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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Lehighton 9/12 Project is coordinating a bus trip to Washington D.C. on Tuesday, March 27, as part of a national protest against Obamacare.

The "Hands Off My Healthcare Rally" is being coordinated for Americans for Prosperity.

Sandy Dellicker, president of the Lehighton 9/12 Project, said, "Almost two years ago Nancy Pelosi marched across the Capitol lawn with her giant gavel in hand to ram through the single most worst piece of legislation in the history of this great nation. You and I know it as Obamacare."

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Legislation strengthening existing law requiring state agencies to be located in a downtown unanimously passed the Senate Appropriations Committee today. Sen. Dave Argall's Senate Bill 276 reinforces Act 32 of 2000, the original Downtown Location Law.

Since Argall's Downtown Location Law went into effect over 11 years ago, annually over 90 percent of all state government leases have been designated in downtown areas.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Tamaqua woman had her bail reduced after waiving her right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua, last week.

Jennifer DiPietro, 28, of 230 Green St., was charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property after she allegedly removed jewelry items from a Tamaqua home in December of 2011. The charges were filed by Cpl. Dwayne Hacker.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Starting Thursday March 8, 2012, PennDOT will be closing the on and off ramps to I 81 in Kline Township, south of McAdoo, for construction, paving and improvements until further notice.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Several defendants, who were scheduled to pick juries on Monday in Carbon County court to hear their cases, instead entered into plea bargains with the district attorney's office and pleaded guilty to criminal counts.

Those pleading included:

Jeffrey Cope, 24, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of criminal conspiracy-harassment. He was charged by Nesquehoning police for an incident at the county prison which occurred in November 2011 involving another inmate. The charge was reduced from aggravated harassment by a prisoner.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A number of Tamaqua Area School District students participated in the 2012 Schuylkill County Chorus Festival, including: first row) Elizabeth Lehman, Lauren Christ, Alexandra Miller, Andrea Whitley, Makia Stocker, Erin Raymond; (second row) Erika Cassell, Karina Derr, Heidi Wagner, Emily Zancofsky, Shane Mulligan, Julian Gerace and Steven Moyer. The student chorus is under the direction of John Buglio (right rear). The festival was hosted by Minersville Area High School and concluded with a public concert. This year's guest conductor was Dr.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A general meeting of the Lehighton 9/12 Project will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at Roadie's, Penn's Peak, in Jim Thorpe.

During the meeting, there will be a showing of the documentary film "The Third Jihad."

Sandy Dellicker, president of the Lehighton 9/12 Project, said "The Third Jihad is an in-depth documentary film that exposes the war the media is not telling you about."

She added, "It revealsthe enemy our government is too afraid to name.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Since the Act 537 sewer plan started in 2003, the estimated cost to West Penn Township and Walker Township to date has been a combined $276,907. Rettew engineering, the company in charge of putting together and implementing the plan, has been instructed by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to reconduct the door-to-door survey to reassess the true sewer needs, costing the townships an additional estimation of $79,200 in fees.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS These three condemned homes along East Broad Street in Tamaqua could soon be turned into a serene garden.

A dream more than 20 years in the making is one step closer to reality following Monday's meeting of the Tamaqua Historical Architectural Review Commission.

Sank and Bernadette Griffiths were making a repeat visit to the HARC board, looking for approval to tear down three houses next to the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home, 655 E. Broad St. Their hope was to turn the properties into green space, a reflective garden where people could enjoy nature's beauty, soothe their weary feet as well as their burdened hearts.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Jim Thorpe Area School Board approved the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit proposed general operating budget for 2012-2013.

The general operating budget for the CLIU covers the executive director's office, curriculum/instruction office, educational technologies office, and maintenance.

Executive Director at the CLIU, Dr. Elaine Eib stated that with the budget the total district contribution has not changed in three years. There will be no increase for JT school district for the 2012-2013 CLIU operating budget.

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