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Friday, March 16, 2012

Carbon County is continuing to see its retirement portfolio rebound from its nose-dive last year.

During the monthly meeting of the county retirement board on Thursday, Robert Crampsie, county controller and secretary to the retirement board, announced that the portfolio value as of Feb. 29, was $63,879,284; up nearly $1.5 million from January.

Crampsie added that from the beginning of the year, the portfolio has increased about $4.6 million, or a 7.8 percent rate of return.

Friday, March 16, 2012

A Carbon County commissioner is questioning the proposal to hire a hazardous materials contractor that isn't state certified.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek asked why the county was approving Rapid Response Inc. of Northampton to be the county's secondary Hazmat contractor when it was not yet state certified. The primary Hazmat contractor, Environmental Products and Services of Vermont, is certified.

Friday, March 16, 2012
Scott Evan Vosburgh

Lansford police are asking people to be on the lookout for a sexually violent predator who has failed to comply with a law requiring him to register his whereabouts with police.

Scott Evan Vosburgh, 25, faces two counts of the violation, filed by Lansford Officer Brian Horos.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tamaqua Faith Fellowship Network is sponsoring a free program entitled "Domestic Violence" A Christian response," for the faith communities of the Tamaqua area.

It will take place from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, March 24 at New Life Assembly of God Church, 407 Schuylkill Avenue, Tamaqua. Sign in will start at 8:40 a.m. Name tags will be distributed and coffee and bagels will be available.

All are welcome, especially ministers, congregational leaders, youth leaders, Christian education teachers, women's and men's ministry leaders and other interested Christians.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A hit and run accident which caused two other crashes involved area residents. State police at Fogelsville said the incident began about 1:26 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, along SR309 at Mountain Road, in Lynn Township, Lehigh County.

Troopers said a Toyota Corolla was traveling northbound when it crossed the southbound lane and went onto the berm where it struck a utility pole. The driver then fled the scene leaving the disabled Corolla behind. The Corolla sustained heavy front end damage.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Schuylkill County employees retirement pension fund stands a chance of losing $52,000 from a class action lawsuit because an initial check for $15,027.57 was not cashed within the 180 days after the distribution date.

The shocking news was disclosed at the monthly meeting of the county retirement board held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville by Controller Christy Joy, who serves as secretary to the retirement board. All four other members of the board, Commissioners Frank Staudenmeier, George Halcovage and Gary Hess, and Treasurer Jacquelyn McGovern were stunned.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua firefighters responded just after 3 p.m. Wednesday to the Hess Express gas station in Tamaqua after a fuel tanker truck from Penn Tank Lines began leaking gasoline on its parking lot. Even though the driver and responding firefighters were quick to control and eventually stop the leak, a couple dozen gallons of gasoline had leaked onto the parking lot. Firefighters used oil dry and absorbent pads to control and soak up the fuel. Responding were Tamaqua police, fire police and firefighters from South Ward and Citizen's fire companies.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

George K. Seiller, administrative director of the Carbon County Vocational Technical School in Jim Thorpe, reported to members of the countywide school's Operating Committee that 92.4 percent of the 1987-88 graduates of the school are now gainfully employed. He added that according to a continuing survey, 84 percent of last year's senior class are working. This includes two adults who completed secondary programs. Last year the school had 113 graduates in 15 courses.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua seventh grader Jake Weiksner was named Pennsylvania National Geographic Bee Semifinalist by the National Geographic Society. Weiksner will compete in the 2012 Pennsylvania National Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. Bees were held in schools with fourth through eighth grade students through the state to determine each school's winner. Jake is the son of Mary Ann and Dan Weiksner of Andreas. The Bee will be held at the Penn State University Park campus on Friday, March 30. For more information about the Bee, go to www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

In the spirit of community collaboration and teamwork taught through youth sports, Fairway Chevrolet is supporting Tamaqua Area Little League through the Chevy Youth Baseball Program. This sponsorship will include both monetary and equipment donations during the Spring 2012 youth baseball season.