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Friday, June 21, 2013
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A sign was erected this week in the Little Schuylkill River in Tamaqua to warn boaters of danger when passing beneath the East Broad Street bridge, where a rebuilding project is swinging into high gear. "Bridge construction. Use extreme caution when boating in this area," reads the sign. There was no indication if a boating detour is in effect.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Monroe County will soon receive more than $142, 000 in Marcellus Shale impact fees to strengthen infrastructure and improve the environment, Rep. Mario M. Scavello (R-Monroe) today announced.

"while Monroe County is not situated in the heart of Marcellus Shale drilling, we and many counties like us across the state are reaping the benefits of drilling in our Marcellus Shale region," said Scavello. "With county and municipal budgets strapped for cash, this funding will help make necessary improvements to help keep our infrastructure and environment safe."

Friday, June 21, 2013

Twenty-one zoning permits were issued by the Schuylkill County Zoning Office with the estimated cost of construction set at $5.2 million. Those who received permits were:

Duane and Gail Day, New Ringgold, for an accessory structure, $14,000; Robert and Diane Jones, New Philadelphia, dwelling with attached garage, $300,000.

Richard Roehl, Cass Township, accessory structure, $3,399; Charles Gonder and Corie Wiest, Porter Township, addition, $3,900; John Walaitis Jr., Cass Township, in-ground pool, $10,000; Charles Kimmel, Gordon, addition, $5,500;

Friday, June 21, 2013
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Summer officially arrived today. Enjoying the great weather we've been having is 2-year-old Alfred Wu, who is helped down the slide at Tamaqua's Evan George Willing Memorial Skate/Family Park by his father, K Wu.

Friday, June 21, 2013

On Monday evening, Lehighton Area School Board will be faced with the task of approving the final budget for the 2013-2014 school year which at this time includes a slight real estate tax increase.

The proposed 2013-2014 budget includes a 1.86 percent increase correlating to a .88 mills increase for taxpayers.

According to Lehighton Area School District Business administrator J. Michael Malay, Jr., the increase to a taxpayer with a $50,000 taxable assessment is $44.

Friday, June 21, 2013

The graduates of the Catholic high schools in this area, St. Jerome's in Tamaqua, St. Mary's in Coaldale, and St. Ann's in Lansford, will attend a graduation dance in their honor at the Flagstaff Park.

The dance is sponsored by the local councils of the Knights of Columbus, the Ladies' Auxiliary, and friends. Several hundred are expected to attend.

Special buses will take the graduates to the affair.

Friday, June 21, 2013
Jessalyn Rider

Two individuals charged with retail theft at Wal-Mart in Mahoning Township last September have been arrested again for retail theft at the store.

Justin Jacobacci, 30, of Jim Thorpe, and Jessalyn Rider, 20, of Lehighton, were allegedly involved in a theft at the store on May 7.

Also charged in the May 7 incident was Anthony Jacobacci, 55, of Jim Thorpe.

Police said on May 7, they issued a press release attempting to identify a male involved in a retail theft at Wal-Mart where an air conditioner valued at $419 was stolen.

Friday, June 21, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured is the Tamaqua Police Department's new 2013 Ford Interceptor. It was purchased to replace the department's Dodge Charger. Officers added that this car was specifically designed by Ford for police use. Officers state the Ford has more room inside and is ergonomically designed.

The Tamaqua Police Department was praised by Borough Council during the recent borough council meeting.

Councilmen Dave Mace and Ken Smulligan stated the council's appreciation to the department regarding the recent drug busts and improvements to the department.

Continuing, councilman Tom Cara and Mayor Chris Morrison added that the amount of arrests has substantially increased, while the amount of overtime has been reduced.

Friday, June 21, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Removal of the sidewalks on both sides of the bridge has exposed it's original arches.

PennDOT subcontractors are well underway with the rehabilitation of Tamaqua's US209 West Broad Street Bridge.

Contractors have removed the sidewalks and sidewalk supports of the bridge, exposing three normally-hidden masonry arches, spandrel walls and stone retaining walls.

The original stone masonry bridge, built in 1904, was widened in 1933 to include concrete sidewalks.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Carbon County will likely receive about $250,000 less in the amount of funding it asked for to operate the communications center and system.

The county was notified by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency that Carbon would be receiving $950,596.23 in E911 funding for the 2013-14 fiscal year. The county had asked for about $1.2 million.

According to PEMA, this year's total E911 funding requests came to $259 million. But the state received only $116 million in revenue.