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Friday, October 25, 2013

Two Carbon County business owners are hoping that Carbon County will reconsider its parking lot fee.

During the county commissioners' meeting Thursday, Dan Hugos and Thomas Lux approached the board, again asking that the commissioners lower the weekend county parking lot fee from $10 back to $5.

Lux, who owns the Mauch Chunk 5 & 10, pointed out that there has been "eight straight months of double digit decreases" in the county lot since the fee was implemented in February.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation is offering a free Entrepreneurship Workshop from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the chamber office at 137 South St., Lehighton. The topic is "Accounting, Bookkeeping and Taxes." Sessions are designed to create a stronger culture of entrepreneurship in Carbon County.

Participating agencies include the Small Business Development Center at Wilkes University, the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, Sebelin Law Offices and Rick Grant Associates.

The session on Nov. 7 is "Legal Issues," and on Nov. 14, "Hiring Employees."

Friday, October 25, 2013
Wanted by police

Recent drug busts by Tamaqua police and agents of the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force have resulted in the arrests of fourof the five alleged drug dealers. The fifth suspect, Christopher Thompson, is wanted by police and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Anyone with current information on Thompson's whereabouts may confidentially contact police at 570-668-5000 or 570-668-6100.

Friday, October 25, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters work to squelch a fast-moving fire in Coaldale Thursday afternoon.

A man is displaced after a fast-moving fire claimed his home and damaged two others yesterday in Coaldale.

Firefighters and other emergency responders were called to the 200 block of West Howard Avenue just before 3 p.m. for a working structure. They arrived to see the entire block saturated with white smoke and a rising wall of flames inside the basement garage of 237 W. Howard Ave.

During the response, area resident Louis Slakoper could be seen spraying water from a garden hose onto an adjacent property, 235 W. Howard Ave., owned by his brother.

Friday, October 25, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Walking Scared for Charity event organizers Beth Kester and Andrew Leibenguth put their best faces forward, for zombies that is, as they prepare for Sunday's charity event. Volunteers are needed to help paint participants faces.

Members of the Tamaqua Volunteers group are looking for volunteers to help paint zombies Sunday prior to their Walking Scared for Charity event.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Sunday School news

The Sunday School of St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, will hold its annual Halloween party from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday in the auditorium of the church. There will be prizes and games for the children in the nursery through sixth grade.

The children that attend Sunday School are reminded that their World Hunger offering boxes are to be returned on Sunday, Nov. 3. They will present them during the 10:30 a.m. worship service of the church. The Rev. Muhr will offer a children's time during the service.

Class of 1964

Friday, October 25, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

This Halloween message greets all who drive along Church and Stagecoach roads, thanks to the creativity and humor of the farmer of the surrounding fields.

Friday, October 25, 2013

A Carbon County government official has been arrested for breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home and punching her boyfriend, police say.

James Martino, 47, of Lake Harmony, was arrested Thursday by Kidder Township police and charged with burglary, and two counts of criminal trespass, all felonies. He was also charged with simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief.

Martino was arraigned before District Judge Joseph D. Homanko of Weatherly, and jailed in Carbon County Correctional Facility under $25,000 bail.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Senate Bill/House Bill 76, also known as the Property Tax Independence Act, sponsored by state Sen. David G. Argall, would eliminate property tax and replace it with increases in sales and use taxes.

The proposal, which is currently in the Senate Finance Committee, would raise the sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent (an increase of about 16 percent), and the personal income tax from 3.07 percent to 4.34 percent (an increase of about 41 percent).

Friday, October 25, 2013

The Jeffersonian Democratic Club of Summit Hill will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 in the Summit Hill Borough Hall. Nathan Halenar, president, will conduct the meeting.

The agenda will include a discussion on the Nov. 5 General Election.