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Thursday, December 8, 2011
Larry Neff/times news

West Penn Township police are investigating another shooting incident, this time involving the killing of a domestic animal. Police were called to the home of Erlin Moyer along Acorn Lane Tuesday morning after he discovered one of his donkeys lying dead in a field.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A concert featuring Black Fate, Hell Freeze, Infernal Opera, Skalped and Panic will be presented from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at Palmerton Sokol Hall 214, 452 Lehigh St., Lehighton.

All proceeds benefit Toys for Tots. There will be games, baked goods, food and drinks available, plus photos with Santa Claus.

For additional information, call Paula at (610) 703-1933.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tamaqua's police department will be down by one officer next year after borough officials voted to layoff one full-time person in order to help cover a $229,000 budget deficit in the general fund for 2012.

Council President Micah Gursky said that he and fellow council members Brian Connely and David Mace had several meetings to work on the budget shortfall.

"We had two meetings with the police union," said Gursky. "They're a huge part of the general fund and we asked them for some help to reduce that budget.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Schuylkill County school teacher was arrested on Wednesday and charged with allegedly possessing child pornography.

State police charged Todd Christopher Evans, 27, of 149 N. Nicholas St., Saint Clair, with 10 counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Evans is a middle school teacher in the Saint Clair Area School District.

Thursday, December 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Katherine La France, Tamaqua, sits in front of the Tamaqua High Rise as she cares for "Maxie", a pitbull owned by Pat Haldeman.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A tentative budget was approved at the December meeting of the Towamensing Township supervisors.

Supervisor Penny Kleintop said revenue has been lower substantially and many people have not paid their taxes. Building permit income is down by $16,000.

Consequently the board fit the 2012 expenditures to the amount of money the township expects to have without raising taxes.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Carbon County Navy Club Ship 260 will hold its monthly meeting Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m., at the VFW 300 E. Center Street Nesquehoning.

This is a new time and will be in effect until further notice.

Associate membership is available for any other branch of service and civilians.

Regular membership is available to any Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and Veterans, Active Duty or Reserve.

New members for any of these are always welcome.

Thursday, December 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS PennDOT contractors adjust the timing of traffic signals at the Five Points (SR209 and SR309) intersection in Tamaqua.

Tamaqua's traffic woes may be far from over, despite the fact that the traffic improvements to the downtown are nearing completion.

Rob Jones, the public works director for the borough, provided an update to borough council at this week's meeting.

"The lights have been switched over. There have been problems, as everyone is aware of," he said. "They have been fixed and they're in the process of starting a 30-day trial period."

Jones explained that during this period, they will be modifying the synchronization of the signals.

Thursday, December 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Drivers woke up this morning to frozen doors and icy windows as last night's rain fall and quick change of temperature made for icy conditions. Pictured this morning is a car in Tamaqua covered with a thin layer of icy snow. Higher elevations, such as Summit Hill, recorded up to four inches of snow that turned icy early this morning.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Lou Barletta and Tom Marino submitted a letter to U.S. Postal Service officials in support of continuing operations at the Scranton and Williamsport processing and distribution facilities.