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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Carbon County man admitted his part in a burglary and was immediately sentenced so he could enter a rehabilitation program for drug abuse.

He was one of six defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a plea before Carbon County Judge Joseph J. Matika on Tuesday.

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Robert M. Ruzicka, 23, of Palmerton, entered pleas in two pending cases.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Charges against a Danielsville area couple who are accused of failing to get dental care for their 6-year-old daughter must face the charges in Northampton County Court.

Kenneth Wanamaker Jr., 37, and Jessica Hoffman, 31, had hearings Tuesday before District Judge Robert Hawke of Cherryville.

Hawke not only forwarded the charges to court, but increased the bail of Wanamaker from $40,000 to $75,000. Wanamaker, who had been free on the previous bail amount, couldn't post the new bail and was taken to Northampton County Prison.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Members of the Palmerton Area High School marching band perform during Tuesday's school board meeting.

While only preliminary, early projections indicate Palmerton Area School District's student enrollment could be on track to increase by about 70 students.

Superintendent Scot Engler shared information with the school board on Tuesday about the influx of students districtwide, which he said differs from previous projections by the state Department of Education.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Students from Youth Services Agency, a local facility for troubled teens, would attend class at its Penn Forest Township site if a potential agreement with Jim Thorpe Area School District is approved.

"We are working daily on it and I can't say more than we expect it is near solved and no students will be off-site," said Roger Dawson, YSA founder.

YSA previously said teens at the facility known as Camp Adams could be sent to Jim Thorpe Area High School if the district doesn't increase funding to the agency.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

An air quality report during sandblasting work at the covered bridge in Lower Towamensing Township showed that samples collected are within the acceptable limits.

Eagle Industrial Hygiene Associates Inc. of Horseham collected air samples on Aug. 6 and 7 while Jupiter PCC Inc. of Croydon, a subcontractor for the project, completed active abrasive blasting paint removal operations on the steel parts of the bridge. The air quality report indicates "effective lead dust control."

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Police protection costs continue to rise in Franklin Township, and supervisors are trying to figure out what to do about it.

Supervisors budgeted $727,584 for police protection for 2014.

However, chairman Rod Green said that costs for police protection is more than 25 percent of the budget.

"Costs for police have doubled since I became a supervisor," Green said. He has been a supervisor since 2000.

In 2014, the township anticipated $4.2 million in revenues, with $1.18 million expected from taxes.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that today the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is delivering over 3,400 checks to victims of marketing schemes by MoneyGram agents and others.

The distribution payments were made from a $100 million fund paid by MoneyGram as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in 2012.

The restitution checks range from several hundred dollars to more than $249,000 to a victim in California.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Nesquehoning will spend $1.4 million on a five-year garbage contract.

During a special meeting of borough council on Monday, the board voted to accept Tamaqua Transfer's apparent low bid for five years of service at a total cost of $1,413,049.

Other bidders included Advanced Disposal, which bid $1.512 million for service without tire pickup or $1.542 million for service with tire pickup; and JP Mascaro and Sons, who bid $1.941 million without tire pickup.

In other matters, Councilwoman Mary Fox said the civil service committee has two open spaces on its board.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Warning signs are posted at the covered bridge in Little Gap.

A number of Carbon County residents are airing their concerns over signs posted at the covered bridge construction site in Lower Towamensing Township.

The signs warn about health risks as a result of work at the $291,126 project, which is located in the Little Gap section of the township.

But officials are reporting that the project appears to be within the guidelines set by the state.

The project calls for replacing the steel deck and sandblasting the remaining steel on the bridge and repainting it, as well as repairing any worn wooden arches and studs.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The Franz Kline painting at the Lehighton American Legion is in need of restoration.

The Lehighton American Legion is confronted with a painful decision.

It must decide if it can afford to restore a piece of history, a 14-by-6-foot mural done by world-famous artist Franz Kline, or if it should sell it.

Kline is one of the most successful artists to ever emerge from Carbon County.