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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Summit Hill Police Chief Joseph Fittos Jr. reminds borough residents the town's winter parking regulations will take effect on Dec. 1 and will be enforced through March 31.

That means all vehicles shall park facing west on East White Street, between Spruce and Pine streets, and all vehicles shall park facing west on West White Street, between Poplar and Coal streets.

From Dec. 15 through March 15, all boats, trailers and campers must be off borough streets.

Fittos said violators will be fined and units positioned illegally will be towed at the owner's expense.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

L.B. Morris Elementary is raising money for Project Prosper.

A yard sale has been planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24, in the school's cafeteria, located at 150 W. 10th St., Jim Thorpe. Fill a bag for $5.

Donations for the sale are currently being accepted. Anyone can drop off items at the school Thursday or Friday at dismissal at 3 p.m.; or curbside in the morning on Friday.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Opening public comments and budget concerns were the main topics of discussion at Monday's Slatington Water/Sewer/Highway Workshop Committee meeting.

Three borough residents spoke, including Carol Gildner, who continued a line of questioning about borough grants that she had begun at last week's borough council meeting.

Gildner asked specifically where a 2014 grant of $84,000 would be applied and also if liquid fuels money came from Harrisburg and for what purposes it was supposed to be used.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sister Regina, principal of Our Lady of the Angels Academy, recently announced the first quarter honor roll. They are as follows:

Effort award

Grade 1: Robert Ellis-Williams, Logan Fisher, Connor Penberth, Connor Rehnert, Caylen Murray, Haley Rivers, Emily Stawiarski.

Grade 2: Stephen Behun IV, Elijah Feisel, Angelo Greek, Aleck Jewells, Dylan Newton, Albin Petschauer, Elsie Heckman, Riley McArdle, Madison Miller.

Grade 3: Joshua Shelton, Laughlin Sieger, Valerie Blasko, Cameron Kehrli, Ryli McGorry.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Board of Directors of Mauch Chunk Trust Financial Corp. declared a regular dividend of 19 cents per share and a special dividend of 12 cents per share, for a total dividend 31 cents per share payable Dec. 31 to shareholders of record Dec. 6, 2013.

This action brings the annual dividend rate to 50 cents per share and represents an increase of over 8 percent versus the 2012 dividend rate.

Mauch Chunk Trust Financial Corp. is the parent company of the Mauch Chunk Trust Company, a community bank with six offices in Carbon and Schuylkill County.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Kunkletown man, involved in a shooting incident in Lehighton in 2012, pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Tuesday and was immediately sentenced to a state prison term.

Joseph Andrew Pellegrino Jr., 43, entered a plea to one count of aggravated assault before Judge Steven R. Serfass, and was immediately sentenced to serve 42 to 84 months in a state prison.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Criminal charges were dismissed against several area residents after a hearing in Schuylkill County court before President Judge William E. Baldwin because the district attorney could not prosecute.

District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon asked for the dismissal for a number of reasons and Baldwin issued orders dismissing the charges in the following cases.

Charges of aggravated indecent assault, unlawful restraint, and indecent assault against Jonathan Joseph Cameron, 24, of 27 Center St., Tamaqua, because the witness did not wish to continue with prosecution.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Franklin Township supervisors tentatively adopted the 2014 budget on Tuesday night with no tax increase. Final adoption will be done at the Dec. 17 meeting.

The tax rate for general purposes will remain at 6.3 mills or 63 cents on each $100 of assessed valuation. A home valued at $80,000 will continue to pay $504 in real estate taxes to the township.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Ian N. Thrasher of Tamaqua is led to his arraignment by Rush Township Police Sgt. Duane Frederick on Tuesday morning. Thrasher was charged in connection with a burglary on Ye Old Hauto Road.

An alert resident on Ye Old Hauto Road in Hometown is credited with helping Rush Township Police solve a burglary, before the victims even knew it occurred.

Rush Township Police Sgt. Duane Frederick received a tip at 11:23 Tuesday morning concerning a person who was going door to door, asking if residents had seen a dog. The man wasn't detailed about what type of dog he had "lost." The resident was a victim of a recent burglary and became suspicious, alerting police.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Among the participants in a firefighting safety and survival course, hosted by the Nesquehoning Hose Company, are, front l-r, Joe Starosta, Derek Marouchoc, Joe Flickinger, John Poko, Doug Nothstein; back l-r, Matthew Wirth, Steven Moyer, Jeff Moyer, Mike Mriss, Shawn McArdle, and Pat Mriss.