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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Warden Eugene Berdanier submitted a report to the Schuylkill County Prison Board at Wednesday's meeting held in the prison, showing how programs initiated have helped to deal with the overcrowding.

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections rated the capacity of the prison at 198, although the county has 277 beds. The population has exceeded 200 for a long period.

The county has averaged 2,100 new prisoners a year from 2007 through 2010, but in 2011 it dropped to 1,850, and in 2012 to date 453 new prisoners have been confined.

Thursday, March 22, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS In front of the former "dispatch office" and soon to be the site of the Weatherly Museum, Weatherly Rotary Foundation President Terry Younker, second from right, presents a check for $7,000 to Weatherly Mayor Tom Connors for the Weatherly Museum Fund, while looking on are borough manager Harold Pudliner, left, and Weatherly Rotary Foundation treasurer Lee Zink.

The Weatherly Rotary Foundation presented a $7,000 check to the Weatherly Museum Fund at the site of the Weatherly Train Works project where the museum will be located.

On hand for the presentation were the mayor, borough manager, the Train Works committee, Rotary Foundation representatives, and library representatives.

The Weatherly Train Works is the new name that has been given to the building and grounds commonly known as "The Weatherly Steel."

Thursday, March 22, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS 70 degree weather over the past few days made for fun times for families throughout our area. In the woods near Middleport, Dylan Stillwagner, 12, shows his cousin Kerra Dempsey, 7, how to use a paintball gun.

70 degree weather over the past few days made for fun times for families throughout our area. In the woods near Middleport, Dylan Stillwagner, 12, shows his cousin Kerra Dempsey, 7, how to use a paintball gun.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Join Naturalist Robin Tracey on the Oak/ Hemlock Trail at Locust Lake on Thursday, April 12. The trail is four miles long and difficult. The trail loops around Locust Creek and traverses up the mountain for a really great view of the forest below. Park of the hike includes the "Tree Identification Trail" make by an Eagle Scout. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed and get along with other pets and people. Meet at the parking lot at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call Robin at (570) 467-2506. Shine only.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Eagle Rock Resorts Company, Hazle Township, Luzerne County, is in the process of purchasing 565 undeveloped acres and 59 developed lots owned by Cove Village Association and located in Schuylkill County, it was reported to the county commissioners by its solicitor's office at the work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Carbon County has appealed an order issued by the state Right-to-Know office (RTKL) to provide a Lehighton with the county's emergency response system records.

Ryan Bowman, of 607 Gypsy Hill, filed a request, by fax, to the county seeking 9-1-1 dispatch records for the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association-EMS Station 6, for total dispatches from 2004-2012, broken down year by year. He also requested "scratched" calls from 2004-2012, broken down year by year, and "omit addresses, and personal information."

Thursday, March 22, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Rick Harmon of Barry Isett and Associates makes his point to Lansford borough council.

Lansford's building code inspector on Wednesday told council a "communication problem" involving the zoning officer was partly to blame for a resident's complaints about the cost of doing business in the borough.

After listening and asking questions, council agreed to have the inspector and his company communicate directly with council.

Rick Harmon, a state Uniform Construction Code inspector and plans examiner with Barry Isett and Associates, said he was baffled by complaints made by Kristie Zimmerman at a public council meeting on March 14.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Dave Argall today announced the unanimous endorsement from the Tamaqua Borough Council members for a second term to the State Senate.

Council President Micah Gursky, Councilman Tom Cara, Councilman Brian Connely, Councilman Dan Evans, Councilman Dave Mace, Councilman Ken Smulligan and Councilman John Trudich, Jr. stated their support for Argall in his reelection efforts.

Thursday, March 22, 2012
Students at Marian High School were recently inducted into the French and Spanish National Honor Societies. They include, front row from left, Mary Susan McAndrew, Amanda Greenfield, Emily Fannick, the Most Reverend Bishop John O. Barres, Christy Digiandomenico, Amanda Srinivasan, Cassidy DeCosmo and Codie Kaszmetski. Second row, Deborah Coles, Spanish adviser; Brianna Kubishin; Arianna Srinivasan; Alyssa Wagner; Mary Grega; Samantha Sirsky; Emily Betterly; Ashton Galasso; and Maureen Heffelfinger, French adviser. Third row, Kyle Stanek, Austin Paisley, Tyler John, Samantha Brown, Andrew Dotter, Logan Mehalshick, Anthony Agosti and Rebecca Hartman. Fourth row, Alexis Makowiec, Ryan Darrough, Nicholas Mayernik, Olivia Sposato, Michael Dino, Michael McHale and Monica Wasik. Fifth row, Diana Ketusky, Nicholas Hopeck, James Ostergaard, Joseph Letcher, Tara Koskulitz, Christine McCord, Kelsey Hurst and Tierney Sugrue.

The French and Spanish Honor Societies of Marian High School recently inducted 37 students at a special Mass celebrated in the school gymnasium.

Taking part in the ceremony were the officers of the French Honor Society: Jeanne Cannon, president; John Julian, vice-president; Nicholas Kweder, secretary; and Mary Kate Sherkness, treasurer.

The officers of the Spanish Honor Society are: Timothy Miller, president; Ryan Karnish, vice-president; Nathaniel Keer, secretary; and Samantha Faust, treasurer.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Carbon County's prison is again experiencing overcrowding.

During the county prison board meeting on Wednesday, Warden Joseph Gross explained his plan to convert the indoor gymnasium into another housing block for inmates. The board voted unanimously to allow the conversion to take place.

He said that the reason for conversion is because the inmate population is hovering between 186, which it was on Wednesday; and 197, which was February's average daily population.

"As our population increases we have to do something," Gross said.