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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Eagle Rock Resorts Company, Hazle Township, Luzerne County, is in the process of purchasing 565 undeveloped acres and 59 developed lots owned by Cove Village Association and located in Schuylkill County, it was reported to the county commissioners by its solicitor's office at the work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Carbon County has appealed an order issued by the state Right-to-Know office (RTKL) to provide a Lehighton with the county's emergency response system records.

Ryan Bowman, of 607 Gypsy Hill, filed a request, by fax, to the county seeking 9-1-1 dispatch records for the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association-EMS Station 6, for total dispatches from 2004-2012, broken down year by year. He also requested "scratched" calls from 2004-2012, broken down year by year, and "omit addresses, and personal information."

Thursday, March 22, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Rick Harmon of Barry Isett and Associates makes his point to Lansford borough council.

Lansford's building code inspector on Wednesday told council a "communication problem" involving the zoning officer was partly to blame for a resident's complaints about the cost of doing business in the borough.

After listening and asking questions, council agreed to have the inspector and his company communicate directly with council.

Rick Harmon, a state Uniform Construction Code inspector and plans examiner with Barry Isett and Associates, said he was baffled by complaints made by Kristie Zimmerman at a public council meeting on March 14.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Dave Argall today announced the unanimous endorsement from the Tamaqua Borough Council members for a second term to the State Senate.

Council President Micah Gursky, Councilman Tom Cara, Councilman Brian Connely, Councilman Dan Evans, Councilman Dave Mace, Councilman Ken Smulligan and Councilman John Trudich, Jr. stated their support for Argall in his reelection efforts.

Thursday, March 22, 2012
Students at Marian High School were recently inducted into the French and Spanish National Honor Societies. They include, front row from left, Mary Susan McAndrew, Amanda Greenfield, Emily Fannick, the Most Reverend Bishop John O. Barres, Christy Digiandomenico, Amanda Srinivasan, Cassidy DeCosmo and Codie Kaszmetski. Second row, Deborah Coles, Spanish adviser; Brianna Kubishin; Arianna Srinivasan; Alyssa Wagner; Mary Grega; Samantha Sirsky; Emily Betterly; Ashton Galasso; and Maureen Heffelfinger, French adviser. Third row, Kyle Stanek, Austin Paisley, Tyler John, Samantha Brown, Andrew Dotter, Logan Mehalshick, Anthony Agosti and Rebecca Hartman. Fourth row, Alexis Makowiec, Ryan Darrough, Nicholas Mayernik, Olivia Sposato, Michael Dino, Michael McHale and Monica Wasik. Fifth row, Diana Ketusky, Nicholas Hopeck, James Ostergaard, Joseph Letcher, Tara Koskulitz, Christine McCord, Kelsey Hurst and Tierney Sugrue.

The French and Spanish Honor Societies of Marian High School recently inducted 37 students at a special Mass celebrated in the school gymnasium.

Taking part in the ceremony were the officers of the French Honor Society: Jeanne Cannon, president; John Julian, vice-president; Nicholas Kweder, secretary; and Mary Kate Sherkness, treasurer.

The officers of the Spanish Honor Society are: Timothy Miller, president; Ryan Karnish, vice-president; Nathaniel Keer, secretary; and Samantha Faust, treasurer.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Carbon County's prison is again experiencing overcrowding.

During the county prison board meeting on Wednesday, Warden Joseph Gross explained his plan to convert the indoor gymnasium into another housing block for inmates. The board voted unanimously to allow the conversion to take place.

He said that the reason for conversion is because the inmate population is hovering between 186, which it was on Wednesday; and 197, which was February's average daily population.

"As our population increases we have to do something," Gross said.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring has officially arrived, heralding the return of the Tamaqua Borough street sweeper. Regular street cleaning operations will begin on Monday, April 2, with streets posted the day before sweeping is scheduled.

Permanently posted streets are swept every Thursday and Friday, beginning at 5 a.m. Those streets include portions of Broad, Berwick, Center, Pine, Railroad, Swatara and Nescopec Streets.

Thursday, March 22, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Robert Wellington Monroe Jr., of Albrightsville, is led from the office of District Judge Casimir T. Kosciolek by Cpl. Kathleen Temarantz of the Lehighton barracks of the state police after waiving a hearing yesterday regarding charges of striking a Jim Thorpe police office with his car last November.

An Albrightsville man who allegedly struck – with his car – a Jim Thorpe police officer who was assisting a disabled motorist, has opted to not have a hearing on the charges.

Robert Willington Monroe Jr., 51, waived a hearing that was scheduled yesterday before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek to Carbon County Court.

His pretrial conference in the district attorney's office will be held on May 3.

Monroe, who is being lodged in the Carbon County Correctional Facility, is charged with:

Ÿ Aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Carbon County Environmental Education Center presents "Sensational Spring," at 10 a.m. Monday, March 26. There will be a short hike to look for signs of spring. Games, songs, and other activities will be used during the program.

The program is open to all 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Each session focuses on some aspect of the natural world. Children participate in age appropriate games, crafts, stories and other activities. Bundle up for a short hike on the property.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Request by Cove Village Association to have a minor subdivision plan in East Union Township waived from review by the Schuylkill County Planning Commission was denied by the planning board at its monthly meeting held Wednesday evening at the courthouse in Pottsville. The plan must now be submitted for the county board to review.