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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Palmerton Area School District has approved a tentative budget with a 2.8 percent increase in the property tax rate next year.

The school board, on an 8-0 vote on Tuesday, adopted the 2014-15 proposed preliminary general fund budget with a 1.44-mill increase. Director Barry Scherer was absent.

If granted final approval, the $28,698,457 spending plan would raise the property tax rate from 51.44 to 52.88 mills.

A person whose home is valued at $100,000, and assessed at $50,000, would pay $2,644, or $72 more in property taxes to the district next year.

Thursday, February 6, 2014
Heath

New information has been confirmed with the release of court documents about the murder of Angela Steigerwalt of Tamaqua.

According to an affidavit of probable cause for the arrest of Anthony Darrell Heath, 24, of Allentown, filed Sunday with District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe by Lehighton state Trooper Joseph Campbell, here's what happened:

At 10:48 a.m. Saturday, Campbell was called to help Jim Thorpe police with a burned torso that was found in the area of 600 Flagstaff Road.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

For many years, Tamaqua had no provisions or rate for collection of trash from businesses. If a merchant should ask, he was told by the borough to contract with a private hauler. Recently the borough revised its policy and rates on garbage collection in anticipation of entering into a private contract for garbage disposal when the borough landfill closes this spring.

Thursday, February 6, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS A water main break near the Five Points Intersection in Tamaqua caused headaches this morning for Tamaqua Borough work crews and motorists.

A water main break on a heavily traveled street in Tamaqua today caused headaches for northbound motorists.

Just in time for this morning's commute, Tamaqua Borough Water Authority officials were in the unit block of Mauch Chunk as water began bubbling to the surface, creating a small pond on the already icy street. Traffic was re-routed along East Broad to Pine Street, resulting in traffic jams until Tamaqua Fire Police arrived to direct traffic.

Thursday, February 6, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The William H. Kresge Funeral Home, Inc. in Brodheadsville is a five-generational family business. This portrait hangs in the foyer of the funeral home. The founder, William A. Kresge is on the top right, his son Eugene Kresge is on the top left, his son, William H. is on the bottom right and his son, Tom is on the bottom left. Standing next to the portrait is Tom Kresge, right and his son, Tommy, who continues the 134-year-old family business.

A family mourns the loss of a beloved patriarch with the passing of William "Bud" Kresge at the age of 96 on Jan. 13.

But his legacy lives on as one of his two sons and a grandson continue the family business that is now in its fifth generation the William H. Kresge Funeral Home Inc., which is located in Brodheadsville.

Tom Kresge and his son, Tommy, will carry on and grow the legacy that began in 1880 by William A. Kresge.

Thursday, February 6, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS This year's Bowmanstown Council includes, from left, Darren Thomas, newly elected member; Rob Moyer, newly elected and president pro tem; Ernest Guldner, president; Kara Scott, vice president; Burdell Steigerwalt and John Domant, newly elected member.

Waste, and waste products, were main topics of discussion at the Bowmanstown borough council meeting Tuesday night.

From possible licensed dumping to recent snow removal, to a possible borough-initiated compost pile and major sewer problems caused by disposable wipes, council members kept returning to the topics all evening.

At the outset of the meeting, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc. project coordinator Aaron Jeffries, who had visited council last month, again requested to use the borough's East Penn dumpsite for the upcoming Pennsylvania Turnpike project.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Palmerton Area School Board directors accepted a grant of $1,000 at its meeting Tuesday evening.

The Communities in Schools Pennsylvania grant will be used for a student involvement drug free program for high school students for the current school year.

In other business the board:

Accepted a Special Education performance grant for School-Based Behavioral Health: PBIS Model Sites for S.S. Palmer Elementary and Parkside Education Center for a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $2,000 for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Tamaqua couple was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Wednesday afternoon along a slush-covered Route 309 in Lynn Township, Lehigh County.

State police at Fogelsville identified the couple as Roger D. Jones, 52, and Geraldine M. Jones, 58. The two were pronounced dead at the scene of the 2:30 p.m. crash by Lehigh Country deputy coroner Craig Hanzl.

County coroner Scott M. Grim said both died of multiple blunt force trauma. He ruled the deaths were accidental.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

As the Winter Olympics begin tonight in Sochi,Russia, we'll be featuring local coverage.

Throughout the next two weeks, we'll featureinterviews with people who are going to the Olympics from our region, as well as storieson skiing, the biathloncompetition, a woman who plays ice hockey and locals who compete in curling.

For up-to-date coverage of the Olympics, click on the icon at www.tnonline.com

Thursday, February 6, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS William "Bud" Kresge

When the late William (Bud) Kresge's funeral activities were held last week, long lines of friends and community members came to pay their respect and offer condolences to the family of the unofficial mayor of Brodheadsville.

At the funeral service, three pastors and the caretaker for both Kresge and his late wife spoke about Kresge's service and outreach to all, his love for his wife, Sparky, and his sense of humor.