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Friday, March 7, 2014

Carbon County officials are looking for a few committed people to sit on the Children and Youth Advisory Board.

During the county commissioners' meeting Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said that the board has been searching for volunteers willing to fill the five vacancies that are currently open.

He said the advisory board meets quarterly.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Lehigh Anthracite Coal furloughed 22 of its employees last Friday, citing "economic conditions" as the reason for the layoff.

All of the affected workers were employed in the breaker, which is located in Tamaqua.

Company President Richard "Rusty" Taylor stressed the layoff was temporary and would be "evaluated on a month-by-month basis."

Taylor explained the company found itself with a "fairly large volume of raw coal" near the end of 2013, which meant a layoff for the miners who were extracting the coal from the ground.

Friday, March 7, 2014
 Molle

Two Lansford men are behind bars on drug-related charges after being arrested Thursday by agent Charles W. Horvath of the state Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation.

Vito Molle III, 42, of 431 E. Ridge St. and David Michael Wagner, 22, of 429 E. Ridge St., were each charged with manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver; possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered; and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Friday, March 7, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Photo from security camera at Wal-Mart in Mahoning Township allegedly shows hit-and-run accident which occurred Monday. Theresa Berger of Aquashicola faces charges as a result of the crash.

An Aquashicola woman is facing charges following a hit and run accident that occurred Monday in the parking lot of Wal-Mart in Mahoning Township.

Theresa Berger has been charged by township police with leaving the scene of an accident, driving without insurance, driving an unregistered vehicle, and driving with a suspended registration.

The accident was caught on security cameras at Wal-Mart.

Police said on Monday, a parked Buick was struck on the driver's side by a Chevy Caprice.

After impact, the driver fled the area in the Chevy.

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Terry Ahner/Times News

Police discovered a marijuana growing operation in Palmerton today and called in the Allentown Bomb Squad when a suspicious device was discovered.

Palmerton Police obtained a search warrant for a property at 330 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton, where they recovered 17 mature marijuana plants and some seedlings in the basement.

The person who lives at the residence, Damen Rice, 25, will be charged, police said.

No other details were released at this time.

Thursday, March 6, 2014
James A. Barton

A Schuylkill County man charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after he crashed his car on Feb. 24 is a candidate for state representative.

James A. Barton, 49, of Orwigsburg, in October announced his plans to campaign for the 124th district seat currently held by fellow Republican Jerry Knowles.

The district includes parts of Berks and Schuylkill counties.

Barton early Thursday said he would continue his campaign.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Palmerton Area School District announced that schools will be open on Monday, March 31, as a snow make-up day.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Tamaqua man convicted in 2003 of raping an 8-year-old boy lost his bid for parole Wednesday when his grandmother, with whom he would have lived, failed to show up to testify that she would not allow any children in the house if he moved in.

Schuylkill County Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin on Wednesday denied parole for Wayne J. Heffelfinger, 27.

Heffelfinger, who did not testify, will remain in Schuylkill County prison, Pottsville for the 18 months remaining on the six-to-23 month sentence handed down in August by Dolbin.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Taxpayers' public pension nightmares are worse than they seem, and local governments face the prospect of tax increases or even bankruptcies caused by mounting levels of pension debt.

While Pennsylvania lawmakers try to find a foothold on the $47 billion unfunded liability in two state-level pension plans for public school employees and state workers, another potential pension crisis is unfolding in small towns, mid-sized boroughs and large cities across the Keystone State.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Deeds recorded

Beaver Meadows

Mary S. Schmitt to Jennifer Kotch Steber, 1385 Roundhead Drive, Weatherly, property on Tamaqua Street, $82,500.

Jim Thorpe

JKL Realty, LLC, to Patrick J. Walsh, 170 Behrens Road, Jim Thorpe, property at 101 Center St., $150,000.

Joseph R. Hydro to Joseph R. Hydro, 152 Woodside Drive, Jim Thorpe, property at 152 Woodside Drive, $1.

Kidder Township

Raymond Kaminski to Karen T. Hanni, Loris, S.C., property at 705B Wychewood Road, $1.

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