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Monday, February 6, 2012

The Feb. 7 meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary of the New Columbus Fire Company has been canceled.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Whoa-Riders 4-H Horse and Pony Club is now accepting new members in Carbon County. Any child interested in horses or equines, who are between the ages of 8 and 19, is welcome to join. Positions for members are limited. Members will learn leadership skills, volunteer for their community, learn about equines and have fun.

If interested, contact Diane Conner at (610) 871-1930 for more information.

Monday, February 6, 2012

A state Department of Environmental Resources (DER) official said new regulations pertaining to landfills will mandate the Coaldale landfill will be closed within two years. Dale Williams, DER's acting regional operations manager, Wilkes-Barre, said all unlined landfills such as Coaldale's will be phased out by the state "within a short period of time." The fact that the borough landfill does not have monitoring wells required by current state regulations "is one more reason why they (Coaldale) would be closed down," Williams said.

Monday, February 6, 2012

A Lansford man was one of seven people entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in the Schuylkill County Court.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Eighteen area people were among 95 who were arraigned Monday before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon on criminal charges and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested trial by jury. They were:

John Jones, 30, of 101 Pine Street, Tamaqua, charged by Corporal Henry Woods, Tamaqua Police, with theft of a pager from the American Hose Company valued at $200.

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Jim Thorpe Area Democratic Club will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. at the home of Bill and Nancy Mason, 1204 Center St., Jim Thorpe.

The guest speaker will be Ronald Rabenold, candidate for the Pa. House of Representatives, 122nd Legislative District. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Randy Rabenold of Lehighton. His father was a teacher and basketball coach in the Jim Thorpe Area School District for many years before retiring.

Registered Democrats are invited to attend this meeting, which will be presided over by Edith Lukasevich, club president.

Monday, February 6, 2012

St. Jerome's Regional School, Tamaqua, has released its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2011-2012 school year. To earn Distinguished Honors, students must maintain a 95 or above in all subjects, with a G in conduct and effort. For First Honors, students must earn a 93 average or above with no mark lower than 90, and a G in conduct and effort. Second Honors are awarded to students earning a 90 average or above with no mark lower than 86, and a G in conduct and effort.

Monday, February 6, 2012

At long last, Palmerton Area High School's authentic restrooms will receive a makeover.

The school district will accept bids for complete renovations to a set of the school's restrooms until 10 a.m. March 7.

Demolition, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and finishes are among the renovations the work will entail to the restrooms, which are original to the building.

Contacted this morning, Superintendent Carol Boyce told the TIMES NEWS both the men's and women's restrooms in the main hallway will be made handicapped accessible.

Monday, February 6, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Rebecca Bailey, a representative of both the Carbon County Friends of Animals for cats and the K-9 Shelter for dogs, picked up pet-related items collected by the students of Saint Joseph Regional Academy (SJRA) in Jim Thorpe as part of the celebration of Catholic Schools Week. SJRA Principal Melissa Novatnack said that the students do a major donation every year to give back to the community. Rebecca was accompanied by two Black Labs that were adopted through the K-9 Shelter.

Monday, February 6, 2012

In January, Jim Thorpe Borough's Engineer, Entech Inc., presented borough council with information about the wastewater treatment plant in Jim Thorpe. Project suggestions were made by Entech.

The wastewater treatment plant was built in the 1960s with some upgrades and additions being made over the years.

One project suggestion involved installing a pH alarm system. The system would have real time monitoring of the pH and it would be tied into the existing alarm system.