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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Lansford continues to seek help in finding another home for its borough offices, but it's not getting much in the way of assistance.

The borough office is currently housed above American Fire Co. No. 1 in an aging red brick building at 26 E. Patterson St. the office is cramped and not accessible to the physically handicapped. The zoning, code enforcement office and police station are housed in the community center on Ridge Street; public meetings are typically held there, too.

Council needs to find a new home soon - and be frugal about it.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Kidder Township's special Wednesday meeting of the planning board witnessed the culmination of an often tense attempt to move a local development project forward. The project is for the construction of the Golden Oaks Village development, whose plans had to be altered due to a lack of funds.

Thursday, August 12, 2010
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At 2:10 a.m. today, emergency personnel were called to Tuscarora Park Road in between Barnesville and Tamaqua in response to an overturned maroon Chevrolet Malibu on its roof. Rescue personnel spent time treating two injured passengers that were found walking away from the accident scene about three quarters of a mile north on Tuscarora Park Road. A witness stated both passengers were injured and covered with blood and one of them lost consciousness and was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, via ambulance, while the other injured passenger was also treated separately.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Robert Motherwell said, "Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it."

And thanks to several local artists, they are willing to help enrich your lives by sharing their art with you in the 3rd Annual Art Meander to be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, Aug. 14 and Sunday, Aug. 15 from 12-5 p.m.

The sole purpose of the Art Meander is for the community to have an opportunity to be exposed to fine local art.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A special meeting of the Schuylkill County Prison Board was held recently.

The meeting was called by President Judge Willliam E. Baldwin, who is chairman of the board, to prepare charges against a prison employee. The matter was first discussed at an executive session of the board.

The board voted to retain Attorney Tim Pellish to act as the hearing officer in the event the employee wishes to contest the charges and to conduct a hearing and report back to the prison board with his recommendation.

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Former fair queens and 2010 fair queen candidates arrive on a hay wagon for the opening ceremony. From left are, Christiana Graver, 2007 Fair Queen; Emily Mitchell, 2008 Fair Queen; Tiffany Erney, 2010 second runner up; Diana Livingston, 2010 first runner up; Krisandra Livingston, 2010 Fair Queen; Kristy Rodgers, 2009 Fair Queen; and Erin McGinley and Ally McGinley, assistants.

With the sound of motorcycle engines from the Luzerne County Rolling Thunder Motorcyle Club, the 2010 Carbon County Fair roared into action.

A large crowd, under sunny skies and warm temperatures, was on hand as the cyclists gunned their engines on Mageline Ligenza's cue.

Ligenza, a member of the fair board, served as master of ceremonies for the opening ceremony of the 11th annual event. The fair, which continues through Sunday, offers plenty of food vendors, rides, exhibits, displays, animals and entertainment.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Tamaqua man, who had entered a guilty plea to two counts of indecent asssault, drew a jail sentence in Schuylkill County court when sentenced on Wednesday.

Jared Paul Zeigler, of 306 Hazle St., was sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin to serve one to two months in the county prison.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The West Penn Township zoning hearing board denied a request for variance from the Dekorte family to maintain and store equipment related to their excavating company, Dekorte Excavating, on their 59 acre property in the township. Tony Prudenti, the chairman of the zoning hearing board, explained that last night's meeting was only to render a decision and that no testimony would be taken.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Lehighton man was sentenced to a Carbon County jail term on Tuesday after pleading guilty to unauthorized use of an automobile. He was one of eight defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a guilty plea before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Relative's vehicle

Gerald Neihoff Jr., 29, was sentenced to serve three to 18 months on the charge. He also pleaded to driving while under suspension and was fined $300 and costs.