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Friday, September 16, 2011

More than 500 people attended the dedication of a new building of the Goodwill Fire Company, Germansville. State Representatives William Klingaman and Joseph Zellers were among the speakers. Lehigh County Commissioner talked about the history of the fire company, noting that it was officially organized on September 18, 1915. A highlight of the dedication festivities included competition involving 13 fire companies.

Friday, September 16, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Kylie Boatright, 5, sports an all-pink look with her bright dress and cone of cotton candy during the community fair held recently at the Willing Park in Tamaqua. The event was courtesy of the New Life Assembly of God Church.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Kidder Township Supervisors last night discussed the events surrounding next week's Pennsylvania State Fire Convention being hosted by the Lake Harmony and Albrightsville Volunteer Fire companies.

Township Manager John Finnerty said the entire community has pulled together to make this a welcoming event for the conventioneers attending from around the state. Landscaping and beatification projects started early in the spring when Kidder Township was chosen to be the site for the convention.

Friday, September 16, 2011
M. CRAIG MCDONALD/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pleasant Valley High School Junior Ashley Flugel, who turned 17 on September 11th, spent the day practicing her driving skills in the parking lot of the high school.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The ruling by the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records was upheld by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin in Schuylkill County Court, directing Rush Township to provide Marion Lazur with access to certain township financial records without redaction.

The court, however, denied her request for the township to pay her reasonable attorneys fees and costs.

Friday, September 16, 2011

A project to replace its high school stadium lights could cost Palmerton Area School District just under $100,000.

The district received eight bids on Thursday, with J.B. Electric, Minersville, submitting the apparent low bid of $99,469 to do the work.

That figure was $10,512 lower than the next lowest bid of $109,981 turned in by Thomas L. Hoffman Co., of Allentown.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Twenty more properties within the boundaries of Tamaqua Area School District had their real estate values increased by the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board after hearings held at the county courthouse on district appeals.

To date 54 buildings had their market value and assessment raised, adding $1,742,743 in assessed valuation which will mean more tax money for the district, boroughs and townships which exist within the school's boundary.

The increases levied include:

Friday, September 16, 2011

It could cost Palmerton Area School District $157,000 to conduct a water mitigation project at three of its facilities.

Superintendent Carol Boyce said the project entails repairs to the building exteriors, primarily at Parkside Education Center, as well as Towamensing Elementary and the junior high school.

The project will include pointing of brick masonry, sealing against water infiltration, and application of coatings, Boyce said.

Friday, September 16, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Members of Carbon County Safe Kids on Thursday thanked county commissioners for their support of Child Passenger Safety Week. Seated, from left, are Safe Kids members Adrienne Vasiliou, parent and community representative; Marsha Resch, Blue Mountain Health System; and Evalynn Kuehner, Right From the Start. Standing are Commissioner Charles Getz, Commissioners Chairman William O'Gurek, Safe Kids Chairwoman Mindy Graver, and Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, who serves on the Safe Kids board of directors.

Carbon County Commissioners on Thursday issued a proclamation declaring Sept. 18-24 as Child Passenger Safety Week in the county.

Mindy Graver, who serves as the Chairwoman of Carbon County Safe Kids, thanked commissioners for their support. Commissioner Wayne Nothstein serves on the group's board of directors.

Friday, September 16, 2011

A Palmerton man entered a guilty plea to driving under the influence (DUI) on Thursday morning in Carbon County court.

Larry Allen Schweibinz, 57, was scheduled to have a non-jury trial before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb when he changed his mind and pleaded guilty.

Schweibinz was arrested along Delaware Avenue in Palmerton on Oct. 14, 2009. Given a test, the result was .25BAC.