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

Schools announcing closures, delays for Monday

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Area school districts are starting to announce delays and closures for Monday.

Jim Thorpe Area School District- two-hour delay

Palmerton Area School District- two-hour delay

Lehighton Area School District- two-hour delay

Lehigh Carbon Community College - all sites will be closed Monday, Jan. 25. All classes and activities are canceled.
Carbon Career and Technical Institute- two-hour delay

NCC: Monroe Campus will open at noon Monday. Only evening classes will meet in Bethlehem on Monday. Offices in Bethlehem will reopen Tuesday.
Northwestern Lehigh School District-closed

Disabled victim rescued from Penn Forest fire

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Firefighters fought deep snow to rescue a disabled person whose dryer caught fire Saturday evening.

The fire was reported around 5:52 p.m. at a home on Cree Lane in the Mount Pocahontas community, according to radio reports from Carbon County 911 dispatchers.

A fire started in a clothes dryer at the home. A disabled person who was unable to use the stairs was trapped.

Crews including Lake Harmony fire responded and rescued the victim from the home. The victim was evaluated at the scene. They extinguished the dryer that caught fire and removed it from the dwelling.

Fire extinguished in McAdoo

Saturday, January 23, 2016

UPDATE: One person was rescued from a house fire in McAdoo Borough, according to Mahanoy City Fire Department. The fire has been extinguished.

Earlier: Crews are responding to a fire at on North Kennedy Drive in McAdoo.

The Tresckow Fire Co. and Lehighton Ambulance were called to assist around 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

There are reports of a person possibly entrapped inside the building.

Firefighters from McAdoo and Mahanoy City are also on scene, according to a post from the Mahanoy City Fire Department.

Airlines cancel nearly 6,300 flights due to blizzard

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Airlines canceled nearly 6,300 flights in the U.S. and beyond this weekend as blizzard conditions, cold and ice hit much of the U.S., with East Coast cities feeling the most impact.

The bulk of Saturday's 4,418 cancelations are at airports in the New York City and Washington metro areas, according to flight tracking service FlightAware. Another 1,855 flights were canceled for Sunday. Those cancelations center on Philadelphia, Washington and New York, with airlines essentially shutting down all flights into those cities.

Tamaqua declares state of emergency

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison has declared a snow emergency for the Borough of Tamaqua.

Non-essential driving is prohibited in the borough until Sunday, Jan. 24 at noon.

Motorists that must drive for work or emergency reasons are advised to use caution.

Jim Thorpe declares state of emergency

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison has declared a snow emergency for the Borough of Tamaqua.

Non-essential driving is prohibited in the borough until Sunday, January 24 at noon. Motorists that must drive for work or emergency reasons are advised to use caution.

Masses canceled this evening

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Churches in the area are starting to cancel Mass for the evening to keep residents safe.

Saint Joseph Church in Summit Hill has canceled 4 p.m. Mass today.

Confessions and 4:30 p.m. Mass at St. John XXIII in Tamaqua are canceled today due to the state of emergency.

Earlier today, Bishop John Barres of the Diocese of Allentown, released the following statement:

No snow day for health care workers

Saturday, January 23, 2016

While most of people are hunkered down at home, warm, cozy and safe as snowstorm Jonas rages, health care workers don't have that luxury.

Lisa Johnson of Blue Mountain Health System, which operates Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton hospitals, said the provider has been preparing for such a storm.

“In the early morning we had some staff having difficulty making it in.

We had contingency plans in place with extra staffing with those who live closer to the hospitals to ensure we have enough staff to cover all patients and service areas,” she said.

Emergency officials urge motorists to stay off roads

Saturday, January 23, 2016

As winter storm Jonas rages on throughout the region, Carbon County officials are asking residents to stay indoors.

Mark Nalesnik, Carbon County EMA coordinator, said that a partial emergency operations center at the EMA building has been activated to monitor the conditons as the storm progresses.

"It is best if you don't travel right now," Nalesnik said, adding that it will help road crews keep up with the storm if cars are not out on the road.

He noted that there hasn't been any major issues as a result of the storm so far.

Portion of Route 309 closed in Schuylkill

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Route 309 between Ginthers and McAdoo is closed due to hazardous conditions, according to the Schuylkill County Communications Center.