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Friday, March 23, 2012

After a lengthy and often ugly argument, Lansford borough council on Wednesday agreed to take $154,000 from a certificate of deposit to pay bills.

"There's not enough money to pay the bills and still be able to meet payroll without borrowing from another account," said Council president Rose Mary Cannon.

"We have money sitting in CDs, and people are waiting for their bills to be paid," she said.

Council spent a significant amount of time casting blame and arguing loudly about money matters.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, is sponsoring an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 31, in Luther Hall. Ages 1-6: 2-3 p.m.; Ages 7-12: 3-4 p.m. The event is free. Please register your child's name and age by either calling the church office at (610) 377-4303 or by email at telc1872@ptd.net by Monday, March 26. Remember to bring your own basket (BYOB).

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania upheld the Carbon County court's ruling in a Right To Know case against board of commissioners.

On Tuesday, a memorandum opinion and order was filed by the Commonwealth Court in the case against Carbon County, filed by Robert Dages of Jim Thorpe.

The memorandum said that "The order of the Court of Common Pleas of Carbon County in the above-captioned matters is affirmed."

Dages, who appeared before the commissioners during their weekly meeting on Thursday, said he was "very disappointed" by the ruling.

Friday, March 23, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Diann Bittenbender of Kunkletown attended the Child Care Information Services fundraiser, "A Night at the Races" at the Coca Cola Park Stadium Club with her husband, Gene, and several friends. All the guests were invited to wear a hat for the Kentucky Derby Hat Contest. Diann went online and viewed several Kentucky Derby hats and then made her own. It won Best of Show. She won several gift certificates for her elegant design. She could certainly win Best of Show at an Easter Parade with this charming chapeau.

Friday, March 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The closure of ramps at exits 131 and 138 to and from I-81 have resulted in an increase in non-local traffic in Hometown and McAdoo. This has also resulted in more incidents, such as is seen here. Rush Township Police Sgt. Duane Frederick cites Alex Cortez of Illinois for driving on a prohibited roadway and leaving the scene of property damage after the driver destroyed multiple signs on SR309 after turning onto Wyoming Street. Police reported that the driver was following directions on his GPS.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Sixteen defendants were sentenced on criminal charges Wednesday by President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County court.

Michael Gary Baser, 28, Pottsville, pleaded guilty to a charge of recklessly endangering another person which was brought by Pottsville Patrolman Brian J. Reno. His sentence was deferred as the court requested a pre-sentence report prepared.

Friday, March 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during Wednesday's announcement are, from left, Sen. David Argall, Rep. Doyle Heffley, Bill Moyer, president of St. Luke's Hospital – Miners Campus; and Traci Graver, operating room manager for the Miners campus.

St. Luke's Hospital staff, Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) and Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-122) recently announced a $750,000 matching grant award through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) for the creation of a state-of-the-art surgical suite at St. Luke's Hospital – Miners Campus. Argall and Heffley pointed out that the grant will provide new jobs and increasing quality healthcare for local patients.

Friday, March 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Management of Domino's Pizza in Tamaqua is offering a family pizza party for the return of one of their lighted vehicle signs. The sign was taken from one of their driver's cars while on a delivery from Tamaqua to Summit Hill. Tamaqua Crime Watch is also offering an additional $50 reward for the return of the sign. Management stated this was the first time they had this problem.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Penn Forest Township has a new solicitor.

The township board of supervisors held a special meeting Thursday afternoon for the purpose of discussing personnel issues.

Supervisor Alan Katz's first motion called for the termination of township solicitor, Thomas S. Nanovic. The motion carried despite Supervisor Christine Fazio's no vote. Supervisor Warren "Butch" Reiner was not present at the meeting.