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Thursday, March 10, 2011

A vote on whether to meet with representatives of two companies that want to buy the Lansford-Coaldale water system dammed up Wednesday when Lansford Council deadlocked.

The six council members who attended the meeting tied 3-3 on whether to meet with. Mayor Ron Hood was absent and so could not break the tie.

Council members Tommy Vadyak, Andrew Snyder and president Adam Webber voted to hold the talks. Council members Rose Mary Cannon, Mary Kruczek and Danielle Smith were opposed.

Councilman Lenny Kovach was absent.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Two more men have been arrested by Weatherly police and charged with their part in a drive-by shooting that occurred in the borough this past February.

Arrested on Wednesday were Andrew L. Ortiz, 23, of 1060 W. 17th St., Hazleton, and Joshua Zachery Zink, 21, of 15 Maple Drive, Columbia. Their arrest makes the total of four now charged in the incident.

Thursday, March 10, 2011
Christopher D. Olivia

Christopher D. Olivia, 1036 Circle Drive, Palmerton, has announced his candidacy for re-election to a four-year term of office on the Palmerton Borough Council. He is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination in the May 17 Primary Election.

Olivia, 63, is currently serving his 10th year on the council, having been appointed to an unexpired term in 2002 and then being elected to four-year terms in 2003 and 2007.

He is the council's current vice president and chairs its Law and Order Committee. He is also a member of the Palmerton Shade Tree Commission.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The West Penn Township Board of Supervisors has adopted a pension plan for its police force.

At this week's monthly meeting, the board approved an ordinance establishing the police pension plan.

Township solicitor Gretchen Sterns said that she spoke to Trollinger Consulting Group, which reviewed the Act 600 Police Pension plan.

The ordinance establishes the plan and contributions, explains who is eligible and what the benefits are. The board of supervisors can administrate the plan or else appoint a committee to do so.

Thursday, March 10, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Franklin Township Elementary School students Mikhayl Conarty, left, and Faith Ohl lead kindergarten and first-grade students in the recitation of Pledge of Allegiance during flag program at the school. Behind them is Karen Bandzi, VFW District 20 president and the president of the auxiliary of Walnutport VFW Post 7215.

Kindergarten and first-grade students at Franklin Township Elementary School were given a lesson on the writing and purpose of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Members of Walnutport VFW Auxiliary Post 7215 staged an assembly program during which they showed a video on the topic, had students recite the pledge, gave special awards for participation in the program, and handed out small flags, coloring books, and pencils.

Also taking part in the program was Mary Beth Dougherty, representing the office of Sen. David Argall.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A hearing for a Palmerton man charged with five counts of forgery has been continued.

Christopher A. Poplin, 32, of 407 Lehigh Ave., was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

But, Poplin's hearing has been continued until 9 a.m. March 23. He remains free in lieu of $30,000 unsecured bail.

Poplin has been charged with passing five counterfeit $100 bills at various businesses throughout the borough.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by borough patrolman Christopher Ritter:

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A second community is taking to task a Lackawanna company that promised to save towns money by arranging for them to buy their street lights from PPL instead of leasing them.

Lansford borough council on Wednesday blasted Municipal Energy Management Inc. of Moscow for allegedly failing to make good on its pledge.

On Tuesday, Coaldale Council asked its solicitor to talk with his counterparts in surrounding boroughs to consider taking legal action against MEM.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

One of the busiest offices in Carbon County government in the past couple of days has been the Carbon County Elections Office. That's because area residents aspiring to be candidates for local and county offices caused a steady flow into the office as the process of filing nominating petitions continued through Tuesday.

Yesterday was the final day for filing petitions. At the close of business, Director Lisa R. Dart reported 120 Democratic petitions and 83 Republican petitions were filed by persons seeking offices.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Solid Waste Director Duane Dellecker, Brayden's grandmother Shirley Kline, and Carbon County commissioners Bill O'Gurek and Wayne Nothstein congratulate Brayden Kline on his first place win for collecting 3,214 phone books.

The awards for collecting phone books in Carbon County were presented on March 4 at the schools that participated in the project. Since the program began in 1996 323,500 phone books were collected. This year 24,123 were added to that number. They add up to 20.3 tons of paper that will not go into landfills.

Towamensing's first place winner was Brayden Kline with 3,214 books. Raegan Nemeth placed second for collecting 2,820 books.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Nick Masington, co-owner of Rat Pack Fighting Systems in Palmerton, shown inside the new Rat Pack's Heavy Metal Gym. Rat Pack Fighting Systems will hold its grand re-opening this Saturday.

While its fight team is clearly its bread and butter, there's much more to Rat Pack Fighting Systems than meets the eye.

In conjunction with Rat Pack Dynasty Karate, the Palmerton facility will hold its grand re-opening this Saturday, at which point visitors can catch a glimpse of the new Rat Pack's Heavy Metal Gym.