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Monday, January 30, 2012

Owners of a public golf course and a building formerly used as a Catholic high school reached an agreement with the Schuylkill County Assessment Bureau on the market values of their properties. County judges approved the stipulations and fixed taxes beginning Jan. 1.

Concerning Rolling Meadows Golf Course, an 18-hole course built on 90.70 aces in Butler Township, an agreement was reached the market value would be $389,129. Judge John E. Domalakes approved the agreement and fixed the assessment at $184,058 for taxes.

Monday, January 30, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Seven past presidents of the Carbon-Schuylkill Industrial Development Corp. recently gathered during the group's annual reorganization meeting at Parkview Inn in Summit Hill. Since the group's inception in 1957, there has been 18 men to serve as president of the CSIDC. Past presidents in attendance are, seated, from left, Richard E. Forgay, Gary Porembo, and Lawrence J. Marek. Standing, Richard E. Forgay II, William Gardiner, Brian Bonner and Russ King.

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Palmerton man was sentenced to time-served on a criminal count of theft.

Barry Tindula, 23, was sentenced Thursday in Carbon County court to 109 days to one day less two years in the county prison. Since he already served the 109 days he was immediately paroled by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Tindula previously pleaded guity to the charge.

He was arrested by state police at Lehighton for a incident on April 29 in Parryville with Jennifer Solt the listed victim.

Monday, January 30, 2012

State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) yesterday announced a $194,800 state grant to repair a heavily damaged Pocono Township bridge.

"With the frightening amount of deteriorating bridges located all across the state, improving the safety of our transportation network is vital," Yudichak said. "This grant will not only fund overdue repairs to the bridge, but also improve the ease and safety of the bridge for travelers who rely on the Frantz Hill Road Bridge."

Monday, January 30, 2012
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Rose Arieta and Lucille Richmond in front of the grotto at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in New Columbus.

The Grotto at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in the New Columbus section of Nesquehoning has been deemed eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historical Places, thanks to the efforts of two women whose childhoods revolved around the stone structure next to the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

Rose Arieta and Lucille Richmond spent years researching and documenting the origins of the shrine, and its significance to the mostly Italian community whose lives were centered on the church alongside of which the grotto was built.

Monday, January 30, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

In a scene that was a common everyday sight in America in years past, a "coal" truck makes a delivery to a home on the East side of Jim Thorpe recently. And no supertankers required.

Monday, January 30, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

It's Catholic Schools week and it is being observed throughout the area. On Sunday, an open house was held at Our Lady of the Angels Academy in Lansford. Connie McLaughlin, left, a teacher's aide in the pre-school class, shows her son, Jacob, age 11 and a fifth grade student at the school, some of the projects in her classroom.

Monday, January 30, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Police probe an armed robbery at the Wawa convenience story in Kidder Township Sunday evening.

Another area mini mart fell victim to an armed robber.

Kidder Township police said the Wawa store, located along SR940, near Exit 95 of the turnpike, was robbed about 10:07 p.m. Sunday by an armed suspect.

Police said a white male, wearing a red ski mask, entered the store and brandished a semi-automatic weapon. He made off with several hundred dollars in cash.

He was last seen leaving the store on foot.

Monday, January 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

While enjoying a day off work, Bill McCormick gives his Pomeranian, Little Feet, a snowy ride down a hill in Lansford.

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Lehigh Gap Nature Center will conduct its 16th annual Lehigh Gap Area Feeder Watch on the weekend of Feb. 17-19.

Seventy-four volunteers participated in the 15th annual survey last February and sighted over 4,000 birds of 41 different species. Over 37,000 birds have been tallied in the fifteen years of counting.