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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Weissport Police Chief Steve Armbruster disputes that former Weissport Mayor Tina Hagenbuch was singled out to have her car towed last month.

"There must be little news in the town of 600 if the ex-mayor's car being towed is a news story," Armbruster said.

Armbruster said he had the car towed because it had to be moved. He said her car was only one of several that were towed that day.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

*In a poll of 1,000 high school juniors and seniors, 90 percent indicated that they had experienced the death of a loved one.

*One out of every 20 children age 15 and younger will suffer the loss of one or both parents. These statistics don't account for the number of children who lose a "parental figure," such as a grandparent or other relative that provides care.

*1.5 million children are living in a single-parent household because of the death of one parent.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

An East Penn Township resident agreed prior to a hearing in Carbon County Court Monday to clean up junk on his property ina decade-old dispute.

Agreements were made in both the East Penn Township vs. Robert Balliet case and the East Penn Township vs. Clair F. Troxell and Diana Troxell case scheduled for hearings yesterday at the Carbon County Courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

At least nine East Penn Township residents attended the hearings.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Carbon County judges conducted parole/probation revocation hearings for defendants in criminal cases on petitions filed by the adult probation office.

Defendants charged with violating the conditions of their release:

Amanda Rodgers, 25, of Lansford, had a petition filed by probation officer Clifford Eckhart to revoke her parole on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance for violating conditions of testing positive for a controlled substance-opiate, which violated the zero tolerance provision.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton School Board voted to renovate Mahoning Elementary School.

In front of another packed house on Monday evening, Lehighton Area School Board voted to move one step further on three important building projects.

With school board Director Dave Krause abstaining, the school board voted 8-0 to renovate East Penn and Mahoning Elementary Schools with options including core upgrade and safety and security enhancements. In addition, there are two alternatives two additional classrooms and alternative parking facilities at each school.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Petitions were filed in Schuylkill County court on Monday to recount the votes for the office of district attorney and mayor of Mahanoy City.

Attorney Christine A Holman, Republican, defeated Incumbent District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon, Democrat, by 73 votes, according to the official recount released. Holman received 15,265 votes and Noon 15,192. In Mahanoy City Incumbent Mayor Nancy A. Petritsch, Democrat, defeated Dennis Wiessner, Republican, by three votes. She received 475 votes and Wiessner 472.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

St. Jerome's Regional School in Tamaqua has released its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2013-2014 school year. To earn Distinguished Honors, students must maintain a 95 or above in all subjects, with a G in conduct and effort. For First Honors, students must earn a 93 average or above with no mark lower than 90, and a G in conduct and effort. Second Honors are awarded to students earning a 90 average or above with no mark lower than 86, and a G in conduct and effort.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Specifications for the new plant and a deed to the property were exchanged by representatives of the Panther Valley Industrial Commission and the Bundy Tubing Company at a ceremony held at the site of the company's new plant at Hometown this morning.

Monday, November 18, 2013
George Roberts accepts a check for $18,255 from Barbara Finley.

The Dream Come True-Blue Ridge Chapter telethon Sunday night was a success, raising $74,749, with some donations still coming in. That is up almost $30,000 from 2012’s total.

The telethon was carried by Blue Ridge Communications TV-13 and Service Electric in the Tamaqua area.

The funds raised during the telethon will help fulfill dreams of children living in Carbon County and surrounding areas.

The amount raised this year was close to 2010, when the telethon raised $80,840.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Several area residents were arraigned on criminal counts on Monday at the Schuylkill County Courthouse before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon. All entered pleas of not guilty.

Arraigned were: