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Friday, January 25, 2013

Palmerton's new wastewater treatment plant is expected to be fully operational by next week.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson informed borough council on Thursday that at that time, the $10 million plant will be fully online.

In October, council agreed to extend the engineers overseeing timeline of the project. Danielson said at that time the extra engineering costs would likely be capped at about $50,000, and added the money to pay for the "construction oversight" would come "from the bond issue."

Friday, January 25, 2013

Palmerton Area School Board continues to review the 2013-14 budget in an effort to whittle down a 1.18-mill increase as currently constructed.

Business Manager Diane Serfass gathered with the board's Budget and Finance Committee and various department heads on Thursday for the first of two budget workshops.

Among the budgets that were reviewed include S.S. Palmer/Parkside Elementary; Towamensing Elementary; Curriculum, Athletics, and Technology.

Friday, January 25, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Firefighters battle a blaze at a dwelling along Birchwood Drive in the Mahoning Heights section of Mahoning Township, Thursday afternoon. Significant damage was reported to the garage area and lower level of the dwelling. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

A fire Thursday afternoon caused "significant damage" to a Mahoning Township home.

The blaze was discovered at about 3 p.m. at a home along Birchwood Drive in the Mahoning Heights section.

Assistant Fire Chief Jay Miholick said the fire was reported by "a very alert neighbor." When firefighters arrived on the scene, there were flames in the garage area and on the first floor of the structure.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The former superintendent of the Lehighton Area School District has sued the district over sick days funds.

James A. Kraky, of 7172 Herber Rd., New Tripoli, filed the action in Carbon County court recently.

Kraky claims that the district underpaid him for sick days he was due and owed after employment with the district ended.

Thursday, January 24, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS The booking area of the Carbon County Correctional Facility was one of many areas searched Wednesday by state Department of Corrections officers during the official prison shakedown.

It looked like a scene out of a movie Wednesday morning as more than 100 state Department of Corrections officers and canines converged on the Carbon County Correctional Facility in Nesquehoning.

The prison went on official lock down at 7:40 a.m., after 102 state corrections officers, eight K-9 units and five senior administration staff entered the facility. The reason for the lock down was to do an official shakedown to make sure there was no contraband or anything that was not allowed within the prison walls.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – In a rare occurrence for a Congressional freshman, Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-17) was elected to serve as the Ranking Member of a Subcommittee Cartwright will serve on the Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee for the 113th Congress. This post places Cartwright as the top Democrat on the subcommittee which is part of the larger Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Thursday, January 24, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

These white snowlike formations along Mill Creek in Aquashicola, near the border of Palmerton, appear as though they are piles of snow from afar. But upon closer investigation, you'll see they are really stacks of large crystalic shapes formed by passing water. A neighbor, who was also taking photos, said these only appear during extreme temperatures.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Four area residents, three from Tamaqua and one from New Ringgold, were arrested and charged with committing multiple burglaries in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville identified the suspects as Edward M. Matalavage, 36, of New Ringgold, Ryan M. Navitsky, 34, Matthew R. Martin, 33, and Justine Lockard, 25, all of Tamaqua.

Troopers said the four were involved, in part, with 11 break-ins that occurred over a span of time in 2011 and 2012. Matalavage and Navitsky were involved in most of the entries, troopers said.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Carbon County Environmental Education Center will host its "1st Annual Book Swap" from noon until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The event is geared to those who have books that they no longer read. Cookbooks and children's books are also welcome.

Instead of throwing those books away or letting them collect dust, bring them to the center's first ever book swap and take home a new read, while saving the landfills from more trash.

There is no need to register for this program. For more information, call (570) 645-8597.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A free luncheon will be held at the Parryville UMC, Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, weather permitting.

All are welcome.