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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Carbon County is discontinuing the collection of the solid waste tipping fee.

On Thursday, the county commissioners approved the discontinuation of the collection, effective Jan. 1, 2015. The county has continued collecting the $4 per ton fee from trash haulers for municipalities at landfills even though it ended its solid waste department in 2013.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

DALLAS (AP) – Facing an even bigger mountain of packages this holiday season, FedEx and UPS are hiring more workers to avoid the delays that frustrated shoppers and gift recipients a year ago.

Last December, the delivery giants were caught off-guard by bad weather and a surge in last-minute online shopping. An estimated 2 million packages were late at Christmas.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

If all goes well, Northern Lehigh School District could eventually recover a substantial amount of money in back payments it's owed from the State Department of Education.

By a unanimous measure, the school board recently approved the resolution in support of House Bill 2124, calling for Reform of the Commonwealth's PlanCon system.

Before the vote, Sherri Molitoris, co-director of business affairs/human resources, told the board that the district could see the money sometime within the year.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Several members of the Blanket Ministry at Zion Lutheran Church, Tamaqua, display just a small fraction of the110 covers they created to benefit Victim Resource Centers in Schuylkill and Luzerne counties, as well as local churches serving people in need. The blankets were blessed before being distributed. Members include (from left) Judy Brennan, Bob Jones, Mary Jane Turton, Shirley Becker, Marion Kline and Gail Jones; as well as Velma Mantz, Jane Springer, Jayne Steigerwalt, Beverly Batman, Carol Dietrich and the late Jean Derralso.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch announced that Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners was selected to replace 558 bridges across the state.

The team, which included 11 Pennsylvania-based subcontractors in its proposal, must begin construction in summer 2015 and complete the replacements within 36 months. Pennsylvania retains ownership of the bridges, but the team is responsible for maintaining each bridge for 25 years after its replacement.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Taxes are again expected to remain stable next year in Lower Towamensing Township.

No tax increase is expected in 2015 on the heels of a budget workshop conducted by the township's board of supervisors Friday morning.

If supervisors were to adopt next year's spending plan with no tax increase, it would leave the millage rate unchanged at 1.6 mills.

That would mean a person whose home is valued at $100,000, and would be assessed at $50,000, would again pay $80 to the township in property taxes next year.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) McDonald's CEO Don Thompson said Tuesday the company hasn't been keeping up with the times and that changes are in store for its U.S. restaurants.

Starting in January, Thompson said McDonald's will "simplify" its menu to make room for restaurants to offer options that are best-suited for their regions. To offer greater customization, he also said the company planned to expand its "Create Your Taste" offering that lets people pick the buns and toppings they want on burgers by tapping a touchscreen. The program is currently being offered in Southern California.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Donors to the campaigns of Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and his Democratic challenger, Tom Wolf, have given $48.2 million so far in 2013 and 2014, according to campaign finance reports submitted to the state by the two campaigns. Corbett has received about $20.5 million; Wolf has received about $27.6 million. The figures are current through Sept. 15, the latest data the campaigns were required to make available.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Shenandoah man died late Wednesday after being found hanging by a shoelace in his Schuylkill County prison cell on Tuesday evening.

Jason Pesavage, 36, was found by his cellmate, hanging by a shoelace tied to an upper bunk at 8:55 p.m., said Warden Eugene Berdanier.

"Staff were alerted that it appeared that he was committing a suicidal act," he said.

"Staff immediately started emergency procedures, freeing the shoelace and performing CPR. They called EMS at the same time."

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The following Halloween events are planned for our region.

Trick-or-treat

Area trick-or-treat nights have been scheduled.

People wishing to participate are asked to have their porch lights on during those hours.

Bownmanstown: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.

Chestnuthill Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31, with Trick or Treat Night at the Chestnuthill Township Park from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Coaldale: 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

East Penn Township: "Trunks for Treats" from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the East Penn Social Hall.