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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Palmerton will continue to run under the same leadership in 2012.

Borough council unanimously agreed at its reorganizational meeting on Tuesday to reappoint Councilman Terry Costenbader as president, and Councilman Chris Olivia as vice-president.

Also as part of its reorganization, council:

Appointed Randolph Gursky as chairman pro tem.

Appointed Rodger Danielson as borough manager, secretary, and streets commissioner.

Appointed Donna McGarry as treasurer/ assistant secretary.

Appointed Michael Ozalas as solicitor.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A paraprofessional educator will be reinstituted at Towamensing Elementary.

The school board unanimously agreed at a special meeting on Tuesday to recall a paraprofessional educator at the building for the rest of the 2011-12 school year paid from IDEA funds.

Superintendent Carol Boyce said the salary for the position will depend upon which of the paraprofessionals is recalled.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein will serve as the chairman of the board for the next four years.

During the reorganizational meeting of the board of commissioners, held on Tuesday afternoon, the board unanimously voted to elect Nothstein as the chairman. Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard will serve as the vice chairman.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Lower Towamensing Township hopes the eventual purchase of a meter will help squelch a myriad of noise complaints.

The township's board of supervisors unanimously agreed on Tuesday to spend up to $300 to buy a meter in an effort to alleviate a noise dispute.

Supervisors Chairman Ron Walbert told supervisors he contacted two engineering firms in an effort to resolve the dispute.

"I think it might be in the township's best interests to purchase a meter," Walbert said. "We do have a plethora of noise complaints."

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The economy, taxes, and controlled county spending are a few challenges that the new board of Carbon County commissioners will face in 2012.

During the annual swearing-in ceremony Tuesday morning, held in the Carbon County Courthouse, courtroom one, Republicans Wayne Nothstein and Thomas J. Gerhard were sworn into office for four-year terms. Commissioner Nothstein was accompanied by his wife, who held a Bible; while Commissioner Gerhard was accompanied by his wife and father, who held a Bible, as they took their oaths in front of President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Palmerton man has been accused of two separate cases of child molestation the alleged victims being ages 5 and 8.

Heinz Rausch, 68, faces four charges of aggravated indecent assault, two counts of indecent assault, and one count each of indecent exposure, endangering the welfare of children, and corruption of minors.

He is currently incarcerated in Carbon County Prison in lieu of $100,000 straight bail.

No date for his preliminary hearing before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton has yet to be established

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Newly elected District Judge Bill Kissner of Palmerton is sworn in during ceremony Tuesday in the Carbon County Courthouse.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Bruce Appleton, left, a long-time district judge in the Palmerton office who chose not to seek re-election, receives an award from Carbon County Senior Judge Roger N. Nanovic, applauding him for his years of committed service. The award was presented during swearing-in ceremonies for newly elected officials held at the Carbon County Courthouse.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Newly elected Carbon County Judge Joseph Matika, right, puts on robe during swearing-in ceremony Tuesday in the Carbon County Courthouse, while looking on are, l-r, Judge Steven R. Serfass and President Judge Roger N. Nanovic.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Complete normalcy was fast returning to the area today as emergency PP&L company crews went about effecting repairs to wires severed as the result of the severe sleet storm which paralyzed the region for almost 24 hours. Thomas Dougherty, district manager of PP&L, said more than 100 workers were operating in towns and rural areas of Carbon County to bring resumption of lighting for domestic users. Most homes in Mauch Chunk had electrical service restored today. More than 10,000 consumers were affected in the local region.