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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Will Lower Towamensing Township raise its fire tax to support its fire company's fuel needs?

That might be a possibility, based on a letter read at Tuesday's board of supervisors meeting by supervisors Chairman Brent Green.

The letter, signed by Rory Koons, president of the fire company, states "we have been advised that our suppliers of donated fuel for apparatus are considering eliminating their contribution and begin charging us for the fuel."

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Schuylkill County Commissioners, by a split vote, purchased a building in the business district of Pottsville and two parking lots in action taken at Wednesday's work session held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Commissioner Gary Hess cast the negative vote, not because he objected to acquiring the building and lots, but questioned the method used in the transaction to purchase the building and lots.

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Township races for supervisor and tax collector featured

Contests for supervisor and tax collector are featured in area townships in next Tuesday's Municipal Primary Election. The 125 polling places in Schuylkill County open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Supervisor contests on the Republican ballot will be held in West Penn, Rush, and East Union townships; and on the Democratic ballot in Schuylkill Township.

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Some contests for four area school board posts

There are contests for seats on three of the four area school districts' boards of directors in next Tuesday's Municipal Primary Election.

Panther Valley, Hazleton, and Blue Mountain have contests, while Tamaqua's candidates are unopposed.

Those seeking nominations for school director are as follows:

Tamaqua Area

Four directors are to be nominated on each ballot and the same four candidates cross filed and have no opposition.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Residents of the Pleasant Valley School District are one step closer to knowing for sure whether or not their taxes will remain the same as last year, or not.

On May 9, the district's board of directors voted to approve the proposed final budget for the 2013-2014 school year, with no increase.

Thursday, May 16, 2013
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Kristen Rex helps her daughter Karley, 3, make lemonade drawing with noodles during a recent children's program held at the Tamaqua Public Library. For a list of all activities at the library, go to www.taplpa.info or call (570) 668-4660.

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Several races for council, tax collector for area boroughs

Area boroughs will be nominating candidates for offices of mayor, tax collector, and council in the Municipal Primary Election to be held Tuesday, May 21.

There are council contests on the Democratic ballot in McAdoo, Middleport, and Coaldale; and on the Republican ballot in Tamaqua. There is also a contest for tax collector on the Republican ballot in Tamaqua.

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Mahoning Township tax collector's nomination only race in Lehighton area

Lehighton area residents planning to vote in the Primary Election on Tuesday, May 21, will see one municipal race and a contest for school board nominations on their ballots. Otherwise, there are no contested races.

There are four seats to be filled on the Lehighton Area School District Board of Education and there are plenty of candidates. Nine persons are seeking both Democratic and Republican nominations while a 10th candidate is aspiring to a GOP nomination.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Strong volunteers are needed at the Owl Creek Road/SR309 intersection this Friday to help with a project. Volunteers are asked to meet at 5:30 p.m. The project should take about 15 minutes to complete.

For more information, contact Georgine Wentz at (570) 668-5066.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Taxpayers in the Palmerton Area School District may not want to stash away their wallets just yet.

The school board continued its dialogue on the 2013-14 proposed final budget even as less than a handful of residents attended a public presentation Tuesday inside the high school auditorium.

This time around, business manager Diane Serfass conducted a power point presentation, at which time she said revenues are at $27,892,525, while expenditures are at $28,174,999.