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Monday, November 22, 2010

Twenty-four zoning permits were issued in October by the Schuylkill County Zoning Officer for a fee of $8,410 and the estimated cost of construction is $2.5 million. Those obtaining permits were:

Brian DiCello and Angela Skrobak, East Brunswick Township, new home, $222,000; George R. and Mary M. Knight, North Union Township, modular home with attached deck, $255,000; Leo J. Bufford, Delano, storage shed, $2,800.

Monday, November 22, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Recently the Panther Valley Middle School Student Council officers traveled to The Carbon County Friends of Animals and the Carbon County Environmental Center to present donations. As a result of the Red Ribbon Week, the students collected $800.75 to be divided among the two places. They sold chances (paper red chain links) to be in the dodgeball tournamenet and to win prizes from community businesses.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The November meeting of Carbon County Democrats for Change (CCDC) will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at the Inn at Jim Thorpe in the Basement Conference Room.

Guest speaker will be Cathy Frankenberg of Clean Water Action, a national citizens' organization working for clean, safe, and affordable water, and prevention of health-threatening pollution. Cathy will be talking about Marcellus Shale gas drilling and other threats to our clean water supply.

Monday, November 22, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Nesquehoning Junior Recreation Committee took time out to package fruit and candy for the homebound Nesquehoning seniors through the Carbon County Area on Aging just in time for their Thanksgiving dinners. Left to right are Alexis Cooper, Jacob Taras, Megan Heckman, Richelle VanHorn, Ryan Taras, Kelsey VanHorn, Samantha Zlock and Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck.

Monday, November 22, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Trinity Lutheran Church of Lansford donated $250 to the Panther Valley Public Library. Pictured from left to right are Doris Kelley and Marcia Domines, church council members, and Pastor John Keiter, Jr. of Trinity Lutheran Church presenting a check to Debi Dodson, Panther Valley Library Director and Noah Watkins, library Board Treasurer. If you wish to find out more about the library or how you can donate please call (570) 645-3780.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Panther Valley Elementary School has announced the recipients of the Student of the Month Awards for September and October 2010. Certificates of Achievements were presented in each classroom, grades 1-5. As well as the certificates, each student also received a Super Kid Magnet, a Kids Are Special bumper sticker and a meal coupon from McDonald's. Students realize that it is a very special achievement and strive to achieve this recognition.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Three area residents were among 43 who were qualified by Schuylkill County District Attorney James P. Goodman for the Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD) probation program because it was their first criminal offense.

President Judge William E. Baldwin placed them Thursday afternoon in the program with conditions imposed. If they successfully complete the program, their record will be wiped clean. All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted. Placed in the program were:

Monday, November 22, 2010

Boards of arbitration handed down verdicts in six civil suits after hearings held in the Schuylkill County Courthouse.

Monday, November 22, 2010

An automatic sprinkling system probably saved Walnutport Shopping Center from serious fire damages last evening. Walnutport Fire Chief John S. Kirchner said the sprinkling system, as well as an automatic alarm system, definitely played a role in keeping the fire contained. The heaviest damage occurred to Fay's Drug Store, where the fire had its start, and the neighboring Fashion Bug store. The blaze was reported shortly after 7 p.m. while a meeting of store personnel was occurring in Fay's.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Christopher Czapla, principal of the Tamaqua Area Middle School, has released the names of students attaining honor roll status for the third marking period of the 2010-2011 school year. To be eligible for Highest Honors, students must maintain a cumulative average of 95 or higher, with no grade lower than a 93. For High Honors, students must earn grades of 90 or higher, with no grade lower than 86. An average of 86 or above, with no grade lower than 78 is required for honors status.