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Friday, January 14, 2011

Palmerton continues to review its financial options in conjunction with the eventual rehabilitation of its wastewater treatment plant.

Borough Council met on Thursday to further discussion on the wastewater treatment plant, according to borough Manager Rodger Danielson.

Based on bids that were opened by the borough last month, the plant figures to cost the borough over $8.1 million, or about $1.5 million less than initially anticipated.

Friday, January 14, 2011

As the economy struggles to recover, many working families can be assured that valuable federal tax credits are available to help meet the financial challenges caused by unemployment and cutbacks at work. In fact, tax filers in 2011 may be eligible for an Earned Income Tax Credit worth up to $5,666, and may qualify for additional tax credits even if they did not earn enough income in 2010 to owe income tax.

Friday, January 14, 2011
Larry Neff/special to the times news Firefighters pour water into the home during Thursday morning's fire in Slatington.

The fire that engulfed a duplex along Slatington's Center Avenue yesterday morning has displaced two families. Starting early Thursday morning in the first floor of the Lalik family's home at 405 W. Center Ave., the fire quickly spread, despite the morning's freezing temperatures.

Friday, January 14, 2011

A public hearing on a bridge replacement project in Towamensing Township is scheduled for Feb. 3.

Carbon County Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, announced that the county will be replacing bridge 16, which is a single-lane bridge, located along Koch Road in Towamensing. A public hearing is required to allow for public comment.

Ron Tirpak, the county engineer, will discuss the design concept, answer any questions residents may have, and accept input at the meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Towamensing Township building.

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Carbon County Commissioners will be looking at possibly cutting employee seminar expenses.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Charles Getz stressed the need to look at ways to save money.

"We got to start getting tougher (on county spending) because I don't want to see anyone get laid off and I don't want to see taxes go up," he said.

Getz suggested that over the next few weeks, the board sit down and look at seminar costs and see if they can cut some of the spending. He hopes to make a decision on seminars by Jan. 31.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Three temporary Carbon County Election Board members will be appointed in February.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said that three election board members will need to be appointed for 2011 since the commissioners cannot serve on the board when they are up for reelection.

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has announced that its Bethlehem office will serve Carbon County residents for their tax needs.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, made the announcement on behalf of the state Department of Revenue during the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday,.

O'Gurek explained that previously, the workload for the county was shared by the department's Pottsville and Reading offices.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Although the preliminary budget passed by the Panther Valley School Board last night calls for a six-mill tax increase, directors urged residents not to panic.

"I'd like to stress that this is a preliminary budget," said budget and finance committee chair Anthony Pondish. "We are not even close. This will be significantly less," he added.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Another defendant in a home invasion incident in Lansford was sentenced this week in Carbon County court.

Justin Scott Nahf, 21, of Dublin, Bucks County, was sentenced on Thursday by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve 12 to one day less 24 months in the county prison on a charge of robbery.

Nahf was one of four arrested for entering the home of Derek Hunsicker, of E. Snyder Ave., on Dec. 18, 2009, and assaulting the homeowner and his brother, Rick, 23.