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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Local business and education leaders and elected officials weighed in on Gov. Tom Wolf's proposal Tuesday to increase the state income and sales taxes to help offset school property tax rates.

Wolf proposes increasing the personal income tax from 3.07 percent to 3.7 percent, and the sales tax by 10 percent, from 6 percent to 6.6 percent to generate an additional $3.9 billion in revenue, most of which would be used to reduce property taxes by 2016.

His plan would also levy sales tax on 45 items not currently taxed, including newspapers, candy, textbooks and caskets.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The 2015 Schuylkill County Chorus Festival was held at Tamaqua Area High School from Feb. 17 through Feb. 21. Participants included 21 Tamaqua students, including, front: Zoe

Snyder, Alysa Schappell, Beth Kistler, Michaela Noftz, Hannah Betz, Sarah Jones and Allie Gerber; and back: Faith Roberts, Katelyn Sprenkle, Madelyn Dolinsky, Olivia Morrison, Abby Billig, Alicen Hull and Alexa Hromyak.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Special to the Times News A variety of military items will be available at the swap meet.

The Redball Military Transport Club's Winter Swap Meet is scheduled for Saturday at Memorial Park Hall, East 10th Street, in Jim Thorpe.

Military items such as clothing, vehicle parts, books, manuals, tools, etc., will be available at the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Jim Thorpe meet is one of two major events for the club each year.

A fall rally and swap meet is held in September at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Highlights of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's spending plan for the budget year that starts July 1:

THE BIG PICTURE:

Ÿ Increases spending through the state's main bank account by about 3 percent to $29.9 billion. Figure is $33.7 billion, a 16 percent hike, if payments to school pension fund and property tax relief earmarked for 2016-17 are also figured in.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Mike Hofmann Jr., a member of the Slatington 150th History Committee, addresses the crowd during a Meet the Authors Night and unveiling of the book "Slatington at 150 Years: More Stories to Share" held recently at the Slatington Public Library. Seated next to Hofmann are, from left, Candyce Mantz-Merkle, Judy Snyder and Tim Snyder.

Steeped in tradition, Slatington has a long list of stories to tell.

A history book, "Slatington at 150 Years: More Stories to Share," was unveiled recently at Slatington Public Library.

The hardbound 582-page book, published by Chernay Publishing of Coopersburg in conjunction with the borough's 150th anniversary of the borough's incorporation, contains information on Slatington churches, businesses, family histories, disasters, Slatington/Northern Lehigh High School athletics and more.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
AP Photo/Alex Brandon The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is proposing the ban of "M855 green tip" or "SS109" rounds with certain types of metal cores.

The federal government is considering a ban on ammunition used in one of the most popular types of rifles because it says the bullets can pierce a police officer's protective vest when fired from a handgun.

Under the microscope of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are some types of 5.56 mm rounds or .223-caliber used in widely available and popular AR-15-style rifles because the bullets can also be used in some new types of handguns. Other types of 5.56 mm rounds would still be legal to buy, own and fire from guns.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Those who ventured outdoors Tuesday night discovered that heavy sleet accumulated on streets and took on the consistency of sand, as seen here at 6:30 p.m. on West Broad Street in Tamaqua. Treacherous roads were reported throughout the area.

Think spring?

Think again.

While the calendar may say spring is only 16 days away, the most recent weather pattern has made it increasingly difficult to share that optimism.

This week alone has served up several more nuisance snowfalls combined with bouts of sleet and freezing rain.

Tuesday afternoon's offering dumped several inches of snow, which mixed with sleet and freezing rain last night into this morning.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Ron Gower/For the Times News Kim Kokinda, paralyzed in a shooting incident on Jan. 4, is served spaghetti by Lansford Fire Company members Zak Kindt, left, and Josh Binder during a benefit spaghetti dinner held in her behalf at the fire company on Sunday.

Sunday morning it was snowing, roads were slippery and the winter weather that has beaten down all of us showed no signs of letting up.

Despite the weather, a benefit spaghetti dinner for a Lansford woman left paralyzed in a shooting incident went on at the American Fire Company in Lansford. Over 175 dinners were sold by fire company members to raise funds for Lansford resident Kimberly Kokinda.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

For years, the American Cancer Society sponsored a March sale of daffodils, the flower of hope.

That tradition continues as a project of the 36th annual ACS Telethon. Daffodil orders are due this Friday. Daffodil details are available at www.cancertelethon.org/daffodils.

You can order online or call 570-805-4555.

This year's ACS Telethon airs April 11 and 12 from Penn's Peak over Blue Ridge and Service Electric cable services.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Penn Forest Township supervisors Monday discussed the purposed cover shed which the Pennsylvania Game Commission is planning on constructing at State Games Lands 141 off Behren's Road.

Michael Brennen provided the board with photos of similar facilities managed by the game commission.