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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Councilman David Hawk proposed a .5 mill increase in real estate taxes for the borough during Wednesday'ss monthly meeting of the Nesquehoning Borough Council.

Hawk and the rest of the budget committee met recently to review the financial status of the borough.

With an increase in expenditures of approximately $143,000, the .5 mill increase would be necessary to help meet all financial obligations.

A large portion of the increase in expenditures is budgeted toward repayment of the borough's line of credit.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A seven-foot Wheaties box proclaiming Jim Thorpe "the greatest athlete of all time" was unveiled yesterday in the community that proudly bears his name.

Gov. Mark Schweiker took part in the celebration, which honored not just Thorpe, but the local students who helped convince General Mills to place him on "The Breakfast of Champions" packages.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

People who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court were sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell:

Krystal M. Evans, 426 Pine St., Tamaqua, recklessly endangering another person, placed on probation 12 months, and ordered to pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account, submit to a drug and alcohol evaluation program, enroll and successfully complete parenting classes, and make restitution of $460 to Schuylkill Medical Center. Evans was cited by Coaldale Patrolman Joseph Krebs.

A charge of driving under the influence of drugs was dismissed.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A free luncheon to be held at Parryville UMC, Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., Nov. 23, weather permitting.

All are welcome.

This luncheon will be held one week earlier than it is normally scheduled, due to the Black Friday weekend.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Carbon County Association of Realtors will distribute coats today from 4-8 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Panther Valley Elementary School. Everyone in Carbon county is welcome to come and choose a coat.

This is the third year CCAR is holding the coat drive.

Each year it gets bigger, more coats are donated and more are given away.

Anyone with questions should call the CCAR office at 610-377-8121 or Kimberly Rabenold at 610-417-8152.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

This month's local TV report by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) features a recap of a roundtable hosted by the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, chaired by Senator Lisa Boscola (D-18), on school property tax reform.

Local senators, including John Yudichak (D-14) and John Blake (D-22) attended as members of the committee.

Thursday, November 21, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area School District Superintendent Scot Engler, center, presents a plaque made by high school senior Garrett Stahler to Charles Laviolette, president of the Palmerton Area Library board of directors, and employee Marian Hoffner.

Improvements to Palmerton's junior high school gymnasium will cost the district $5,250.

On an 8-0 vote Tuesday, the school board agreed to purchase a portable motor-operated bleacher tractor from Builders Specialty Service, Inc. Director Joshua Smale was absent.

The bleacher tractor will be funded from the district's 2010 construction bond.

Also on Tuesday, Superintendent Scot Engler presented the Palmerton Area Library with a plaque made by high school senior Garrett Stahler.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Bids are being asked by the Schuylkill County commissioners for a demolition project in Coaldale.

At Wednesday's work session held at the courthouse in Pottsville, Gary Bender, grant writer, asked approval to seek bids for demolition of a vacant property at 292 Third St., which was acquired by the borough which now seeks to demolish the structure.

Bids are also being asked for the reroofing of the Schuylkill County Prison.

Other business

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Chestnuthill Township recycling center wants it noted that it does not accept treated lumber, painted and stained wood items and flake board to be ground up for the compost pile. The guidelines were incorrect in an article on Nov. 15.

Chestnuthill Township manager David Albright said these items are not recycled but can be placed in a resident's regular waste for disposal.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

By CHRIS PARKER

cparker@tnonline.com

The state senate on Wednesday passed the transportation funding bill, which raises $2.4 billion over five years for bridge and highway repair, mass transit and other related needs.

After a sputtering start Monday, the bill appears to be on the fast track to becoming law. Today, the House is expected to vote on whether to fold it into the original transportation bill. Then, the bill goes to Gov. Tom Corbett, who is expected to immediately sign it into law.