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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Samantha Miller-Brown

Samantha Miller-Brown, Slatington, has been named as the Slatington Woman's Club's Girl of the Month for January.

She is a senior at Northern Lehigh Area High School.

Miller-Brown is the daughter of Krystal Miller-Brown and Kevin Brown. She has a sister, Meghan Miller-Brown (10th grade) and a brother, Matthew Miller-Brown (seventh grade).

She is a member of the marching band, concert band, Spanish Club, newspaper, percussion ensemble, Scholastic Scrimmage, National Honor Society.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Mahoning Township supervisors hired Kirk, Summa and Company unanimously last night to audit the books of outgoing township Tax Collector Richard Swarcheck to make sure everything is in order for the new tax collector.

The 5-0 vote mirrored a similar vote last month to perform the audit when it was believed the township needed to appoint a new tax collector to handle revenues for the fall of 2013 after Swarcheck resigned due to personal issues.

Thursday, January 9, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS East End Fire Co. received approval from Tamaqua's Historical and Architectural Review Commission to install a generator to the rear of the firehouse.

Tamaqua's Historical and Architectural Review Commission approved four applications from applicants who wish to make changes to buildings within the borough's historical district.

Board Chairman Josh Esposito, who is Tamaqua's Code Enforcement Officer, explained that the board will issue a "certificate of appropriateness" to each applicant, meaning that the proposed change meets the HARC guidelines. Next, plans must be approved by town council, he said.

The applicants and their requests are:

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Route 903 was closed this afternoon because of a two-car crash that happened around 2 p.m.

The road was closed for about 45 minutes. Traffic was backed up in both directions, including six buses from Getz Transportation who were stuck in the traffic waiting to go south to pick kids up from Jim Thorpe schools.

No details about the crash were available at the scene.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Schuylkill County Commissioners have set policies and meeting dates for the coming year.

The commissioners have scheduled two night meetings in the coming year. The first will be held on April 9 at 6 p.m. and the county retirement board has scheduled its monthly meeting in April to be held following the commissioners meeting that evening. The second night meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10. The meetings will be held in the commissioners board room at the courthouse in Pottsville. The meetings will start at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Weissport Council Mayor Jonathon Troutman vows sidewalks will be cleaned off this winter, even if residents fail to do so.

Troutman said Monday night that if residents do not clean off their sidewalks, he will have borough workers do the work and then bill them for the labor costs.

To make his point, Troutman presented each member of council with a copy of the Snow Removal Ordinance.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Seth E. Miller has been named a full-time assistant district attorney in Carbon County.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Monday afternoon, which followed the annual salary board meeting that established the full-time position; the commissioners voted to change Miller's status from the fifth assistant district attorney to full-time. His salary will be $51,530 annually.

Miller has worked as the fifth assistant district attorney for the county since March 15, 2013.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Weissport Police Chief Steve Armbruster explained to Weissport Council members on Monday night that he does not use the lap top computer that belongs to the police department because he is more comfortable using the office computer to compile reports after arrests.

Armbruster told council that he is returning the laptop to council because he would rather use MetroAlert Service, which helps compute crime statistics and allows him to search warrants.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A new noise ordinance, one which won't require decibel meters, was adopted Monday night during a meeting of Summit Hill Borough Council.

The ordinance prohibits "the making, creation, and maintenance of loud, unnecessary and unusual noises in the borough of Summit Hill."

Under the provisions in the ordinance, "It shall be unlawful for any person to make, continue to cause to be made or continued any loud, unnecessary or unusual noise or any noise which either annoys, disturbs, injures, or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace, or safety of others...."

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Chuck Gould will remain chairman of the Chestnuthill Township supervisors and Chris Eckert is vice chairman, with new supervisor Harry Miller rounding out the board.

Other township positions also remain the same with David Albright as township manager, Cathy Martinelli, secretary/treasurer/office manager/open records officer and Merton Whitney as roadmaster.

The board named the following to one-year terms: