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Monday, January 3, 2011

Two New Ringgold men were among 15 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by President Judge William E.. Baldwin.

Joshua John Green, 26, of 591 Stony Lane, for the robbery of the Uni-Mart Store in Saint Clair last Aug. 5, was sentenced to serve one to two years in a state correctional institution, pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) and make restituition of $161.70 to the store. He received credit for serving 137 days in the county prison. Green was cited by Saint Clair Sgt. William Dempsey.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Polk Township Supervisors approved the proposed budget for 2011 unanimously on Friday. The $1,245,440 budget includes no tax increase. Millage will stay at 3.3 mils for the real estate taxes for general purposes.

With finances being what they are, including medical insurance going up, fewer permits being issued, and other costs also going up, the board does not promise no increase in taxes for 2012 tax although they are considering various belt-tightening measures.

Monday, January 3, 2011
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWs Ashley Hartranft and Hayley Martin, both 11, of Tamaqua show off their "2011" glasses at the New Year's Eve Eagle Rise.

If it is New Year's Eve in Tamaqua, then the Eagle will rise.

The 13th Annual New Year's Eve Eagle Rise attracted more than 700 revelers to the gala event, which is held at the ABC Tamaqua High Rise, the tallest structure in Schuylkill County.

Relatively warm temperatures in the low 30's and the lack of precipitation contributed to one of the largest crowds in the history of the Eagle Rise, which is coordinated by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the TIMES NEWS.

As has been the past tradition, the event was provided free of charge to the community.

Monday, January 3, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Hazardous material cleanup team trucks are parked outside the Majestic House Apartments in Tamaqua following a mercury spill Friday.

For most of the day on Friday, New Year's Eve, residents living in the Majestic House Apartments on East Broad Street in Tamaqua were encouraged not to leave or enter their apartments as hazardous material cleanup teams and contractors from Harrisburg and Northampton responded to a mercury spill at the location.

The spill originated on the fifth floor and stretched to a few other locations inside the apartment building, including an inside area near the entrance.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Bernard O. Williams, 42, formerly of Weatherly but residing in Philadelphia, was fatally stricken with a heart attack while driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, yesterday. Five other family members were in his car. Williams' son, Bernard, 16, was riding in the front seat and noticed his father slump over the steering wheel. Bernard grabbed the wheel and pulled the vehicle off the highway, then used mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in an attempt to revive him.

Monday, January 3, 2011
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Linda Yulanavage, executive director of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, prepares to hand out balloons during Tamaqua's New Year's Eve Eagle Rise celebration.

Monday, January 3, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Residents at the ABC Tamaqua Hi-Rise Inc. and their families got the chance to come together and enjoy themselves during their annual New Year's Eve dinner and dance celebration held Friday night at the Hi-Rise. The event was organized via the ABC Tamaqua Hi-Rise Committee and entertainment was provided courtesy of resident George Eck. The public was encouraged to join in the festivities following the dinner. In the top photo ABC's manager Patricia "Pat" Freeh-Stefanek, left, and Janet Linkhorst, friends since junior high, enjoy a dance.

Monday, January 3, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Heckman-Isganitis-Messerschmidt Quakake American Legion Post 973 stepped-up to help less fortunate kids in our area enjoy a better Christmas. Last year the post came together in just two days to purchase and wrap gifts for over 40 local children for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree. This year, the post came together again in a few days to also raise $300 for the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League's annual Toys For Tots campaign. The post is a yearly contributor of both the local Salvation Army Angel Tree and Toys For Tots campaigns. Pictured standing from left are Sr.

Monday, January 3, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Children in Tamaqua were given the opportunity to enjoy their own New Year's Eve celebration at the Subway Restaurant in Tamaqua by participating in various activities and games. Tamaqua Subway manager Jane Sunday pointed out that New Year's is family affair and that she simply wanted a place for kids to hang out prior to the New Year's celebration. Pictured from left playing 'Magic the Gathering' are trainer Thomas Breiner, Subway mascot "Hoagie Man", Casey Leone, 13, and Julian Huegel, 13.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Lansford Borough council has fired its solicitor, Robert T. Yurchak.

Council took the action following an executive session at the end of a public meeting Thursday. During the public portion of that meeting, council adopted a 2011 budget that calls for a 3.06 mill property tax increase, and revealed that it is in such deep financial trouble that bankruptcy is an option.