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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The 2012 "Dollar Bill" Presidents Day Essay Contest" is open to all Middle and Senior High School students residing within the geographic bounds of Lehighton Area School District, including private, charter and homeschool students. The first prize of a $150 U.S. savings bond will be awarded by the Lehighton Area Republican Club, the sponsoring organization, for the best essay, according to a panel of qualified impartial judges. Also two runners-up will receive $50 savings bonds. Judging criteria include originality, accuracy and composition, but not the opinion expressed.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tom Hartz, Tamaqua Fire Chief, stressing the firefighters' state-mandated and required in-field hours, pointed out that firefighters lose valuable training time fundraising.

Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz released the 2011 response report for the Tamaqua Fire Department, which consists of American Hose Company, Citizen's Fire Company, East End Fire Company and South Ward Fire Company.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The 21st Annual Open House program for prospective Marian High School students and their parents was held Sunday for prospective students in grades 9 through 12 and any student from Carbon, Luzerne and Schuylkill counties interested in attending Marian for the upcoming school year.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The year 2011 was a busy one for the Lehighton Police Department.

A report submitted by Sergeant Joseph Lawrence showed that during 2011, there were a total of 276 criminal arrests made - an average of 23 per month.

Despite the high number, it was still a little lower than in 2010 when 320 arrests occurred.

The most arrests came for disorderly conduct (55) and harassment (40).

The police investigated 570 offenses in 2011, down from 640 offenses the previous year.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A meeting with police chiefs and the new Schuylkill County district attorney took place over the noon hour Monday at the Schuylkill County Courthouse in Pottsville.

District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon addressed the group on the manner she plans to conduct her office and promised better communications between her office and the local police departments. She exchanged cell phone numbers to improve the communication and asked questions as to any procedural changes in producing cases against defendants.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Seeking to relieve the congested traffic conditions as tey now exist on Ridge Street, Lansford's principal business thoroughfare, borough fathers of that community voted five to four in favor of the adoption of an ordinance for the installation of parking meters. The meters will be paid from the receipts deposited in them. It was noted that 300 meters would be leased. Twelve-minute parking will cost one cent, while it will be five cents an hour.

Monday, January 30, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Flames engulf the mobile home of Keith and Petra Rex, 3176 Mahoning Drive West, shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday. The house was fully involved when firefighters arrived on the scene.

A fast-moving fire Saturday night completely destroyed a Mahoning Township home.

The fire was first reported just after 11 p.m. at the residence of Keith and Petra Rex, 3176 Mahoning Drive West.

The blaze could be seen for miles.

Township police, who were first to arrive on scene, warned firefighters of ammunition being set off by the inferno. Hundreds of rounds of ammo were heard going off to the west and rear portion of the home.

The house was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene.

Monday, January 30, 2012

St. Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe is planning a number of activities for the annual Catholic Schools Week Celebration.

On Jan. 30 and Feb. 1, students will participate in "Lunch with a Loved One," where each student invited someone they love to have lunch with them.

Monday, January 30, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck lauded two members of the Nesquehoning Junior Recreation Committee at the borough meeting last Wednesday. Recognized for their service and dedication were Samantha Zlock and Tom Kuba. Walck noted that the youth have participated in every fundraising event while being part of the committee. From left are, Mayor Tony Walck, Samantha Zlock and Tom Kuba.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Owners of a public golf course and a building formerly used as a Catholic high school reached an agreement with the Schuylkill County Assessment Bureau on the market values of their properties. County judges approved the stipulations and fixed taxes beginning Jan. 1.

Concerning Rolling Meadows Golf Course, an 18-hole course built on 90.70 aces in Butler Township, an agreement was reached the market value would be $389,129. Judge John E. Domalakes approved the agreement and fixed the assessment at $184,058 for taxes.