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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.

Five admit to DUI

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Five defendants in pending driving under the influence cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted pleas from the following:

Neil S. Dorshimer, 31, of Lehighton, was arrested on March 19 by Mahoning Township police along Blakeslee Boulevard Drive East. Given a test, the result was 0.16 BAC.

Matika sentenced him to serve five days to six months in jail, a fine of $300, one-year license suspension, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and render 25 hours of community service.

Polk Township tree lighting is Sunday

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The annual Polk Township Christmas tree lighting will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Veterans Memorial along Route 209. The rain/snow date is Dec. 7.

Breakfast with Santa at Penn's Peak

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Blue Ridge Communications will host its sixth annual Breakfast with Santa at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Dec. 7.

Two seatings are available: 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The cost is $8 for children 12 and under and includes an all-you-can-eat Breakfast Buffet and a free gift. The cost for the adult breakfast is $10. Gratuity is not included. Children 2 and under are free with a paying adult.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

Please bring your own camera.

Gun sales boom on Black Friday

Saturday, November 29, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

State system creates snag for background checks

By BOB FORD

bford@tnonline.com

Black Friday isn't just when shoppers rush to stores for holiday sales. It's also one of the busiest days of the year for gun purchases.

Mike Coogan, from Ed's Sport Shop in Tamaqua, said that the trend is true at his store on West Broad Street.

"We notice a boost in sales on Black Friday, so much that we, like most retailers, have extended hours to meet the increase," Coogan said.

He has stocked a selection of hunting rifles/shotguns as well as self-defense rifles/shotguns/handguns.

Business marks 30 years

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Marj Reppert, the owner of Rosemary Remembrances II, stands in her shop on Opera House Square in Jim Thorpe. The store is celebrating 30 years and focuses on artwork, antiques, herbs and "remembrances" such as these shadow boxes.
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Marj Reppert, the owner of Rosemary Remembrances II, stands in her shop on Opera House Square in Jim Thorpe. The store is celebrating 30 years and focuses on artwork, antiques, herbs and "remembrances" such as these shadow boxes.

Rosemary Remembrances II is celebrating 30 years at its Jim Thorpe location.

Established in 1984, the store features a variety of art, antiques, herbs and "remembrances."

Much of the artwork, including shadowboxes and shrines, is made by owner and artist Marj Reppert. She is perhaps best known for her custom remembrances and commissioned pieces.

Her custom work tends to focus on more traditional themes, such as weddings and anniversaries, milestones such as college graduation or a sports triumph, and personal collections.

Reader's Turn

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Abby Neiman,  second grade, Shull-David  Elementary School "A tablet, an iPod, an American Girl doll, a kitten poster, and a pair of shoes with an outfit to match."
Abby Neiman, second grade, Shull-David Elementary School "A tablet, an iPod, an American Girl doll, a kitten poster, and a pair of shoes with an outfit to match."

What is on your list to Santa?

Russian Citizens Club gets new lease on life

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Times News file photo  Standing in front of the Russian Citizens Club of Coaldale are, from left, Sylvester "Cip" Vavra, steward; Lisa Hiles, recording secretary; and John King, vice president. The club will remain open and plans to hold a 100th anniversary celebration from 7-10 p.m. today.
Times News file photo Standing in front of the Russian Citizens Club of Coaldale are, from left, Sylvester "Cip" Vavra, steward; Lisa Hiles, recording secretary; and John King, vice president. The club will remain open and plans to hold a 100th anniversary celebration from 7-10 p.m. today.

It was only a few short months ago that the Russian Citizens Club in Coaldale seemed to be on its last legs.

Membership was down, fewer people patronized the bar, and operational costs were on the rise, factors which would surely seal its fate.

Things were so bad that the club, located at 169 First St., planned to permanently close Dec. 31, and the building was for sale.

Fast forward to the present, where the club has experienced a rebirth thanks to donations, recreational activities and an overall uptick in business.

Hometown crash injures two

Saturday, November 29, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Both drivers were sent to the hospital following a two-car crash 2:15 p.m. Friday on Route 309, Hometown Hill. Witnesses said the driver of the Subaru, left, entered the four-lane highway from Holland Street, colliding with a Dodge Caravan and narrowly missing others.
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Both drivers were sent to the hospital following a two-car crash 2:15 p.m. Friday on Route 309, Hometown Hill. Witnesses said the driver of the Subaru, left, entered the four-lane highway from Holland Street, colliding with a Dodge Caravan and narrowly missing others.

Both drivers were sent to area hospitals in a two-vehicle crash Friday on Hometown Hill, Route 309.

According to those at the scene, including several eyewitnesses to the collision, a Subaru Impreza driven by an elderly man from the Lake Hauto area tried to enter Route 309 from Holland Street about 2:15 p.m. when the car he was operating shot across four lanes of traffic.

In the process, the Subaru collided with a northbound Dodge Grand Caravan and narrowly missed other north and southbound vehicles before being stopped by an impact with the southbound curb.

Mauch Chunk Trust declares dividends

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The board of directors of Mauch Chunk Trust Financial Corp. declared a regular dividend of $0.20 per share and a special dividend of $0.12 per share, for a total dividend $0.32 per share payable Dec. 31 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 5. This action brings the annual dividend rate to $0.52 per share and represents an increase of 4 percent versus the 2013 dividend rate.

Thrifty Christmas: Sale benefits hungry families

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Volunteers Cheryl Herman, left, Kay Patterson and Chris Horn help to set up displays for the annual Trinity Thrift Store Christmas sale. The sale will take place at Trinity's Luther Hall in Lehighton. All sales benefit the Trinity Pantry in Lehighton.
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Volunteers Cheryl Herman, left, Kay Patterson and Chris Horn help to set up displays for the annual Trinity Thrift Store Christmas sale. The sale will take place at Trinity's Luther Hall in Lehighton. All sales benefit the Trinity Pantry in Lehighton.

The Trinity Thrift Store will hold its annual Christmas sale this weekend and early next week. All proceeds will benefit the Trinity Food Pantry in Lehighton, which serves needy families in the Lehighton Area School District.

This year's sale will take place on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church's Luther Hall. The Thrift Store will also be open normal hours, including Saturday and Tuesday, during the Christmas sale.