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Thursday, December 15, 2011
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Santa Claus paid a visit to the Summit Hill Heritage Center recently where he greeted children and adults who were shopping at the Christmas Extravaganza and Rummage Sale. Members of the Panther Valley Public Library worked the kitchen to raise funds for the library, while members of the newly-formed group Feed the People worked some of the tables to raise money for their new soup kitchen project. All other proceeds benefitted the Heritage Center.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Electric car charging stations are coming to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, transportation officials said Wednesday

The state Department of Environmental Protection announced a $1 million grant to Car Charging Group LLC. The company will install charging stations at 17 turnpike service plazas.

Two kinds of charging stations will be installed in three phases. There will be Level II charging stations, which can charge a car in about four hours, and Level III charging stations, which can charge a car in about 20 minutes.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Schuylkill County woman was killed when her vehicle ran into the rear of a tow truck hauling a truck tractor.

State police at Fracvkille said Laurie Wolfgang, of Joliett, Tremont Township, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox southbound on Interstate 81 in Butler Township, about 6:25 p.m. on Tuesday when her vehicle struck the rear of a 1987 Autocar wrecker that was towing a Kenworth truck tractor. The driver of the wrecker was identified as David Allen Channell, of Parson, W. Va. He was not injured.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Schuylkill County commissioners approved stipulations reached in four appeals on real estate tax assessments as imposed recently by the assessments appeals board. The stipulations are the result of extensive negotiations between the county solicitor and the property owner filing the appeal. In action was taken at a public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lansford Borough's finances are still in such disarray and members have skipped so many budget meetings that the officials on Wednesday agreed for the most part to just adopt this year's spending plan all over again just to meet the letter of the law.

The budget will be opened again in January in another attempt to craft a 2012 spending plan.

Under the current $1,578,161 budget, the property tax increased by 3.06 mills, bringing the levy to 32.47 mills. That meant the owner of a home assessed for taxes at $25,000 paid $811.75 this year.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Kindergarten students

Students at Franklin Elementary School on Tuesday presented their Christmas program, "Our House is a Holiday House," to family and friends. The cafeteria was filled to capacity with visitors.

Taking part in the program were students in kindergarten, first and second grades.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Beaver Meadows borough's 2012 budget proposal includes laying off its full-time police chief.

At a meeting held last night borough council voted 4-1 for the budget that includes the laying off Chief Michael Morresi.

Morresi filed suit in Carbon County court on Nov. 3 against the borough, claiming it has not lived up to a contract he signed in becoming police chief.

In his suit Morresi claims the borough has not provided the benefits he is entitled to in his employment contract. He is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 plus costs and interest.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

All the hustle and bustle around the holidays can be a little overwhelming for most. Steven, 3, son of Jackie and Terry Richardson, lies on winter coats as he takes a power nap during a recent Christmas concert at the St. Jerome Regional School in Tamaqua.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Schuylkill County Prison Board agreed to continue with PrimeCare Medical Inc., of Harrisburg, to provide medical care to inmates at the county prison in Pottsville, in action taken at its quarterly meeting held in the library of the county prison.

In its monthly report on activities, PrimeCare in November had 96 inmates on sick call, 245 inmates seen by psychiatrists, 35 seen by dentists and 15 were on suicide watch with no incidents reported.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Northampton County woman admitted to drug counts while others in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court. Senior Judge Richard W. Webb accepted the pleas.

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Kerri L. Graham, 39, pleaded guilty to counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an instrument of crime.