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Friday, January 17, 2014

The Carbon County Navy Club has opened its membership to all Navy, Marine and Coast Guard members, either active, reserve or veteran. Males and females are welcome to join.

The club meets the last Monday of the month at 7 p.m., at the Nesquehoning VFW, 300 E. Center St.

Veterans organizations, such as the Navy Club, provide support and help keep the memory of veterans, and their sacrifices, alive.

For more information on the club or to become a member, attend a meeting, or call Robert "Ski" Siesputowski at 570-645-3643.

Friday, January 17, 2014

State Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) is informing organizations that conduct small games of chance that the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has extended the Feb. 1 reporting deadline until next year.

She says nonprofit organizations which do not hold liquor licenses will not have to submit to any reporting requirements due to further updates to the act.

"Our nonprofit organizations work hard to help our communities and they rely heavily on fundraising in order to keep their companies afloat," said Harhart.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Five area residents, who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges, were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County court.

Brian Keith Woods, 48, of 259 W. Rowe St., Tamaqua, possession of a small amount of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance, placed on probation 12 months, and ordered to pay $100 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, and $ for the cost for a bench warrant to bring him into court. Woods was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Joseph Krebs, last May 13 on N. Railroad St.

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling on the Northeastern Extension (I-476), north of Lehigh Valley (Exit 56) and south from Mahoning Valley (Exit 74) to be prepared for a traffic stoppage of no more than 15-minutes between 11 p.m. Jan. 17 and 2 a.m. Jan. 18 for work inside the northbound and southbound tunnels.

Friday, January 17, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A nearly 2-year-old requirement that almost all of Pennsylvania's 8.2 million voters must show photo identification before casting a ballot was struck down Friday by a state judge, setting the stage for a courtroom showdown before the state's highest court.

Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard L. McGinley, a Democrat, said the law would unreasonably burden the fundamental right to vote, and the state had been unable to convincingly explain why it was necessary.

Friday, January 17, 2014

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued a weather advisory from midnight until 10 a.m. Saturday.

Snow is expected to fall in Carbon and Monroe County, with accumulations from 1-3 inches, although some areas may see as much as 4 inches.

Snow is expected to begin falling during a one- or two-hour period between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Saturday and could be heavy at times. A 1- to 2-inch per hour snowfall rate is possible.

Friday, January 17, 2014

At Monday's Slatington Borough Council meeting former Troop 65 members Bill Carlton, along with Vince Morris, asked for permission to move a Boy Scout monument along Scout House Road to borough property near the downtown trailhead.

Carlton said the monument would receive much more viewing there and that the borough's upcoming sesquicentennial celebrations provided the perfect timing, since Troop 65 was one of the original Boy Scout troops in the state.

Council approved the move.

Friday, January 17, 2014

A Tamaqua man, who pleaded guilty last November to charges of statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors, was sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell in Schuylkill County court to a term in a state correctional institution.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Tamaqua Police Officer sustained minor injuries the day after Christmas as he attempted to question the driver of a white Jeep in connection with a suspicious activity report.

Patrolman Joseph Krebs was asked to be on the lookout for an older model white Jeep Cherokee that had been seen in the parking lot of the Tamaqua Family Practice on South Railroad Street. Officer Krebs received the report at 2:30 a.m. As he arrived on the scene, he saw the Jeep take off at a high rate of speed, entering the South Ward section of the borough.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Grace-St. Paul's UMC will host a free Community Dinner from 4-6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18. The church is located at 40 Church Road, just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

Dinner will be meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

For more information, call the church at 570-325-9151.