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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Emergency personnel were called to Catawissa Road, near Meadown Lane, in Walker Township just after 10 p.m. Tuesday after Stephen Kantor, 37, of Tamaqua, driving a 2002 Ford Explorer north of Catawissa Road, overshot a turn, sideswiped a utility pole and came to rest on the west shoulder of the road. The sport utility vehicle (SUV) lost its tire and axle. The driver, who was returning from a food delivery for La Dolce Casa in Tamaqua, suffered minor injuries. State Police in Frackville reported that Kantor was treated by paramedics on scene and then transported to St.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

On April 2, WMPI PTY, LLC (WMPI), doing business as Ultra Clean Fuels, initiated a lawsuit against Volunteers for Argall and Dave Argall in response ads Argall has been running against the Ultra Clean Fuels coal to oil project.

In a series of television ads and direct mail pieces, Volunteers for Argall and Dave Argall have stated that Ultra Clean Fuels' efforts to bring a coal to oil plant to Schuylkill County are a "failure" and that the company received more than $147 million in government money for a "failed" project.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Carbon County's municipal tax collectors are "doing a good job," county officials are saying.

Robert Crampsie, county controller, said his office conducted the annual audit of the 23 municipal tax collectors' collections for the year 2011 and reported it to the board of commissioners recently.

Crampsie said that the tax collectors are collecting on average 94 percent or $10,669,767 for county tax collections throughout the year, 2 percent over what was budgeted for the year, which was $10,457,373.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The West Penn Community Easter Egg huntil will be held in West Penn Park on Saturday, April 7, at 1:30 p.m. All children up to age 12 are welcome to participate.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Palmerton Caucus of the Carbon County Republican Committee today announced their unanimous endorsement of Dave Argall for the State Senate. In the group's endorsement, their Chairman, Daniel F. Geissinger, III, spoke of Senator Argall's record of accomplishments and fighting for Carbon County in Harrisburg.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Maundy Thursday service with Holy Communion will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at First Congregational Church, Coaldale.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Schuylkill Conservation District manager Elizabeth Hinkel explains the sometimes complicated state Manure Management Plan forms to Kevin and Diane Miller of East Penn Township.

Young people in the Carbon County 4H Livestock Club learn all about taking responsibility for the cattle, swine, sheep, poultry or goats that they raise.

Recently, they learned exactly how that commitment extends beyond the daily feeding, grooming and care: How to properly manage the mountains of waste that their livestock produces, and how to manage the mountains of manure-management paperwork required to be filled out and kept on-site by the state.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Palmerton Area School District has whittled down next year's budget to the tune of a 3.4-percent increase in the property tax rate.

Donna Les, interim business manager, presented to the board of directors at a committee workshop on Tuesday the adjusted 2012-13 budget, which equates to a .64-mill reduction that now calls for a 1.67-mill increase.