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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.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area High School senior Blake Campbell (right) recently received a DAR Good Citizen Award after his essay received an honorable mention at the state competition. Campbell is joined in the photo by Palmerton Area High School guidance counselor Rich DeSocio (left).

Whether he realizes it or not, Blake Campbell has become a pioneer of sorts.

A senior at Palmerton Area High School, Campbell recently received a DAR Good Citizen Award.

The award is given to outstanding high school seniors for their contributions to their communities and schools.

This was the first time Palmerton entered the competition. Campbell scored the highest amount of points on the required essay on how to be a good citizen.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS A Ford Ranger operated by Ralph Shafer of Lansford was rear-ended shortly before 8:30 a.m. today as Shafer was attempting to turn into the parking lot at Stoves 'N Stuff on SR309. Shafer was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital for treatment.

A two vehicle accident this morning on SR309 in West Penn Township, near Stoves 'N Stuff, sent at least one man to the hospital.

Ralph Shafer of Lansford was traveling south in a Ford Ranger pick up truck when he stopped to make a left hand turn into the Stoves 'N Stuff parking lot shortly before 8:30 a.m. A delivery van, owned by Fegley Oil and driven by Christopher Huegel of Tamaqua, exited the Fegley lot and rear ended the pick up truck. Shafer's vehicle ended up at the southernmost entrance to the mini mall lot.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A former Carbon County resident, now residing in Tamaqua, was sentenced to a county prison term on Monday for shooting his uncle at his residence in Jim Thorpe.

James W. Freiling, 28, was sentenced by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to serve one day less 12 months to one day less 24 months on a charge of aggravated assault and to five years probation on a charge of possession of an instrument of crime. The terms run consecutively. Freiling previously pleaded guilty to the charges.