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Friday, July 27, 2012

A New Ringgold man was one of four defendants who received hearings in the Schuylkill County Court on bench warrants which were issued for their arrest.

Michael Vincent Gustis, 31, of 111 Bear Creek Drive, had his bench warrant dissolved by Judge James P. Goodman and bail reinstated.

Friday, July 27, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Borough Councilman Jason Behler presents a Certificate of Recognition the borough received from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs to council President Terry Costenbader. The certificate was in honor of the borough's upcoming Centennial Celebration.

Palmerton is in search of additional part-time officers to round out its police department.

The matter came to light after Borough Council unanimously agreed on Thursday to remove officer David Gentile from its substitute police officers list.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson informed council that the borough has advertised for part-time officers.

Contacted this morning, borough Police Chief Randy Smith confirmed that the department has a need for part-timers, as it currently has just three.

Friday, July 27, 2012

The annual Concourse Club of Palmerton Art Show for adults and students, in all media and photography, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 9 from 1-4 p.m. at St. John Neuman School at 3rd and Lafayette Ave., Palmerton.

If interested in entering the show, applications can be obtained from www.concourseclub.org or at the Palmerton Area Library, 402 Delaware Ave., or by calling 610-377-0530.

Friday, July 27, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Borough Council President Terry Costenbader voices his displeasure after a motion to not build a new fire station in the borough failed.

Palmerton Borough Council's failure to support a motion to not construct a new fire station in the borough has lit a fire under one borough councilman.

A motion by Councilman Kris Hoffner to not proceed with plans to build a new fire station was defeated by a 4-3 measure on Thursday, much to the dismay of council President Terry Costenbader.

Councilmen Chris Olivia, Richard Nothstein, Jeremy Barbosa and Michael Ballard voted against the motion. Councilman Jason Behler, Hoffner, and Costenbader voted in the affirmative.

Friday, July 27, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Diane Hudock of Lehighton, a volunteer with the Palmerton Area Library's summer reading program, shows the children how to make their own Poppy, the little big who dares to dream big in the children's book, "Dream Big, Little Pig" by Kristi Yamaguchi.

Friday, July 27, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Weissport Councilman Arland Moyer and borough worker Pete Pywar parked vehicles and placed flares on White Street to prevent someone from coming in contact with a downed cable wire. Moyer said that he had called Blue Ridge Communications and alerted the company about the problem, but were parking vehicles on the roadway to protect drivers from hitting it and causing further damage. The storm on Thursday night was the likely cause of the downed wire.

Friday, July 27, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

A member of the Bowmanstown Volunteer Fire Company uses a chainsaw to cut trees that were knocked down along Route 248 following Thursday evening's storm.

Friday, July 27, 2012

HARRISBURG – The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster), convened this morning to review a proposal sponsored by Senators David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill) and Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) that would eliminate the school district property taxes and replace the funding for public schools with a new mixture of expanded sales and state income taxes.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Students in Panther Valley School District's middle and senior high schools and the Jim Thorpe Area School District's high school may be eligible for grants of up to $15,000 each to attend private schools under the state's $50 million Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program in the upcoming school year.

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Carbon County Navy Club will meet Monday, July 30, 7:30 p.m. at the VFW at 300 E. Center St., Nesquehoning. Scott Reinhart will be in charge. New members are welcome. Applications will be available at the meeting.