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Friday, December 13, 2013

The Schuylkill County employees pension fund reached a market value of $118,803,278 at the end of November but as of Wednesday it dropped to $118,551,385, Ron Zimmerman, deputy county controller, told the Schuylkill County Employees Retirement Board this week.

During November three members received annuity totaling $797,184, five members received funds totaling $7,315, and two employees were granted buy-back from leave of absence.

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Carbon County residents can expect to pay the same amount on their county taxes in 2014.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve the 2014 spending plan with no changes from its preliminary adoption last month.

That means that a homeowner with a $100,000 home that is assessed at $50,000 will pay $512.50 in county real estate taxes next year.

The budget, which is broken down into operating funds, $42,138,271; capital projects, $745,000; and special funds, $2,292,325; totals $45,175,596.

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The calendar for 2014-15 school year was adopted by the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board with the first day of school being Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, and the last day, Friday, May 29, 2015.

The holidays will be: Thanksgiving Recess, Nov. 27-28, and Dec. 1, 2014; Christmas Holiday, Dec. 24, 2014, through Jan. 4, 2015; Good Friday, April 3, 2015, and Easter Recess, April 2, 6-7, 2015, which will also serve as snow makeup days, and Memorial Day, May 25, 2015.

Six new directors were seated at the reorganization session.

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SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Marian High School students sponsored a "Giving Tree" for the 13th year in a row, spreading Christmas cheer to young and old alike. Student Council members (front) Arianna Srinivasan and Nicholas Hopeck; (back) Austin Paisley, Kassandra Mantz, Mary Susan McAndrew, Lukas Damian, with the assistance of other students, parents, faculty, staff and administration members collected dozens of gifts to be distributed through the organizations Catholic Charities in Lansford and Catholic Social Services in Scranton. Sister Bernard Agnes, IHM, is the Marian Student Council adviser.

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It was a perfect kick-off to the Christmas season at RossTownship's tree lighting event, as snow fell all around while everyone sang Christmas carols led by David Dion. Santa Claus and The Grinch joined in the fun along with, from left, Nathaniel Hudson, 10; Auden Hudson, 5; Katie Wichman, 8; EmmaWichman, 2; Benny theAustralian Shepherd; Russell Berger, 6; Austin Berger, 4;two unidentified children; and Cassidi Rutt, 9.

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St. Peter's Evangelical Congregational Church will present a Christmas program, "The Story of Christmas" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Everyone is invited.

There will also be a candlelight Christmas Eve service at St. Peter's E.C. Church at 7 p.m. Dec. 24.

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SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club recently presenteda check to the Palmerton Area Library to helpsupport all aspects of its programming and service to thecommunity. From left, Sandi Peters, PADC vice president; Diane Danielson, library director; and Andrew Nosti, senior at Palmerton Area High School and an active member of the club.

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A hearing was scheduled to resumed this morning in Schuylkill County court on the election challenge to the vote results for the contest of district attorney.

Supporters of incumbent District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon filed a petition for a recount of the county wide paper ballots, including the absentee and overseas vote, on grounds they allege an error was committed in the counting of absentee ballots.

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Smoke detectors

Jim Thorpe Fire Chief Bill Diehm, would like to let the residents of Jim Thorpe know that there are smoke detectors available. These items are for residents that do not have any for their homes. If you are interested please contact Chief Diehm at 570-325-3890.

Holiday party

Members of the Phoenix Hose Company will hold their holiday party at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 at the fire company. Deadline to make reservations is Dec. 20 and will be accepted by calling Arlene at 570-325-4251.

Class of 1964

Friday, December 13, 2013

Carbon County is planning to reduce the parking fee in its county lot in 2014.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to advertise an amendment to the parking ordinance of the lot. The amendment, which Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard outlined, will be to continue charging $5 on weekdays; but reduce the weekend rate from $10 to $6, with the exception of the weekends in October, which will remain as $10, as well as the St. Patrick's Day parade weekend.