Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Weatherly borough officials will freely admit that they would have to raise taxes or cut services without revenue from the borough’s electric company.

But a newly elected representative from Western Pennsylvania says that boroughs that buy electric power and sell it to their residents, like Weatherly and Lehighton, are basically levying an extra tax on residents.

There are 35 such municipalities among the 2,600-plus in the state.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Eleven first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County’s Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

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, then they would face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Tamaqua Borough Council has taken steps to prohibit the posting of any kind of unauthorized, temporary sign around Depot Square Park.

The request was made by Councilman Micah Gursky. “I see people taking prom and wedding photos there, and they don’t want to have a garage sale sign in their wedding photo,” he said.

“If we allow one sign there, we have to allow them all, and we have plenty of other spaces in the borough to put signs,” he said.

Monday, June 26, 2017

A West Penn Township official would like to use a portion of this year’s Community Development Block Grant funding to correct malfunctioning sewer systems.

Supervisor Tony Prudenti recently said that he would like to see the township use some of its grant funds for that purpose.

That came following a grant hearing conducted by Schuylkill County administrator Gary Bender, who said the township is expected to receive $86,544 in grant funds.

Of that, he said 18 percent has to come out for administrative fees.

Monday, June 26, 2017
Andrew Kriebel leads his horse “Lincoln” into the ring Sunday at a horse show in Albrightsville. The show, in its 13th year, benefits the Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Company. Kriebel took home top honors in the halter class. Scan this photo with the Prindeo app or to go the Times News Facebook page to see a video. JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS

Under sunny skies in Albrightsville, around 50 people turned out Sunday to show their horses in the 13th annual benefit event hosted by the Getz Farm.

“We’ve been doing the horse show for many years and today is an ideal day,” said Gene Getz, of the Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Company. “It’s not hot and it’s not raining for a change. There are 37 classes. The event is really growing and it’s great to see everyone out having a fun day.”

All proceeds from the event go to the fire company.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Elizabeth Brennan of Saylorsburg has been named to the dean’s list at Mount St. Mary’s University for the spring 2017 semester.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Lehighton native Lori Greeley was recently awarded the Outstanding Achievement in a Chosen Profession award from Bucknell University.

Greeley is currently the CEO of Serena & Lily, a home furnishings brand, and is widely recognized for her extensive experience in the retail industry, as well as for her strong skills in merchandising, marketing, brand development and team building.

Monday, June 26, 2017
Joe Spark, left, and Joe Ogozalek of the Pennsylvania Villagers play horns while performing at Hootenanny in Summit Hill on Sunday. To see a photo gallery, scan this photo with the Prindeo app.

This was the sixth year for the Summit Hill Hootenanny, and one thing Rosie Risteter of the Hootenanny Committee said, “It gets bigger every year.”

The gathering was held in Ludlow Park Sunday and organizers said it had record attendance and events.

Risteter said the ideal weather likely helped this year’s Hootenanny. “The weather’s great,” she said. “We have some good bands and so many people are getting around and enjoying them.”

Six different bands performed playing polkas, folk, country and rock.

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced the following road work for this week:

Carbon County

• East Penn Township Wednesday, Delaware Avenue between Route 895 and the Northampton County Line for inspections, Eastbound daytime lane restrictions from 9 a.m. to noon and westbound restrictions from noon to 3 p.m. with flagging.

• East Penn Township Monday, Fritz Valley Road between Route 443 and the Schuylkill County Line, daytime lane restrictions with flagging.

Monday, June 26, 2017

In light of upcoming holidays, Palmerton Mayor Christopher Olivia issued a reminder to the residents concerning a summertime entertainment staple.

“I would like to remind the people of Palmerton to be careful with their fireworks,” he said.

“We have some ordinances against them, so they have to be careful. Use them in a safe manner, be mindful of their neighbors, and let’s get through a safe Fourth of July.”