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Friday, January 17, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Mike Morrill, Executive Director of Keystone Progress, addressed the Palmerton Area Democratic Club recently on "Issues Facing Pennsylvania in 2014".

Could legislation be passed that would ultimately eliminate automatic union dues?

Mike Morrill, executive director of Keystone Progress, recently addressed the Palmerton Area Democratic Club on that very issue.

Morrill discussed "Issues Facing Pennsylvania in 2014," one of which he said is HB 1507, the Paycheck Protection Bill.

The bill has been introduced into the Pennsylvania House, and would eliminate automatic union dues, Morrill said.

Friday, January 17, 2014

A Carbon County man, who swallowed a large quantity of drugs when state police were attempting to arrest him, pleaded guilty to drug charges Thursday in the county court and was sentenced to a state prison term.

He was one of six defendants charged with drug related counts who entered a plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Franklin incident

Anthony Joseph Formisano, 43, of Franklin Township, was arrested on Aug. 29, 2013, at 20 Court St., when state troopers went to the home for a report of an unwanted person.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Carbon County is keeping work-time injuries at bay and saving money on workers' compensation.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 2-0 to ratify the proposal from the Housing and Redevelopment Insurance Exchange for workers' compensation insurance for 2014. The total premium payment is $363,791, which is a decrease of $1,118 from 2013; as well as a one-time subscriber's fee of $20,009. Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, was absent.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Carbon County's retirement fund ended 2103 at an all-time high, officials reported.

During the monthly meeting of the county retirement board, Robert Crampsie, county controller and secretary to the retirement board, provided the group with the end of year investment performance report.

"The numbers speak for themselves," Crampsie said before he read the report.

The market value of the retirement fund, as of Dec. 31, 2013, was $73,833,972, which represented a year-to-date increase in market value of $12,892.877.

Friday, January 17, 2014

The fourth suspect in a Lansford stabbing incident entered a guilty plea to his part in the incident on Thursday in Carbon County court.

Raymond Ziegenfuss III, 19, Lansford, also admitted his role in a robbery in the borough.

Ziegenfuss pleaded to a count of criminal conspiracy-aggravated assault for his part in the Oct. 21, 2011, incident in which he participated in the attack of Christopher Herman, that occurred at 115 E. Snyder Ave.

Ziegenfuss was charged along with Steven Allan Walck, 28, Jennifer Steigerwalt, 36, and Kevin Marshall Brandwein, 24, all of Lansford.

Friday, January 17, 2014

The state Department of Environmental Protection has reviewed the joint Act 537 plan for West Penn and Walker townships, and kicked it back for revisions.

The townships submitted the plan in October, and on Dec. 9 DEP responded with a letter outlining 10 corrections which must be accomplished before the agency again reviews the plan.

The response from DEP did not find fault with the fundamental plan, which addresses wildcat sewers as well as lack of proper sewage treatment in four service areas: Andreas, South Tamaqua, Clamtown/Reynolds, and Snyders.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Naming a new mayor will likely be on the agenda for tonight's Lansford Borough Council meeting, to be held at 6:30 in the community center.

The vacancy opened after the November election, when Joseph Genits was successful in both his bid for mayor and a seat on borough council.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Take a break from the winter by coming to the Winter Carnival this weekend.

Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, 2440 Fairyland Road, Franklin Township, will host this annual event from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. Snow date is Jan. 19.

Put on your dancing shoes or just come to listen to James Hummel Band from 5 to 9 p.m.

The kitchen will be open with a variety of food and there will be games, bingo, Chinese auction, cartoon portraits and bake sale. The admission is free.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Freedom Community Church invites the public to an evening of Candy Bar Bingo, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Lehighton Recreation Center.

Free hot dogs, soda, and hot chocolate will be served. This event is family friendly and all ages can play.

Admission fee is one candy bar per person.

For more info contact Pastor Mark at 610-714-9834 or go to www.freedomchurchpa.org.

Friday, January 17, 2014
TIMES NEWS file photo Dave Kurz, head of security, views the digital video-recording system that was installed at Blue Mountain Ski Area in 2012 in an effort to crack down on the number of thefts.

Once a hotbed for crooks, Blue Mountain Resort has seen a substantial downtick in the number of theft-related incidents.

The installation of a digital video-recording system to replace the former analog system has played a huge role in the reduction, according to Barb Green, president.

"It's definitely down," Green said. "We put cameras in everywhere."

Green noted that in 2012, Blue Mountain installed a new digital video-recording system to crack down on the number of thefts.