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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

HARRISBURG (AP) A party-line vote in the Pennsylvania Senate on Tuesday advanced a proposed constitutional amendment closer to a statewide vote and a potentially acrimonious campaign leading up to the November election between the interests of nonprofit institutions and financially struggling cities.

The vote, 30-19, in the Republican-controlled Senate gave the chamber's final approval to a resolution to change the Pennsylvania Constitution to let lawmakers, not courts, decide which organizations qualify as charities and can escape paying certain taxes.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The next Carbon County Animal Response Team meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, 1264 Emergency Lane in Nesquehoning.

The group will receive instructions on handling abandoned and orphaned kittens.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ending the contract dispute between teachers and the Jim Thorpe Area School Board is like undertaking a cease-fire: Both sides are reluctant to be the first to lay down their weapons.

The teachers have been working without a contract since July 1, 2013. The last contract was a five-year pact extending from July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2013.

According to comments made during a meeting of the Jim Thorpe Area School Board on Tuesday by both the teachers' union and the board, a new contract is virtually a done deal. It just needs approval by the two parties.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

With the recent closure of the Family Dollar store in downtown Tamaqua, developers are eager to get started on the new building, which will be located between Burger King and Rite-Aid.

However, they've been hampered by the inability of Tamaqua's Planning Commission to grant them final approval of their plans. The planning commission has been beset by troubles, including uncooperative weather and a lack of a quorum of members. This is partly due to a recent and unexpected death of one of its members.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Rush Township's court petition to begin condemnation proceedings of Lake Hauto has been denied by Schuylkill County Judge Jacqueline Russell. The township wants to take the property by eminent domain in an effort to help residents finance mandated repairs to the lake.

The Lake Hauto Club's board of directors filed objections to the action.

The township board has stressed it's not interested in assuming ownership or operation of the private community, which is located in Rush Township and Nesquehoning.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Special to the Times News

The Tamaqua Junior High football team award winners were honored during a recent

banquet. From left are coach Brad Murphy, Nick Breiner (Best Offensive Player, 1,000 yards rushing), Coach Rich Mader, Matthew Amodea (Best Defensive Player), Brayden Knoblauch (1,000 yards passing), and head coach Nails Knoblauch. Also receiving an award

was Camerin Miller (Most Improved Player).

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced that agents from her office have arrested a Schuylkill County woman accused of stealing $11,400 in Social Security benefits from her grandmother, who has dementia and was not capable of consenting to the withdrawals from her bank account.

Kelly McAlonis, 41, 1225 W. Market St., Pottsville, is charged with one count each of theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

HARRISBURG (AP) Gov. Tom Wolf has named fellow Democrat Tim Holden as chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Wolf announced the appointment of Holden, a former congressman, on Tuesday.

Holden succeeds Skip Brion, a Republican, who will continue to serve on the three-member board.

Some Republican legislators want to privatize the state-run system of wine and liquor stores. Wolf, who opposes privatization, says he's counting on Holden to make the operation more transparent and improve customer service.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

State police at Hamburg are currently looking for Marshall Glenn McGinty, 43, concerning a kidnapping.

Troopers are investigating a kidnapping which occurred on Monday at a residence in the 1300 block of Hawk Mountain Road, Albany Township, Berks County. The victim was house sitting at the residence. When the victim came home around 4:45 p.m. McGinty was in the house.

Upon entering the house McGinty pointed an AK-47 assault rifle at the victim. McGinty then ordered the victim to lay on the floor face down.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Steven Behr, principal of the Tamaqua Area School District's elementary schools, has released the names of students earning honor roll status for the second marking period of the 2014-2015 school year. This list includes students from the Tamaqua and West Penn Elementary schools.

To be eligible for high honors, students must earn straight A's. To earn honors, students in grades four through six must earn four A's and two B's, while third-grade students must earn three A's and one B.

High honors