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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Residents of Franklin Township are notified that a driveway permit must be obtained if paving an existing driveway or repaving a driveway from the township office. There is no charge for the driveway permit.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Fourteen first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by county judges.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Summit Hill Water Authority also conducted several other items of business during their regular monthly meeting. All of the business conducted carried a 4-0 vote with Authority member Ed Kruczek absent.

Items approved by the board include:

Ÿ Agreed to move $20,000 from their checking account into a money market account

Ÿ Approved the work crew to act on the shut-off list. One party was delinquent for over a year after failing to make good on paying for arrearages.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Palmerton Area School District has taken the next step toward the adoption of next year's proposed budget.

Also on Tuesday, the school board awarded a contract for renovations to its high school auditorium in the amount of $908,700.

The board approved the advertisement of the 2012-13 General Operating Budget, which begins the process of public review and comment.

A formal presentation of the spending plan will be given on May 8. It is anticipated the final budget will be adopted on June 19.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Panther Valley Republican Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Maple Shade Meadows community room, 50 E. Locust St., Nesquehoning. The new GOP Club invites any registered Republicans to this pre-primary meeting and will be given the opportunity to address the club in behalf of any federal or state candidate on the primary ballot. The new club now has 93 members. Membership applications will be available at Thursday's meeting.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Coaldale firefighters converged around the 200 block of East Phillips Street just before midnight last night for a report of a brush fire. Although nothing was showing the person who called it in said the fire was still there. Upon further investigation firefighters found a burning fire pit in the woods about a quarter mile south of East Phillips Street. Firefighters used water packs to extinguish the fire. Coaldale Fire Chief Rich Marek, said the fire pit was close to a large rock cliff and pit which contained dry brush and such.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Area School District Athletic Director Mike Hromyak explains to school directors and meeting attendees Tuesday that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will require that only one license be purchased to cover raffles of all booster clubs within the district.

There are big changes coming in how school booster clubs exist and operate.

Mike Hromyak, athletic director, Tamaqua Area School District, updated the board of directors Tuesday regarding major changes effective March 3, per the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. The changes initially apply to booster club 50-50 drawings.

For instance, the Small Games of Chance policy will require that the school district apply for just one license at a cost of $100. Previously, all booster clubs purchased their own license for that same amount.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Walnutport Canal Association members are looking forward to accomplishing several major projects.

Everyone is aware of the damage to the canal caused by Hurricane Irene. The entrance to Lock #23 was destroyed and the canal was filled with silt (washed in ground).

Preservation Pennsylvania, an organization dedicated to the protection of historically and architecturally significant properties in Pennsylvania, has included Lock #23 on its 2011-2012 Pennsylvania At Risk list, a listing of 10 most endangered historic resources.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Panther Valley School Board, meeting in special session last night, named the firm of Bellante and Clauss, Scranton, as architects for its proposed new junior-senior high school.

The Scranton firm was named on a 6-2 vote after a brief executive session.

The board will meet with the Carbon County and planning commissions of the four towns that make up the district to pick a site for the new school.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Weatherly Area High School Engineering Team include: Matthew Caccese, Chris Hunt, Sarah Dolinsky, Michael Embick and Lucas Rinker.

The Weatherly Area School District's Engineering Team is first in the state in Division One high schools following the annual TEAMS competition. The five member Weatherly team included senior class members Matthew Caccese, Sarah Dolinsky, Christopher Hunt and Lucas Rinker, and junior class member Michael Embick. They competed in the 11th/12th grade category in Division One.