Here is the list of closures and dismissals as of 7:20 a.m.

* Jim Thorpe will dismiss beginning at 11 a.m. for the high school and 11:30 for Penn-Kidder and L.B. Morris.

* Lehighton, 11:20 for the middle school; 11:30 for the high school and 12:15 for the elementary

* Northwestern Lehigh is closed today * St. John Neumann in Palmerton is closed

* Carbon Head Start, dismissing at 11 a.m.

* Northern Lehigh is closed

Parole/probation revocation hearings held by Carbon court

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Carbon County judges conducted parole/probation revocation hearings recently.

The hearings are held on petitions filed by the adult probation office to revoke the parole or probation of defendants for violating the conditions of their release.

Those who had hearings included:

Tamaqua alumni

Monday, January 20, 2014

The athletic department of the Tamaqua Area School District has formed a Tamaqua Area Athletic Alumni Association, thanks to the large amount of interest expressed at a reorganizational meeting held earlier this month. The newly formed group's second meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, in room 108 of the Tamaqua Senior High School and will focus on by-laws, social activities and fundraising.

CART announces meeting schedule

Monday, January 20, 2014

Carbon County Animal Response Team has announced its meeting schedule for the first half of the year.

All meetings are held at 7 p.m., at the Carbon County EmergencyManagement Agency,located off Route 93 on top of the Broad Mountainin Nesquehoning, unless otherwise noted.

The dates, as well as speakers are as follows:

Ÿ Jan. 28: Kelly Bauer will present Zoonotics for small animals.

Ÿ Feb. 22: 10 a.m., Frank Beckett will present an overview on ropes and rigging.

Ÿ March 25: Kim Shoop will present an overview on large animals.

Slatington man charged in crash that killed three

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Slatington man has been charged in a crash that occurred nearly a year ago in Whitehall Township that resulted in the deaths of three people, including his mother.

The crash also killed a woman and her teen son, according to testimony given during a preliminary hearing Thursday for John Edward Mayer, 32, of the 6000 block of Bottom Road.

Coaldale Lions to meet

Monday, January 20, 2014

The monthly meeting of the Coaldale Lions will take place at 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the Viennese Villa, 201 W. Ruddle St., Coaldale.

Bob Ames, club president, will preside at the meeting.

Group forms to open emergency shelter

Monday, January 20, 2014

A plan to open an emergency homeless shelter in Carbon County is moving forward.

A meeting to discuss the possibility of opening a shelter, which would be called the "Manger Mission," was held recently at Blue Mountain Church, Palmerton, with approximately 20 people attending.

Aggie Shehadeh, founder of Peaceful Knights, was the facilitator of the two-hour meeting.

Voter ID ruling, school protests plague Corbett

Monday, January 20, 2014

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett didn't have a very good Friday.

The problems for him hit early, with the Commonwealth Court striking down Pennsylvania's controversial voter ID law. Around the same time, Corbett was forced to cancel his first-ever appearance at a Philadelphia public school when protesters showed up to blast his education policies.