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Friday, January 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Plows were busy this morning throughout the area removing snow from roads and properties, as is pictured here on Broad Street SR-209, in Tamaqua Friday morning.

Friday, January 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Major Sharon Whispell of the Tamaqua Salvation Army Corps opens a "thank you" card with $3 in it, from one of the appreciative families that benefited from Tamaqua Salvation Army's holiday food and toy assistance distribution held recently in Lehighton and Tamaqua.

With only minutes left in its annual Red Kettle Christmas fundraising drive and mailer campaign, the Tamaqua Salvation Army Corps, located on West Broad Street, reached its set goal of donations required every year to help thousands of local and less fortunate families in Carbon and eastern Schuylkill County benefit from yearly health and wellness services.

Friday, January 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Dan Tracy of Tamaqua shovels the sidewalk of the St Jerome School in Tamaqua Friday morning. Students enjoyed a snow day, the first one of the new year.

Friday, January 7, 2011
True aim

Jordan Deemer, 7, has it in his sights on being the Grandest Kid of Ed and Rebecca Grasley of Bloomsbury, NJ. He took third place in the Youth Competition for his age group in archery, shooting instinctively, without the use of sights. He won a bronze medal in the competition at the Pennsylvania Bow Hunters Festival in September in Forksville, Sullivan County, PA. He is the son of Philip Deemer and Jennifer Heffner of Lehighton.

Friday, January 7, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two persons were slightly injured Friday morning after rolling their van on a snow covered Spring Hill Road in Mahoning Township. The crash occurred just after 8 a.m. as the driver was traveling south descending a hill. The unit veered to the right entering the berm and rolling onto its side. The two were transported by Lehighton paramedics to the Lehighton hospital for evaluation. Mahoning Township police are investigating the incident.

Friday, January 7, 2011
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Nesquehoning.

The Vatican Congregation for the Clergy has rejected an appeal from parishioners of the former Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Nesquehoning, of the Allentown Diocese' 2008 decision to suppress the parish, folding it into the newly created St. Francis of Assisi.

However,parishioners, who said they intend to appeal the suppression of their parish, believe the Congregation's decree, received Tuesday, also keeps the church open for religious use.

"We believe this is a win, at least partially," said parishioner Felicia Pilla.

Friday, January 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured is the Tamaqua Senior High School empty of students Friday as they enjoy a snow day.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Variances to the county ordinance was granted to two property owners by the Schuylkill County Zoning Hearing Board after holding hearings Wednesday evening at the courthouse in Pottsville. The board deferred making a decision on the ruling of a county judge who tossed the ball back to the board on the proceedings for a cargo airport to be located partly in East Union and Kline townships.

Friday, January 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Piles of snow are located through our area as workers try to find places to put them. Pictured is a snow pile on West Broad Street, SR-209, in Tamaqua.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

On Monday, during the annual meeting of the Carbon County Salary Board, the following positions and salaries were set under the jurisdiction of the board of commissioners at the Carbon County Courthouse complex. The new rates represent a 3 percent increase in salaries, the board noted.

Positions and salaries are effective Jan. 1, 2011.

Animal Shelter

Ÿ Set the position of one county animal warden at $15.40 per hour;

Ÿ Set the position of one part-time K-9 officer* at $9.35 per hour;

Ÿ Set the position of one part-time K-9 officer* at $8.82 per hour.