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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Lansford Borough council on Wednesday hired Susan Gibiser of Andreas as its new secretary-treasurer.

Gibiser replaces Renee Slakoper, who resigned as of May 25. Pending background checks, Gibiser will start her new job on Aug. 1 at a probationary wage of $13.50 an hour.

Council voted to hire with Rosemary Cannon, Mary Kruczek, Danielle Smith, Andrew Snyder, Lenny Kovach and president Adam Webber approving. Councilman Tommy Vadyak had to leave the meeting before the vote was taken.

Gibiser most recently worked in a similar capacity for West Penn Township.

Thursday, July 14, 2011
TIMES NEWS file photo Coaldale Mayor Richard Corkery

Coaldale Mayor Richard Corkery faces 28 counts of child pornography charges stemming from downloading pictures of naked boys on a computer he used at work.

Corkery, elected to a second term as mayor in 2009, is expected to turn himself into police at 3:30 today at the office of District Judge Casimir Kosciolek, Lansford.

"It was a long investigation and we worked really hard on it," said Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith.

Borough council president Susan Solt said she was "dumbstruck" by the news.

"I'm very upset," she said. "I'm in shock."

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Slatington resident Andrew Lopez received a water bill from the Borough in the amount of $3,548. Lopez bought a home three years ago and never received a bill for water from the Borough. He thought that water was included with his taxes.

Lopez intends to pay the bill, but would like the Borough to come to some agreement as to how much he owes and also agree upon a repayment schedule, since he has been receiving conflicting information.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Thirty two closed-loop thermal wells, each 400 feet deep, completely cover the front lawn of the West Penn Elementary School during the school district's second phase. The work is being done by McClure Company, Harrisburg.

"Most of the great innovative things that happen in public education and education in general, really take root around here, at the local level, said Ron Tomalis, Pennsylvania's Education Secretary, while attending the Tamaqua Area School District's (TASD) thermal energy kickoff.

This was the district's second phase of major renovations to replace obsolete heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems to reduce energy consumption.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Don Zipp, Chestnuthill Township's emergency management coordinator reported to the Chestnuthill Township board of supervisors that the West End Ambulance responded to 96 calls and the West End Vol. Fire Co. responded to 78 calls for the month of June.

Zipp said the West End Vol. Fire Co. attended the Monroe County quarterly training meeting and is now National Weather Service StormReady approved. It means it can help educate the community through public education in how to respond properly to weather threats.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Zack Gallagher, 17, of Mahanoy City, holds 10 catfish he caught, while Charlene Yost, 15, of Barnesville, kisses one of them following the Locust Lake Fish and Game Club's 7th annual catfish derby held recently.

More than 200 visitors and fishermen ranging from children to adults took part in the Locust Lake Fish and Game Club's 7th annual catfish derby held over the weekend.

The 30-hour derby, held at the club's dam on Back Road in Barnesville, was made more fun as fishermen surrounded the dam with about two dozen tents and campfires for an added fun-filled night of socializing, fishing and camping.

More than 300 catffish were stocked in the club's dam prior to the derby, 22 of which were tagged for prizes.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A group of animal lovers met with the Carbon County administrator for a second time regarding the feral cat problem in the county.

During the meeting with Randall Smith on Tuesday evening, a handful of area residents, who included animal lovers, Carbon Animal Response Team members, shelter groups, and a veterinarian; again talked about potential options to help curb the feral cat colony problem in various municipalities throughout Carbon. Options included spaying and neutering the felines; as well as euthanizing the colonies.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

About 10 a.m. Tuesday, traffic on SR309 in South Tamaqua, West Penn Township, was stopped for a half hour in both directions when a tractor trailer, driven by Ricky Boyer of Franzosa Trucking Company of Hazleton, experienced mechanical issues after pulling out of Central Spring Services. West Penn Fire Company and fire police assisted West Penn Police officer Melissa Boyer with traffic.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tamaqua Area School Board's various committees took action on a number of items during Tuesday night's meeting.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

With an eye toward the future, Palmerton Area School District will designate $942,000 it received in additional state funds into its fund balance.

The school board, on an 8-0 vote at a special meeting on Tuesday, approved the disposition of the additional state funds to the assigned category of its fund balance. Director Darlene Yeakel was absent.

The board agreed to designate the funds to help offset projected increases in its retirement rate contributions, special education and Carbon Career & Technical Institute costs in 2012-13.