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Friday, January 31, 2014
Former zinc site getting 248 access

Heavy traffic volume along a roadway in Palmerton that leads to the site of the former New Jersey Zinc Company's west plant could soon be reduced.

Borough council President Terry Costenbader announced Thursday that it was his understanding that the temporary access to the former NJZC west plant was approved and the paperwork sent from Allentown to Harrisburg.

"That ought to take quite a bit of traffic off Hazard (also known as Mauch Chunk) Road," Costenbader said. "That's what we're really striving to do is take that traffic off there."

Friday, January 31, 2014

McAdoo police rescued a dog left tied to a street sign in the bitter cold Wednesday night after two people called them to say the canine had been there for about 1 1/2 hours.

The white male pit bull appeared abused, police said. Officers are searching for the dog's owner, who will face charges.

Friday, January 31, 2014

A new Pennsylvania law that was designed to improve breast cancer detection and prevention will go into effect Saturday.

Senate Bill 358, known as the Breast Density Notification Act, was sponsored by state Sen. Bob Mensch, (R-24), and signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett this past November.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Tamaqua police and state troopers are on-scene at a residence on Elm Street in Tamaqua.

According to unconfirmed reports, the residence was the location of an alleged meth lab.

More information will be released as details become available.

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Pleasant Valley School board voted 9-0 to approve adopting the 2014-2015 preliminary budget at $99,687,702 with a millage rate of 153.6810. This represents a 7.665 mill increase or 5.25 percent from the 2013-2014 budget, which is $7,176,265 more than the 2013-2014 final budget. There was no tax increase for property owners in the 2013-2014 budget, which remained at 146.016 mills.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Arthur Oakes Jr., the Tamaqua Area School District's Director of Facilities, is resigning to take another position. The school board accepted his resignation during their meeting Tuesday.

Oakes is a graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and the Schuylkill Technology Center. He was hired with the district August 20, 2007. As Director of Facilities he was in charge of five school buildings, the district's administrative office building, the football stadium and athletic fields.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Carbon County will be giving back an additional $500,000 that was earmarked for the Packerton Business Park project.

According to correspondence to the Carbon County Commissioners from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the $500,000 Surface Transportation Grant that Carbon received in 2009 for work on the railroad crossing at the former Packerton Yards property, located between Mahoning Township and Lehighton, must go back to the state.

This now brings the total of returned state and federal funds to $2,850,301.

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Pleasant Valley School board voted 9-0 to approve adopting the 2014-2015 preliminary budget at $99,687,702 with a millage rate of 153.6810. This represents a 7.665 mill increase or 5.25 percent from the 2013-2014 budget, which is $7,176,265 more than the 2013-2014 final budget. There was no tax increase for property owners in the 2013-2014 budget, which remained at 146.016 mills.

Friday, January 31, 2014

A Monroe County woman was jailed on child endangerment charges this week after police found she and her four children were living in deplorable conditions.

Pocono Mountain Regional police identified the suspect as Kennda Justice, 33, of 1284 Winding Way, Tobyhanna.

Police said the investigation began on Wednesday when they responded at 9:11 a.m. to the listed address for a report of a missing 5-year-old girl who walked away from a bus stop. Officers checked the residence for the juvenile and found deplorable conditions.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Several defendants in criminal cases had their parole/probation revoked by county judges for violation the terms of their release.

The revocations were the result of petitions filed by the adult probation office against the defendants.

Those who had their parole/probations revoked included: