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Friday, November 21, 2014
Police seeking identity

Mahoning Township Police issued thesephotos taken by video at the Walmartstore of suspected shoplifters. Anyonewith information on the identities of these two females should contact Audie Mertz, chief of police in Mahoning, at 570-386-2241. According to the date on the video,the incident happened on Aug. 3.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Northern Lehigh Middle School honor roll for the first marking period of the 2014-2015 school year has been announced by Principal Jill Chamberlain.

High Honor Roll: Must have a composite average of 95 percent or above and all individual course averages of 90 percent or above.

Eighth Grade: Charles L. Fleischmann, Katie A. Guelcher, Cory M. Hammond, Jamie L. Knerr, Zoe R. Kondravy, Abigail G. Merkle, Matthew J. Miller-Brown, Erin V. Rigby, Shayla Smith, Madyson L. Sterner, Nicholas W. Stinson, Julia S. Thomason, Caleb D. Wanamaker, Molly D. Wilk

Friday, November 21, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS

The Navy Club of Carbon County visited St. John Neumann Regional School in Palmerton on Veterans Day to share stories and provide students in grades four to eight with flag

etiquette, how to fold a flag properly, and the history of the American flag. The students thanked veterans Stanley Jarosewski and Scott Reinhart for their years of service.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Schuylkill County Judge John Domalakes has sentenced four local people, including a Tamaqua man who threatened to kill his uncle, to prison for their crimes.

Edward J. Nesgoda, 46, pleaded guilty to simple assault and was sentenced to nine to 18 months in the county jail. Charges of terroristic threats, harassment and disorderly conduct were dropped in plea negotiations.

He was given credit for the 164 days he's already served.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Kidder Township supervisors want a traffic light at the intersection of Route 903 and Lake Harmony Road, but the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said results of a September study didn't warrant a signal.

Supervisor Chairman Robert Lengle said the township set aside $200,000 to pay for the signal after the state informed Kidder five years ago that one would be necessary upon completion of the Route 903 E-ZPass Turnpike Interchange.

Friday, November 21, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Franklin Klock, a naturalist at the Carbon County EnvironmentalEducation Center, standing, recently visited the Hometown Nursing Center. The residents enjoyed seeing and getting to touch the pelts of several animals. They also were shown a selection of live animals that Klock brought along for a visit.

Friday, November 21, 2014

A 2014 Ford Interceptor sedan all-wheel-drive will become the newest police vehicle in Rush Township.

At Thurday's board of supervisors meeting held at the municipal building, 108 Lafayette Ave., the board unanimously agreed to purchase the $32,438 car from KME with financing for three years with the first payment being in January 2016.

Resident Charles Shamonsky asked for clarification about the source of funding for the purchase.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Trust the contractor or hire a construction manager for three proposed building projects?

That is the latest question facing Lehighton Area School District as it moves forward with plans for a new K-5 elementary center, and renovations to its middle and high schools.

No official vote has been taken on the matter.

Quandel Construction Group, based out of Harrisburg, made a pitch to Lehighton's school board this month claiming it could save the district around $2 million on $52 million worth of work.

Friday, November 21, 2014
Rich Strack/Special to the Times News Keith Knappenberger puts a bag into the compactor at the Penn Forest Transfer Station.

Nearly 4,000 people go there each week. They spend anywhere from 15 seconds to a few minutes before they leave.

So, in such a short period of time, what can happen?

Just ask Sherry and Keith Knappenberger who operate the dumpsters at the Penn Forest Transfer Station off Route 903 in Jim Thorpe. People realize that throwing away trash is the reason they have to go there, but for many, the Knappenbergers are the reason they like to go there.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Carbon County residents can expect to pay the same amount on their county taxes in 2015.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve the 2015 spending plan with no changes from its preliminary adoption last month.

That means that a homeowner with a $100,000 home that is assessed at $50,000 will pay $512.50 in county real estate taxes next year.

The budget, which is broken down into operating funds, $43,100,056; capital projects, $177,324; and special funds, $2,365,322 totals $45,642,702.