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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New upgrades to the Pennsylvania Lottery's self-service terminals will aid efforts to recover abducted children through the state's Amber Alert system, state officials announced Jan. 13.

Pennsylvania State Police acting Commissioner Jon D. Kurtz and Lottery Interim Executive Director Drew Svitko marked National Amber Alert Awareness Day by announcing that the Lottery now has the capability to show Amber Alert details and photos of abducted children and suspects on the 17-inch flat-panel displays used by more than 8,700 retail locations across Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Polk Township Supervisors will continue with their respective positions, as per reorganizational meeting held earlier this month. However, a change was made to how often and when the supervisors will meet.

"For at least for the winter," the township meetings will be held at 7 p.m., instead of the previous 7:30 p.m. time, on only the fourth Monday of the month, not on both the second and fourth Mondays.

Agenda items are due the Tuesday of the week before the supervisors meeting, with Jan. 18 being the due date for the Jan. 24 meeting.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

During the reorganization of the East Penn Planning Commission Brian Eickhoff was named as chairman, Jonathan Ammary as vice chairman and Deanna Cunfer as secretary.

Required information was not in the township office on time for the AROCC Churchview Downs trotting-horse training track - the last items were turned in Jan. 4. Attorney Gretchen Sterns said it had been difficult with the holidays. The 90 days for action will begin Feb. 3 and run to May 3.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Lower Towamensing Township supervisor will be compensated to attend a convention only if it falls on a scheduled day to work.

That was the ruling made by the township's Board of Auditors as part of a joint special meeting Monday with the township board of supervisors.

The township will pay $75 per day for wages if it was an elected supervisor's day to work during the time in which the supervisor attends a state convention on a Sunday through Wednesday.

Monday, January 17, 2011

More than 10,000 documents were filed in the Carbon County Recorder of Deeds office in 2010, according to an annual statistical report released by Emmett P. McCall, the current officeholder.

Monday, January 17, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Pictured outside of the Fireline Hotel in Palmerton are (front) Jane Hower (back, l-r) Ken Huber and Michael DiGirolamo. The restaurant recently celebrated its five-year anniversary.

It began as nothing more than a casual stop for a hamburger.

Little did Ken Huber know that his decision to stop at the Fireline Hotel in Palmerton over a decade ago would lead to a highly successful foray into the restaurant business.

The business, located at 1065 Fireline Road, recently celebrated its five year anniversary under Huber.

Originally from Jim Thorpe, Huber moved to Wind Gap, and then the Bethlehem area. He worked 30 years in the trucking business, where be became operational manager at Silberline.

Monday, January 17, 2011

A free community dinner will be held on Thursday, Jan. 20 from 4-6 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 301 N. Second St., in Lehighton.

All are welcome.

Monday, January 17, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Just before 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening Tamaqua Police responded to a call of a tractor trailer impacting a vehicle at the intersections of Mauch Chunk Street and Pine Street, SR-309, in Tamaqua. While traveling north on Mauch Chunk St, Route 309, a tractor trailer lost a set of two tires after they somehow disconnected from one of the axles. The tires stopped rolling when they impacted a silver Honda Civic which was waiting for the light, faced south at the intersection. No injuries were reported.

Monday, January 17, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Around 8 a.m. this morning, Coaldale Fire Company and Police responded to a two vehicle accident involving a white Toyota Corolla and a Tamaqua Transfer garbage truck that occurred on SR-209 at the intersection of Fifth Street and West Water Street, SR-209, in Coaldale. There was heavy damage to the front of the Toyota, while the dump truck sustained minimal damage to the rear of the truck. Coaldale Police are investigating. Coaldale Fire Police detoured traffic during the fluid cleanup and vehicle removal. No serious injuries were reported.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Alerted by an anonymous telephone tip, deputies from the Schuylkill County Sheriff's Office visited a construction site in Pottsville and arrested four illegal immigrants

Taken into custody were Cesar Cano, 43; Zacaria Zepeda, 33; Cornelioi Mora-Martinez, 50, and Jose Alfredo Torres Montemayhor, 29. All were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement officers.

The site on which the immigrants were found was at the Empire Education Group construction site, located along SR61 between Pottsville and Saint Clair, across from the Fairlane Village Mall.