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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Franklin Township supervisors tentatively adopted the 2014 budget on Tuesday night with no tax increase. Final adoption will be done at the Dec. 17 meeting.

The tax rate for general purposes will remain at 6.3 mills or 63 cents on each $100 of assessed valuation. A home valued at $80,000 will continue to pay $504 in real estate taxes to the township.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Ian N. Thrasher of Tamaqua is led to his arraignment by Rush Township Police Sgt. Duane Frederick on Tuesday morning. Thrasher was charged in connection with a burglary on Ye Old Hauto Road.

An alert resident on Ye Old Hauto Road in Hometown is credited with helping Rush Township Police solve a burglary, before the victims even knew it occurred.

Rush Township Police Sgt. Duane Frederick received a tip at 11:23 Tuesday morning concerning a person who was going door to door, asking if residents had seen a dog. The man wasn't detailed about what type of dog he had "lost." The resident was a victim of a recent burglary and became suspicious, alerting police.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Among the participants in a firefighting safety and survival course, hosted by the Nesquehoning Hose Company, are, front l-r, Joe Starosta, Derek Marouchoc, Joe Flickinger, John Poko, Doug Nothstein; back l-r, Matthew Wirth, Steven Moyer, Jeff Moyer, Mike Mriss, Shawn McArdle, and Pat Mriss.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

St. John's United Church of Christ, 15 N. Second St., Slatington, will offer a free Thanksgiving dinner from noon until 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28. All are welcome.

No reservations are required, but are appreciated. Dinners will be delivered to shut-ins in the Northern Lehigh area, but calls for delivery must be received by Monday, Nov. 25. Call the church office at 610-767-5554 for information, to make a reservation, or to request home delivery. The office is open 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Tamaqua School Board fired a part-time employee after an executive session that lasted nearly 90 minutes Tuesday night.

The termination of the part-time employee was not listed on the agenda or on the addendum to the agenda. As she supplied the addendum to members of the press, Superintendent Carol Makuta hand wrote "part-time employee terminated effective Nov. 7, 2013" on the paper. She would not provide specifics but did say that the individual had been employed in education, not in the custodial or cafeteria departments.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Carbon County man admitted to a child pornography charge while another county resident pleaded in a sexual assault case.

The two appeared before Judge Steven R. Serfass on Tuesday to enter their pleads.


Sean Matthew Hill, 28, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded guilty to one count each of child pornography and sexual abuse of a child.

Hill was arrested by the Attorney General's office following an internet operation seeking out persons transmitting child pornography.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A nearly standing room crowd of Franklin Township residents came prepared on Tuesday night to argue with township supervisors about retaining township employees to continue hauling their trash.

Chairman Rod Green said that supervisors had opened bids to hire an outside hauler for solid waste earlier in the day and rejected them after determining that the only way the township could save on hiring an outside hauler for garbage was to adopt a five-year contract.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
ILLUSTRATION BY David W. Rowe/Times News

Americans have yet another reason to be grateful: The cost of this year's Thanksgiving dinner is 44 cents cheaper than last year's, and despite a cutback on 16-pound Butterball turkeys, local retailers say they have a plentiful supply.

The price of a feast for 10 that includes a stuffed 16-pound turkey, cranberries, rolls and butter, peas, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie with whipped cream and coffee with milk will cost an average of $49.04 this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Two defendants in an attempted homicide incident that occurred in Lansford in 2011, entered guilty pleas in Carbon County Court on Tuesday and are facing long state prison terms.

Steven Allen Walck, 28, and Jennifer Steigerwalt, 36, both of Lansford, entered pleas before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Walck pleaded to attempted homicide while Steigerwalt admitted to criminal conspiracy-aggravated assault. Both charges are felonies.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Carbon County man charged in a machete-wielding incident last September, entered a guilty plea in Carbon County court on Tuesday and was sentenced to a county prison term.

Kirklan Mark Staples, 34, of Albrightsville, pleaded guilty to one count of simple assault and was immediately sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serass to serve three to one day less 24 months in the county prison.

Staples was arrested by state police at Fern Ridge for an incident on Sept. 18 at 6 Van Buren Way, in Penn Forest Township.