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Friday, March 21, 2014

A former state representative on Wednesday demanded Schuylkill County commissioners repeal a Feb. 26 resolution supporting changes to a state law that requires local governments to collect union dues on behalf of public employees.

The automatic collections can be negotiated into contracts.

Former Democratic state Rep. Tim Seip of Pine Grove, who serves as secretary for the county Democratic Committee Executive Board, read from a prepared statement at a commissioners' workshop meeting.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Twenty seventh- and eighth-grade members of the Lehighton Area Middle School Music Express will be traveling with their director, Laura Welkey, to Washington, D.C., from April 3 to April 5 to take part in the 25 Year Celebration of America Sings! festivals, founded by composer and show choir director, John Jacobson.

Approximately 1,500 participants from across the country will meet on the National Mall for a mass music and choreography rehearsal, community service, and finale concert.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Carbon Builders Association will host an Electronics and Universal Waste Recycling Event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, at Blue Mountain Ski Area at the lower lodge, 1660 Blue Mountain Drive, Palmerton.

Advanced Green Solutions Inc. offers a no charge service at the site for items, excluding televisions and freon appliances, which require a fee.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Residents of the Majestic House Apartment Complex in Tamaqua welcomed Spring Thursday with signs, balloons and hoots to passingvehicles. Despite a chill wind, the happy group spent about 20 minutes enjoying the sunshine and fresh air, happy that winter is "officially" over.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Rush-Ryan Joint Sewer Authority met in special session Sunday afternoon in an effort to figure out how to answer a letter from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

The letter was in reference to an audit of the sewer authority records completed by the Office of the Inspector General on Jan. 19, 1988. The final audit concluded that the EPA should seek to recover $423,015 in overpayment to the Rush-Ryan Joint Sewer Authority.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Kidder Township Board of Supervisors selected GIS Tech Solutions to work with the township on the 911 addressing project.

At Thursday's township meeting, Chairman Robert Lengle said that zoning officer Virginia Compton started work on the 911 addressing project and it is a lengthy process. GIS Tech Solutions will work with Compton and the township on the project.

He added that there have been concerns over the years regarding addressing, including numbers not being correct and duplicate street names.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Several defendants entered guilty pleas Thursday before Carbon County Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Steals guns

Jestine Elizabeth Sarau, 36, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property.

She admitted stealing three shotguns from her father-in-law, Henry M. Sarau of Penn Forest Township, around Oct. 11, 2013, and then selling them at a pawnshop.

Sarau told the court she used the money to help feed a drug addiction problem.

Sarau told Serfass, "I apologize for what I did. I hurt my family and kids."

Friday, March 21, 2014

Carbon County officials are working to make nearly two million court papers available to attorneys through an online database.

On Thursday, the county commissioners approved a proposal from Extract Systems LLC of Madison, Wis., for redaction services.

The reason for the redaction services is because some of the docket files that will be online from the Prothonotary and Register of Wills offices contain sensitive information such as minors' names and addresses, and Social Security numbers.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Rush Township: Nancy M. Hess to George J. Hess: property at 5 Wayne Ave. and 11 Wayne Ave., Tamaqua, for $1.

Bruce C. Wark, Wendy L. Wark, and Wendy Wark to Carol Lee Herko: property at 111 Lake Drive, Nesquehoning, for $168,000.

Tamaqua: The estate of Dorothy A. Getz to Steven S. Miller: property at 355 Willing St., Tamaqua, for $57,000.

Michael J. Jachowicz and Anne M. Jachowicz to Russell Zellner: property at 221 Brown St., Tamaqua, for $13,000.

Coaldale: James J. Secara Jr. to Lynn Vento: property at 71 W. Miner St. for $10,000.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Eighteen first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Thursday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program or are revoked from it, then they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.