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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Pennsylvania Farm Show and Expo Center volunteer Christie Brown explains the difference between traditional and non-traditional cattle feed to passing spectators. She stated that non-traditional feed can consist of ground pasta noodles, potato chips, corn distillers (bi-product of ethanol) and even chocolate. The show runs until Saturday in Harrisburg.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Franklin Township held its first township meeting of the year on Monday, still with only two supervisors, but making plans to bring Bryron Long on board.

Long was appointed as supervisor for a one-year term at the reorganizational meeting, but will not be seated until February until he completes paperwork and takes his oath of office.

As the first order of business, township secretary Sandra Gaumer noted that there will be no change in garbage collection pick up for Monday, Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, because it is not a holiday for township employees.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Lower Towamensing Township official is disappointed with a decision by Carbon County Commissioners to raise the county real estate taxes by 48.7 percent this year.

Supervisor Ron Walbert said on Monday that he is "totally dismayed by the action of the county commissioners", who last month on a 2-1 vote, adopted the 2013 budget with a 3.357-mill increase.

That decision raised the total millage to 10.25 mills, which means that a homeowner with a $100,000 home that is assessed at $50,000, will pay an additional $168 in county real estate taxes this year.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Upon the recommendation of the appropriate county row officers, the following positions and salaries were set at the annual Carbon County Salary Board meeting, held Monday afternoon in the commissioners' meeting room. The salaries and positions are effective Jan. 1, 2013. All salaries reflect no increase from 2012.

Clerk of Courts

Ÿ Set the position of one first deputy at $42,278.60 per year;

Ÿ Set the position of one second deputy at $16.34 per hour;

Ÿ Set the position of one clerical specialist at $11.15 per hour;

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Franklin Township supervisors held a reorganizational meeting Monday afternoon at the township building.

Opening the meeting was Sandra Gaumer, township secretary.

The first appointment was Rod Green as temporary chairman and after that motion, Green presided at the meeting.

The first order of business was to hold a moment of silence in memory of Larry Smith, who has been a supervisor since Jan. 7, 2002 and continued to serve until his resignation at the Dec. 17 meeting. He passed away on Dec. 23, 2013.

Paul Kocher was named vice chairman.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Carbon County Women in Business will meet from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday Jan. 10 at Wicked Good Restaurant, 130 First St., Lehighton.

The group will resume meeting the first Thursday of each month in February. Join us as we meet and network with local women in business.

RSPV to akisusco@gmail. com. or or call (610) 479-5000.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

C4 - Concerned Citizens of Carbon County, will host a meeting on Jan. 17 in the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Building, 902 Mill Road, Lehighton, on U.N. Agenda 21.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Maggie Roddin, "The Unsolicited Opinion" radio show host, andWilliam Taylor Reil, Constitutional scholar, will discuss the assault on property rights and what you can do about it.

The meeting is open to the public.

Organizers said that one of the things that will be done at the meeting is to demonstrate how Carbon County's Comprehensive Plan compares to the U.N. Agenda 21.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Lehigh Asphalt Paving and Construction Co., Tamaqua, can't expand a quarry on Hollow Road in East Penn Township, supervisors learned during a meeting Monday. The company's request to do so was shot down in a Dec. 17, 2012 decision by the Supreme Court.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Nearly 400 Carbon County employees will not see a raise in their paychecks this year, officials report.

During the annual Carbon County Salary Board meeting on Monday afternoon, the board voted to forgo pay raises this year for 375 of the 390 county employees, in the hope of helping to close a $5 million deficit in the county budget.

Fifteen employees, on the other hand, under the AFSCME professional union contract, will see a 3 percent raise in 2013.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS On display during the indoor show was this 265-horsepower, 250 bushel grain, $334,975 combine. Also attached is a 6-row corn head placed on the front of the combine to funnel ears of corn into the machine during harvest. Corn heads can be as large as 24 rows.

"Made in PA" served as this year's theme during the 97th annual Pennsylvania Farm Show at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

Agricultural displays and exhibits ranged from farm tractors, animals, fruits and vegetables, wines, homemade foods, crafts and so on.