Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Local News

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Schuylkill County Commissioners had to cancel their public meeting Wednesday morning as the opening the courthouse was delayed for two hours due to the winter snow storm.

Also cancelled was the monthly Schuylkill County Employees Retirement Board which usually follows the commissioners meeting.

Both have been rescheduled for next Wednesday. The commissioners will hold their public meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, in the board room in the basement of the courthouse building in Pottsville and the retirement board meeting will follow.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

An elderly Schuylkill County woman died of injuries she sustained when struck by a vehicle.

Eleanor Clover, 79, a resident of the Mahanoy City High Rise, 10 W. Centre St., died Tuesday at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where she was flown after the accident. She sustained head injuries.

Borough police identified the driver as Frank Souchack, 82, of 21 Trenton St., Mahanoy City.

Thursday, January 13, 2011
Andy Liebenguth/special to the times news The driver of this car, Jonathan Dombrowski of Mahanoy City, was taken into custody Wednesday after an accident on SR54 in Ryan Township. The driver is also facing separate drug-related charges.

A Mahanoy City man admitted to driving his vehicle under the influence of heroin following a one-vehicle crash Wednesday in Ryan Township.

State police at Frackville said Jonathan Ryan Dombrowski, 22, was driving a 1992 Buick Century along SR54, in the area of the Lakeside ballroom when the car left the road and struck a utility pole at about 12:25 p.m.

During the course of the investigation, Dombrowski admitted using heroin in the past two days. He was placed under arrest and taken to a Pottsville hospital for a blood test.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Coaldale Fire Chief Richard Marek has released his 2010 report.

The company handled 128 calls, with 1,308.50 man-hours; 1,380 training hours (in company); 240 training hours (state classes); 349.75 man-hours in meetings and 402 man-hours on equipment maintenance.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Lower Towamensing Township's Board of Auditors has reshuffled its leadership duties.

Auditor William Walters was appointed chairman, while auditor Tim Duncan was appointed secretary at the board's reorganizational meeting on Monday.

Walters, who had served as board secretary, was appointed to take over the chairmanship, which had previously been held by auditor Carl Silverstein.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Reiner E. Jaeckle, chief operations officer for MetroTek Electrical Services, Kunkletown, presents a solar energy proposal to the finance committee of the Tamaqua Area School District Tuesday evening.

First, geothermal heating. Now, solar power.

The Tamaqua Area School District is considering a proposal to have solar power grids installed on its properties.

By doing so, the district could save $5.2 million on its energy bills over the next 20 years, according to Reiner E. Jaeckle, chief operations officer for MetroTek Energy Services, Kunkletown.

Jaeckle and Eric Abershaus, MetroTek president, presented its renewable energy proposal to the Tamaqua Area Board of Education's finance committee Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Carbon Co. Sheriff Dwight Nothstein

Carbon County Sheriff Dwight Nothstein has announced that he will seek his fifth term as the county sheriff. Nothstein is currently beginning his 16th year as sheriff.

Prior to being elected, he served nine years as a deputy sheriff and three years at the old prison on Broadway in Jim Thorpe, under the direction of Sheriff Peter P. Hoherchak. Nothstein was the cook, guard, and dispatcher at the old prison.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

It was a bitter cold night last night. A bank thermometer in downtown Lehighton read 11 degrees below zero at 6 a.m. Unofficially, the lowest reading we received was from Lorraine Kunkel of Kriss Pines in Franklin Township, whose thermometer read minus 20. Roger Naratil, a dispatcher at the emergency communication center in Lehighton, said Bowmanstown had a reading of 17 below at 7 a.m. George Edwards tells us it was 14 below zero at Edward's Greenhouses in Tamaqua.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Christmas cousins

All these Christmas cousins had a great time celebrating the holiday together. Ali Zelinsky, Taylor Hirochek, Hunter Connell and Courtney Connell are the Grandest Kids of Gail and Bruce Connell of Palmerton. Justine and Kyle Sebelin are the Grandest Kids of Karen and Joe Sebelin of Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Franklin Township supervisors on Tuesday night adopted a resolution that will allow them to purchase contracts for 2011 for heating township buildings and fueling township vehicles.

The January monthly meeting was a week earlier than usual.

The board then went on to pass a motion to advertise for bids for 10,000 gallons of low sulfur diesel fuel and 6,000 gallons of heating oil. Bids will be opened at the Feb. 15 meeting.

The board also voted to hire Optimal Employer Solutions to compute the township's 2011 tax duplicates.