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Friday, February 10, 2012

Panther Valley school board on Thursday voted in favor of the Carbon Career and Technical Institute's 2012-13 budget.

Panther Valley's share of the $6,983,946 spending plan next year comes to $887,138 – $14,840 more than the 2011-12 portion.

Further, CCTI Business Administrator Jeffry P. Deutsch said the school chose not to bill Panther Valley about $39,000 this year due to the poor economy.

Instead, he said, CCTI found places to cut back.

Deutsch and administrative director David Reinbold attended Thursday's public board meeting to explain the budget.

Friday, February 10, 2012

State Senator John Yudichak (D-14th) today reminded area senior citizens that while some companies are charging $45 to assist in filing for the property tax/rent rebate program, his offices offer the service free of charge.

"I want all senior citizens to know that free assistance for the PA Property Tax and Rent Rebate program is readily available at my district offices in Nanticoke, Exeter or Jim Thorpe," Yudichak said. "In tough economic times, it is essential that we do not spend more than required and paying for a free service is not a good financial decision."

Friday, February 10, 2012

Faith Alive Church, 678 Pine St., Bowmanstown, is offering a seven week children's group beginning from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, during Lent. The curriculum includes Bible lessons, crafts, activities and snacks. There is no cost. The group will meet for six Wednesdays and one Thursday. Parents who want their child to attend should contact Faith Alive Church at (610) 852-2805 or email fasgm@ptd.net.

Friday, February 10, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Brian Rich

Reading Anthracite President Brian Rich announced recently his intention to bring private-sector leadership and job-creation experience to the state Senate.

"There are too many career politicians in Harrisburg with no fiscal discipline and no understanding of how to create jobs," Rich said. "Unfortunately, a number of them are experts at spending money, raising taxes, and furthering their own interests. We need leadership in Harrisburg to turn Pennsylvania around."

Born and raised in Schuylkill County, Rich is a graduate of Pottsville Area High School and Boston University.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Carbon County Commissioners are urging farmers to contact the Pennsylvania Farm Service Agency about the proposed closure of the Carbon/Monroe county FSA office.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, explained the deadline for sending written comment about the proposed consolidation is Feb. 16.

"I strongly encourage all farmers to contact, not only the FSA, but their elected officials as well," Nothstein said. "This is a great disservice to our farmers if the office moves."

Friday, February 10, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Firefighters respond quickly as smoke pours out a second story window of a Coaldale home Thursday morning.

Firefighters from Coaldale and surrounding communities were called to a house fire at 21 West Howard Ave. just after 10 a.m. Thursday after homeowners saw and smelled smoke coming from an upstairs bedroom.

Responding within a few minutes of the call, firefighters sprayed water into one of the bedrooms of the home. Heavy smoke could be seen pouring out one of the windows as firefighters broke windows to control the fire.

Friday, February 10, 2012
Wayne Nothstein

Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, was recently named as the chairman of a state military and veteran's affairs committee.

During the county commissioners meeting on Thursday, Nothstein said that he received a request from Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz, who serves as the 2012 County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania president, asking him to serve as chair of CCAP's Military and Veteran's Affairs Committee. Nothstein has served on the committee as a member.

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Palmerton Area Library now has tax forms available for the public. Federal and state tax forms, booklets and envelopes are free. More obscure forms that need to be copied from the tax book are $.25 per page. Local tax forms are also available for a small fee. The public is invited to stop in during regular library hours to pick up their tax forms. The library is open: Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Kindergarten registration in the Panther Valley School District will be held on March 28, 29 and 30, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For a child to be registered for kindergarten, the parent must call the Panther Valley Elementary School at (570) 669-9411 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and make an appointment.

No walk-ins will be accepted.

Registration will be held at the Panther Valley Elementary School, 1 N. Mermon Avenue, Nesquehoning.