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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tamaqua police have filed charges against three males involved in a Jan. 26 car theft which evolved into a shooting incident.

The trio of defendants are: Cory Whitley, 18, of 4 Rose St., Tamaqua; Joshua Gaugler, 20, of 300 Allen Dr., Northampton; and a 15-year-old Tamaqua male.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A proposed subdivision for a horse training and breeding facility in East Penn Township received plan approval by the Carbon County Planning Commission.

During the commission's monthly meeting on Tuesday, the board voted to accept county planner, Ivan O. Meixell Jr.'s recommendation to grant plan approval for the proposal by Advanced Racing Operations Consultant Corp. This is the second time the plan has come before the board, Meixell said. It received conditional plan approval when it appeared before the commission in July 2010.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Faith United Methodist Church, 567 Pine St., Bowmanstown, is planing a hymn sing at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20. Everyone is invited to join Joyful Noise for good singing of chorus and praise songs. The hymn sing will feature Jean Gothard and Dan Propson on piano.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A free community luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Parryville United Methodist Church on the corner of Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville.

All are welcome.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Rush Township supervisors on Tuesday addressed safety and liability concerns regarding the use of township roads during the "Shotgun Enduro Race" to be held June 19.

Resident Joe Shamonsky questioned the legality of having the bikes cross public roads. In a letter to the supervisors, the hosts of the event, the High Mountain Dirt Riders, confirm that all medical arrangements, insurance, and route maps remain the same from previous years.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Carole Geary, PVSD assistant superintendent/curriculum, presented to the Pleasant Valley School District's board of directors a PowerPoint presentation of an overview of a recent report from the Pennsylvania Value-Added Assesment System (PVAAS).

She showed district, IU, and state scatter plot graphs that showed the relationship between student achievement data and student growth data.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Lehighton woman who became unruly while in the custody of police after she was arrested on various charges was scheduled to appear before court.

Brooke Huntington, 33, of 4008 Long Run Road, was set to have a preliminary hearing this morning before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

Huntington faces charges on three counts of persistent disorderly conduct, two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and one count each of aggravated assault, simple assault, and terroristic threats.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
James P. Goodman

Schuylkill County District Attorney James P. Goodman has announced that he is seeking a seat as a Judge of the Schuylkill County Court of Common Pleas.

Goodman grew up in Mahanoy City and graduated from Marian Catholic High School. He then obtained his finance degree from Villanova University. He graduated from Duquesne University School of Law where he was on the law review and clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Ralph Cappy and former Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Maureen Lally-Green.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

On Saturday, Feb. 19, the "American Legion Eastern Sectional Oratorical Contest" will be held in the Jim Thorpe Area High School auditorium.

The theme of the oratorical contest will be based on "The Constitution".

While each contestant will deliver a primary speech on a prepared subject of their own choosing, they will then each be given the same Constitution-based subject to speak on for a five minute follow-up speech.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Summit Hill Borough Council deadlocked this week on making an appointment to the borough's Water Authority.

The council, which tabled the appointment last month, twice voted 3-3 on appointment nominations, first for Jim Yusella then for Chet Maholick.

According to Purden's rules, a special meeting will have to be called and Mayor Paul McArdle will have to break the tie vote. The mayor wasn't at this week's meeting.