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

Senate adopts gaming resolution

Thursday, December 5, 2013

State would look at funding, online gambling

A study to determine the future of gambling in Pennsylvania is in the cards: the state Senate on Wednesday adopted a resolution calling for the work by a 47-1 vote.

The resolution, proposed by Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati III, R-Jefferson County, will examine the current state of gaming, and help decide whether and how the 2004 Gaming Act should be changed to give Pennsylvania a leg up in the competition for gambling dollars.

The changes may include allowing online gambling.

Worldwide Children's Remembrance Observance to take place in Carbon

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron streets, Lehighton, will again offer an annual candle lighting service to remember children who are gone too soon. The second Sunday in December of each year is designated as "Worldwide Children's Remembrance Day." It is a time to commemorate and honor the memory of children who have died at any age from any cause.

On that day, at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 8 Zion U.C.C. will host a program that will include reading, music and candle lighting, along with the opportunity to recognize children's, siblings' and grandchildren's names.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December 4, 1987

The Hometown Garden Club was the recipient of the most ribbon awards at the recent Schuylkill County Garden Clubs Christmas Show and Room Decorating Competition held in Zion Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall Tamaqua.

The Pottsville Garden Club took first honors for the best color coordinated room. Hometown Garden Club was awarded the second prize ribbon and the South Schuylkill Garden Club was awarded the blue ribbon for the best of show arrangement.

Tamaqua council approves 2014 budget

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tamaqua's 2014 budget is a done deal. Council voted 4-0 to approve the tentative budget, which includes a 1.5 mill tax hike, the borough's first in four years. Councilmen Dan Evans and John Trudich were not present.

The budget includes approximately $3.5 million in spending from the general fund and a total expenditure of approximately $7.6 million.

Thanksgiving feast donations

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Ladies Auxiliary to R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215 collected enough food to furnish a complete Thanksgiving dinner for 10 families in need. Several baskets of food contain not only a turkey, but some received a chicken and a ham, along with several canned goods and more. They received donations of money and food items at Redner's in Northampton, Country Harvest in Palmerton and Pathmark in Walnutport. Pies were donated through Faith Ohl from a fundraiser by Dance with Kim for costumes.

Traffic shift on state Route 903

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

All-Electronic InterchangeProject begins new phase of construction in Penn Forest

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling on State Route 903 near the Turnpike's $22.4-million project to build an All-Electronic Interchange (AEI) in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County that the contractor will shift Route 903 traffic onto the new bridge constructed just north of the existing bridge this week.

Tamaqua 'High' Tidings

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS "Does it look OK?" asks Tamaqua fireman Alex Boyce late Tuesday. Firefighters used an aerial truck to place a holiday wreath near the top of Trinity United Church of Christ.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS "Does it look OK?" asks Tamaqua fireman Alex Boyce late Tuesday. Firefighters used an aerial truck to place a holiday wreath near the top of Trinity United Church of Christ.

Fire company helps decorate church

What does a church do when its Christmas wreath needs to be hoisted 55 feet?

You call the Tamaqua Fire Department and enlist the aid of the borough's aerial unit.

In crisp, cold air late Tuesday, volunteers from American Hose Company affixed a seven-foot wreath to the top of Trinity United Church of Christ.

"I think this is about the 23rd year it's been done," said Richard Hadesty, former mayor.

Hunting Club to meet

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Silver Ridge Hunting Club, Weatherly, will meet at 7 p.m., Dec. 16 at the clubhouse.

The reason for the meeting is to discuss the 2014 budget. For any questions, members can call the clubhouse at 570-427-4910.

Jim Thorpe train station booth entered; cash, radios taken

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Jim Thorpe train station booth entered; cash, radios taken
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Jim Thorpe police are investigating a burglary at the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway ticket booth, located at 2 Lehigh Ave., Jim Thorpe, adjacent to the Old Mauch Chunk train station.

Police said the entry occurred sometime between the evening of Thursday, Nov. 28, and early Friday, Nov. 29, before the trains opened for operation that morning.

A soda can was thrown through a window at the booth to gain entry.

Sold out breakfast

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tamaqua's Third Annual Community Advent Breakfast, scheduled for Dec. 7, is a sold out event. No tickets will be available at the door, other than those already arranged.

The ecumenical community event is sponsored by The Tamaqua Ministerial Association, the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce and the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network.