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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Six area people were among 19 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in the Schuylkill County Court and most of them were sentenced to jail terms by Judge John E. Domalakes.

Thursday, December 29, 2011
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A contract to demolish a vacant double home in Coaldale borough was awarded by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at Wednesday's board meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Northeast Industrial Services, of Mount Carmel, the low bidder at $11,440, was awarded the contract to demolition the double frame home at 119-121 Greenwood Street, of which the borough acquired ownership.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Although it lasted only 13 minutes, Schuylkill County commissioners made a number of transactions at their final public meeting Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

In one landmark personnel move, attorney Karen Byrnes Noon, Ashland, was promoted by outgoing District Attorney James P. Goodman to serve the balance of his term which expires in 2014 as district attorney at a salary of $168,541 per year. Attorney Noon was the first deputy assistant district attorney. Commissioner Gallagher noted the salary is mandated by the state which contributes.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

First time offenders who committed non-violent crimes, including 22 charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, were chosen by District Attorney James P. Goodman to be placed in the ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitated Disposition) Program, which is a probation program to allow them to work off the charge to clear their names.

At a hearing in the Schuylkill County Courthouse, Judge John E. Domalakes admitted the following into the program and sentenced them as follows:

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A loophole in a fee resolution and some mistaken advice equaled a $255 refund to township resident Gary Rosenberg after the township's zoning board ruled that the zoning officer erred in his decision to deny a permit for a permitted use of his property earlier this year.

The board approved the refund unanimously, then asked Solicitor Tom Nanovic to close the loophole in the 2012 resolution before it is adopted at the beginning of the year.

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A Palmerton native has been promoted to serve in the top advisery position at the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, Va.

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command officially welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey as its top-noncommissioned officer during a welcome and retreat ceremony at the TRADOC headquarters building earlier this month.

After welcoming and introducing Dailey, Gen. Robert Cone, TRADOC commanding general, spoke of his qualities and contributions to soldiers, the Army and the nation.

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TN FILE PHOTO/DONALD R. SERFASS

The biggest New Year's Eve celebration in Schuylkill and Carbon counties is set to kick off Saturday night in the center of Tamaqua.

Sparkling eagles designed by Brockton lighting technician Frank Fabrizio will soar high atop the ABC Tamaqua High Rise Building for the 14th Annual Tamaqua New Year's Eve Ballrise, coordinated by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the TIMES NEWS, a publication of Pencor Services Inc.

Thursday, December 29, 2011
BAILY PHOTO/COURTESY TAMAQUA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Philadelphia may have its Mummer's and Pasadena its Tournament of Roses but on New Year's Day in 1912, the town of Tamaqua took a back seat to no one when it came to hosting a holiday parade.

That day, the Tamaqua Courier estimated 20,000 people flocked to town for the big event, thanks to some excellent promotional work by the parade committee. The parade was so well promoted that one club, The William Penn Treaty Association, bypassed the more established parade in its home city of Philadelphia to participate in Tamaqua's event.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lansford borough council on Wednesday agreed to drop back to one meeting a month.

That meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month.

The move to have two meetings a month, on the second and fourth Wednesdays, was approved in April, with the idea that the new schedule would shorten council's often lengthy meetings. But the meetings have continued to run late into the night.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lansford council on a split vote Wednesday adopted a 2012 budget, wholly for the sake of complying with state law, which requires municipalities to adopt final budgets by Dec. 31.

The spending plan council adopted is the same one in place for this year. The plan is for council to reopen and reconfigure it in January. Council failed to draft a new spending plan because its financial situation remains in disarray.