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Thursday, March 21, 2013

The lots have been cast in Carbon County.

On Wednesday morning, the Carbon County Election Board drew lots to determine the position of the candidates on the ballots for the upcoming May primary election.

Lisa Dart, the county director of elections, conducted the special meeting. The lots were picked from a box by the board.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A woman who spent money designated for a charity was sentenced to a county prison term, while another woman involved in a driving under the influence (DUI) case in which there was property damage, was also given a jail term Tuesday in Carbon County court. Both appeared before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Charity check

Thursday, March 21, 2013

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) Chairman Robert F. Powelson and the Office of Consumer Advocate today cautioned Pennsylvania residents to be diligent when weighing offers for electricity from door-to-door and telephone solicitors. In recent days, there has been a rash of overly aggressive and dishonest sales pitches in several Pennsylvania communities.

Thursday, March 21, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The East Broad Street Bridge in Tamaqua will be closed for 18 months for repairs.

The upcoming bridge replacement project on East Broad Street in Tamaqua took center stage once again at this month's borough council meeting.

Borough manager Kevin Steigerwalt said that there had been a preconstruction meeting held earlier this week with PennDOT officials and he felt that it was a very good meeting. May 20 is the projected closure date for the road and the anticipated length of the project is 18 months.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Franklin Township residents whose collection date is Friday will see a change for the Good Friday holiday. Garbage will be picked up on Thursday, March 28 instead of March 29.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Two subdivision land improvement plans submitted to the Blythe Township Planning Commission were reviewed by the Schuylkill County Planning Commission at its monthly meeting held Wednesday evening at the courthouse in Pottsville.

After making recommendations to have the plans comply with the county land use ordinance the plans will be returned for further action by the local planning board.

Other business

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Schuylkill County Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board reported to the county commissioners at their work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville that it has $179,208 available for funding this year for housing programs which benefit low income residence.

Affordable Housing efforts as defined by the state legislature is for any program or project approved by the county commissioners which increases the availability of quality housing, either sales or rental, to any county resident whose annual income is less than the median income of the county.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Kindergarten registration in the Jim Thorpe Area School District for the 2012-2014 school year will be held in April for the L.B. Morris and Penn Kidder buildings. The district offers a full day kindergarten experience for its students.

Thursday, March 21, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Ron Steigerwalt, Franklin Township Little League Coach, and Wayne Wentz, president of the Franklin Township Athletic Association, display a vinyl sign that is the same size as those who will be able to display advertising on the outfield fences.

Franklin Township supervisors approved a request from Wayne Wentz, president of the Franklin Township Athletic Association, to place vinyl banners on the outfield fences to raise funds for the cash-strapped Little League program.

Wentz appeared before supervisors on Tuesday night with a sample sign that will help raise funds by having businesses and individuals pay a fee to have their advertising signs be displayed during the baseball season on the outfield fences.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Carbon County's latest Mayor's Meeting was held in the Conference Room at The Inn in Jim Thorpe where they met to talk about the many issues that are facing each of their communities.

In attendance for this meeting of the Association of Mayors of the Boroughs of Carbon County were Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko, Nesquehoning Mayor Toni Walck, Summit Hill Mayor Paul McArdle, Beaver Meadows Mayor William Hines, State Representative Doyle Heffley 122nd District, and Recording Secretary Jamie Solomon.