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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In their last meeting of the year, Chestnuthill Township supervisors passed the proposed 2015 budget released in November.

According to the budget, township residents will see a real estate tax increase of 1.25 mills in the new year. The 6.45 mills includes 5.2 mills for the Chestnuthill Township municipal and road budget, 1 mill for the West End Fire Company and 0.25 mills for West End Community Ambulance.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

A Facebook campaign conducted by Bill and Sharon Chapman, owners of Parkview Inn

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Carbon County Planning Commission honored one of its own.

On Tuesday, the commission approved a resolution honoring Ted M. Nagle, who resigned from his post on Oct. 21.

Nagle had served as a member of the commission since March 16, 1999, and most recently held the position of secretary.

"During his term, Ted M. Nagle has served faithfully in a concerned and active manner and ... has been an outstanding and responsible member of the Carbon County Planning Commission," the resolution states.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton  Downtown Initiative Committee President Frank Potoczak, left, of Red Castle Brewery and Castle Grill, presents a check for $1,500 to borough Fire Chief Gary Frable. The check is the result of the proceeds that were raised during the 16th annual event held in August.

Proceeds from this year's annual Lehighton Bike Night are being dispensed.

Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee President Frank Potoczak, of Red Castle Brewery and Castle Grill, on Tuesday presented a pair of checks.

Potoczak presented checks for $1,500 each to the Lehighton Fire Department and Lehighton Police Department.

Police Chief Brian Biechy said the police department appreciates all the hard work that event organizers put into the event and said the borough looks forward to keeping the event going.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Slatington resident Mel Gildner said he remains neutral about the regional recreation authority.

In a meeting article last week on the Slatington Borough Council, Gildner said he was misquoted.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday afternoon on a charge of indecent assault.

Rashion Taliek Venable, 22, of Albrightsville, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve nine to one day less 24 months in the county prison.

Venable previously pleaded guilty to the charge. The case dates back five years and has been continued at least 51 times.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Three generations of soldiers: Ted Kistler, Ted's son Jeff Kistler, and Jeff's son Mike Kistler. The family gathered at R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215 in Walnutport, to celebrate Mike Kistler's visit home on leave from Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

U.S. Army Pfc. Mike Kistler stands next to his grandfather, Ted Kistler, in the social room of R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215, Walnutport, picking out familiar faces in a photograph of a platoon of soldiers in Afghanistan.

A few minutes later, they join Mike's father, Jeff Kistler, and other family members by the brightly lit Christmas tree in a corner of the room.

The three generations of Kistler men share a proud tradition: All are U.S. Army veterans.

Ted Kistler enlisted in 1961, serving in Germany during the Berlin Crisis. Jeff Kistler enlisted in 1984.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News

State police at Pocono are investigating a tractor-trailer rollover on Tuesday at the Pocono exit of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania turnpike. The incident occurred at 10:30 a.m. just before the toll booths. Tow trucks were on scene to upright the rig.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Due to scheduling and expected family commitments, the Carbon County Veterans Affairs Office will be short-staffed and possibly closed at times through Jan. 2.

The office apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please call the office to make an appointment to ensure someone will be there to assist you.

If there is no answer, please leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Newly appointed Coaldale Mayor Francisco "Frank" Rodriguez is congratulated by Council  President Angela Krapf.

Coaldale has a new council member, mayor, secretary/treasurer and zoning officer.

Council members made the appointments during a special meeting Tuesday.

Frank Hutta takes the seat of Linda Miller, who passed away Nov. 16.

Francisco "Frank" Rodriguez is the new mayor, replacing Richard Kellner, who resigned Dec. 1.

Anissa Nunemacher will be part-time secretary/treasurer, replacing Andrea Davis, who quit Dec. 1.

Bertram Berk Jr. will be the zoning officer, replacing Pete Sachon, who resigned in October.