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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A photograph of Koch Road Bridge, which is scheduled for replacement, was donated to Towamensing Township and hangs in the meeting room.

Supervisor Penny Kleintop announced that people are stopping at the township office to pay tax bills. That was the process before a new tax collector took office in 2012. At the April 5 meeting she said people should go to 135 Kennetta Lane which is off Gun Club Road off Forest Inn Road. It is four-tenth of a mile on Gun Club from Forest Inn to Kennetta.

Turn onto Kennetta Lane and it is the third house on the left, number 135. There is parking available in the driveway. The telephone number is 610-377-4315 or email

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Another year of prudent fiscal responsibility should bode well for residents who live in the Northern Lehigh School District.

The school board, on an 8-0 vote on Tuesday, agreed to adopt the proposed 2012-13 general fund budget with no tax increase. Director Donna Kulp was absent.

Sherri Molitoris, co-director of business affairs/human resources, announced that next year's $28,106,782 budget calls for a zero-mill increase.

If the board were to approve that budget, it would leave the property tax rate unchanged at 64.37 mills in Lehigh and Northampton counties.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

State Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Northampton/Lehigh) is scheduled to hold an education mandate meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Northern Lehigh High School auditorium.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Swedesford Properties Inc. employee Al Dunn tosses an artificial Christmas tree into a trash container.

Jose Garcia swings a sledgehammer, bringing it down onto a piece of wood that once supported the front steps of the house at 6 Leisenring St. in Lansford. With the steps and support gone, he and co-worker Al Dunn begin hauling out the mountains of junk that pack the basement: At least four vacuum cleaners, several bedraggled artificial Christmas trees, an air conditioner, a child's scooter, a metal headboard, piles of cardboard boxes and a shiny brass ceiling fan.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
AP PHOTO Rick Santorum announces he is withdrawing from the GOP presidential race.

WASHINGTON (AP) – From obscure former senator driving a pickup truck across Iowa, Rick Santorum made a surprising – he calls it miraculous – leap to become the most formidable threat to Mitt Romney's march to the Republican nomination. His shoestring campaign, which ended Tuesday, was a constant reminder of Romney's trouble connecting with the party's conservative core.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Girl Scout Junior Troop 50363 members of West End Service Unit of Girl Scouts are working to achieve their Bronze Award with an event named "Scouts Sharing Stories" The event will be held on Saturday, April 21, in the Pleasant Valley Middle School cafeteria from 12-3 p.m.

The girls plan to host 100 fellow girl scouts, along with Cub Scouts in grades K through 3.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Dr. Mark McGalla, principal at Lehighton Area Middle School, announces the honor roll for third marking period of the 2011-12 school year.

Principal's list

(95 or higher composite average with no grade lower than a 90)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

James Kishbaugh, Nesquehoning Fire Chief and president of the Carbon County Firemen's Association, has been named the recipient of Nesquehoning VFW Post's Outstanding Citizen Award.

Presentation will be made tonight in the Nesquehoning Fire Co. headquarters.

Elmer Davis, Lansford, will be master of ceremonies while the presentation will be made by Milan Skodacek, incoming commander.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

State Sen. John Yudichak joined Governor Tom Corbett and state Sen. Lisa Baker Monday at the Luzerne County Courthouse as Senate Bill 815, which requires legal counsel be present at juvenile delinquency hearings, was signed into law.

"Minors will no longer be able to waive their right to an attorney when appearing in Pennsylvania juvenile courts," said Yudichak. "To see the look in their eyes when they had to turn to their parents after hearing that they would be shackled, and immediately taken out of the court and imprisoned at a juvenile justice facility is unimaginable.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Brodheadsville Tractor Supply Company's store manager, Bob Hodgson and Tammy Graeber, director/founder of The Garden of Giving, are asking people to help "Fill the Truck" with supplies needed for The Garden's flock of chickens to be held Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

The fight against hunger within the West End community will be addressed next month thanks to the new partnership between Tractor Supply Company and The Garden of Giving in a "Fill the Truck" event on Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. It will be held at the Brodheadsville Tractor Supply Company store, located at 1580 Route 209.