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Friday, April 20, 2012

A free luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at Parryville UMC, located at Main and Chestnut streets, in Parryville.

All are welcome.

Friday, April 20, 2012
Natural gas prices are at a 10-year low, currently at under $2 per million BTUs, down from a January 2006 spike of $15 per million BTUs.

Talk about curiosity! When one area resident read this month's PPL electric bill, he was amazed – it had gone down.

Not only had the bottom line gone down – that was understandable due to the warmer temperatures – but in the fine print, he saw that the portion of his bill that covered the cost of generating electricity went down nearly 20 percent, from March's 8.48 cents to April's 6.89 cents per KWH.

Friday, April 20, 2012

A failed attempt by the Republican-controlled Legislative Reapportionment Commission to gerrymander the state House of Representatives seat in Carbon County has resulted in the 122nd Legislative District remaining the same as the 2012 Primary Election nears.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Again this year, Boy Scouts from Troop 555 in Penn Forest Township joined with other scouts and Girl Scouts as they have for almost a decade to bag Easter candy for children of lower income families in Carbon County. About 40 young people came together at the Troop's primary meeting place, Penn Forest Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, and spent the evening creating Easter candy bags that were donated at the end of the night to a local food pantry.

Friday, April 20, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Karl H. Nolte, plant manager, Air Products and Chemicals, Tamaqua, presented a check for $12,500 to Rush Township on Thursday, representing support of the back-up generator project recently completed at the municipal building. Also accompanying Nolte were Thomas Gauntner and Randy Kalce.

Rush Township is better prepared for emergencies now that it has a standby generator. And the township is also $12,500 richer after Thursday's meeting of the board of supervisors when a local industry stepped forward with financial support.

Karl H. Nolte, plant manager, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Tamaqua, presented the township a check, accepted by Chairman Shawn Gilbert on behalf of the township.

"We at Air Products worked hard, hand-in-hand, with the township," said Nolte. "Now I'd like to present a check for $12,500 in support of work for the backup generator."

Friday, April 20, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A Tuscarora woman sustained injuries just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday after crashing her grey Dodge Neon into the trees along SR209 in Schuylkill Township, about a half mile from Tamaqua. Schuylkill Township Police Chief Jesse Zimmerman stated that the driver, Jacqueline Oakes, 59, of Tuscarora, who was driving west on SR209, overcompensated after losing control of her car while reaching to recover a dropped cigarette. He added that Oakes was lucky that she didn't drive into two oncoming vehicles, whose drivers became alerted after seeing the vehicle swerve left and then right.

Friday, April 20, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

At a third marking period awards program at Towamensing Elementary School, Principal Ms. Christine Steigerwalt presented several awards to third and fourth graders in recognition of their accomplishments. Certificates were given to all those who were named to the honor roll, Principal's List and Perfect Attendance.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Carbon County's retirement fund is healthy, Controller Bob Crampsie told the county Retirement Board Thursday.

In March, the fund paid out a total of $486,821.96: benefits of $254,384.54; refunds of $100,709.19; Option IV benefits of $27,126.14; and death benefits of $104,602.09.

Crampsie said the county's portfolio value as of March 31, the end of the first quarter, was $64,482, 270.

Crampsie said the investments are doing well, up $5,669,142 a 9.64 percent rate of return, he said.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday gave a boost to the Live Scan/CPIN project at the county prison in Nesquehoning by approving the execution of a subgrant with the county Criminal Justice Advisory Board.

The grant is the second-year funding of the project, and is based on a 50 percent match ratio. The county will receive $11,983 in federal funds under the Byrne Justice Assistance Program that will allow it to sustain the project which provides for the fingerprinting and photographing of all arrestees at the jail.

Also on Thursday, commissioners: