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Friday, January 23, 2015

Pennsylvania entered its next chapter Tuesday when Tom Wolf, a Democrat, was sworn in as governor, succeeding Republican Tom Corbett.

Taking in the inauguration ceremony was Lehighton School Board member Rocky Ahner, who said a new regime might be just the cure for legislative gridlock.

The new governor talked about the importance of investing in education and jobs growth, said Ahner, a Democrat, after returning from Harrisburg on Wednesday.

Friday, January 23, 2015
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An American flag flaps in strong wind in Tamaqua during Wednesday's light snowfall. The meteorological winter is better than half over and our region has so far escaped a crippling snowfall, prompting some forecasters to refer to a "snow drought." That could change early Saturday with 3 to 6 inches of snow expected over the region. Snow is expected to develop near midnight. There is a small chance the snow may briefly mix with sleet or freezing rain around daybreak Saturday. Snow is in the forecast Sunday night as well. Check tnonline.com for the latest updates.

Friday, January 23, 2015

A West Mahanoy Township man already serving a state prison sentence for an assault was charged with homicide Thursday by township police stemming from a separate incident last year.

Police Chief Shawn Tray charged Thomas J. Petrousky, 54, of 256 S. Wylam St., with killing David Halaburda, 50, about 8 a.m. April 28.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Carbon Chamber and Economic Development has a lot of interesting things in the works.

And representatives want businesses and residents to know there are programs that aim to help them out.

On Thursday, Marlyn Kissner, executive director of the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development, and Kathy Henderson, director of economic development at CCEDC, visited the county commissioners' meeting to discuss what was completed in 2014, and what is being planned for this year.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Barraged by outraged hikers, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is backing off plans to require free permits and bar trekking during hunting seasons at least for now.

Game commission executive board President Robert W. Schlemmer said Thursday that the agenda item proposing the permit and hiking restrictions is being deleted from the board's Jan. 27 meeting agenda.

The permit would have been free, and required of those who do not have hunting or fur-taking licenses.

Friday, January 23, 2015

After two years of fact finding, Lansford Borough Council finally has an idea of what it will cost to upgrade its aging sewer system millions of dollars.

The announcement was made during presentations by the borough engineer, Johann F. Szantner of Cohan Associates, and senior project manager Carl H. Wishner. The upgrade has been mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, which ordered the borough to install a system to separate storm and sewer water.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Several defendants appeared before Judge Joseph J. Matika for sentencing after previously pleading guilty to charges.

Two defendants were sentenced for DUI.

Troy A. Refsnider Sr., 43, of Nesquehoning, was sentenced to serve 30 days in the county prison followed by six months in the county's IPP, 60 days of which with electronic monitoring, pay a fine of $1,500, license suspended for 18 months, zero tolerance for drug and alcohol use, and render 25 hours of community service when released on parole.

Friday, January 23, 2015

State representatives

Doyle Heffley, 122nd District

http://www.repheffley.com/

District Offices

110 N. Third St.

2nd Floor

Lehighton, PA 18235

610-377-6363

Fax: 610-377-5675

Hours: M-F, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Albrightsville

2681 Route 903, Unit 3

Albrightsville, PA 18210

570-722-8700

Fax: 570-722-8702

Mailing address: P.O. Box 1008, Albrightsville, PA 18210

Lansford Satellite Office

Lansford American Legion

3 W. Ridge St.

Lansford, PA 18232

Hours: Wed. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, January 23, 2015
 Flores

Two additional suspects in an armed robbery in Nesquehoning earlier this week have been arrested.

Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith reported that he and Officer Timothy Wuttke arrested Izael Flores, 18, of Willow Lane, Nesquehoning, Thursday morning. Flores was one of three armed robbers who pointed guns at two girls, ages 12 and 13, in the borough earlier this week.

A 16-year-old male accomplice was taken into custody by Smith Thursday afternoon. Elijah Frey, 18, of East Railroad Street, Nesquehoning, was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the incident.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Panther Valley School Board approved its tentative budget for the 2015-16 school year and it calls for a 3-mill tax increase.

But at least one board member vowed that the increase will be less.

"It will not be as stated, I promise you that," said Irene Genther.

Genther also said the increase is not due to the building project, which converted a swimming pool area into classroom space.

She said the building project costs were added to an existing bond that the district has. She said the district piggybacked on that bond issue.