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Thursday, January 29, 2015

State Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon, and state Sen. John Yudichak, D-Luzerne/ Carbon, announced Tuesday that nearly $300,000 has been awarded to over two dozen volunteer fire and emergency organizations throughout Carbon County.

The funding is part of an ongoing grant program created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Christopher Czapla, principal of Tamaqua Area Middle School, has released names of students attaining honor roll status for the second marking period of the 2014-2015 school year.

To be eligible for highest honors, students must maintain a cumulative average of 95 or higher, with no grade lower than a 93.

For high honors, students must earn grades of 90 or higher, with no grade lower than 86. An average of 86 or above, with no grade lower than 78 is required for honors status.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Schuylkill County mother who dumped her newborn's body in the trash is a free woman.

Schuylkill County Judge James Goodman on Monday sentenced Tara Lynne Paltanavage, 23, of Middleport, to four to 23 months in prison on charges of abuse of a corpse and concealing the death of a child, but immediately released her on parole. She'll also serve five years of probation.

He also dropped a charge of recklessly endangering another person.

Goodman gave Paltanavage credit for the 175 days she's spent in jail. He also ordered her to perform 100 hours of community service.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
AP Photo/Steven Senne Cars sit buried by drifted snow Wednesday at a used auto dealer in Norwood, Massachusetts, after a winter snowstorm slammed New England on Tuesday. The storm buried the Boston area in more than 2 feet of snow and lashed it with howling winds that exceeded 70 mph.

Geoff Mooney, a 1974 graduate of Lehighton Area High School who moved to sunny California right after high school, now makes his home in Sutton, Massachusetts, where it often gets cold and snowy.

On Tuesday, he experienced the deepest snow he's ever seen when the East Coast blizzard dumped three feet in his hometown.

In addition, high winds howled most of the night.

He couldn't drive for a couple of days.

Despite this, he said, "It wasn't so bad."

He said because the snow was light, he had no power outage.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Schuylkill County President Judge William Baldwin has admitted a Lehighton man into the accelerated rehabilitative disposition program.

Jonathan Steward, 29, of Lehighton, was charged by Rush patrolman Adam Sinton following a Nov. 19, 2013, incident with DUI of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving at an unsafe speed.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday were presented with the Local Government Cooperation award for their work in giving radios to each volunteer fire company in the county and for their role in establishing a firefighting school.

The award, a wooden fire-helmet-shaped plaque with a brass plate, was presented by Don Konkle, executive director of the Pennsylvania Fire & Emergency Services Institute, Harrisburg; Brian Connely, the group's vice president; and Frank Zangari, president of the county Fire Chiefs Association.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS This building along Patterson Street (Route 209) in Lansford, the former Panther Valley Junior High School, is being sold to MGD National Investment Group c/o Mark Edgar for $836. It was built in 1916 and was used as a school until May 2007.

When a person doesn't pay taxes, a lien is posted on the property and theoretically the taxing authority will receive the owed taxes when the parcel is sold at a tax sale.

Reality doesn't always mirror theory.

When there are no bidders on a tax sale property, a judicial sale occurs.

Any property that remains unsold after the upset sale and the judicial tax sale then appears on a repository list.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

State police at Swiftwater are investigating a report of a sexual assault at East Stroudsburg University.

According to police, a female student reported being assaulted by a male student between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Jan. 24. The victim and suspect knew each other and it wasn't a random act of violence, police said.

University spokeswoman Brenda Friday said the alleged assault happened at University Ridge Apartments. She declined to comment further on the incident.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A former Northampton County district attorney faces allegations of professional misconduct from state legal regulators, is accused of having "stolen" from the estate of one of his clients and also of mishandling the money of others, according to legal documents.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Aimee Hull, a junior at Tamaqua Area High School and the daughter of James and Randa Hull of Tamaqua, participated in the 2015 District 10 Chorus Festival. The three-day event showcased students from Berks, Carbon, Monroe, Schuylkill, Lehigh and Northampton counties, with guest conductor Linda Tedford, director of choral studies at Messiah College. The festival was held at Muhlenberg Area High School and featured a public performance on Jan. 24. Also pictured is John Buglio, Tamaqua Area High School choral director.