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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

While far from polished, Palmerton Area School District's 2014-15 spending plan calls for a 2.8 percent increase in property taxes.

The school board, on an 8-0 vote, approved next year's proposed $28,698,457 budget, which would result in a 1.44-mill increase. Director Charles Gildner was absent.

Should the board grant final adoption to the budget under those terms, the property tax rate would be raised from 51.44 to 52.88 mills.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

An elderly Nesquehoning man faces additional charges stemming from a Feb. 8 incident at a supermarket in the borough.

Police charged John Barna, 81, with stalking, harassment, simple assault, and retaliation against a witness or victim.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Officer Timothy Wuttke, here's what happened:

On Sunday, Feb. 9, Wuttke was to file a harassment complaint stemming from an incident the previous day at Redner's Warehouse Market. The incident involved Barna, and borough Police Chief Sean Smith, who was off-duty, and his wife, Sue.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Palmerton Area School District will hold kindergarten registration for the 2014-2015 school year Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 24-26.

Registrations will take place in the district office, located on the third floor of Parkside Education Center, 680 Fourth St., Palmerton.

Those registering are asked to schedule an appointment to register a child by calling Kimberly Ottinger at 610-826-7101 ext. 5023.

Appointment times will be scheduled 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Coaldale police officers need new bulletproof vests, stun guns and rounds of ammunition so that officers have enough to requalify at a range.

They need classes to get recertified for CPR and other first aid skills.

Coaldale council's police committee discussed refreshing gear and training for police officers Tuesday night, but stopped short of saying they'd recommend bringing the officers back as full-time employees.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A trailer-load of broken glass was spilled for about three miles across all four lanes of Route 248 early this morning between Franklin Township and Bowmanstown, closing the highway for nearly six hours.

The incident was reported at about 12:25 a.m. State police at Lehighton barracks said at some parts of the highway in Bowmanstown, the glass fragments were up to an inch deep.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Piskorick

Cassidy Piskorick, daughter of Tracey Bloom and Neal Piskorick, Weatherly, has been named Senior of the Month for January at Weatherly Area High School.

Cassidy is the president of the high school drama club and Interact club, and vice president of Weatherly Area High School's chapter of the National Honor Society. She is involved in student forum and SPARC, and is a member of the Science Olympiad team, the engineering team, and the Envirothon team.

Cassidy is recently employed at the Southside Bistro in Wilkes-Barre.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Carbon County woman was sentencedto a state prison termTuesday.

Bethany Marie Neff, 26, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty before Judge Joseph J. Matika to one count of possession of a controlled substance-alprazolam (Xanax). She was arrested on July 10, 2013 by Nesquehoning police following an incident at the county prison.

Police were called to the prison after correction officers noticed several of the female inmates exhibiting signs of being under the influence of drugs. Neff was one of several female inmates arrested for using illegal substances in the prison.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Borough of Tamaqua's Street Department will continue removing snow from selected streets this Thursday and Friday.

Thursdays' schedule will include: Arlington Street, from Federal to Greenwood; Willing Street, from Clark to Market; Rowe Street, Berwick to Lehigh.

The streets scheduled for Friday will include: Greenwood Street, from Broad to Arlington; Cedar Street Bridge and drains; various catch basins throughout town; Elizabeth Street, from Elm to Willing; and Clark Street, from Elm to Willing.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Bowmanstown's Borough Authority reorganized for 2014. Front row, from left, secretary John Krebs; Hala Khouly of Ettinger and Associates; and Vice Chairman Joseph Civitella; and back, Water Treatment Plant operator Craig LaBarre; Chairman Jerry Hall; member Ernest Guldner; treasurer Mathew Behler; Mark Bahnick of Van Cleff Engineer; and clerk/assistant secretary Tara Takerer.

A recent attempt to break into the Bowmanstown sewer plant was discussed at Tuesday's borough authority meeting.

Craig LaBarre, Water Plant operator, expressed his concern about a recent break-in, and described it as "a serious attempt to get in the front door."

LaBarre went on to say the intruders had to climb a fence and that they made an effort to get into the lab. He said what concerns him most is the safety of his workers there. He also pointed out that it took the state police 70 minutes to arrive on-site.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A proposed three-story hotel and land development plan on Flagstaff Mountain in Jim Thorpe needs some work before it can become a reality.

During the Carbon County Planning Commission meeting Tuesday, the board reviewed the plan, submitted by Surreal Properties Inc., for the development.

Prior to the review, Tim Markley, president of Surreal Properties and the owner of Flagstaff Ballroom, explained that initially, the proposed plan called for a five-story, 78-room condominium hotel on the site, but he felt that was too large for the area.