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Friday, August 26, 2011

Tourism is a priority in Carbon County.

That's why county officials created the tourism grant fund after they implemented the 3 percent hotel tax in 2007.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board unanimously voted to approve a memorandum of understanding between Carbon County and the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau that supports the grant initiatives in Carbon County. The memorandum of understanding also authorizes the release of $60,000 from the Hotel Room Excise Tax fund for the county's tourism grant.

Friday, August 26, 2011

A Parryville homeowner will have to clean up his property. That is what Parryville Council wants to see happen soon to a home on Main Street.

A next door neighbor to the home which needs repairs at 204 Main Street said that he is not asking for his neighbor to do extensive remodeling, but that he wants something done about the terrible odor coming from his neighbor's home.

"The smell is worse from my patio," he said. "I believe it is coming from underneath the back porch."

Friday, August 26, 2011

Contracts were approved for a number of agencies and departments by the Schuylkill County commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

On behalf of the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Program an early intervention infants, toddlers and families medicaid waiver contract was entered with LG Intervention Specialists Inc. to provide speech pathology, physical therapy and occupational therapy at $31.75 quarter hour and special instruction at $27.99 quarter hour.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Panther Valley school board recognized high school math teacher Susan Solt for receiving the Ripple Effect Award, presented by the Pennsylvania Office of Financial Education, at last night's board meeting. "I am trying my best to better our curriculum," said Solt, after receiving a round of applause from the board and the audience. "It is important for our students to understand how to function in the adult world," she added.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Schuylkill County Firefighter's 57th Annual Convention Parade will be held tomorrow in Minersville. Registration check-in will be 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at North and Front Street. Judging will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Minersville High School. Parade starts at 1:30 p.m.

Friday, August 26, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Northampton County woman was seriously injured Thursday afternoon when involved in a violent crash along Blue Mountain Drive in Lehigh Township. The crash occurred just after noon when Ashley Marie Muschlitz, 19, of Danielsville, lost control of her car on the wet roadway. The vehicle went onto the berm and impacted with a utility pole on the driver's side. The vehicle wrapped around the pole. Muschlitz, who was trapped in the vehicle and freed by rescue personnel, was flown by PennStar helicopter to St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill.

Friday, August 26, 2011

In a article that appeared on Thursday, Aug. 11, in the TIMES NEWS concerning various guilty pleas entered in Carbon County court by defendants in pending cases an error appeared.

In the plea of Robin C. Zurawa, 42, of Jim Thorpe, to a charge of driving under the influence (DUI), it stated the charge stemmed from an accident. There was no accident involved in the incident that occurred on June 9, 2009, along Center St., in Jim Thorpe. The TN regrets the error.

Friday, August 26, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Luke Kannavos, left and Aidan KcKinney, right, both 7 years old, are bumming beach boys on a recent vacation on Fire Island. They are best buddies as well as cousins. They are the Grandest Kids of Carol and David Esdale of Albrightsville. Luke is the son of Spiros and Michelle Kannavos and Aidan is the son of David and Nicole McKinney. The boys were born 12 days apart of each other.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Palmerton has agreed to take possession of eight properties in the borough.

After a near hourlong executive session, borough council, on a 6-0 vote, agreed to the measure. Council President Terry Costenbader was absent.

As part of its decision, council made three motions: to ratify to have the borough manager and borough solicitor file the deeds to HH Liquidated; to exonerate all taxes based on the eight properties; and to ask Carbon County and Palmerton Area School District for the exoneration of those properties.