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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Cramer Brothers Band donated their talents to perform a Christmas Gospel concert to benefit St. Matthew's UCC's building fund. From left, Alvin Van Why on steel guitar; Randy Cramer, fiddle; Ray Cramer, acoustic guitar and lead vocal; Bill Matlack, drums; Mike Carr, guitar; Ric Carhart, bass guitar; and Marc Young, keyboard.

St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown was really rocking on Sunday as The Cramer Brothers Band lent their music to raising the roof.

The Cramers donated their talents to perform a Christmas Gospel concert to benefit the church's building fund. Randy Cramer is a member of the church. The church plans to build an extension, which will include elevators and handicap accessible bathrooms and a bathroom on the main floor.

In addition to all the great music they played, there were lots of special moments during the concert.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Residents of Bowmanstown believe that the owners of the Prince property, located at 700 Lehigh St., have been violating the borough's single-use zoning law.

The Bowmanstown Borough Council dealt with several weighty issues during Tuesday night's meeting.

In regard to an ongoing issue with the Prince property, solicitor James Preston discussed the borough's multiuse versus single-use zoning laws in detail.

Afterward, President William Ravert asked the council, "Would anyone want to authorize the solicitor to investigate the multiuse zoning issues at the former Prince location?"

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Boy Scouts of BSA Troop 624, Orwigsburg, were recently presented the Forest Conservation Award. From left are Scoutmaster Michael T. Barner; Colin Rickard and Joseph Geiger, both of Orwigsburg; Roan Lynch, Schuylkill Haven; and Daniel Rupp, Pottsville; for their work in forest conservation. The Forest Conservation Award is sponsored by DCNR, Bureau of Forestry and Hawk Mountain Council, BSA, and is bestowed on a Scout who has earned the Forestry Merit badge and two other related badges.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Ross Township supervisors have adopted the proposed budget for 2014.

The budget anticipates spending $725,900.

Anticipated revenues include $641,000 from taxes, $300 from licenses and permits, $1,025 from fines and forfeits, $100 from intergovernmental revenue, $45,900 from charges for services, and $1,000 in miscellaneous revenue.

Supervisors plan to spend $219,950 for general government, $186,100 for public safety, $12,000 for sanitation, $271,050 for streets, $18,900 for recreation, and miscellaneous expenditures, $18,000.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A motion has been filed for permission to allow a key witness to testify by telephone on behalf of District Attorney Elect-Christine Holman at a hearing scheduled for next Tuesday in the Schuylkill County Court.

The hearing is on a petition filed by 20 Democratic registered voters who allege there were errors committed in the counting of absentee ballots, and as a result, the election was illegal and they are asking the court to declare the incumbent District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon the winner.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Pleasant Valley School Board has scheduled a hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 for the public to comment on the possible closing of Polk Elementary School

Superintendent Carole Geary said, "It's unfortunate that we have to consider closing another building, but with declining enrollment and funding from the state, we have to look at every cost."

The district has closed Eldred and Chestnuthill elementariness in recent years.

The board must wait 90 days from the date of the hearing to make a decision.

Failed policies

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The state Senate today expects to consider a resolution to study the potential for growth of the commonwealth's gaming industry, including online gambling.

After generating more than $6 billion since the Gaming Act was signed into law in 2004, revenues have begun to downshift, while the state's bills continue to pile up.

Gaming at the state's 12 casinos generated $249.5 million in revenue in October, up slightly from $243.7 million in October 2012, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Lehighton Downtown Initiative will present a bigger and better "Christmas in the Park," Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

The annual event will be held at the bandshell in the upper park in Lehighton, rain or shine. Santa Claus will arrive at 6:30 p.m.

Paul Smith and the Lehighton Band will provide musical entertainment with favorite Christmas Carols, while Senior Girl Scout Troop 583 will provide hot cocoa.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Tom Connors, director of the Carbon County Animal Shelter, left, speaks with Arland Moyer Sr., a Weissport councilman, center; and his wife Lynnette Moyer about John Wayne, a 1-year-old Mastiff mix, who is available for adoption through the shelter.

Carbon County's animal shelter wants municipalities to know that it is here to help.

Last weekend, employees of the shelter opened its doors to elected officials interested in learning more.

The purpose was to provide information on how the shelter operates and answer any questions municipalities or police may have.

Tom Connors, director of the shelter, spoke to those in attendance about a number of topics and operations at the shelter including adoption procedures, dog calls in municipalities, the dog laws and caring for the animals.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The date for the appeal hearing for the borough of Jim Thorpe in a court decision involving repatriation of the body of Olympian Jim Thorpe has been tentatively set for Friday, Feb. 14, in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Philadelphia.

Attorney William Schwab of Lehighton, who has been representing the borough in the case on a gratis basis, said he was notified of the appeal date Tuesday.

The date is subject to be changed to any day during the week of Feb. 10.

During the appeal, a panel will determine whether there will be oral argument in the case.