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Thursday, December 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Katherine La France, Tamaqua, sits in front of the Tamaqua High Rise as she cares for "Maxie", a pitbull owned by Pat Haldeman.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A tentative budget was approved at the December meeting of the Towamensing Township supervisors.

Supervisor Penny Kleintop said revenue has been lower substantially and many people have not paid their taxes. Building permit income is down by $16,000.

Consequently the board fit the 2012 expenditures to the amount of money the township expects to have without raising taxes.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Carbon County Navy Club Ship 260 will hold its monthly meeting Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m., at the VFW 300 E. Center Street Nesquehoning.

This is a new time and will be in effect until further notice.

Associate membership is available for any other branch of service and civilians.

Regular membership is available to any Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and Veterans, Active Duty or Reserve.

New members for any of these are always welcome.

Thursday, December 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS PennDOT contractors adjust the timing of traffic signals at the Five Points (SR209 and SR309) intersection in Tamaqua.

Tamaqua's traffic woes may be far from over, despite the fact that the traffic improvements to the downtown are nearing completion.

Rob Jones, the public works director for the borough, provided an update to borough council at this week's meeting.

"The lights have been switched over. There have been problems, as everyone is aware of," he said. "They have been fixed and they're in the process of starting a 30-day trial period."

Jones explained that during this period, they will be modifying the synchronization of the signals.

Thursday, December 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Drivers woke up this morning to frozen doors and icy windows as last night's rain fall and quick change of temperature made for icy conditions. Pictured this morning is a car in Tamaqua covered with a thin layer of icy snow. Higher elevations, such as Summit Hill, recorded up to four inches of snow that turned icy early this morning.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Lou Barletta and Tom Marino submitted a letter to U.S. Postal Service officials in support of continuing operations at the Scranton and Williamsport processing and distribution facilities.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

East Penn Township supervisors accepted the Carbon County mitigation plan during their Dec. 5 meeting.

The 170-page document had been sent by Judy Borger, county planning commission director, to every township for acceptance. It lists hazardous situations throughout the county.

An example of the situations the county may help get grants for is the single access for Sunset West. A second access may come through to a location near the social hall.

Resident Jai Mertz said it has been some time since a report was received on the Clair Troxell case.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Volunteers are urgently needed for the AARP Tax-Aide Program in Carbon County. Volunteers receive tax preparation training before assisting seniors and low to moderate income clients with their tax returns.

For more information, call Allan Hild at (670) 643-4140.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

In an effort to help combat rising drug abuse and accidental deaths from overdoses or lethal combinations, Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), a member of the House Human Services Committee, this week voted in committee to support legislation that would create a pharmaceutical prescription drug database. House Bill 1651 would allow pharmacists and law enforcement the ability to find via a secure website whether or not a particular individual is having multiple prescriptions for highly addictive drugs filled at multiple pharmacies.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Tamaqua firm was one of five bidders to repair a county bridge in Schuylkill Haven which were opened at the work session of the Schuylkill County commissioners held Wednesday morning at the courthouse in Pottsville. The bidders were: