Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Dear Editor,

With the lack of funding for projects in the PlanCon pipeline and districts waiting multiple years after project completion with no reimbursement in sight, a debt is owed to the local school district taxpayers who are currently footing the bill for the Pennsylvania Department of Education's obligation to support school construction.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Franklin Township resident is seeking relief from hearing the constant boom of fireworks.

Dennis Green of Long Run Road, asked Franklin Township supervisors for help in having to listen to the constant boom of M-80s each night.

"I usually don't get too wound up," said Green, "But my house shook a few time."

Green said that he's called police three or four times and so far it hasn't deterred who is setting off the fireworks.

Saturday, August 23, 2014
Special to the Times News/Judy Dolgos-Kramer Fire Commission Chairman Ralph Lennon, right, congratulates Richard Kennedy of Lake Harmony, who was named Kidder Township Emergency Services Person of the Year.

Richard Kennedy has been named the 2014 Kidder Township Emergency Services Person of the Year.

The presentation was made Thursday at the Kidder Township board of supervisors' meeting by Ralph Lennon, chairman of the township fire commission.

A volunteer firefighter with the Lake Harmony Fire Company, Kennedy started out volunteering his services by helping to restore a fire truck. Along the way he brought in more volunteers to assist with the restoration, eventually completing the job at a cost of $7,000, a savings of $43,000 to the taxpayers.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Rush Township's Safe Route to School project in the Meadow Avenue area may continue with tweaks throughout the next few weeks.

During a meeting Thursday, supervisors advised residents to sign up for "red alerts" by using the township's website. That way, they'll get updates on the status of the project and any proposed changed.

Originally, the plan called for sidewalks to be completed on one side of Meadow Avenue for several blocks. However, contractor Heim Construction may instead go block by block, completing the sidewalk work on both sides of each block.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Schuylkill County President Judge William Baldwin on Aug. 13 sentenced a number of local lawbreakers. In addition to their punishments, all must pay court costs and fees.

Kenneth R. Shankweiler, 52, of Barnesville: Charged by Rush Township police with driving under the influence after an accident on April 17.

Baldwin sentenced Shankweiler to six months of intermediate punishment. He must serve 30 days in jail, with work release, followed by 90 days of house arrest with electronic surveillance, followed by 30 days of strict supervision, followed by 30 days of probation.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is committed to supporting nonprofit agencies that respond to the needs of its neighbors throughout the region. The foundation's board of directors recently approved more than $130,000 in contributions that will be shared by 14 United Ways across BCNEPA's 13-county service area.

As part of that contribution, the Greater Weatherly Area Community Chest and United Way of Carbon County each received $1,000 targeted specifically to support health-related programs for Carbon County residents.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A concert scheduled by Uriah Heep on September 26 at Penn's Peak has been cancelled.

Officials from Penn's Peak said those who bought tickets should return them to the point of purchase for a refund. For more information on this cancelation, please call the Penn's Peak Box Office at 866-605-7325.

The band's Web site shows Uriah Heep is presently touring in Europe. In fact, the rest of the concert dates this year are in Europe, most of them in Germany.

The next concert at Penn's Peak will be Friday, Sept. 5, by the rock bands Winger and Firehouse.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett Friday nominated the widow of Schuylkill County's late Recorder of Deeds to take his place, and nominated a Pottsville lawyer to replace the former Clerk of Courts, who left office in April under a cloud of suspicion of financial misdeeds.

The full Senate must approve the nominees before they can take office.

Recorder of Deeds nominee Ann Dudish has held a variety of financial controller positions over the past 30 years and most recently served as controller for the Anthracite Abstract Company and Murphy Jewelers.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Mark Belaus, Pottsville, throws the dough while making a Sweet Pizzz pizza. The bar and restaurant, located at the corner of Lafayette and Pitt streets, Tamaqua, has reopened under new management.The establishment was opened as Butch and Sally's, then Impressions, the Smulligan's and most recently, Two Corners. After extensive remodeling, it's now 2 Corners Whiskey Bar and Sweet Pizzz Pizza, with a full eat-in or take-out menu, open from 3 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. It's owned by William H. Phillips of Pottsville.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Dear Editor,

During a recent motor trip to and from Atlanta on our Interstate highways, I made the following observations and now have questions we should all be asking our incumbent state legislators. (States traveled in were Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.)

With the exception of South Carolina, Pennsylvania's road surface conditions were the worst. Why were our major roads allowed to deteriorate to this point? The other states had smooth roads and were a pleasure to drive on.