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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Carbon County man was placed on probation after previously admitting stealing jewelry from his mother including her engagement ring; while another county resident was given a jail term for drunken driving.

Both appeared for sentencing Tuesday in the county court before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Weatherly incident

Robert G. Bell III, 26, of Weatherly, was placed on probation for 24 months on a charge of receiving stolen property. He previously pleaded guilty to the charge.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a county jail term Monday after pleading guilty in a drug dealing case.

She was one of seven defendants to enter a plea before Carbon Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Lehighton incident

Margaret Grace Shick, 32, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin, and was immediately sentenced by Serfass to serve six to one day less 24 months in the county prison followed by one year of probation.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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Lehighton Area School Board President Gloria Bowman opened the school board meeting Monday evening with an announcement that came as a relief to many in the standing-room-only crowd.

"There will be no vote on any construction projects or building an elementary center this evening, only on a possible (reimbursement) waiver," she said.

The school board is seeking more information about how to proceed with a waiver from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to update the Planning and Construction Workbook paperwork.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Lehighton borough residents should continue to hold tight: Your garbage will be collected.

After its regular meeting, borough council on Monday went into executive session to discuss the borough's current garbage contract.

Borough manager Nicole Beckett said that no action stemmed from council's executive session, but added a meeting with the borough's current trash hauler, Advanced Disposal, will take place on Friday.

"This is the first time we've had any kind of issue," Beckett said. "It's been a bad winter; we're going to discuss what can be done better."

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Carbon County Navy Club is offering a free program to schools about volunteering.

Topics covered include the benefits of being a volunteer, types of volunteering positions, and opportunties.

If you would like the club to speak with students about volunteerism, contact Robert "Ski" Siesputowski at 570-645-3643 or Scott Reinhart at 570-645-7312.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Members of Coaldale Borough Council are standing up for their position to withdraw from the Panther Valley Council of Governments despite a barrage of criticism this week from officials in Lansford, Summit Hill and Nesquehoning.

Coaldale Council Vice President Robert Hoben said he will stand by his vote to withdraw from the COG and feels Coaldale did not cost the area any funding for the proposed ALS unit.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Family Math Night will take place at L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.

There will be math activities for the families of students in grades pre-K to fourth.

Also, the Carbon County Animal Shelter will be here with its mascot "Chance." Voluntary donations will be accepted for the animal shelter that night.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Franklin Elementary School secretary, Kristin Simmons, voices her support of the new elementary school project at Monday's Lehighton Area School board meeting.

Lehighton Area School District taxpayers voiced their opinions on the proposed elementary center Monday night.

Wallace Putkowski said he was confused over the proposed millage released to pay off the new center.

"To me, it looks like you'll only have enough to pay off the interest. How will you pay off the principle?" he asked.

In addition, he questioned access to the proposed site, as well as water supply and sewage concerns.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Kidder Township Zoning Hearing Board met Monday evening to review the amended application for a zoning variance requested by Split Rock Country Club.

Split Rock Country Club, represented at the hearing by W. Jack Kalins, who is a part owner of the property, along with Shelly Lutz, had requested a variance which would allow the separation of the parcel of land measuring 2.808 acres, from the rest of the property known as the Split Rock Country Club.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

This most laborious of winters has caused Lehighton to spend half of its public works department's overtime budget.

Borough Manager Nicole Beckett informed borough council on Monday that from December through February, over 900 hours of overtime has been accumulated, which translates to $30,000 more, or 50-percent of the department's overtime budget.

Beckett said the borough's public works department consists of six maintenance operators, one supervisor, and one mechanic.