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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A group of animal lovers met with the Carbon County administrator for a second time regarding the feral cat problem in the county.

During the meeting with Randall Smith on Tuesday evening, a handful of area residents, who included animal lovers, Carbon Animal Response Team members, shelter groups, and a veterinarian; again talked about potential options to help curb the feral cat colony problem in various municipalities throughout Carbon. Options included spaying and neutering the felines; as well as euthanizing the colonies.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
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About 10 a.m. Tuesday, traffic on SR309 in South Tamaqua, West Penn Township, was stopped for a half hour in both directions when a tractor trailer, driven by Ricky Boyer of Franzosa Trucking Company of Hazleton, experienced mechanical issues after pulling out of Central Spring Services. West Penn Fire Company and fire police assisted West Penn Police officer Melissa Boyer with traffic.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tamaqua Area School Board's various committees took action on a number of items during Tuesday night's meeting.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

With an eye toward the future, Palmerton Area School District will designate $942,000 it received in additional state funds into its fund balance.

The school board, on an 8-0 vote at a special meeting on Tuesday, approved the disposition of the additional state funds to the assigned category of its fund balance. Director Darlene Yeakel was absent.

The board agreed to designate the funds to help offset projected increases in its retirement rate contributions, special education and Carbon Career & Technical Institute costs in 2012-13.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Luzerne County man, formerly of Nesquehoning, was in Carbon County court Tuesday, again, pleading to more criminal charges filed against him as part of a four-county burglary and drug ring. He was one of several defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Gets break

Edward Cesanek, 30, of Hunlock Creek, pleaded to one count each of burglary and receiving stolen property, both felonies, but got a break in a plea agreement with the district attorney's office.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Carbon County couple, who admitted to drug dealing and drug addiction, were sentenced in the county court on Tuesday.

Amanda Dawn Rogers, 23, and Zachary Robert Lienhard, 21, both of Coaldale, previously entered guilty pleas to one count each of criminal conspiracy-possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A SCAM summer youth employment program worker, Kelly Schlier of Lehighton, received lavish praise for her honesty from Mrs. Mildred Laky of Lehighton R. 4, a retired psychologist. Mrs. Laky lost a watch, a retirement gift from her staff, at the parking lot near the swimming beach of Beltzville State Park. Schlier found the watch and turned it over to the park office. Mrs. Laky wrote a letter of praise to David L. Kemmerer, park superintendent, praising Schlier.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Palmerton Cub Scout Day Camp will be in session from August 25-29 at the Palmerton Memorial Park.

This year's theme is "Winter Wonderland". Along with the usual Scout activities like Archery, BB shooting, and swimming the boys will also enjoy "winter" related crafts, games, sports, and a science project. Special guests are planned for each day including a live team of sled dogs and the mascot from a local hockey club.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Palmerton Area School District will reinstitute 1.5 teaching positions courtesy of Accountability Block Grant funds.

The school board, on an 8-0 vote at a special meeting on Tuesday, agreed to utilize $115,408 in ABG funds to fund one full-time high school English teacher and a .5 third-grade teacher at S.S. Palmer Elementary. Director Darlene Yeakel was absent.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Jim Thorpe Rotary Club is seeking photos for its annual calendar. The pictures should represent Jim Thorpe and Carbon County and can be of any local scene that the photographer deems calendar worthy.

Twelve photos will be selected for the calendar.

Please submit the photos via email to kesh314@yahoo.com on or before July 31.