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Friday, May 3, 2013

The Carbon County commissioners on Thursday swept out the last remnants of the Solid Waste Management department when they abolished its positions and salaries.

All three commissioners voted to eliminate the positions and salaries of one director ($43,880.20 per year); one collection driver ($15.87 an hour); one administrative secretary ($14.81 an hour); one part-time collection driver ($14.96 an hour); one part-time collection driver ($14.10 an hour); and one part-time collection driver ($13.29 an hour).

The positions and salaries ended Thursday, May 2.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Both the elderly woman who died after being pushed on April 20 at the Weatherwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and the person who pushed her, suffered from dementia, according to a prepared statement released Thursday by administrator Karen Nocilla.

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Family, staff and board members with the Tamaqua Public Library have dedicated their newly donated media center in honor and remembrance of the late Harry Loder. Loder, of Nesquehoning, served as a board member many years and was even Vice President upon his passing. "He was a dedicated and active board member, who rarely missed a meeting and always got involved," said library President Art Connely Sr. "He was dedicated and loyal to everything he served on, "said Jim Zigmant, library board member and current President of the John E. Morgan Foundation.

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The Ruff family, of Jim Thorpe, recently accepted an award for Outstanding Community Supporter for their volunteer efforts organizing the 2012 Alzheimer's Family Fun Festival and Walk on behalf of the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. From left, Barbara Ruff; Pat Ruff Anglovich; Fran Ruff Bakich; Barbara Wilson, constituent events manager; and Gail Roddie-Hamlin, CEO of the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

Friday, May 3, 2013

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's all-hazards training center, the Center for Domestic Preparedness, in Anniston, Alabama, is the United States Department of Homeland Security's only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction training center.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Several area residents were among 26 defendants who were qualified by District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon to be admitted into Schuylkill County's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) probation Program.

All appeared before Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin, who admitted them into the program and imposed conditions.

If they complete all the conditions of the program their criminal record will be cleared. This is a program for first offenders charged with non-violent crimes.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday tried to calm a man who is seeking election as a Libertarian to the Penn Forest board of supervisors and who claims commissioners and the county solicitor were trying to block him from the ballot.

Matthew C. Schutter, 42, of 116 Stony Creek Road, Jim Thorpe, said he gave copies of his papers, signed by six people, requesting a nomination petition to the election bureau and to commissioners.

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Fifty-year pin recipients were Mahlon Christman, Fern Miller, Robert Miller, William Kemmerer, Beatrice Waibel, Marie White, Charles Diehl, Evelyn Diehl and George White Jr. Earning the pin but not present were Wayne Bauchspies, Grace Diehl, Edward Marzen and Shirley Bauchspies.

Master Mahlon Christman of Big Creek Grange #1559 said he was glad to see so many people attending the 100th anniversary celebration on April 28.The day included longevity awards, a county proclamation and plenty of good food.

George White, one of the 50-year members, said his story begins when he came home from the Air Force, and then home from two years with the CIA. He planned to bum around a while and get another job but cousin Willy Kemmerer talked him into attending a Grange meeting.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Polk Township resident Bob Beers told the Polk Township board of supervisors that he picked up litter on Dotters Corner Road that filled four large garbage bags. A large amount of the garbage were beer cans and vodka bottles. He contacted the Pennsylvania State Police and asked if they could be fingerprinted to determine ownership of the litter. He was told it would cost about $500 to run for prints and they wouldn't do it.

Friday, May 3, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS John Brobst, left, is presented as District Deputy Grand Master of the 58th Masonic District by Jay W. Smith, Right Worshipful Grand Master of Masons of Pennsylvania.

John T. Brobst Jr. of Tamaqua was installed as a District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania at Pulaski Lodge #216 in Pottsville and will preside over seven lodges in the 58th Masonic District for a minimum of five years. The 112,000 Freemasons and 430 lodges in the commonwealth are organized into 52 Districts, each lead by a District Deputy Grand Master.