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Friday, May 30, 2014

There will be a free electronics recycling day from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, at the Nesquehoning Borough Office on 114 W. Catawissa St.

Friday, May 30, 2014

A Kunkletown man was given a county prison term Thursday after pleading guilty on Carbon County court to theft and resisting arrest charges.

He was one of six defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Two incidents

Matthew S. Haydt, 26, pleaded in two pending cases.

He pleaded to one count of theft for an incident on Nov. 6, 2013, at 224 White St., Weissport, where he took the purse of Kelly Schroeter, which contained cash.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Carbon County is one step closer to saving $250,000 through its lighting retrofit project.

At Thursday's meeting, county solicitor Dan Miscavige announced plans to advertise for bids for the retrofit.

The project was introduced on April 3 and involves the switch to energy-efficient lighting in the courthouse, courthouse annex and 76 Susquehanna St. complex to save energy and optimize public resources.

The county predicts it will save about $250,000 over a decade by retrofitting over 700 light fixtures and 51 exit signs, at a cost of about $100,000.

Friday, May 30, 2014
Sharon Stanley/special to the Times News Former Troop 65 members, from left, Bill Carlton, Sherwood "Popeye" Yenser, Dale Pugh, Donald Eckhart, Vince Morris and David Harding gather around the newly placed Boy Scout monument along the Slate Heritage Trail in Slatington.

After many years of neglect, and several months of concerted effort, Slatington's Troop 65 Boy Scout monument finally got a new home Tuesday afternoon when it was placed directly across Trout Creek from where the troop's Scout house, Pioneer Lodge, used to stand near the old Kern's Dam.

Former Troop 65 Scoutmaster Sherwood "Popeye" Yenser, who was a Scout back in 1941 when the monument was originally dedicated, said it had been "a big affair" at the time, with a lot of Scouting members and other townspeople present.

Friday, May 30, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Team look through items taken from the residence of Eric Joseph Willing, 34, of 132 E. Railroad St.,  Nesquehoning, during a raid on his residence Thursday.

A Nesquehoning man is in prison after police raided a suspected methamphetamine lab at his residence Thursday.

Eric Joseph Willing, 34, of 132 E. Railroad St., was jailed in lieu of $200,000 straight bail after his arraignment before District Judge Casimir T. Kosciolek of Lansford.

The raid came following an extensive investigation headed by Nesquehoning Police Chief Shawn Smith.

Smith and Charles Horvath, an agent with the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office, are the arresting officers.

Friday, May 30, 2014

One of four people charged in a prescription fraud ring entered a guilty plea to 28 criminal counts in Carbon County court on Thursday.

Charles F. Daniel, 27, of Effort, pleaded to the charges before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II, admitting his part in a ring in which a nurse for a Palmerton doctor would forge prescriptions for the drug oxycodone. The prescriptions then would be filled at various pharmacies in a three-county area. The other two counties involved in the criminal acts were Monroe and Northampton.

Friday, May 30, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Our Lady of the Angels Academy students who read during the Memorial Day program are, front, from left, Alexa Sandefer, Antonina Zeleniak, Max Vermillion and Andrea McArdle. Back row: Seth Feisel and Keith McCall.

The students of Our Lady of the Angels Academy recently participated in a Memorial Day program at St. Katharine Drexel Church in Lansford.

Seventh grader Keith McCall acted as the master of ceremonies, welcoming everyone to the program.

The kindergarten and first grade students then led the school in the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem, played by the school band.

Max Vermillion explained the meaning behind the celebrations of Memorial Day.

Throughout the remainder of the program, students read several famous historical pieces.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Carbon County is seeing a decrease in its insurance costs.

The commissioners Thursday voted to renew the 2014-2015 insurance policy with the Pennsylvania Counties Risk Pool at a total premium cost of $242,926. This is a $23,132 decrease from last year.

Commissioner William O'Gurek said the board is happy with the policy.

"We got good news this week and part of it was due to the efforts of all our people in trying to reduce claims and stress safety," he said.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Panther Valley School District residents can anticipate a real estate tax increase of either two or three mills for next year, and even then the district could be in trouble in two years.

The district budget and finance committee debated cost-cutting measures for nearly two hours Thursday, discussing tax increases and what appears to be the district's dire financial future.

Some board members said the school district could be broke in two years unless state legislators increase funding to local districts.

Friday, May 30, 2014

At the May 7 Eldred Township supervisors' meeting, supervisor vice Chairman Mary Anne Clausen reported that Pleasant Valley School District's Superintendent Carol Geary met with the board to query the interest of the township acquiring the Eldred Elementary School.

The building and property has been appraised at $1 million.

Chairman Gretchen Gannon Pettit asked if the district would be willing to donate it to the township. The supervisors are waiting to hear back from the school district.