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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Donald R. Serfass

Six members of the TIMES NEWS editorial department earned honors in Pennsylvania's major writing and photography competitions for work produced last year.

Pa. Associated Press

The Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) announced Wednesday that the TIMES NEWS captured eight state writing awards in APME News Excellence Competition.

A panel of judges comprised of editors of AP member newspapers in Colorado singled out work by Donald R. Serfass, managing editor – features; Karen Cimms, lifestyle editor; Amy Miller, reporter; and Bob Ford, staff photographer.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Stephen Tertel serves as president during his final day as a member of the Tamaqua Borough Council Tuesday night.

Tamaqua Borough Council had a new president last night, butonly for the evening.

Councilman Stephen Tertel announced his resignation from council, effective May 13. However, before he left, the other members of council thought it fitting that he serve as president in honor of the 12 years that he has served the borough.

President Micah Gursky stepped down at the beginning of the meeting and handed the reins over to Tertel.

Tertel said that his resignation was due to family and work obligations that will require him to leave the area.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The monthly food distribution will take place at Meed's Methodist Church in Nesquehoning on Thursday, April 21 from 1-3:30 p.m.

The free community dinner will be held on Wednesday, April 27, from 5-7 p.m. at the church.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Eldred Township supervisors received notice that administrative assistant Jennifer Lax has resigned due to the impending birth of her second child. Supervisor Sharon Solt made a motion to appoint Gretchen Gannon Pettit to the position, at her current rate of pay, $13.77 an hour, to work at a schedule that will be beneficial to the township and to Pettit. Her duties would include Planning Commission, zoning hearing board, sewage permit and codes secretary, web-mistress and assistant treasurer.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Weissport Council on Monday night adopted the Taxpayer Bill of Rights resolution.

While it is an obligation of all taxpayers in a local municipality to file all local tax returns and pay all local taxes to which they are subject, the resolution provides rights to local taxpayers so that equity and fairness govern the administration and collection of local taxes.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Four persons who previously pleaded guilty in Carbon County court to driving under the influence (DUI) were sentenced on Monday to prison terms by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Webb imposed the mandatory sentenced required by state law on the following persons.

Troy Warren Seel, 37, of Walnutport, was sentenced to serve 90 days to five years in prison for DUI and 90 days on driving under suspension-DUI related. The prison terms run concurrently.

Seel was arrested on Nov. 17, 2010, along Mauch Chunk Road in Palmerton. Given a test, the result was.21BAC.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Carbon County Department of Solid Waste has announced that it will hold its spring 2011 electronic recycling event on April 25 and 26 at the Lower Towamensing Township building.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on April 25, and noon to 6 p.m. on April 26.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A second annual battle of the church bands will benefit Habitat for Humanity. The Battle will be held April 30 at the Sherman Theater, Main Street, Stroudsburg.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door, online or by calling 610-381-8796.

There are four bands playing this year: More Than Sunday, the 2010 powerhouse band returning from last year; Less of Us, a Christian rock band from Hazelton; the Revolution Band, a Christian praise and rock band from Trucksville; and Praise the Change of Heart band of Christian praise and worship from the West End.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Jim Thorpe police department received a letter from the Victims Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP), commending them for their 'hard work and diligence.' Mayor of Jim Thorpe, Michael Sofranko presented this letter and commended the police department on there efficiency and outreach at Thursday night's Borough Council meeting.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The 111-year-old Greater Lehighton/Carbon County Fair judges' stand, where decades ago men sat high above the crowds to call the winners of horse shows and wrestling matches, will continue to stand sentinel where it has stood for several years, at the Community Grove on Seventh Street in the borough.

At least for now.

On Monday, Lehighton Borough Council twice voted on ways to transfer ownership of the eight-sided, 20-foot-high structure. Both suggestions failed, 5-2.