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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

During the reorganization of the East Penn Planning Commission Brian Eickhoff was named as chairman, Jonathan Ammary as vice chairman and Deanna Cunfer as secretary.

Required information was not in the township office on time for the AROCC Churchview Downs trotting-horse training track - the last items were turned in Jan. 4. Attorney Gretchen Sterns said it had been difficult with the holidays. The 90 days for action will begin Feb. 3 and run to May 3.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Lower Towamensing Township supervisor will be compensated to attend a convention only if it falls on a scheduled day to work.

That was the ruling made by the township's Board of Auditors as part of a joint special meeting Monday with the township board of supervisors.

The township will pay $75 per day for wages if it was an elected supervisor's day to work during the time in which the supervisor attends a state convention on a Sunday through Wednesday.

Monday, January 17, 2011

More than 10,000 documents were filed in the Carbon County Recorder of Deeds office in 2010, according to an annual statistical report released by Emmett P. McCall, the current officeholder.

Monday, January 17, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Pictured outside of the Fireline Hotel in Palmerton are (front) Jane Hower (back, l-r) Ken Huber and Michael DiGirolamo. The restaurant recently celebrated its five-year anniversary.

It began as nothing more than a casual stop for a hamburger.

Little did Ken Huber know that his decision to stop at the Fireline Hotel in Palmerton over a decade ago would lead to a highly successful foray into the restaurant business.

The business, located at 1065 Fireline Road, recently celebrated its five year anniversary under Huber.

Originally from Jim Thorpe, Huber moved to Wind Gap, and then the Bethlehem area. He worked 30 years in the trucking business, where be became operational manager at Silberline.

Monday, January 17, 2011

A free community dinner will be held on Thursday, Jan. 20 from 4-6 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 301 N. Second St., in Lehighton.

All are welcome.

Monday, January 17, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Just before 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening Tamaqua Police responded to a call of a tractor trailer impacting a vehicle at the intersections of Mauch Chunk Street and Pine Street, SR-309, in Tamaqua. While traveling north on Mauch Chunk St, Route 309, a tractor trailer lost a set of two tires after they somehow disconnected from one of the axles. The tires stopped rolling when they impacted a silver Honda Civic which was waiting for the light, faced south at the intersection. No injuries were reported.

Monday, January 17, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Around 8 a.m. this morning, Coaldale Fire Company and Police responded to a two vehicle accident involving a white Toyota Corolla and a Tamaqua Transfer garbage truck that occurred on SR-209 at the intersection of Fifth Street and West Water Street, SR-209, in Coaldale. There was heavy damage to the front of the Toyota, while the dump truck sustained minimal damage to the rear of the truck. Coaldale Police are investigating. Coaldale Fire Police detoured traffic during the fluid cleanup and vehicle removal. No serious injuries were reported.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Alerted by an anonymous telephone tip, deputies from the Schuylkill County Sheriff's Office visited a construction site in Pottsville and arrested four illegal immigrants

Taken into custody were Cesar Cano, 43; Zacaria Zepeda, 33; Cornelioi Mora-Martinez, 50, and Jose Alfredo Torres Montemayhor, 29. All were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement officers.

The site on which the immigrants were found was at the Empire Education Group construction site, located along SR61 between Pottsville and Saint Clair, across from the Fairlane Village Mall.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Another civil suit was started by the Schuylkill County Commissioners against Controller Melinda Kantner, involving the ongoing dispute the controller has with the public accountant hired by the board to perform a financial audit last year.

Monday, January 17, 2011

A hearing originally scheduled to go before the Palmerton Zoning Hearing Board tonight has been postponed until further notice.

Palmerton Partners Inc., with property at 302-304 Delaware Avenue, plans to seek permission to continue to advertise on an existing LED sign.

The company is in search of an interpretation and variance with regard to a section of a borough zoning ordinance that would allow off-premises advertising on an existing LED sign.