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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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Line by line, dollar by dollar, four members of Coaldale council who want to bring back the borough's full-time police officers pulled monies away from estimated expenses in the borough's 2014 budget.

At the special budget meeting Monday, members were able to set aside enough money to cover health and life insurance for three full-time officers, and also increase the monies designated for police officers' salaries from $199,000 to $210,000.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Our Lady of the Angels Academy students who won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee are, from left, Bryan Smith, third place; Colin Rehnert, first place; and Nadiya Sieger, second place. All are sixth grade students.

Colin Rehnert, a sixth grade student at Our Lady of the Angels Academy, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 15, and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.

During the school-level bee, fifth through eighth grade students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 26th annual National Geographic Bee. This year's bee is sponsored by Google

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Several sewer plant issues, and the use of Community Development Block Grant money, were key topics at Slatington's Water/ Sewer/Highway Workshop Committee meeting Monday evening.

Sewer Chairman Bob Steets said three quotes had recently come in for a liquid ring compressor pump on a digester; one from Bellview Pump Sales & Service, one from Crystal Spring Electric and one from Flow Data Industries, LLC.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Albin Petschauer, left, and Angelo Greek, both second graders, are showing some of their class' contributions to the service project, which will kick off this year's Catholic Schools Week at Our Lady of the Angels Academy.

A schoolwide service project to help aid Food for the Poor Inc., an ecumenical Christian nonprofit organization that provides food, medicine, and shelter to the poor in Latin America and the Caribbean, will kick off this year's observance of National Catholic Schools Week at Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Two visitors approached the Slatington Parks and Recreation Commission Monday night seeking further help in moving a Boy Scout monument along Scout House Road to borough property along the Slate Heritage Trail.

Former Troop 65 members Bill Carlton and Vince Morris last week visited Slatington Borough Council in hopes of getting the move approved. This week, they asked the commission if it could take up an offer council had made, after approving the move, to provide them some mechanical and financial assistance.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
ARCHIVES/DONALD R. SERFASS  On May 11, 2005, a fly ash truck overturned on Route 54 in Nesquehoning, dumping its cargo into the environment.

(Editor's note: This is the second part of a two-part series about clean water in our region.)

Concern about the potential for water and air contamination dominated the news in the Tamaqua/Panther Valley area a decade ago.

The issue arose as early as 2002 with proposals by Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company, Pottsville, to begin reclamation of the Springdale Pit using fly ash, or coal combustion waste.

The pit is a 1,200-foot-wide and 400-foot-deep mine reclamation excavation falling within Carbon and Schuylkill counties.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
'Pray for Emily' page honors teen crash victim

Friends and family of one of five teenagers in Sunday's Franklin Township crash have started a Facebook page in her honor.

"Pray for Emily" was started as a tribute to Palmerton teen, Emily Brong.

At press time this morning, the page already had more than 2,650 likes. Through the page, family and friends are offering prayers for Emily, who is still in ICU at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest.

The multi-car crash happened along Pohopoco Road in Franklin Township just after 11 a.m Sunday.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Tamaqua Area School District is reviewing a $24.8 million preliminary budget for the 2007-08 fiscal year that is projecting a deficit of $877,861.

The budget already includes a proposed 1.41 mill real estate tax increase, which is not enough to cover the deficit without using the district's reserves, according to business manager Connie Ligenza.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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