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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A total of 4,432 cases were started in 2010 in the office of Carbon County Prothonotary Joann M. Behrens, according to an annual statistical report released by the officeholder.

The office serves as the headquarters for filing civil legal documents in the Court of Common Pleas, 56th Judicial District.

The number of new cases is a decrease over the 4,663 new cases were started in the office in 2010, and is 32 cases less than the 4,464 cases that were initiated in 2009.

A breakdown of the 2010 cases is as follows:

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A free community soup and sandwich luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Parryville United Methodist Church on the corner of Main and Chestnut Streets in Parryville.

All are welcome.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

For the second time in less than a week the Schuylkill County courthouse had a delay in opening because of adverse weather conditions.

The courthouse did not open until noon Tuesday because of the snow and sleet storm which hit the county late Monday evening and lasted into early morning hours. Fortunately Tuesday morning's court calendar was not too heavy with tax appeals, revocations of parole and probations, summary appeals from district judge verdicts and domestic relations contempt hearings on the calendar.

Today was a very busy schedule.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Bungalow Park commission is looking for some new blood.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Palmerton Area School Board has postponed its regular school board meeting until next week.

The board, which was originally scheduled to meet last night, has rescheduled its meeting to 7 p.m. Jan. 24.

Reached via email, Superintendent Carol Boyce told the TIMES NEWS the decision to postpone the meeting was due to the inclement weather.

"We canceled on the basis of safety and the weather," Boyce said. "Many other meetings and night classes and activities at other schools and colleges were also closed on the same basis."

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
AP Photo/Matt Rourke Gov. Tom Corbett kisses his wife Susan after taking the oath of office.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Tom Corbett took the oath Tuesday as Pennsylvania's first Republican governor in eight years, vowing to rein in state spending, enact government reforms and "do the right things, for the right reasons, even in the most challenging of times."

A couple thousand supporters trudged through icy slush to attend the outdoor ceremony at the east entrance to the Capitol. State Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille administered the oath as Corbett placed his hand on a Bible once owned by William Penn.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Tamaqua Area School District is seeking assistance with the renovation of its elementary school libraries.

During the district's board of education meeting Tuesday night, Superintendent Carol Makuta reported she and Steven Behr, elementary principal, have been discussing the condition of the libraries with the Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation.

The foundation, formed in November, 2009, is a non-profit organization which has the mission of assisting the school district independently with projects that it funds outside of the district's budget.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Weissport Council has one more task to complete before the new dump truck with a plow reaches the borough. On Tuesday night, council President Tim Rehrig said that council has to sign the agreement with the bank and the truck should soon arrive.

Rehrig said that the truck is currently at Tamaqua Truck and Trailer having the body installed. The red 2011 Cheverolet Silverado truck will cost $36,399.23. The truck will be used to keep the borough streets clean in snow storms and for borough maintenance.

Rehrig said that it should arrive next week.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Maria Montero Hoppes, who chaired the Schuylkill County Young Republicans this past year, was among the guests at Gov. Tom Corbett's Inaugural Ball at the Harrisburg Farm Show Complex and Expo Center Tuesday night.

Maria Montero Hoppes got a personal look at Pennsylvania's new gubernatorial team celebrating the changing of the guard.

The Tamaqua area woman, who serves as chairperson for the Schuylkill Young Republicans, was among the guests attending the Governor's Ball at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg last night.

"It was fun and very festive," said Montero Hoppes in a phone conversation this morning from the Crown Plaza in Harrisburg, where she stayed following the ball. "There were probably a couple thousand people there."

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Pleasant Valley School District school board approved the following at the Jan. 13 meeting:

*hiring substitutes Cerina Bender, Dawn Heimerle, Nicole Borger as paraprofessional associates;

*hiring substitute teachers-Luann James as family and consumer science to Jan. 3, 2011; Michele Mann, homebound/special education; Francesca McCutchan, English; DeAnna Rayam, healthy and physical education; Justine Shamey, special education; Andrea Stiff, music; Michelle Summervill, elementary; Natisha Versuk, family and consumer sciences.