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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Progress on the borough's new water filtration system, and lack thereof, were the main topics of discussion at Tuesday's Walnutport Authority meeting.

The water filtration system, which has been 10 years in the planning and development stages, was hoped to be operational before the end of this year, the Walnutport Authority said at last month's meeting. However, since then not much progress has been made by the project's electrician, Barry J. Hoffman Co., out of Allentown, members said.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Firefighters battle a stubborn blaze at 887 Railroad Drive, Weatherly, on Wednesday. After beating down the flames, several times, the fire continued to burn through the roof.

A Weatherly family is homeless following a fast moving fire which damaged a home at 887 Railroad Drive. The fire started in the kitchen area of the home at about 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Because of the remote area, the fire destroyed most of the two-story log cabin home.

The home was built and owned by Marty and Lori Cichowic.

Weatherly Fire Chief Dan Weston was in charge of the fire scene.

"The call came in as a kitchen fire," said Weston. "When I got here, the house was fully involved.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Mary and Robert Brown hold a photo of their daughter Jennifer with two Al Wakra students. The Browns lost their daughter one year ago when she was murdered while living and teaching in Qatar.

Jennifer Brown always knew she wanted to make a difference in children's lives.

But what was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime for the 40-year-old Jim Thorpe woman, quickly turned into her parents' worst nightmare.

Robert and Mary Brown will always remember Nov. 14, 2012 as the day their lives shattered. It was the day their vibrant, caring daughter had been murdered in Qatar, where she traveled two months earlier to teach preschool.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Police issues dominated a large part of Lansford Borough Council's regular meeting last night. The meeting began with a moment of silence in memory of the late David Midas, a part-time Lansford patrolman who committed suicide last month.

The council and assembled public bowed their heads. Some members of the public issued short prayers and made the sign of the cross.

The meeting then turned into a discussion on the need for more officers and new police cruisers.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Carbon County Association of Realtors is conducting a winter coat drive. New and gently-used coats, will be accepted now through Nov. 20 at any real estate office in Carbon County or at Panther Valley Elementary School in Nesquehoning during normal business and school hours.

Those who cannot make those hours should call for an appointment.

Coats for all age groups and all sizes are needed, as well as winter boots, hats, gloves and scarves.

"Children's coats seem to be the most needed each year and the least donated," said Kimberly Rabenold, organizer.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Members of the Nesquehoning Water Authority learned that the ongoing water tank project is now over 90 percent complete from Michael J. Peleshak, project manager for Alfred Benesch & Co.

Assembly of the storage tank itself is complete and the tank has passed a BAC-T test.

Power was scheduled to be tied in to the area by PPL Tuesday, which will allow further testing to assure that all systems are fully operational.

During last month's meeting there was some discussion as to the size of tank that would be purchased to operate the generator in the event of a power outage.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Schuylkill County Commissioners Wednesday adopted a preliminary budget Wednesday calling for a 2-mill tax increase in 2014. This is the first tax increase since 2004.

The three commissioners, Frank Staudenmeier, chairman, and George Halcovage and Gary Hess, voted for the adoption of the resolution calling for the tax increase. Minority Commissioner Hess commented that the commissioners, as a team, have a fiscal responsibility to fulfill. He added that over the past two years expenses have risen, but revenues have not kept up.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Carbon County's prison saw a reduction in inmate population in October, officials said.

During the county prison board meeting on Wednesday, Warden Joseph Gross reported that in the last 30 days the prison inmate population dropped from a high of 215 down to 184.

He said he was unsure of the reason for the drop, but said probation officers had not brought in as many as they usually do last month.

The inmate population as of Wednesday was 198, which is showing another uphill trend.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pat Evans of Slatington, displays her quilts, first place "Alaskan Northern Lights" and fourth place deer/nature themed quilt, in the People's Choice Best of Show awards at the seventh annual Quilt Show, hosted by Palmerton Area Library's Sew What Quilt Guild.

It was a quilter's paradise at the seventh annual Quilt Show hosted at the Palmerton Area Library by the Sew What Quilt Guild.

There were 74 newly sewn and old favorite quilts on display. Those attending got to vote for their favorites for Best of Show. Along with the display of quilts were door prizes, a Chinese auction, vendors and a raffle. The event was well-attended and is gets more popular each year.

This year the People's Choice for Best of Show honors went to Pat Evans of Slatington for first and fourth place.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Lehighton School Board members last night voted to appeal a recent decision upholding the tax-exempt status of the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, prompting one dissenting director to ask whether the board was trying to use the hospital to fund a proposed building project.

On a 5-2 vote with two abstentions, the directors authorized solicitor William Schwab to appeal the Oct. 30 decision by a county tax assessment and revision board which denied the district's challenge of the hospital's tax status.