Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

HARRISBURG (AP) — Tax-averse Republican lawmakers tasked with fixing Pennsylvania’s biggest cash shortfall since the recession are hitting a rough patch over how much more gambling to legalize.

Tuesday was the fourth-to-last day of the fiscal year, and leaders of the House and Senate Republican majorities remained behind closed doors discussing compromise spending and revenue plans, without agreement.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The cost to eat will not increase in the Tamaqua Area School District next year.

By a 7-0 measure, the school board on Tuesday approved the 2017-18 breakfast and lunch cafeteria prices: elementary, $2.35; secondary, $2.60; adult, $3.75; and breakfast, $1.25.

The board also approved:

• Establishing the 2017-18 Homestead/Farmstead Exclusion for the 2017-18 fiscal year at $148, a reduction in assessed value of $4,058 for eligible properties per information provided by the county assessment office.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Two Nesquehoning organizations are partnering together to honor the veterans of the community.

The Nesquehoning UVO and Nesquehoning Historical Society are currently holding a Hometown Heroes Banner program, which will honor veterans both living and deceased and active duty military.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Carbon County Animal Shelter is looking for donations of items for this year’s annual yard sale. The sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 8 and 9 at the shelter.

Most everything is accepted for the sale, but there are a few exceptions. Televisions, large furniture and books will not be accepted.

Donations can be dropped off at the shelter during business hours or for any questions, call the shelter at 570-325-4828.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The regular monthly meeting of the Nesquehoning VFW Auxiliary was held on June 11 at the post home.

Senior Vice President Tony DeMarco presided at the session.

General Orders 11 were read and filed for action. A thank-you was received from the family of Justine Dunstan. Sixty-eight cards were sent since the last meeting, three online petitions signed, and Memorial Day weekend activities were held, all under veterans and family support.

A bloodmobile collection was held at the post home on May 17, and weeds were sprayed at the post home under community activities.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Deadline extended

The deadline to apply for the state’s 2016 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is being extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, Rep. Jack Rader, R-Monroe, has announced.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2016. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.

For income eligibility limits, contact Rader’s office at 570-620-4341, or visit his website at

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Lehighton Area School District’s board of directors took the following action during Monday night’s board meeting:

• Approved payments from the middle school, high school and elementary center construction accounts totaling $2,679,610.43.

• Approved the 2017-18 insurance package policies for property, general liability, auto, boiler and machinery, workers’ compensation, umbrella, security, and error and omissions, in the amount of $242,343.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Lehighton Area High School has announced the honor roll for the fourth marking period of the 2016-17 school year.

Distinguished honors

Students must achieve an overall weight GPA of 3.8 or higher in the marking period and no grade lower than a 90 in all subjects.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A 20-month-old child who fell into a pond along Long Run Road in Franklin Township on Monday has died.

The Lehigh County coroner’s office said Leo Clements III of Lower Main Street, Parryville, died at 4:31 p.m. on Tuesday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital — Cedar Crest, where he was flown following the incident. An autopsy is scheduled for today to determine the cause of death, the coroner’s office reported.

State police at Lehighton, who are investigating, said the incident occurred on Monday between 10:45 and 11 a.m.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A judge has cleared a Carbon County veterinarian who was accused of neglecting horses last year.

Clyde Rendell Shoop successfully appealed his conviction on cruelty to animals charges. Judge Steven Serfass issued a decision last week that said Shoop could not be held responsible for the neglect of a number of horses that were owned by his ex-wife.

Kimberly Shoop, his ex-wife was also found guilty of cruelty to animals. She did not file an appeal in the case.