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Friday, December 30, 2011

The cost of garbage permits in Penn Forest Township have gone down this year. The township has also added a limited usage permit. The prices for a one-year permit are as follows:

Regular residential permit: $75 for four bags per week, backpunching is allowed. This price is available until Jan. 6. There is a $1 charger per extra bag.

Limited usage permit: $50 for two bags per week, no backpunching allowed. This permit is not available after Jan. 6. There is a $1 charger per extra bag.

A fee schedule is available for bigger items.

Friday, December 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A thin layer of snow and ice cover an inflatable bear and car on the lot of Tamaqua 309 Auto Sales. Even though the weather brought only a dusting last night, pedestrians had to watch their footing.

Friday, December 30, 2011
Larry Neff/Special to the times news

State police at Schuylkill Haven are continuing their investigation into the dumping of 13 tombstones in a remote area of Schuylkill county. The tombstones were discovered Wednesday morning by a hiker on property of the Reading Anthracite Company. The scene is just east of the Burma Road, about a mile northeast of St. Clair in East Norwegian Township. Security personnel of Reading Anthracite said the tombstones were dumped at the site in the past two weeks. State police are asking anyone who may have any information into the investigation to call them at (570) 593-2000.

Friday, December 30, 2011

A New Tripoli man died during a one vehicle crash early last evening in Weisenberg Township.

Fred A. Bowman, 76, was pronounced dead after his vehicle traveled into a yard and struck a well casing, a parked SUV, a concrete porch of a home, and then into a home where it caused major structure damage.

Trooper Francis L. DeMatto of the Fogelsville barracks of the state police said the investigation remains open pending a coroner's report, but that death may have occurred prior to the crash.

Friday, December 30, 2011

On Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the Pocono Inne Town the Monroe Council of Republican Women met for a Holiday Luncheon and to install new officers.

They are: Gwen Stettler, 2nd Vice President; Helen Diecidue, Corresponding Secretary; Josephine Ferro, President; Jennifer Stillmayer, Recording Secretary; Paula Muehlhan, Treasurer; Maureen Christy, Assistant Recording Secretary; Sandy Scagliotti, 1st Vice President; Sonya Cole, 3rd Vice President. Judy Murphy, Regional Director of the Pa. Federation of Republican Women, Monroe, Wayne and Pike Counties congratulated the ladies.

Friday, December 30, 2011
Victor Izzo/special to the times news

Churches throughout our area and worldwide were aglow with the sights and sounds of the season, including St. Joseph Church in Jim Thorpe, where the lights, greenery, and a Nativity scene made last weekend's Christmas Mass special for worshippers.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Five defendants have been named in a Carbon County Court of Common Pleas civil lawsuit that relates to a motor vehicle accident that happened on Dec. 28, 2009, and claimed the life of a Coaldale woman.

George Van Huynh, 33 E. High St., Coaldale, individually and in his capacity as administrator of the Estate of Linda Faye Huynh, filed the action against Regional EMS & Critical Care, Inc., 700 N. First St., Lehighton; Eugene M. Crostley, 392 Long Run Road, Lehighton; The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation, Harrisburg, Pa.; Mahoning Township; and Telco, inc.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will serve a free community New Year's Day pork and sauerkraut dinner on Sunday in it's Luther Hall. Dinner will include potatoes, vegetables and dessert.

Dinner will be served for up to 250 people from noon until 2 p.m.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

With the expected resignation of Democratic Carbon County Commissioner Charles Getz today, the vacancy on the board of commissioners is up for grabs.

Some speculate that Getz's running mate and current commissioner, fellow Democrat William O'Gurek, may be the prime candidate for the position. But, the decision of who will fill the vacancy lies with Carbon County President Judge Roger Nanovic, who will take into consideration the recommendation of the executive board of the Carbon County Democratic Committee. The person appointed to the position will serve the four-year term.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Six area people were among 19 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in the Schuylkill County Court and most of them were sentenced to jail terms by Judge John E. Domalakes.