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Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Schuylkill County Commissioners and Salary Board approved personnel changes in various departments on Wednesday.

Newly elected District Attorney Christine Holman made changes in her office. She announced the resignations of Thomas Campion, Norwegian Township, who served as first assistant under former District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon, Douglas Taglieri, Minersville, a full-time assistant district attorney, and Michael O'Pake, a part-time assistant district attorney, resigned.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

State police at Frackville reported investigating a head-on crash that occurred along Interstate 81 in Kline Township, Schuylkill County, on Wednesday, Jan. 15, about 12:05 p.m.

Troopers said Louise J. Bauer, 50, of Mahanoy City, was driving a 1998 Ford Taurus northbound when she swerved into the median for a truck that had cut in front of her.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Rest Haven Home and Hospital in Schuylkill Haven which has experienced a cash flow problem.

Schuylkill County Fiscal Administrator Mark Scarbinsky blamed it on delays from the federal government in payment of Medicare funds. He reported almost all patients receive Medicare.

In the 2014 budget the county included an allocation of $500,000 for Rest Haven because in 2013 Rest Haven had borrowed $500.000 but repaid it in December.

Thursday, January 16, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Auctioneer Doug Houser and aisle runner Ernie Bailey display vintage Lehigh Valley Railroad brass plaques at a public estate sale held Saturday at Mahoning Valley Fire Hall. It was the first of five offerings of the estate of the late Dave Stone, Lansford rail worker and collector. See Friday's TIMES NEWS for a complete report.

Rail history is on the auction block and collectors are jockeying for a piece of the action.

The Houser family of auctioneers has joined with Atty. Joseph Velitsky of Summit Hill in liquidation of an estate expected to produce four or five public auctions of an extensive collection of railroadiana.

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS Blue Mountain Health System transport van is shown following single-vehicle crash off Lower Nis Hollow Drive in Mahoning Township. No injuries were reported. Icy roads were blamed for the crash.

The Mahoning Township police investigated four crashes in just two days, all because of slippery roads.

On Tuesday, Mahoning Township Police investigated three crashes, according to Audie Mertz, officer in charge of the Mahoning Township Police Department.

The first was when a vehicle overturned Tuesday evening on Route 902 (Bugzie's Hill) near Strauss Valley Drive. Police said one injury occurred.

Also Tuesday, a crash was reported with an injury on Route 902 near Breezewood Drive.

None of the injuries were reported life-threatening.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The possibility of an elementary center came up at the Lehighton Area School Distrist Building Committee Workshop meeting Monday night.

Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver began the presentation by explaining that this idea grew out of discussions at some of the local elementary schools PTO meetings.

"This is very preliminary at this point," Cleaver said. "It's for discussion only this evening, but it is definitely something to look at."

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Panther Valley School District is planning to adopt guidelines regarding sanctioning booster clubs.

The action comes after it was reported that last year, there was a collection of funds occurring under false pretenses.

"In the last year, a person was going out selling tickets under our name," said Rosemary Porembo, superintendent of schools. "We had to contact the police."

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

File for divorce

Terry R. Boyer, 409 Blue Mountain Drive, New Ringgold, filed suit for divorce from Mary Boyer, 94 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe. They were married Aug. 2, 1985.

Elizabeth A. Mihalick, 1420 Center St., Mahanoy City, started a divorce action against Bernard C. Mihalick, 120 Pitt St., Tamaqua. They were married June 29, 1985.

Robert A. Musch, 22 Washington St., Tamaqua, started a divorce action against Bonnie J. Musch, 304 W. Cottage Ave., Tamaqua. They were married July 29, 2000.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Carol Boyce

A recent Palmerton Area School District superintendent has been appointed to the head post at a school district in Susquehanna County.

Carol Boyce, who served as PASD superintendent for five years, on Monday was named superintendent of schools in the Montrose Area School District.

Boyce is set to begin her tenure there effective Feb. 3, under the terms of a three-year contract, with a starting salary of $120,000.

Montrose is a small, rural school district located in northwestern Susquehanna County.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Veteran Northern Lehigh School Board Director Mathias Green, left, accepts a Pennsylvania School Board Association School Board Service Award from board President Edward Hartman on Monday.

If Northern Lehigh School District chooses to raise the property tax rate next year, it will not be above the mandated state index.

On an 8-0 vote, the school board on Monday approved the Act 1 Tax Levy Resolution, which essentially states that the district may raise taxes up to the 2.8-percent index in the 2014-15 school year. Director Gary Fedorcha was absent.