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Monday, January 27, 2014

Preliminary hearings held this month in the Tamaqua court of District Judge Steven Bayer included a case involving two defendants accused in a retail theft incident at the Hometown Commons Wal-Mart.

Samuel O. Koch, 54, of 220 High St., and Judith A. Allen, 57, of 118 Railroad St., both of Tamaqua, were each charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and conspiracy to commit theft following the Aug. 31 incident.

Monday, January 27, 2014
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Members of the Carbon-Schuylkill Industrial Development Corporation welcome incoming president David Kuchta, standing second from right, during the group's annual reorganization meeting at The Mansion House in Summit Hill. Since the group's inception in 1957, there has been 19 men to serve as president of the CSIDC. Standing, from left, are Larry Marek; Richard E. Forgay, executive director; Russell King, treasurer; Kuchta; and Andy Snoha.Second row, Dan Dopira, Bill Gardiner and

Monday, January 27, 2014

Summit Hill's Community Center on West Ludlow Street was damaged by a fire Sunday.

The fire was quickly extinguished, but flames got inside one of the walls and smoke damage spread throughout the structure.

Smoke was discovered in the building late in the morning.

Kira Steber, the borough's secretary, said the cause of the fire hasn't been determined. A state police fire marshal has been summoned to assist in the investigation.

The center was used Saturday night for a dart tournament.

Steber said the smoke damage was the worst problem.

Monday, January 27, 2014

School Choice Week in Pennsylvania beginstoday.

More than 200 events are planned across theKeystone State, in addition to 5,500 events nationwide.

The Week, which is the nation's largest-evercelebration of educational opportunity, gives students, parents, and teachers in Pennsylvania a chance to raise awareness of the different types of educational options available to families in advance of the 2014-2015 school year.

Monday, January 27, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS The 2014 line officers at Polk Township are Billy Tippett, fire chief; Aaron Keller, first assistant chief; Rich Beck, second assistant chief; Matt Schessler, first captain; Rick Sherer, second captain; and Al Keller, Derrick Burger, Tim Overpeck, and Eric Bailey, engineers.

Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company recently honored its members for their dedication to their community.

At the annual appreciation banquet, held Saturday, a number of volunteers and friends of the fire company were recognized; the 2014 officers were sworn in and the Ladies' Auxiliary presented a $14,400 donation.

President William Smith welcomed everyone to the event.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Firefighters battled a stubborn fire at a Moore Township business late into Sunday night.

The fire, at 351 Moorestown Road, was reported at about 10:30 p.m. Fire crews with Moore Township's Klecknersville Rangers Fire Station and multiple crews from surrounding fire agencies were still on scene at 11:45 p.m. and had not reported the fire under control, according to dispatchers.

Monday, January 27, 2014

In an article Friday on the Panther Valley School Board, it was stated that board president Jeff Markovich voted in favor of the proposed new budget. Markovich cast a "no" vote. Also against it were Brian Dolena and Roy Angst.

Voting in favor of the budget were John Williams, Michelle Markovich, Anthony DeMarco, Irene Genther, Dan Heaney, and Bill Hunsicker.

Monday, January 27, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS The Tamaqua Beautification Association has disbanded after a 25-year run devoted to improving the appearance of the community. Shown are volunteers Linda Heigele and Kay Ann Rottet during a work session several years ago.

One of the area's most ambitious and focused volunteer groups is gone.

Members of the Tamaqua Beautification Association have disbanded after 25 years, in large part due to dwindling numbers, said a spokeswoman.

"We had our final meeting in November. There were six of us," said Karen Davison of Hometown.

The few remaining members donated treasury funds to other groups serving the Tamaqua area.

From its start in 1989, the TBA made a highly visible impact on the community, relying solely on volunteers who generously donated their time and resources.

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service will make available a special series of daily Tax Tips beginning Jan. 28 to help people prepare their tax returns.

More than 60 IRS Tax Tips will be available through a free email subscription or by visiting IRS.gov. The tips, one available each business day through the April 15 tax deadline, offer single-topic briefs on tax topics affecting millions of people.

Monday, January 27, 2014

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to time-served after pleading guilty to her part in a methamphetamine lab operation in Lansford.

Kendra Crostley, 20, of Lehighton, and formerly of 117 E. Patterson St., Lansford, pleaded guilty to one count of recklessly endangering another person before Judge Joseph J. Matika on Friday.

Crostley was one of five people arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office and Lansford police for operating a meth lab at 117 E. Patterson St.