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Friday, January 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Dan Tracy of Tamaqua shovels the sidewalk of the St Jerome School in Tamaqua Friday morning. Students enjoyed a snow day, the first one of the new year.

Friday, January 7, 2011
True aim

Jordan Deemer, 7, has it in his sights on being the Grandest Kid of Ed and Rebecca Grasley of Bloomsbury, NJ. He took third place in the Youth Competition for his age group in archery, shooting instinctively, without the use of sights. He won a bronze medal in the competition at the Pennsylvania Bow Hunters Festival in September in Forksville, Sullivan County, PA. He is the son of Philip Deemer and Jennifer Heffner of Lehighton.

Friday, January 7, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two persons were slightly injured Friday morning after rolling their van on a snow covered Spring Hill Road in Mahoning Township. The crash occurred just after 8 a.m. as the driver was traveling south descending a hill. The unit veered to the right entering the berm and rolling onto its side. The two were transported by Lehighton paramedics to the Lehighton hospital for evaluation. Mahoning Township police are investigating the incident.

Friday, January 7, 2011
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Nesquehoning.

The Vatican Congregation for the Clergy has rejected an appeal from parishioners of the former Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Nesquehoning, of the Allentown Diocese' 2008 decision to suppress the parish, folding it into the newly created St. Francis of Assisi.

However,parishioners, who said they intend to appeal the suppression of their parish, believe the Congregation's decree, received Tuesday, also keeps the church open for religious use.

"We believe this is a win, at least partially," said parishioner Felicia Pilla.

Friday, January 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured is the Tamaqua Senior High School empty of students Friday as they enjoy a snow day.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Variances to the county ordinance was granted to two property owners by the Schuylkill County Zoning Hearing Board after holding hearings Wednesday evening at the courthouse in Pottsville. The board deferred making a decision on the ruling of a county judge who tossed the ball back to the board on the proceedings for a cargo airport to be located partly in East Union and Kline townships.

Friday, January 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Piles of snow are located through our area as workers try to find places to put them. Pictured is a snow pile on West Broad Street, SR-209, in Tamaqua.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

On Monday, during the annual meeting of the Carbon County Salary Board, the following positions and salaries were set under the jurisdiction of the board of commissioners at the Carbon County Courthouse complex. The new rates represent a 3 percent increase in salaries, the board noted.

Positions and salaries are effective Jan. 1, 2011.

Animal Shelter

Ÿ Set the position of one county animal warden at $15.40 per hour;

Ÿ Set the position of one part-time K-9 officer* at $9.35 per hour;

Ÿ Set the position of one part-time K-9 officer* at $8.82 per hour.

Thursday, January 6, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS State Sen. John Yudichak (D-14), seated, introduces his new staff. They are, standing from left, Nancy Kibler and Bill Richards, office staff at Yudichak's Carbon County district office; Joe Boylan, district director; Mark Grochocki, constituent relations; and Kyle Fitzsimmons, chief of staff.

Newly-elected state Sen. John Yudichak (D-14) is making history in Carbon County.

On Wednesday, just one day after Yudichak was sworn into office, the senator officially opened the first senatorial district office ever in Carbon County. The office is located at 1201 North St., Suite 3, Jim Thorpe.

During the opening ceremony, Yudichak spoke with representatives from Carbon County, including the county commissioners and row officers, former Speaker of the House Keith McCall, and members of the community; as well officials from neighboring Luzerne and Monroe counties.

Thursday, January 6, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Verda Scheetz was recognized for all her hard work as President of Salem United Methodist Church's Christian Ladies' Luncheon Group at their holiday get-together.

The Christian Ladies' Luncheon Group of Salem United Methodist Church, 4145 Forest Inn Road, Palmerton, met on Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Schnecksville Diner in Schnecksville to celebrate the holiday season.

But there was a sad note in their Christmas song when they accepted President Verda Scheetz's resignation.

Verda has been the heartbeat of the organization with her leadership abilities and her talent and love of cooking and baking.

In 2006 Verda was urged by the Salem UMC women to restart the Luncheon Group formerly led by Julianne Heiney.