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Monday, April 6, 2015

There will be a regularly scheduled meeting for the Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

All members are encouraged to attend and will be receiving important project information. The meeting will be held at the Big Creek Grange.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Carbon County officials acted on a number of personnel moves and salary transactions during the commissioners' and salary board meetings last week.

Personnel actions include:

Ÿ Hire Francis L. DeMatto of Summit Hill as a seasonal park ranger I, Parks, effective April 13.

Ÿ Hire Kassandra E. Gray of Lansford as a lifeguard, Parks, effective May 23.

Ÿ Hire Arthur L. Guth Jr. of Jim Thorpe as seasonal park maintenance, Parks, effective April 13.

Monday, April 6, 2015
Copyright Larry Neff/Special to the Times News

Fire broke out Saturday afternoon and damaged at least eight houses in the 700 block of West Market Street in Pottsville.

Monday, April 6, 2015

HARRISBURG A growing number of states have updated their election laws to make the hub of the democratic process more convenient and voter-friendly, but so far Pennsylvania isn't among them.

Twenty-one states allow online voter registration and three others have passed similar laws that have yet to take effect.

Thirty-six states permit all voters to cast ballots before Election Day and 10 allow voters to register and vote on the same day, all according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Monday, April 6, 2015

In off-presidential years, it's usually the state gubernatorial races that draw the most voters to the polls.

But such was not the case in Pennsylvania last year nor in two-thirds of the other states that hold midterm-year gubernatorial elections.

According to Sabato's Crystal Ball, 25 of the 36 states that elect their governors in off-presidential years experienced declining voter turnout in 2014.

And Pennsylvania was one of the 13 states where voter turnout dropped by more than 10 percentage points since the last election.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Carbon County

Route 93, Quakake Creek, Packer

Route 534, Swamp Run, Kidder

East Penn Street, Mahoning Creek, Lehighton

Schuylkill

Route 209, West Broad Street, Wabash Creek, Tamaqua (Scheduled for replacement in 2017)

Wild Turkey Lane, Indian Run, East Brunswick Township

Wild Turkey Lane, Little Schuylkill River, East Brunswick

Cold Run Road, Cold Run Creek, East Brunswick Township

Route 1018, Little Schuylkill River, Rush Township

Route 125, Little Mahantango Creek, Eldred Township

Monday, April 6, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Demolition work continues on the grand dame of coal castles, the St. Nicholas Breaker at Route 54 near Mahanoy City, 15 miles west of Tamaqua, seen here Sunday. "The St. Nick," as it was called, was built in 1931, opened

in 1932, and became the world's largest and most productive coal breaker. It closed in 1972. Northeast Industrial Services Corp. of Shamokin began partial dismantling of the massive building in 2013. Residents in the area say the slow demolition process includes salvaging of coal and valuable scrap metal.

Monday, April 6, 2015
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Caleb Gottschall, 6, of Summit Hill won a huge chocolate Easter bunny by scouting out a silver Easter egg during the Coaldale Rod & Gun Club's annual Easter egg hunt.

Dozens of children scrambled for brightly colored eggs Saturday at Coaldale Rod & Gun Club's annual Easter egg hunt, held Saturday.

Monday, April 6, 2015

The state Department of Environmental Protection suspended the surface mining permit of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company, following the company's continued noncompliance with negotiated agreements to conduct reclamation and other required work in the Panther Valley.

The action halts all mining activity at the Springdale Pit and other permitted areas in Carbon and Schuylkill counties. However, the company must continue its reclamation of the permitted areas using existing on-site mine spoil materials.

Monday, April 6, 2015

A Kunkletown farmer is angry that someone has been driving into his fields.

Farmer Neil Murphy said someone damaged his winter wheat field on Tuesday night, driving about 20 feet from a no trespassing sign.

The same thing happened around Thanksgiving, he said.

Murphy said he reported the incident, which he said caused about $1,000 in damage, to state police at Lehighton. Murphy said someone also recently drove on fields owned by two other farmers in the area.