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Friday, January 9, 2015

The Jim Thorpe Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the home of William and Nancy Mason, 1204 Center St., Jim Thorpe.

President Edith Lukasevich will be in charge of the session.

The guest speaker will be Carbon County Commissioner William O'Gurek.

Democratic candidates in the 2015 election are welcome to attend. All committee members and interested people are invited to attend.

Friday, January 9, 2015

More than 10,900 entries were entered in the Carbon County Recorder of Deeds office in 2014, according to an annual statistical report released by Emmett P. McCall, the current officeholder.

As a result of the department's activities last year, the recorder collected and remitted $3,598,634 in revenues.

Breakdown of filings

Friday, January 9, 2015

Jim Thorpe Borough officially has its own noise ordinance.

By a unanimous 5-0 vote Thursday, council adopted the ordinance, which prohibits noise disturbances from 11 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. for residents and 24 hours per day for Jim Thorpe's 26 establishments with a liquor license.

Members Joe Krebs and Paulette Haupt were absent from the meeting.

The borough also voted to petition the state for relief from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's noise enforcement.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Anyone with a scanner will still be able to listen to Schuylkill County emergency dispatchers handling fire calls, said 911 center director Scott Krater.

Commissioners on Dec. 24 announced the county would spend $5.6 million to buy digital radios for the county's 110 volunteer fire companies.

The radios, each costing about $5,000 each, will be distributed this year.

While scanners will still pick up communications between responders and dispatchers, talk among firefighters using the digital equipment would not be broadcast.

Friday, January 9, 2015
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County DistrictAttorney Jean A. Engler says the biggest problem facingthe county is drug addictions.

In four short months, Carbon County District Attorney Jean A. Engler has done a lot.

Since being sworn in as the county's first female district attorney on Aug. 29, she has had to learn the responsibilities that come with the county's top prosecutor spot while maintaining a growing caseload, managing her staff and working to fight the drug epidemic plaguing the county.

But even though the days are busy and the hours grueling, Engler loves what she does.

"It's never a dull moment here," she said recently. "It's been interesting."

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Chestnuthill Township supervisors this week approved an extension of a Memorandum of Agreement with Local 773 for union employees.

Employees will continue to receive a 2 percent wage increase in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

In 2019 and 2020 there will be a wage opener and insurance discussion.

The board voted 3-0 to approve the agreement.

Supervisors also agreed to hire a Class 4 mechanic and to advertise for a data coordinator position.

Friday, January 9, 2015

A Lehighton woman who left her 3-year-old alone and crying outside their home for 45 minutes in August faces a child endangerment charge, and a man found inside the home was charged with drug offenses.

Mahoning Township police cited Monique Fethiere, 26, of 725 N. First St., with the misdemeanor offense.

The little girl was left outside on Aug. 22. Police were called to the house, and the girl told them she could not get inside.

The criminal complaint was filed on Dec. 23, and a summons issued through District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe on Jan. 2.

Friday, January 9, 2015
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS The site of the new St. Luke's medical center at 1114 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning.

Some questions still remain about the requirement of an additional restroom in a newly opened medical center in Nesquehoning.

This week, the Joint Uniform Construction Code Appeals Board held a hearing for a request for a variance, filed by Joseph Bennett, owner of the building where the St. Luke's doctor's office is housed at 1114 E. Catawissa St. The new facility includes one doctor.

Friday, January 9, 2015

A vocal property tax protest has reached Eastern Pennsylvania as the mayor of Beaver Meadows has taken on the task of organizing the protest in Carbon, Monroe and Luzerne Counties. The first yard sign has appeared on the front lawn of a farmhouse just off Route 93 in Packer Township.

Gathered in the finger-numbing morning cold, a group of determined men drove bars into the frozen ground to plant metal pipes with wood-framed signs bearing the message "Stop Taxing Our Property."

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Chestnuthill Township board of supervisors held its annual reorganizational meeting Monday night and Chuck Gould will remain as Chestnuthill Township supervisor chairman for 2015.

For 2015, the vice chairman is Harry Miller. David Albright will continue as township manager Cathy Martinelli remains secretary/treasurer and open records officer. Tim McManus is the township solicitor and David Scheller is roadmaster.