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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Charges have been bound over to Carbon County Court against a Palmerton Borough official charged with a misdemeanor offense.

Borough Councilman Michael Ballard, 54, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton on criminal charges.

Instead, Ballard opted to waive his right to a hearing, and will appear April 17 for a pretrial status conference in the district attorney's office at the courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

Criminal charges were filed against Ballard for writing a bad check.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lower Towamensing Township plans to enter into an intermunicipal agreement to supply water to 53 residences of the Stone Ridge Manor water system.

The township's board of supervisors unanimously agreed on Tuesday to advertise for adoption the agreement with the Bowmanstown Borough Authority.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Registration is now open for organizations who would like to take part in the upcoming Carbon County Community Safety Day.

The event, organized by state Sen. John Yudichak, Carbon County Safe Kids, the Carbon County Commissioners, and Carbon Masonic Lodge 242, will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 3, at Mauch Chunk Lake Park, Lentz Trail, Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

As Pennsylvania lawmakers continue to debate pension reform, the meter is running.

Last month, the Corbett administration renewed a contract with Milliman Inc., an actuarial accounting firm based in Seattle, and now plans to spend more as much as $1.1 million for actuarial services. The administration has paid $900,000 to Milliman since 2012 for actuarial analysis of various efforts to change the state's public pension systems, but the renewed contract says "changing circumstances and changing needs" required more actuarial work.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS John Bova steps toward his father's entombment site to scatter the ashes of his deceased mother. The moving moment took place on Aug. 15, 2013, 50 years following the Sheppton Mine Disaster.

The state will erect a marker to designate the significance of a famous Schuylkill County mine cave-in and what many refer to as a miracle and a tragedy.

Last week, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in Harrisburg, announced authorization for a historical marker at the Sheppton entombment site of Louis Bova, one of 21 new markers to be placed in the commonwealth.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Revenue from deeds

Carbon County Recorder of Deeds Emmett P. McCall reported his office recorded 155 deeds, 131 mortgages and 276 other writs during the month of February.

As a result of those transactions, McCall turned over to the Carbon County General Fund the sum of $20,284. A breakdown of that revenue includes: transfer fees, $16,272; data processing fees, $1,549; notaries, $20; commission on transfers and writs, $1,769; and Affordable Housing administrative fee, $673.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Carbon County woman entered guilty pleas in four pending criminal cases on Tuesday in the county court.

She was one of nine defendants to enter a plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Drugs, thefts

Bobbie Jo Simmons, 33, of Nesquehoning, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one count each of false reports and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Alexis Brennan, left, pets Waggles as Tom Connors, director of the Carbon County Animal Shelter, talks about the proper way to approach a dog.

Students of Commonwealth Connections Academy recently received an education in dog care when they visited the Carbon County Animal Shelter in Nesquehoning.

The students got to ask Tom Connors, director of the shelter, about proper animal care and brought along donations of cleaning supplies and dog treats.

The Carbon County Animal Shelter currently has nine dogs up for adoption and is open to the public and to school field trips seven days a week.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Several Weatherly Area High School students won awards at the 2014 PA Regional Computer Fair held March 5 at Muhlenberg

College. Front row, from left: first place, Computer Programming, Mike Matirko; first place, Computer Logo Design, Trent Dempsey and Tom Newell; second place, Computer Animation, Keith Gunderman and Devin Berger; second place, Digital Movie, Shelby Berger and Morgan Mengle. Second row: second place, Graphic Design, Shaman Klynowsky and Tristen Decker; second place, Web Page Design,

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A fundraiser is planned for a Lehighton woman who suffered a double brain aneurysm while at work.

Sue "Myrtle" Keiser, 43, who is employed at Majestic Fire Apparel in Franklin Township, suffered a double brain aneurysm on Jan. 22. She has been hospitalized since then.

The event, to be held Saturday, April 5, at the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club in Mahoning Township, is being conducted by co-workers and family members. It has been dubbed "Help Myrtle Over the Hurdle."

Entertainment will be by a DJ and the band Onguent, beginning at 7 p.m.