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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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Republican candidates seeking the office of Carbon County Commissioner are, l-r, Robert Dages, Gene Duffy, Wayne Nothstein, and Tom Gerhard. They participated in a Tax Day/Candidate Nights program, sponsored by the Lehighton 9/12 Project, on Monday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Police and fire officials in Nesquehoning are investigating a suspicious fire which was discovered at 221 West Catawissa Street Tuesday afternoon. The fire was reported around 12:30 p.m. and due to a quick response by Nesquehoning, New Columbus and Hauto fire companies damage was held to a minimum. Reports from the scene indicate that the people living in the residence moved out, removing all of the contents but firefighters reportedly found a pot on the top of an activated burner on the kitchen stove. A state police fire marshal has been called to the scene.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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Democratic candidates seeking the office of Carbon County Commissioner are, l-r, Frank Ruch, James Holland, William O'Gurek, Charles Getz, and Gerald Strubinger. All took part in a Tax Day/Candidates Night event hosted by the Lehighton 9/12 Project on Monday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Eighteen criminal charges filed against Joseph Chimahosky, 55, of Germanville Road, Ashland, were dismissed by Judge John E. Domalakes after a suppression hearing held in Schuylkill County court because of a defective search warrant.

He was charged with 17 counts of sexual abuse of children by possessing child pornography on his computer and one charge of criminal use of communication facility.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tamaqua Area High School has a new Assistant Principal with the appointment of Thomas McCabe by the school board at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday.

The position will begin at a date agreed upon with the superintendent at a salary of $60,000.

Also at the meeting, Superintendent Carol Makuta announced that there will be a budget meeting on Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in the Large Group Instruction (LGI) room to discuss next year's school budget.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS State police Fire Marshal Dave Klitsch, left, escorts Todd Deem, 19, of New Ringgold, from the office of District Justice Bruce Appleton after Deem was arraigned on charges relating to an arson fire in East Penn Township.

A volunteer firefighter has been charged with setting a barn on fire in Carbon County.

State police Trooper Cpl. Shawn Hilbert, Troop N Fire Marshal Unit supervisor at Hazleton, said Todd Alan Deem II, 19, of 105 Dorset Rd., in New Ringgold, Schuylkill County, has been charged with three counts of arson and related offenses and one count each of recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief.

Deem is a volunteer with the West Penn Township Fire Company in Andreas, Schuylkill County.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bishop John Barres of the Catholic Diocese of Allentown will preside at a dedication ceremony for the new St. Ann Senior Apartments, Lansford, on Tuesday, April 26, at noon.

The apartment community is located on East Bertsch Street in the borough.

In a $2.7-million federally-funded project, Catholic Senior Housing and Health Care Services converted the former St. Ann School, which was built in 1927, into an apartment building with 17 one-bedroom apartments for low income senior citizens. The school was closed in 1999.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Palmerton Area School District has agreed to promote its interim business manager to financial consultant.

The school board, on a 7-1 vote Tuesday, agreed to change the status of Donna Les, retroactive to March 28, 2011, for a maximum of 16 hours a week until June 6, 2011. Director Tina Snyder was opposed. Director Carol Dwyer was absent.

Resident Josann Harry questioned the board on its decision when it already employs business administrator Lisa Vignone, whom she said has plenty of budget experience, on a full-time basis.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Northern Lehigh School District has made the grade based on a new method to determine high school graduation rates.

Aileen Yadush, high school principal, recently informed the school board of the different four-year Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation.

Yadush said the State Department of Education recently announced the adoption of the method to make state to state comparisons and to more accurately reflect the number of high school students who graduate from their school in a four-year period.