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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 mail@carboncountychamber.org 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.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Carbon County officials are getting tired of the state's antics when it comes to a new subsidized child care proposal.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

On Monday, during the annual meeting of the Carbon County Salary Board, the following positions and salaries were set under the jurisdiction of the board of commissioners at the Carbon County Courthouse complex. There was no rate increase from 2012.

Positions and salaries are effective Jan. 1, 2013, unless otherwise noted.

Animal Shelter

Ÿ Set the position of one county animal warden at $11.46 per hour;

Ÿ Set the position of three part-time K-9 officers* at $8.56 per hour.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

On Monday, the Carbon County Salary Board set salaries for county employees covered under collective bargaining units. The rates, which reflect no increase from 2012, are effective from Jan. 1.

Both union contracts have expired and negotiations are currently taking place between the two parties and the county.

AFSCME Union Positions and Rates

Commissioners' Office

Ÿ Set the position of one mail/postage coordinator at $15.21 per hour.

Tax Assessment Office

Ÿ Set the position of one assessor at $17.90 per hour;

Monday, January 7, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the Community Room at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th ST., Lehighton.

The group is aimed for women with a cancer diagnosis sometime in their lives who desire personal mutual support on cancer-related issues.

For additional information, contact Mary Ann Hazel at (610) 824-6490.

Monday, January 7, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The community center is slowly transforming into a place where people can find good deals on used appliances and furniture to benefit L.I.F.E. programs of Access Services.

"Before purchasing the Tamaqua Community Center, we were running out of room to store all the larger-sized donations we received," said Lori Miller, assistant director of Carbon and Schuylkill L.I.F.E. Programs, Access Services.

"We had to store donations under tents and in the back of a tractor trailer in the back of our property."