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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The new solicitors who will be representing Carbon County's various agencies gathered recently with Commissioners Thomas J. Gerhard, seated left; and Wayne Nothstein, seated right. With them are Jenny Cheng, seated, the solicitor for the Farmland Preservation agency and the Planning Commission. Standing, from left, Kim Roberti, solicitor for the Railroad Commission; Kim M. Christie, solicitor for Children and Youth; Gerald F. Strubinger Jr., solicitor for Area Agency on Aging and the conflict solicitor for the Tax Assessment office; and Robert Frycklund, solicitor for the Tax Claim and Tax Assessment offices. Missing from the photo is Daniel A. Miscavige, county solicitor.

In keeping with their campaign promise of an "open administration" that would be bipartisan, Carbon County majority commissioners Wayne Nothstein and Thomas J. Gerhard have assembled solicitors for the various county agencies from both sides of the political aisle.

Nothstein and Gerhard stated they did research on each solicitor with many factors involved.

"We looked at each agency and made our recommendations based on what the agency needed, in terms of a solicitor, and then looked at each solicitor and their background," Gerhard said.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Voters entering their Schuylkill County polling places in next Tuesday's primary election will be asked to show a photo identification card and, although it is not mandatory for the primary election, it is a dress rehearsal for the fall general election when it will be mandated, it was announced by Election Director Frannie Brennan.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Be prepared to show picture identification when you walk into that voting booth next Tuesday.

Although a new state law requiring voters to present picture identification doesn't go into effect until November, local election officials are giving people a practice run by asking for the cards at the Primary polls, Carbon County Director of Elections Lisa R. Dart told commissioners Thursday.

She said her office has been getting calls and questions about the new law.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Montgomery County man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the beating and stabbing death of a man found on a Washington Township road last summer.

Robert Sloss of Pottstown was originally charged in Lehigh County with criminal homicide in the Aug. 20 death of 31-year-old Bryan Mayes of Slatington.

Sloss, who was 26 at the time of his arrest, will be sentenced May 11.

Mayes' body was found in the middle of Route 873 in Washington Township, and police said Sloss was found crouching over him. Authorities say they have no motive for the crime.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Motorists traveling through Tamaqua will have another headache to contend with in the future, as the state prepares to rehabilitate the SR209 bridge in the 200 block of East Broad Street.

While the actual bridge reconstruction work isn't scheduled to begin until at least 2013, preliminary work will begin April 18.

A PennDOT contractor will begin boring test holes and digging test pits on the bridge this week. This will help determine the condition of the bridge's subsurface, gathering information in advance of the actual project.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The following forms of identification will be accepted in order to vote

- ID issued by the United States government that includes your name, a photograph, and an expiration date that is not expired

- U.S. military ID – active duty and retired military (a military or veteran's ID must designate an expiration date or designate that the expiration date is indefinite). Military dependents' ID must contain an expiration date

- ID issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that includes your name, a photograph, and an expiration date that is not expired

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Congressman Tim Holden not only has his first opposition on a Democratic ballot, but also must introduce himself to a realigned district and win over new voters in the coming primary election next Tuesday, April 24.

Holden, of Saint Clair, is completing 20 years as the representative of the 17th Congressional District and this year is being challenged in the Primary Election by attorney Matthew A. Cartwright, of Plains, Luzerne County, for the Democratic Party nomination to represent the people of the 17th Congressional District.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Kid's Party Club, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 21 at St. Peter's Evangelical Congregational Church, 177 Main Road, Lehighton (Franklin Township).

Children ages 4 to 12 are invited to participate in crafts, games and songs. Refreshments are also served.

Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Carbon County Democratic Committee will meet at 7 p.m. April 19 at the American Legion in Lansford, lower floor.

For more information, call Donna Valent at (570) 645 4833.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tamaqua's Upper and Lower Owl Creek Dams are closed to the public until further notice. The closure is due to the rehabilitation project that has begun at both dams.

The project includes building new spillways and outlet structures, as well as raising the height of the dams. The project could take up to ten months to complete.

Vehicles and pedestrians will be prohibited from the dams and the access roads. Motorists along Owl Creek Road should be alert for construction vehicles near both dam entrances.