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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The West Penn Township Board of Supervisors reorganized last night, electing to keep the current slate of officers, Alfonso Martinez as chairman and James Akins as vice chairman. James G. Dean holds the third supervisor position.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members who will comprise the Lower Towamensing Township Board of Supervisors this year include (l-r) Ron Walbert, vice chairman, Brent Green, chairman, and Jesse Mendez.

A new board chairman is at the helm of the Lower Towamensing Township Board of Supervisors.

The board unanimously agreed at its reorganizational meeting on Monday to appoint Supervisor Brent Green as its new chairman.

Green, a 2012 graduate of Palmerton Area High School, is believed to be the youngest supervisor/ chairman of any municipality in Carbon County.

Supervisor Jesse Mendez made the motion to appoint Green, which was seconded by Green.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Despite cold temperatures, no notable snow accumulation is forecast in the near future. Pictured are Tamaqua borough workers removing snow from Broad Street this morning.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

In a story that ran in Friday's TIMES NEWS, regarding snow clean up on the Main Street bridge in Walnutport, it was incorrectly stated that state Rep. Julie Harhart's office had agreed that the borough of Walnutport was not responsible for snow removal on that bridge.

Neither Rep. Harhart or anyone from her office were at that meeting and make no comment in regard to snow removal on the state-owned bridge.

The TIMES NEWS apologizes for the error.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Six-year-old Chloe Gustafson gets help from her mother, Stephanie Gustafson, of Lehighton, while learning to ice skate at Mauch Chunk Lake.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Carbon County Salary Board set the salaries for county employees in the court system for 2013 during its annual meeting on Monday. Motions to establish this year's salaries were made by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

All motions are effective Jan. 1 unless otherwise noted.

Court Administration

Ÿ Set the position of one law clerk** at $32,104.80 per year;

Ÿ Set the position of two law clerks** at $31,158.40 per year;

Ÿ Set the position of one law clerk (temporarily) at $31,158.40 per year;

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Knowing the importance of giving the food pantries year-round, members with the Tamaqua LEO Club made an after-holiday donation to the Tamaqua Salvation Army recently. Pictured from left are volunteer Tim Stahl, LEO Club advisors Fran Stahl, Sue Dolan, LEO Club President Jared Sharp and Salvation Army social worker Esther Stofocik.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Schuylkill Area Community Foundation is currently accepting applications from Schuylkill County nonprofit organizations. The grant cycle is for the unrestricted funds and field of interest funds managed by the Foundation. Funding areas or Pillars of the Foundation include: Arts & Culture, Community, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness and Human Services. The grant applications must be completed online at www.sacfoundation.com and submitted by March 15 at Noon.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Madeline Masser of Benigna's Creek Winery in Klingerstown (Schuylkill County) hands out free wine to passersby during the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. The winery has a stand at the Hometown Farmers Market. The show runs until Saturday.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A retired Pennsylvania pastor charged with killing both of his wives is on trial in the death of his second wife.

Arthur "A.B." Schirmer, 64, is charged with killing Betty Jean Schirmer in 2008 and staging a car accident to cover it up. Jury selection started Monday and could take a day. Opening statements are expected Tuesday at the Monroe County Courthouse in Stroudsburg.

Schirmer also stands accused of killing his first wife, Jewel, in 1999. A trial date hasn't been set.