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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

There were not many local races yesterday in the TIMES NEWS coverage area for the general election. The lack of local races may have contributed to the very low voter turnout in Schuylkill County, despite the fact there were races for commissioner and "row" offices.

Here are the local winners of the contested races.

Coaldale

In Coaldale there was a race for four seats, four year terms on council with five canidates vying for the positions.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Veterans of the Jim Thorpe American Legion Post 304 and VFW Post 294 of Albrightsville perform a memorial ceremony and fire a volley while passing the WWII Monument in Jim Thorpe during Carbon County's Veterans Day Parade held Sunday.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Melanie Heffelfinger, Carly Heffelfinger, Justyn Sandt, Maggie Pagotto, Trinity Haydt, Lexi Maehrer, Cameron Schmick, Marisa Maehrer and Jillian Schmick were waiting to collect candy in their plastic pumpkins.

The ghosts and pumpkins along the Halloween parade route in Slatington and Walnutport were getting a bit weather-beaten. After all, they had waited a week after the snowstorm that forced cancellation on Oct. 29 of the Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade.

Christ Church had a food stand set up in the side yard of the church and the Slatington Lions had their barbecue trailer open at the trailhead, but the children along the parade route had visions of the candy they would collect in their bags and plastic pumpkins.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
MICHAEL A HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The third in a series of four informational community meetings was held Monday evening at Mahoning Elementary School to learn about and discuss the new proposed building plan for Lehighton Area School District. Architectural consultant Mark Barnhardt of EI Associates helps to address the crowd's questions and concerns.

On Monday evening, Lehighton Area School District hosted the third in a series of four meetings to discuss the new proposed building plan for the district. Several concerns of those who attended the meeting have been heard repeatedly throughout these presentations. Obviously, money is the "bottom line."

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Nesquehoning man whose temper has prompted Panther Valley school officials to summon police to board meetings is now barred from school district property.

The board, with directors Roy Angst and Irene Genther opposing and Koreen Nalesnik not voting, on Monday approved a resolution forbidding John Barna from the property.

No one answered the telephone at Barna's house early today.

Barna often becomes riled while speaking at board meetings, frequently engaging in shouting matches with board members and at times threatening people.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Harvey Keiper returned to a subject he has spent years bringing before the East Penn Township supervisors - the cleanup at Clair Troxell's trucking property. Keiper told supervisors at their Nov. 7 meeting that things are just being moved from the front of the property to the back.

One building is covered with graffiti of the type people wouldn't want their kids to see. There are oil tanks that may be leaking.

He asked if there was anyone from the state who could tour the property to see what is going on.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Voters in the White Bear section of Summit Hill cast their ballots beneath a flock of stuffed ducks and geese. Setting up the voting machine for today's election are Mary Ann Eickhoff, left, clerk, and Betty Snyder, minority inspector. The barrage of advertisements that preceded the election made Election Day hard to ignore.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Michael Carty and Amy Strohl of Palmerton cast their votes this morning at the Palmerton Ambulance Building along Delaware Avenue.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

State Representative Doyle Heffley's offices will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 8 for election day and Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of veteran's day. District offices are located at 110 N. Third St., second floor, Lehighton, call 610-377-6363; 2681 State Route 903, Albrightsville, 570-722-8700; or Room 423 Ivis office building, P.O. Box 202122, Harrisburg, call 717-260-6139 or email dheffley@pahouse.com.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County business leaders listen to John Augustine, director of the Innovation Center of Wilkes-Barre, center; during a recent tour to the business incubator. From left, are, Mark Sverchek, Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and Carbon County Economic Development Corporation; Rich More, president of the Penn Kidder Area Council; Augustine; Joe Bennett, owner of Bennett dealership; and Frank Potoczak, owner of Castle Grill.

Carbon County business leaders and entrepreneurs recently traveled to Hazleton and Wilkes-Barre to learn about business incubators.