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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Seven area people were among 39 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller as follows:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pleasant Valley School District's school board passed the 2011-2012 General Fund Budget with a 6-1 vote.

School board member Harvey Frable gave the only "no" vote. Board members John Sabia and Jim Spinola were absent.

The new budget shows a 2.726 mill increase, which is a 1.9 percent increase over last year's, that totaled 146.016 mills.

On a home with an assessed value of $20,500, at the 2011-2012 millage rate of 146.016, the base tax due is $2,993.33.

State funding amounts are still uncertain.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Special to the Times News

The Tamaqua Elks Lodge recognized their scholarship winners recently at their lodge. Pictured from front left are Amber Schock, Sarah Pisak, Lyndsay Kusko and Brianna Oswald. From back left are Carl Wittig, Brandon Dopira, Dylan Smith and Scott Winterburn.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

In a split 3-2 vote, Mahoning Township supervisors granted a six month extension for the Carbon County commissioners' Packerton Business Park Major Subdivision, but tabled seven waivers requested by the project's engineering firm Carbon Engineering.

"I was at the Planning Commission meeting and the waiver regarding turning radii was tabled by them while a few others failed and the rest were split on whether to recommend them or not," said Chairperson John Wieczorek. "I just don't feel comfortable that we have enough information to proceed with deciding upon these waivers."

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Thirteen persons were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first time offeners recently by county judges.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if a person is revoked from the program for failing to complete the conditions the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

The 13 were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Placed by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II were:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Schaeffer's Harley-Davidson, Orwigsburg, will host its Fifth Annual Toy Run, Christmas In July event to benenfit Access Services of Schuylkill, Carbon and Berks Counties. The event will be hled July 9. The ride will begin at 1 p.m at Schaeffer's, located at 1123 Brick Hill Rd., Orwigsburg.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Former Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit board member Kenneth Kistler did not violate state ethics laws when he voted to give an architect a contract to build a school while Kistler's companies were vying to subcontract work with the same architect on a related project.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Rush Township police responded to a 200-foot long spill at the SR54 and SR-309 intersection in Hometown around 10 a.m. Monday after an unknown person dumped approximately two ton of black coal silt onto the road. Traffic was affected in all directions as approaching drivers didn't know how to react as they traveled over the spill. The direction of the vehicle is also unknown. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 668-4242. Police pointed out that when the driver is found, he/she could face over a $1,000 in fines.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Area Street Machine awarded the winners of their car show recently. Pictured from back left are Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison, Mayor's Choice Award winner Chad Frederickson for his 1964 Chevy Impala, members Ron Becker, Harry Miller and Vice President Tom Maruschak. Pictured from front left are People's Choice winners Louis Slakoper with his 1970 Pontiac GTO convertible, Scott Serfass with his Chevy Monte Carlo SS, member secretary Marie Becker, and third People's Choice winner Earl Billig with his 1929 Ford Model A.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Rita Lacey of Kunkletown, founder and owner of Close the Loop, has organized a Give and Take Day the last three years to help her community recycle unwanted items.

Rita Lacey's reaction to receiving a call from Washington, D. C.?

"Unbelievable!"

She was informed that she and her business, Close the Loop in Kunkletown, had just won a national award from Take Pride in America, and will be recognized at a ceremony and reception at the White House on July 18.