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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Dawn Ferrante, director of Carbon County Economic Development Corporation and chairman of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, accepts an oversize check representing a $5,000 grant from PPL, presented by Paul Canevari, regional manager of PPL. Canevari sits on both boards.

Carbon County Economic Development Corporation and Carbon County Chamber of Commerce is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from PPL.

PPL has been a longtime supporter of economic development and the Chamber.

Paul Canevari of PPL sits on both boards. He said that PPL has been a valued contributor to the success of each organization.

"As these two organizations continue to work more closely together to provide support and programs to the businesses of Carbon County, PPL will also continue to provide guidance and support to assist them in their mission," said Canevari.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Feed the People and St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church will host a community dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 1 East Abbott Street, Lansford. (Please use the Tunnel Street entrance).

Dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. Volunteers and donations are welcomed.

For more information about other days and locations of service, call (570) 657-1480.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A free luncheon will be held at the Parryville UMC, Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, weather permitting.

All are welcome.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

More than 9,900 documents were filed in the Carbon County Recorder of Deeds office in 2012, according to an annual statistical report released by Emmett P. McCall, the current officeholder.

As a result of the department's activities last year, the Recorder collected and remitted $3,466,003.22 in revenues.

Breakdown of filings

Thursday, January 10, 2013

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) – When Arthur Schirmer moved out of the parsonage after his abrupt resignation as pastor of Reeders United Methodist Church, he emptied the ranch home of nearly all its contents.

It's what he left behind that prosecutors hope will convict him of murder.

Jurors at Schirmer's homicide trial in the Poconos on Wednesday viewed crime-scene photos and video depicting blood stains on the concrete floor of the one-car garage where, prosecutors allege, the 64-year-old former clergyman clubbed his second wife on the head with a metal object in 2008.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lower Towamensing Township's Board of Auditors has been reestablished.

Auditor Carl Silverstein was appointed chairman, while auditor Tim Duncan was appointed secretary, during the board's reorganizational meeting on Tuesday.

As part of their business, the auditors set the wages and benefits at $16.12 per hour, with no benefits, for any elected supervisors when any or all three should be called out to work on the township roads on a strict, call-out basis to be determined by the road foreman and approved by the chairman.

Thursday, January 10, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Borough workers detoured traffic around a water line break along the 100 block of East Broad Street in Tamaqua yesterday as they ripped up asphalt to repair a water line break. A nearby business heard running water in their basement and called the borough. Borough workers added that most water lines are close to a 100 years old.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cleo Beers, R. D., Lehighton, was elected president of the Carbon County Potato Growers Association. Beers is the owner of the Cle-Rene Farm, and is well known locally. He will be assisted by Elwood Christman, vice president; Norman Strohl, secretary-treasurer; Harry Graver, Lee Dreisbach, and Marvin Mertz, directors.

Thursday, January 10, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua resident Shanon Rega, left, talks to Joshua Esposito, Tamaqua's Building Code Officer (BCO) with Barry Isett and Associates, Inc. Esposito also serves as Tamaqua's Zoning Officer and Health Inspector.

"To have good neighbors, you need to be good neighbors," exclaimed speaker Kathy Kunkel, Manager, South Ward Neighborhood Committee.

Residents, business members and representatives from a number of Tamaqua organizations showed up Tuesday evening to participate in the Tamaqua Safety Initiative's public forum held at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

After deliberating for about an hour and 15 minutes on Wednesday afternoon, a Carbon County jury panel found a county man not guilty of two of the most serious drug charges filed against him.

The panel found Donato A. Farole, 23, of Lehighton, not guilty of two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, both felonies. He was found guilty of one count of possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. The verdict followed a two-day trial before Judge Steven R. Serfass.