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Thursday, September 4, 2014

HARRISBURG The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced revenue at Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores reached $2.24 billion in fiscal year 2013-14, a $67 million or 3.2 percent increase compared with fiscal year 2012-13. The PLCB paid a record $526 million in liquor tax, sales tax and transfers to the general fund, a year-over-year increase of $13 million.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The rhetoric that's careening around the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race sounds as if it could be part of a movie trailer for a summer blockbuster.

In a world where Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's education secretary is deleting her emails and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf has been guarded about his company's tax returns, everybody's got something to hide. At least that's the impression dueling news releases and television commercials can leave with the casual observer.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Special to the Times News

Herb Klotz, right, of the Allentown West Rotary Club, with Dave Mohr, of the Slatington Rotary Club, recently made a presentation

the Slatington club, describing their support of the Engineers

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Times News file photo  The second annual Palmerton Christmas in the Park event will be held Dec. 6 in the borough park.

Much to the delight of many, Palmerton's Christmas in the Park will return for an encore.

This year's event be held Dec. 6 in the borough park, according to Christmas in the Park Committee Chairwoman Michele O'Neill.

O'Neill said setup for the event is scheduled for Nov. 29, while cleanup is planned for Jan. 10.

Created by the Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee, the event debuted last year and featured 48 decorated trees from members of the community, which lined the walkways of the park that were lit and decorated by the sponsor.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Sharon Stanley/Special to the Times News Marilyn Kaul, vice president and historian for the Walnutport Canal Association talks with the older group of Girl Scouts over  in the addition of the locktender's house before their official tour starts.

Over a dozen Girl Scouts, along with leaders, parents and guardians, visited Walnutport's Canal Locktender's House and Museum recently.

The historic building, built in 1828 and one of only two remaining locktender's houses still standing along the entire stretch of the Lehigh Canal, was privately owned up until 1985, when it was purchased by the Walnutport Canal Association, a group formed in 1982 to help maintain and preserve the history and borough's section of the canal.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Lansford Borough Council announced last night that the long-awaited Panther Valley Bus Lines Inc. would begin operations.

The scheduled runs will make their pickup every 90 minutes in the community.

Permission was granted for a passenger bus stop in front of Bright's Store on West Ridge Street.

Rates and a time schedule will be announced by the firm.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News The Faith-Paced Walkers Club, formed in the spring by Weissport resident Anita Wisler, will return to the Lehigh Canal Park on Tuesday and Thursday mornings beginning Sept. 16. From left are Ruby Craig, Ruth Ann Binder, Vicky Achtermann, Virginia Crowther, Wisler and Bob Condly.

The Faith-Paced Walkers Club will be back at Lehigh Canal Park this fall with a new twist.

"We're asking everyone to bring a food item each walk to help feed the hungry in our community this winter season," said Anita Wisler, club founder.

Formed in April, the club walked each Tuesday and Thursday from April 22-June 19. The schedule will remain Tuesday and Thursday in the fall, from Sept. 16-Oct. 30, but the times are slightly different.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday took the first step in upgrading the lighting at the 911 center and the adult probation office.

Commissioners chose McClure, of Harrisburg, to develop the scope of work and the contract for the lighting retrofits over the other company vying for the job.

Chairman Frank Staudenmeier said the county has worked with McClure on other projects and is confident in its abilities.

This initial part of the project will not cost the county any money, said county engineer Lisa Mahall.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Sharon Stanley/Special to the Times News Bowmanstown Borough Council used its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday to reorganize. From left are new council Vice President Pam Leiby, new Councilman Norman Engle Jr., and new council President Kara Scott.

Having last month accepted the resignation of its previous president, Ernest Guldner, Bowmanstown Borough Council opened its regularly scheduled monthly meeting Tuesday by taking time to reorganize.

Three council members were nominated for president, including newly selected councilman Norman Engle Jr., Kara Scott and Darren Thomas. Engle received two votes, Scott three and Thomas two.

Scott accepted the position of president for the remainder of Guldner's term.

Since Scott had been the vice president, so nominations were then taken for that position.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Carbon County Navy Club Ship 260 will celebrate its fifth anniversary at 7 p.m. Sept. 29.

The celebration will be held during the club's monthly meeting at the Nesquehoning VFW, 300 E. Center St.

Navy veteran Robert Siesputowski of Summit Hill, the man who started the Carbon chapter, said that the club is one of only seven chapters in the state.

There are currently 30 members in the chapter, but membership is always open to anyone who served in the United States Navy, Marines, Seabees or the Coast Guard.