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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.

Ski area is making snow

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Skiers itching to ride the slopes may want to cross their fingers for chilly temperatures to stick around.

That's because the colder the weather, the greater the chance Blue Mountain Ski Area near Palmerton could open this weekend.

The ski area hopes to open at 8 a.m. Saturday, though such a move is predicated on cold temperatures, as well as whether it can make snow each night through Saturday morning.

If all that holds true, Blue Mountain will open Saturday with three trails: Easy Out, Vista, and Come Around Park.

School buses halted by storm

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Stymied by slick road conditions, several buses transporting Panther Valley students Tuesday wait on the side of the road rather than attempting to traverse the steep and often treacherous hill on Route 902, which leads from Summit Hill to Lansford. Reportedly the buses were stranded there for about two hours.

Woman hurt in Franklin Twp.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Carbon County woman was injured Tuesday about 8:49 a.m. when she lost control of her 2007 Kia Spectra while traveling along Pohopoco Drive in Franklin Township. State police at Lehighton said Tracy L. Phillips, 36, of Lehighton, was westbound and going down hill and approaching Green Street. At this time Kenneth G. Ahner, 56, also of Lehighton, was driving a 1992 Chevrolet plow truck eastbound and traveling up the hill. Troopers said the Kia skidded out of control due to snow on the road and crashed into the front of the plow truck.

St. John's Lutheran Church making plans to help New York

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The congregation of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mahoning Township, is responding to the needs of the people of Long Island, New York, who are still suffering the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Speaking for the support effort is the Rev. Christopher DeForest, who is pleased that his congregation wants to reach out to help the Long Island community.

Eldred resident doesn't want horses roaming on his property

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Eldred Township resident, Joe Cardello, asked the Eldred Township supervisors what could he to do about his neighbors' horses, which repeatedly get loose and roam on his property. Some suggestions were to contact the SPCA, the constable, or file a civil complaint with the district magistrate.

Carbon mayors meet for third time

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS In attendance in the Conference Room at The Inn in Jim Thorpe for the third meeting of the Association of Mayors of the Boroughs of Carbon County were front, left to right : Bowmanstown Mayor Keith Billig, new Recording Secretary Jamie Solomon, and Summit Hill Mayor Paul McArdle. Standing, from left : Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko, Lansford Mayor Ron Hood, and Beaver Meadows Mayor William Hines.
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS In attendance in the Conference Room at The Inn in Jim Thorpe for the third meeting of the Association of Mayors of the Boroughs of Carbon County were front, left to right : Bowmanstown Mayor Keith Billig, new Recording Secretary Jamie Solomon, and Summit Hill Mayor Paul McArdle. Standing, from left : Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko, Lansford Mayor Ron Hood, and Beaver Meadows Mayor William Hines.

Carbon County's third Mayor's Meeting was held last week in the Conference Room at The Inn in Jim Thorpe to talk about issues that are facing each of their communities.

The Association of Mayors of the Boroughs of Carbon County's agenda for new business to be discussed at the meeting included :

1. Discuss a February 2013 meeting date, time, and place and update any information.

2. Mailed letters to the Carbon County Commissioners and the Schuylkill County Commissioners and also invited all Mayors of Carbon County to attend their monthly meeting.

Wife of 'ringleader' sentenced to Carbon County prison term

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The wife of the alleged ringleader of a burglary and drug ring that operated in a multiple-county area, was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday in Carbon County court for her part in the operation.

Janet Munoz, 43, of Breinigsville, and formerly of Nesquehoning, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve a total of 12 to one day less 24 months in the county prison on five counts of receiving stolen property. The prison term will be followed by 36 months of probation.

Six offenders placed in probation program

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Six first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, the commonwealth can prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

A jolly, happy soul

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Enjoying the special magic of our area's first snowfall of the season, Laura, left, and Gregory, right, Williams of Lehighton made their own version of Frosty the Snowman Tuesday. Because of the snow, schools in Lehighton Area School District dismissed early.

Middleport man among three sentenced

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Middleport man was one of three defendants who were sentenced on criminal charges in Schuylkill County court recently by county judges.

James Thomas Maguire, 38, of 62 Washington St., Middleport, pleaded guilty to forging a check, theft by unlawful taking or disposing of moveable property, and theft by deception.