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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The 24th Annual Open House program for prospective Marian High School students and their parents will be held Sunday, with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the school. This open house is offered to students in grades nine through 12, from Carbon, Luzerne and Schuylkill counties interested in attending Marian for the upcoming school year.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

MAHANOY CITY It was standing room only Tuesday as fire chiefs from nearly every Schuylkill County municipality gathered at the Sen. James J. Rhoades Downtown Center to hear how $5 million in radio equipment will be distributed to each company.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Art work, like this oil painting of the Mauch Chunk railroad station by Margie Long, can be viewed and purchased at the Palmerton Area Library's Art Show and Lunch, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Library Director Diane Danielson says it is a great way to spend a winter's Sunday afternoon.

Christmas is over. The winter doldrums may have set in. Need a midwinter picker-upper? The Palmerton Area Library Art Show and Lunch comes to the rescue.

From noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, come view and purchase work by local artists and enjoy a delicious lunch, thanks to the Friends of the Library, which is sponsoring the event at the library, 402 Delaware Ave.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lou Alexander, seated, was re-elected chairman of the Summit Hill Water Authority during its reorganization on Tuesday. This could be the final slate of officers for the authority, since an ordinanceof borough council calls for it to be terminated effective June 1 and taken over by the borough. Other officers are, from left, Jim Yusella, treasurer; Joseph O'Gurek, secretary; and Robert Collevechio, vice chairman.

The Summit Hill Water Authority reorganized Tuesday night. It could be their final slate of officers.

The authority is scheduled to be terminated on June 1 and taken over by the Summit Hill Borough Council, according to an ordinance the council adopted. The authority would then become the Summit Hill Water Department.

Authority members set meeting dates through the end of 2015 just in case the takeover by the borough takes longer than anticipated.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A lack of volunteers is making it difficult for several of Tamaqua's boards and committees to conduct business.

A letter submitted from the Tamaqua Board of Health indicated to Tamaqua Borough Council that due to the recent resignations of members, the board has not been able to meet with a quorum present. Additionally, Council President Micah Gursky said he heard from a member of the planning commission and that group was also having difficulty gathering a quorum. Council received at least one applicant for the board of health committee.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The most ambitious expansion project in the history of the Times News is now underway.

Three new buildings are being constructed along Route 443 in Mahoning Township. Once completed, all departments of the newspaper and printing operations will be housed at that location.

In addition, a new press has been purchased that will allow subscribers to enjoy a more organized newspaper with more pages of process and spot color.

One building will house the new press, another will house offices and the third will be used for storage.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Frey

One of six suspects in an armed robbery Saturday in Nesquehoning was arrested Tuesday, according to Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith.

Elijah M. Frey, 18, of East Railroad Street, Nesquehoning, faces three counts of robbery, two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, two counts of simple assault, and one count each of criminal solicitation to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit retail theft, and conspiracy to receive stolen property.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

J.E.M. Hair Designs LLC, Hometown, is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

The all-you-can-eat dinner is set for 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Hometown Fire Company, Route 54. Children under age 2 will be admitted free.

Tickets will be available at the door or can be bought in advance. For more information: 570-668-5233 or 570-778-5044.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
AP Photo/York Daily Record, Paul Kuehnel Tom Wolf, accompanied by wife Frances, smiles at the crowd after taking the oath of office to become the 47th governor of Pennsylvania on Tuesday at the state Capitol in Harrisburg.

HERSHEY Gov. Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania's newly minted Democratic chief executive, found his friendliest crowd of the day at his inaugural bash in Hershey, as thousands dined on prime rib and pierogies with Kennett Square mushrooms while talk of budget deficits and partisan stalemate waited for later.

The bash, paid for through private fundraising, capped a day of festivities including the inaugural ceremony in temperatures just above freezing outside the state Capitol attended by ex-governors and an official estimate of more than 4,000 people.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tamaqua School District will save $85,668 by refinancing a bond.

In refinancing, bonds are sold off at lower interest rates, which results in savings in debt service. In 2010, the district saved $136,000 by refinancing a series of general obligation bonds, stemming from a 2003 $3 million middle school project.

During a meeting Tuesday, the board approved refinancing the bond through PNC Capital Markets, the same firm it used in 2010. The move is contingent on a final review of the bank documents by solicitor Jeff Bowe and district Business Manager Connie Ligenza.