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Monday, January 12, 2015

Thrivent Financial representative Susan Lovejoy will be hosting a workshop event titled "Prepare Wisely: End of Life Strategies," from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 826 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton.

Refreshments will be served.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Barely a week after taking effect, a novel state law that makes it easier for gun-rights groups to challenge local firearms measures in court is already sparking change: Nearly two dozen Pennsylvania municipalities have agreed to get rid of their potentially problematic ordinances rather than face litigation.

Joshua Prince, an attorney for four pro-gun groups and several residents, cited the new law in putting nearly 100 Pennsylvania municipalities on notice that they would face legal action unless they rescinded their firearms laws.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Several people are facing drug charges following raids this morning in Tamaqua.

The charges were filed by officers of the Tamaqua Police Department.

Defendants who were formally arraigned as of press time are Kevin J. Tansley, 28; Elizabeth Tansley, 26; Francisco Aponte, 24; Joel T. Vermillion, 24; and Kayla Marie Leibowitz, 24.

District Judge Stephen J. Bayer set bail for the first four of the defendants at $50,000. All were committed to Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of the bail.

One defendant was expected to turn himself in later this morning.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Carbon County Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans' Court, Judy F. Moon, has released the following statistical report for the 2014.

Acting as an agent for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Revenue for the collection of inheritance taxes, the register's office accepted 422 payments resulting in the collection of $2,537,921.

The commission earned on this amount totaled $29,984, which was transferred to the Carbon County General Fund.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Two men are not sexually violent predators but are sex offenders and subject to Megan's law sanctions, a Schuylkill County judge decided Friday.

In separate cases, Judge Charles M. Miller ruled Michael C. Gallagher, 34, of Jim Thorpe, and Charles J. Yoder Sr., 63, of Pine Grove, are not sexually violent predators, a ruling in line with the determinations by the state Sexual Offenders Assessment Board.

However, he imposed Megan's Law sanctions on Gallagher for 15 years and Yoder for the rest of his life after he leaves prison.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that all driver's license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday Jan. 19 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of products and services at www.dmv.state.pa.us.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Mike Morrill, executive director of Keystone Progress, will address the Palmerton Area Democratic Club on "Issues Facing Pennsylvania in 2015" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bert's Steak House, 416 Delaware Ave., Palmerton.

Based in Harrisburg, Keystone Progress is Pennsylvania's largest online progressive action network, an affiliate of the USAction and ProgressNow networks.

Morrill will share his insights about the impact of the last election on legislative and political issues facing Pennsylvania.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Lansford Borough Council is hoping volunteers step forward to fill several existing vacancies.

The council meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Mary Fittos, borough secretary/treasurer, said the vacancies include:

Ÿ Civil Service Commission one seat and three alternates.

Ÿ Planning Commission one seat.

Ÿ Zoning Hearing Board one seat and two alternate seats.

Ÿ Vacancy Board one seat.

Ÿ Lansford-Coaldale Joint Water Authority one seat.

Ÿ Coaldale-Lansford-Summit Hill Sewer Authority one seat.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Even after a fantastic year on the stock market, the pension fund for Pennsylvania's public school employees is deep in the red.

The Public School Employees Retirement System reported in December that it earned 14.91 percent for the past fiscal year, nearly doubling the fund's 7.5 percent annual benchmark for investment earnings. As a result of the robust year in the market, PSERS' unfunded liability has declined slightly, but the fund still owes $35 billion in benefits beyond what its assets can cover.

Monday, January 12, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Front row from left: are Amanda Maclunny, Sheyann Reed, Amelia Maclunny, Kaitlyn Purin, Isabell Nallon, Madison Schock, Audrey Natress and Clare Boyce. Center row: Jesse Lacrosse, Derek DeAngelo, Ryann Goho, Gracie Nallon, Kallia Wall, Kasey Reed and Chase Serfass. Back row: McKayla Wall, Ashley DeAngelo, Alexander Nattress, Erica Goho, Victoria Carrell and Tara Goho.

Since late October, Tamaqua-area Scouts have been collecting used eyeglasses to donate to the Lions Club. During a ceremony Sunday, Lions President Brian Keich handed out participation certificates to the Scouts, who as a group collected 422 pairs.

"We take these glasses and recycle them, here and all over the world," Keich said. "We appreciate seeing you young people give back to the rest of the world."

The Scout leaders are Nancy Paisley and Tara Goho; 34 scouts participated. It's the eighth year that Tamaqua Scouts have taken part in the program.