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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Tamaqua Area School District has approved its share of the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29's 2012 Administrative and Program budget.

The district's board of education gave its approval during its monthly meeting Tuesday evening. The vote was 7-0, with Directors EIleen Meiser and Aaron Frantz absent.

Superintendent Carol Makuta said last week the I.U.'s budget for 2011-12 totals $2,460,939. That is a decrease from this school year, because the IU has made some staff changes that results in a savings of about $25,000, or one percent.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Similar scenes like this were repeated over the area yesterday into today becaise of yesterday's accumulation of snow, sleet and rain. Just before noon yesterday, while traveling west on SR54 in Hometown, this grey Mitsubishi, operated by a female, slid off the road after hitting a patch of snowy slush. Rush Township police and Hometown fire police responded. While leaving this accident the township's police cruiser was involved in a minor accident after Cpl. Duane Frederick avoided another car hydroplaning towards him in the officer's lane.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Members of the Carbon County Planning Commission reviewed a lot line revision submitted by June and Wade Kresge of Kidder Township. The proposed lot line revision is near the intersection of Kirk and Ridge streets in Lake Harmony. Two lots were combined to create a lot of nearly an acre. The board approved the plans.

The board also reviewed an amendment to the Palmerton Zoning Ordinance that relates to permitted off premise signs and an amendment to the zoning, subdivision and land ordinance in Kidder Township that governs wind energy facilities.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation will hold its Second Annual Meeting and cocktail party on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at The Restaurant at The Station, North Railroad Street, Tamaqua,

The event is being sponsored by Mauch Chunk Trust Company.

The non-profit foundation was formed in November, 2009 to work independently to assist Tamaqua Area with projects outside of the district's budget.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Brynn Lee Wentz, 6, has donated 10 inches of her hair to Locks of Love. Her hair was cut by Sissy Whiteman, with Brynn, owner of Sissy's Country Cuts in Franklin Township. A kindergarten student at Franklin Elementary, Brynn is the daughter of Chris and Deanna Wentz of Lehighton. Brynn's teacher, Faye Hlavaty, told the class about her donation to Locks of Love, and that her hair would be made into a wig for a child or adult in need. Brynn is hoping to inspire her classmates to do the same.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A power outage occurred this morning in the southern section of Lehighton.

A spokesman for the Power and Light Department said the situation occurred at about 8:30 a.m. when a contractor was moving a line and a short occurred.

The entire town was restored within less than a half hour, it was reported.

The outage affected traffic signals at the intersection of Route 443 and 209, at Graverville, and on First Street.

Power and Light Department personnel immediately responded and remedied the situation.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Ruling the evidence did not support a finding that alcohol had subsequently impaired the defendant's normal mental and physical faclties to render him incapable of operating his vehicle safely, Judge John E. Domalakes, after a hearing in the Schuylkill County Court, dismissed a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) against Daniel G. Croneberger, 27, of Auburn.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Proposals are being accepted by Lower Towamensing Township for the repair of Hunters Creek Bridge.

The township will accept bids for the bridge until 1 p.m. Feb. 8. The bids will then be opened that night by the township's board of supervisors at 7 p.m.

Bids will be received for the underpinning and wing replacement for the bridge, located on Covered Bridge Road over Hunter Creek.

Supervisors Chairman Ron Walbert said the bridge is structurally deficient, and in need of repair.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A former Carbon County physician was sentenced yesterday to nearly two years in federal prison for his role in a prescription drug marketing scheme in a case which also involved a local pharmacist.

Dr. Andrew Dancha, 46, who formerly had offices in Jim Thorpe and Palmerton, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Scranton, to 21 months for his role, which defrauded pharmaceutical firms out of more than a half-million dollars.

The doctor, who currently has a practice in Altoona, must turn himself in to federal officials by Feb. 14.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A preliminary injunction was granted to a Pine Grove Township property owner directing his neighbor to remove a blockade from a dirt road which provides an access to his property.

The ruling was made by Judge John E. Domalakes after a hearing in the Schuylkill County Court. Theodore B. Butler filed an injunction against Thomas E. and Shirley Daubert seeking to have the court enjoin them from blocking a dirt lane which provides access from the Butler property, over Daubert's property, to Spitler Road, a public highway in Pine Grove Township.