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Thursday, May 8, 2014

After four and a half years of negotiating, Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday signed contracts with three branches of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees unions.

The contracts cover 91 courthouse employees, 119 employees at the county nursing home at Rest Haven, and 27 employees at the Office of Senior Services.

The contracts, which run from 2011 through 2016, offer modest wage increases and double the cost of employee contributions to health benefits.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Schuylkill County will save $24,930 over three years by switching insurance coverage for employees for life, accidental death/dismemberment and long-term care.

Commissioners on Wednesday approved a contract with One America for life, accidental death and dismemberment, and long-term disability coverage.

The contract will be in effect for eligible employees as of July 1.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Ranger Rick Club will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Carbon County Environmental Education Center.

The club is open to all students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

This event includes special guest presenters from the Eclectic Circus. Participants will learn juggling, hula hooping, and other fun circus skills.

The program is free for CCEEC members, and a nominal donation is requested of non-members. For more information, call (570) 645-8597.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The following students have achieved principal's list or honor roll for the third marking period at Towamensing Elementary School.

Principal's list

Students who have attained all As in all major subjects.

Third grade: Reilly Burke, Montanna Costenbader, Sandra Costenbader, Riley Fallon, Julia Finley, Kira Hauser, Elizabeth Levering, Elizabeth Melber, Elizabeth Morgan, Natalie Mosier, Alysa Roe, Hannah Serfass, Trey Sterling

Thursday, May 8, 2014
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Schuylkill County commissionerson Wednesday proclaimed May as Elder Abuse Awareness month. The Schuylkill Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance will be distributing silver ribbons to "emphasize the importance of keeping Schuylkill County safe for allseniors." Commissioner Gary J. Hess, right, reads the proclamation. Looking on, from left, are county District Attorney Christine Holman; Chief Detective Dolly Malec; Office of Senior Services Director Georgene Fedoriska; commissioners Chairman Frank J.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

In order to help boost donations for area food banks, the House of Representatives approved legislation this week sponsored by Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) designating Saturda, as National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive Day in Pennsylvania.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

In response to the Mahoning Township tax collector incident, Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced plans to introduce legislation mandating deputy tax collectors.

"Having a deputy tax collector in place would help eliminate the confusion among taxpayers faced with that type of situation," Heffley said.

Under law, the position of tax collector is not considered vacant unless that person has resigned, moved out of the taxing district, died or failed to take the oath of office or give bond.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Several Carbon and Monroe county municipalities are in line to be awarded recycling grants through the state Department of Environmental Protection.

In Carbon, Penn Forest will receive $213,705 for its drop-off recycling program, while Palmerton will get $25,497 for curbside recycling, under DEP's Act 101 Waste Recycling Program.

Over in Monroe, the Oak Grove Multi-Municipal CFC will receive $127,045 for compost recycling, with Chestnuthill Township set to get $81,357 for its recycling processing center.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Carbon County officials want answers to questions circulating around the former Mahoning Township tax collector.

The county commissioners and tax claim bureau this week filed a mandamus civil action against Richard Swarcheck in his capacity as tax collector for the township.

Swarcheck was responsible for collecting and remitting real estate and per capita taxes for Carbon County, Lehighton Area School District and Mahoning Township.

The action includes three complaints that Swarcheck did not meet his required duties.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Parents, students and staff of Lehighton Area Middle School were recently notified that there has been a confirmed case of pertussis in the school.

A letter, signed by Principal Mark McGalla, notes that the person is being treated and is not in school.

He warned that anyone in close contact with children or adults diagnosed with pertussis, commonly referred to as whooping cough, should be treated with antibiotics.