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Friday, March 22, 2013
Rep. Doyle Heffley

Two local legislators voiced their support on a liquor store privatization bill that they say would get government out of the state's liquor monopoly.

State Representatives Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) voted in favor of House Bill 790, which would create about 1,200 state liquor licenses that would be auctioned off and Pennsylvania liquor stores would close.

The bill now goes to the Senate for a vote.

Friday, March 22, 2013

The Carbon County retirement fund is seeing healthy growth in 2013.

During the county retirement board meeting on Thursday, Robert Crampsie, secretary of the board and the county controller, announced that the retirement fund portfolio value as of Feb. 28 was $65,585,419.

"I can tell you for the year, after two months, we are up over $2.1 million," Crampsie said. "We are off to a very good start."

Friday, March 22, 2013

West End Rotarians Honi Lynn Gruenberg and Karin Susan-Breitlauch received multiple honors from one of Rotary International's dignitaries at a recent Rotary Foundation event.

Rotary International Past President Luis Vicente Giay honored the local club for contributions to Rotary Foundation's $200 million Polio Plus challenge to eradicate the disease worldwide. The club was also honored for its sustained contributions to the foundation's other charitable projects. A native of Argentina, Giay chairs the Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Global Peace Forums.

Friday, March 22, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Republican plan to phase out Pennsylvania's 600 state-operated liquor stores and raise millions in revenue by selling licenses to private businesses passed the House easily Thursday and was sent to the Senate.

The 105-90 vote after about seven hours of debate was a victory for members of the majority Republican caucus and their ally, GOP Gov. Tom Corbett. Five Republicans and no Democrats crossed party lines.

Friday, March 22, 2013

The petition-filing period for those wanting to run for public offices in Carbon County and its municipalities ended on Tuesday, March 12, when scores of residents rushed to meet the state-designated deadline.

In order to run for office, persons wanting to have their names placed on the ballot were required to obtain signatures from registered voters in either the Democratic and Republican parties in the political subdivision in which they are seeking office.

The election process will begin with the municipal Primary Election on Tuesday, May 21.

Friday, March 22, 2013

A Carbon County commissioner said that the county is looking into cleaning an area of sidewalks that needs some attention.

During the county commissioners' meeting Thursday, Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard updated the board on the sidewalks along Route 209, coming into Jim Thorpe right off of the Route 903 bridge.

Last week, Bob Schaninger, a resident of Jim Thorpe, brought the issue of cinders on the sidewalks to the commissioners' attention and asked if they could sweep them off so it wouldn't be such a hazard when walking on them.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Gregg Potter, President of the Lehigh Valley Central Labor Council, will speak on Tuesday, March 26 at the Carbon County Democrats for Change meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. (ending no later than 8:30 p.m.) and will be held at the Inn at Jim Thorpe.

Club President Linda Christman said, "We are excited that Gregg Potter will be able to talk with us about the attacks on union labor in our own state. Gregg is a knowledgeable speaker who really connects with his audience."

Friday, March 22, 2013

Vietnam Veterans Organization of Carbon County will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Vietnam Veterans Day will be held on at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at the Lehighton American Legion Post 314. Members should arrive by noon.

Harry J. Wynn III will serve as master of ceremonies.

Friday, March 22, 2013

A drug dealer and persons charged with driving under the influence (DUI) entered guilty pleas on Thursday in Carbon County court, with prison terms imposed in several cases.

They were among a total of 15 defendants to enter guilty pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

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Jeffrey Steigerwalt Jr., 31, of Shenandoah, and formerly of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin.

Friday, March 22, 2013

The Carbon County Navy Club will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 25, starting at 7 p.m. at the Nesquehoning VFW, 300 E. Center St.

All regular and associate members are asked to attend and new members are welcome. Membership applications will be available.