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

Keeping traditions alive

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Richard Hallahan, a church trustee, talks about the staff that shepherds carried when portraying the Bethlehem carolers. The staff had bells on the top and shepherd would bang the staff against the floor as they entered the homes.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Richard Hallahan, a church trustee, talks about the staff that shepherds carried when portraying the Bethlehem carolers. The staff had bells on the top and shepherd would bang the staff against the floor as they entered the homes.

Orthodox, Ukrainians observe 'old country' customs

Christos razdajetsja!

"Christ is born."

Today is Christmas Eve for those of the Orthodox faith.

Throughout the area, Carpatho-Russian Orthodox and Ukrainians are preparing for the celebration of the birth of Jesus as marked by the Julian calendar.

The Julian calendar is 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar, which most of the world follows today. Dec. 25 on the Julian calendar falls on Jan. 7 on the Gregorian calendar.

Covered bridge is hit again

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Terry Ahner/Times News The height restriction barrier at the covered bridge in Lower Towamensing Township was recently hit by a vehicle and damaged.
Terry Ahner/Times News The height restriction barrier at the covered bridge in Lower Towamensing Township was recently hit by a vehicle and damaged.

Carbon County's last remaining covered bridge that is used by traffic was struck by a vehicle again, just two months after it reopened following an extensive renovation project.

The bridge is located along Covered Bridge Road in Lower Towamensing Township.

On Monday afternoon, Carbon County Commissioners discussed the most recent incident, which involved an unknown vehicle striking the height restriction barrier, damaging it.

"We're not sure of the extent of the damage yet," Commissioners' Chairman Wayne Nothstein said. "It's a never-ending thing."

Newly elected members to be sworn

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Mario Scavello
Mario Scavello

HARRISBURG (AP) Members of the newly elected Pennsylvania Legislature are about to be sworn in.

The Tuesday afternoon ceremony at the state Capitol will open the two-year session two weeks before the inauguration of Democratic Gov.-elect Tom Wolf.

Republicans who control both the Senate and House picked up additional seats in the November election. In the House, Republicans outnumber Democrats 119 to 84 and in the Senate, 30 to 20.

Picturesque

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Snow falls lightly over Jim Thorpe just before 7:30 this morning. Tonight, there's a slight chance of snow before 9 p.m. A snow shower could occur Wednesday as well.

New year brings optimism for reform

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

HARRISBURG Rep. Brad Roae might be the most optimistic guy in the state House.

Roae, R-Crawford, has plans to push a trio of reform measures that would eliminate state cars for lawmakers, strip lawmakers' cost-of-living increases and end per diem on weekends, in some cases. They're taxpayer-friendly ideas, but it's uncertain whether lawmakers who enjoy the perks have the collective appetite for such reform.

Roae knows his proposals are a hard sell, but he thinks the public would back the changes even if fellow lawmakers don't embrace them.

Rush Township supervisors reorganize

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Rush Township supervisors reorganized during a meeting Monday, reappointing Shawn Gilbert as chairman and Robert Leibensperger as vice chairman. Jeanine Motroni is the third supervisor.

Denise Hope was retained as full-time secretary and Caitlin Whildin as part-time administrative assistant.

Mahoning Township supervisors reorganize

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Supervisors unanimously appointed Carl Faust of Blue Mountain Inspection Services as the township's new zoning officer, replacing longtime zoning officer LeRoy Liebenguth, who retired in December after 11 years of service.

The motion carried unanimously, but there was some questioning by Supervisor Frank Ruch, who wondered if Faust's duties as code enforcement officer would be in conflict with the zoning duties. Supervisor Bruce Steigerwalt said he didn't think there would be a conflict.

Schuylkill Township reorganization

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Schuylkill Township supervisors reorganized Monday, with Charles Hosler reappointed as chairman and Christine Verdier as vice chairman. Chuck Fayash rounds out the board.

The supervisors also voted to hire Jamie Moore as secretary/treasurer for the township. Moore will work 29 hours per week. Suzanne Apanavage, who was filling in temporarily after the passing of township secretary/treasurer Mary Bubel, will act as Moore's assistant.

Towamensing Township reorganizes and combines Thursday meeting

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

At the Monday meeting, the Towamensing Township supervisors reorganized for the coming year.

Penny Kleintop was renamed both the chairman of the board of supervisors and the treasurer.

Tom Newman is vice chair and emergency management officer.

The roadmaster is Scott Mosier. Brenda Drew is the secretary for both the township and planning commission. She is the open records officer.

Tom Nanovic of the Nanovic Law Offices will continue as solicitor.

Trial delayed again decade after bodies found in backyard

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Selenski
Selenski

WILKES-BARRE (AP) – The long-delayed case of a notorious bank robber charged with killing a drug-dealing pharmacist and the pharmacist's girlfriend was again postponed Monday as a judge instead ruled on witness-related issues.

The victim's bodies were found more than a decade ago in Hugo Selenski's backyard in northeastern Pennsylvania. His capital trial was scheduled to start in Wilkes-Barre, but Luzerne County Judge Fred Pierantoni instead sent prospective jurors home and told them to return Wednesday.