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Friday, January 14, 2011

A public hearing on a bridge replacement project in Towamensing Township is scheduled for Feb. 3.

Carbon County Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, announced that the county will be replacing bridge 16, which is a single-lane bridge, located along Koch Road in Towamensing. A public hearing is required to allow for public comment.

Ron Tirpak, the county engineer, will discuss the design concept, answer any questions residents may have, and accept input at the meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Towamensing Township building.

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Carbon County Commissioners will be looking at possibly cutting employee seminar expenses.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Charles Getz stressed the need to look at ways to save money.

"We got to start getting tougher (on county spending) because I don't want to see anyone get laid off and I don't want to see taxes go up," he said.

Getz suggested that over the next few weeks, the board sit down and look at seminar costs and see if they can cut some of the spending. He hopes to make a decision on seminars by Jan. 31.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Three temporary Carbon County Election Board members will be appointed in February.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said that three election board members will need to be appointed for 2011 since the commissioners cannot serve on the board when they are up for reelection.

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has announced that its Bethlehem office will serve Carbon County residents for their tax needs.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, made the announcement on behalf of the state Department of Revenue during the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday,.

O'Gurek explained that previously, the workload for the county was shared by the department's Pottsville and Reading offices.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Although the preliminary budget passed by the Panther Valley School Board last night calls for a six-mill tax increase, directors urged residents not to panic.

"I'd like to stress that this is a preliminary budget," said budget and finance committee chair Anthony Pondish. "We are not even close. This will be significantly less," he added.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Another defendant in a home invasion incident in Lansford was sentenced this week in Carbon County court.

Justin Scott Nahf, 21, of Dublin, Bucks County, was sentenced on Thursday by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve 12 to one day less 24 months in the county prison on a charge of robbery.

Nahf was one of four arrested for entering the home of Derek Hunsicker, of E. Snyder Ave., on Dec. 18, 2009, and assaulting the homeowner and his brother, Rick, 23.

Friday, January 14, 2011
Cast members of "The Fumbly Bumbly Angels" included, from left, Austin Miller, Max Vermillion, Bradley Hood (hidden), Megan Greenall, Rebecca Jones, Joshua Faenza, Abigail Vermillion, Alexis Berger, Stephen Hood, Natalia Vermillion, Julia Romankow and Alex Romankow.

The Sunday school class of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, held a pre-Christmas pageant during a Sunday morning worship service.

The congregation was entertained by a unique and delightful portrayal of the Birth of Baby Jesus, resulting in laughter and chuckles as the children acted and mimed their roles.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Residents in the Palmerton Area School District could see just shy of a 2 percent increase in their property tax rates this year.

That was the recommendation of the school board's Budget and Finance Committee on Thursday, which agreed to advertise the 2011-12 preliminary budget.

However, Superintendent Carol Boyce cautioned that since the budget is preliminary, none of the figures are etched in stone.

Friday, January 14, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Commissioners, Charles Getz, left; William O'Gurek, second from left; and Wayne Nothstein, right; present Mark Nalesnik, Carbon County Emergency Management Agency coordinator, second from right; with a certificate from the International Association of Emergency Managers, stating that he has earned the Certified Emergency Manager® recognition.

Carbon County's Emergency Management Agency coordinator has joined an elite group of emergency professionals.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, announced that Mark S. Nalesnik, Carbon County EMA coordinator, has earned the Certified Emergency Manager® recognition from the International Association of Emergency Managers, a non-profit organization that promotes the "Principles of Emergency Management" and represents individuals who work to save lives, property, and the environment during emergencies and disasters.