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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Carbon County Central Labor Chapter will meet on Monday, Feb. 20 at Lengyel's Restaurant In Nesquehoning at 7 p.m. The restaurant is located at 83 W. Catawissa St.

The agenda will be the development of an Action Plan for 2012 including participation in the upcoming Jim Thorpe St. Patrick's Day Parade.

For further information, contact President Terry Whiteman at (610) 379-0162.

The Labor Chapter speaks for working families in Carbon County.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Jim Shanahan, a representative from Field Turf, listens as members of Northern Lehigh School Board on Monday discuss their decision to spend $770,000 for a new turf field, scoreboard, and security camera system.

Northern Lehigh School District will shell out more than three-quarters of a million dollars for a multipurpose turf field.

The school board, on an 8-0 vote Monday, agreed to spend $770,000 for an artificial surface, scoreboard, and security camera system in the Bulldog Athletic Stadium. Director Mathias Green was absent.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Carbon County jury panel found a Lehighton couple negligent for injuries sustained by a woman who fell at their home.

The panel made its decision after listening to three days of testimony in the case of Eliza Klecha, 1567 Green St., Lehighton, against Wioletta and Jaroslaw Mystkowski, of 1585 Green St., Lehighton. Klecha and Wioletta Mystkowski are sisters. The trial began with jury selection of Monday, Feb. 6. Testimony was given over a three-day period and the trial concluded with the jury verdict on Friday, Feb. 10.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The sink hole, which developed behind the Tamaqua Elementary School on Feb. 3, will be filled beginning March 1, according to a report issued to the Tamaqua Area School Board by Dr. H. Bruce Geiger, superintendent of schools. Bids will be received on Feb. 22 and awarded on Feb. 26, with work slated to begin March 1. The superintendent said large rocks will be dumped into the hole and if it does not cave in further, smaller rocks will be put on top. Then the hole will be covered with dirt and seeded.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS James J. Rhoades Jr. of Alfred Benesch & Co., standing, presents options to members of the Nesquehoning Water Authority for a water tank project in the borough. Looking on from left are authority members Denny Creitz, Frank Parano, Bill Hausman, Gary Porembo.

Members of the Nesquehoning Water Authority voted to move forward with a water tank project after a presentation given by James J. Rhoades Jr., of Alfred Benesch & Co. Monday night at the regular monthly meeting.

Rhoades presented several models outlining the authority's options with regard to tank and access road location, elevation, size and type of tank, water system demand and number of lines to be utilized.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A top-level Northern Lehigh School District administrator has garnered a new contract.

On an 8-0 vote Monday, the school board approved a five-year contract for Assistant Superintendent Karen Nicholas. Director Mathias Green was absent.

As per the contract, Nicholas will be paid $107,123 a year, which reflects no change in her current salary.

After the board gave its consent, Superintendent Michael Michaels congratulated Nicholas.

Nicholas said after the meeting that she wished to thank the board for their support.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Parryville UMC, located on the corner of Main and Chestnut streets in Parryville, will be holding a free luncheon for all on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., weather permitting.