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Friday, November 4, 2011

B. D. Branch, general passenger agent of the Central Railroad of New Jersey, personally conducted the first sigt seeing excursion over the C.R.R. and Reading yesterday from New York with 171 passengers aboard. It remained in Mauch Chunk for 20 minutes during which time most of the pasengers left the train and walked around. Branch, with amplifier , broadcasted the features of the community, rich in Indian lore, navigation and railroad achievements, and peerless scenic effects. Numerous borough officials greeted the visitors.

Friday, November 4, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Danny Sugden, Tamaqua American Legion member, places a flag in preparation for tomorrow's event.

Tomorrow's Tamaqua Veterans Day Parade will be held a little differently than in prior years.

"In past years, so few people watch or participate in our Tamaqua American Legion Annual Veterans Day Parade," said Andrew Leibenguth, parade coordinator and Tamaqua American Legion historian. "During tomorrow's parade, everybody is encouraged to walk or march side by side with veterans," added Leibenguth, an Iraq war veteran.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Though highly inflated, Palmerton Area School District's 2012-13 preliminary budget calls for a 9.1-percent increase in the property tax rate.

The school board on an 8-0 vote at a special board meeting on Wednesday agreed to advertise for adoption next year's preliminary budget with a 4.46-mill increase. Director Carol Dwyer was absent.

Also as part of that motion, the board agreed to apply for potential exceptions the district may qualify for, such as debt service, retirement contributions and special education.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

U.S. residents who plan to apply for a passport will need a new birth certificate.

Joann Behrens, Carbon County prothonotary, explained that the U.S. Department of State has made changes to the requirements for obtaining a passport. The change affects the current birth certificate that residents use to apply for a passport

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Schuylkill Township supervisors announced some good news at Wednesday night's meeting. The 2012 budget will not include any tax increase for residents. According to the prepared budget, the township expects $440,100 in revenue and $424,160 in expenditures. Supervisors approved the tentative budget and it will be on file at the municipal office for inspection for twenty days.

Thursday, November 3, 2011
"Walters' Little Online Lucy," handled by Tom Walters was the Eldred Beagle Club Absolute Run, Consistency Winner and 13-inch Class Fun Trail Run-off winner.

The Eldred Beagle Club in Kunkletown held its annual Fun Trial Run-Off on September 11.

Beagles were divided into two classes, the 13-inch and the 15-inch.

The 15-inch class had two qualifiers and the 13-inch class had one qualifier.

Brad Haydt was the field trial judge for both classes and for the Absolute Run.

The 2011 Eldred Beagle Club 13-inch Class Fun Trail Run-Off Winner was, Walters' Little Online Lucy handled by Tom Walters

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Four magisterial district judge seats are to be filled in the Municipal General Election next Tuesday in Schuylkill County. Polling places open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

One new magistrate is to be elected and incumbents are seeking re-election in three other magistrial districts.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A new judge is to be elected to the Court of Common Pleas of Schuylkill County and two current members of the court are seeking retention to another term in Tuesday's Municipal General Election. Polling places open at 7 a.m and close at 8 p.m.

The incumbent District Attorney James P. Goodman is the only candidate on the ballot running for the vacant seat on the county bench as he won the nomination of both the Republican and Democrat parties in last May's Primary Election. He defeated five county attorneys. Judge candidates are permitted to cross file in the primary election.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

This month's local TV report by Sen. David G. Argall focuses on the new John E. Morgan Business Enterprise Center at Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) in Tamaqua.

LCCC recently hosted their third annual Entrepreneur Week with the theme of "Creating Economic Vitality through Entrepreneurship" where Argall spoke about how small business can create new jobs here in the future.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

There are 84,633 voters registered in Schuylkill County who are eligible to vote in the Municipal General Election to be held next Tuesday. Polls open at 7 a.m, and close at 8 p.m.

The Republican Party continues to be the majority party in the county with a registration of 40,049 followed by the Democratic Party with 36,366.

There are 31 other political parties, which are recognized in the state, to which to 650 county voters belong. They are as follows: