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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Palmerton Area School District has whittled down next year's budget to the tune of a 3.4-percent increase in the property tax rate.

Donna Les, interim business manager, presented to the board of directors at a committee workshop on Tuesday the adjusted 2012-13 budget, which equates to a .64-mill reduction that now calls for a 1.67-mill increase.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Preparing for what seems to be the eminent arrival of natural gas drilling companies to Schuylkill County, the West Penn Township Board of Supervisors is taking actions to ensure some sort of control over the land and protection for its residents.

The Marcellus Shale legislation Act 13 of 2012, which was signed by Governor Tom Corbett in February has many implications, but the one concerning municipalities most are the issues related to control over natural gas operations.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Traffic on SR309 in Kline Township was backed up for about a mile while emergency personnel loaded an injured woman onto a helicopter following a motor vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer.

A woman was lifeflighted to a Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, for a head injury around 3 p.m. yesterday after her sport utility vehicle (SUV) impacted a tractor trailer on SR309 in Kline Township, just south of McAdoo near Silver Brook Road.

While traveling north on SR309, the woman, Teresa Sokoloski of Hazleton, reportedly turned her vehicle into the path of a tractor trailer, also traveling north on SR309, driven by Samuel Pagan of Woodbury, N.J.

Rescuers had to pop the door off her Honda CR-V to safely remove the woman, who was the only person in the vehicle.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A former northeastern Pennsylvania prison guard has been sentenced to death for the murder of his live-in girlfriend and their 18-month-old son.

Monroe County jurors deliberated for about three hours Monday night before deciding that 26-year-old Michael Parrish should be executed rather than serving life in prison without possibility of parole.

The panel took less than two hours last week to convict Parrish of first-degree murder in the July 2009 killings of Victoria and Sidney Adams in Effort.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A negotiated contract for the Schuylkill County Vocational Technology Centers was approved by the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board at its monthly meeting held Monday evening at the Maple Avenue Campus, Norwegian Township.

The contract is for the period from July 1, through June 30, 2015, and covers 38 instructors in the North Center, located in Frackville; and South Center in Norwegian Township.

The salaries will be based on the average salary of the instructors in the 12 public school districts which comprise IU29 School District.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

In East Union, North Union and Kline townships and Borough of McAdoo all registered voters will have a rare chance to go to their polling places to cast a vote in the primary election on Tuesday, April 24, but for some it will be on a restricted basis.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Owen Ruch, 1, and Tyson Fannock, 2, pick up colorful eggs during the hunt.

In addition to the traditional indoor Easter Egg Hunt, children of the Tamaqua American Legion enjoyed a visit with the Easter Bunny.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Aiden Kromer and his big brother, Jaycub Kromer, children of Scott and Jamie Kromer, were among the 100 participants taking part in the 18th annual Bowl for Kids Sake bowl-a-thon held Saturday at Fritz's lanes and Pro Shop, Lehighton. Their mother, Jamie, is the head teller of National Penn Bank, one of the sponsors of the event.

One hundred bowlers took part in the 18th annual "Bowl for Kid's Sake" bowl-a-thon held Saturday at Fritz's Lanes and Pro Shop, Second and South streets, Lehighton.

The event was coordinated by the Advisory Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge serving Carbon County.

After turning in their pledges, team members bowled a game and were served refreshments by Big Brother/Big Sister board members. They were also presented prizes based on their donations.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lori Kane (left), CommunityRelationsDirectorfor the Pottsville Campus of McCann School of Business and Technology,presents a check for $500 to Theresa Kozura,representing Schuylkill IU29. The checkwas in supportof the 2012 SchuylkillCounty Academic Competition.