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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Using creativity with one project, and nearing completion of another, were among the subjects discussed at Tuesday night's Walnutport Authority meeting.

Borough engineer Jason Newhard gave a rundown on recent progress at the borough's new water filtration system, located at one of the borough's old, existing water sources on Alder Drive, just north of Kmart.

He said the system's general contractor, Bellview Pump Sales & Services of Walnutport, is completely done with its outside work on-site and about 70 percent done with the mechanical work inside.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

For the ninth consecutive year, taxes will remain the same in Lower Towamensing Township.

Supervisors, on a 2-0 vote, agreed on Tuesday to adopt the 2014 budget with no millage increase. Supervisor Ron Walbert was absent.

The board's decision will leave the millage rate at 1.6 mills, which means a person with a home valued at $100,000, which would be assessed at $50,000, will again pay $80 to the township in property taxes next year.

Township employees will receive a 2.5-percent salary increase as part of next year's budget.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Summit Hill man is facing a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison after admitting his role as a drug dealer in federal court.

Alexander Sommers, 47, pleaded guilty Tuesday in the U.S. Middle District Court to federal drug trafficking charges.

The plea was entered before Senior U.S. District Judge Edwin M. Kosik, to whom Sommers confessed to aiding and abetting the distribution of crack cocaine and powder cocaine.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Lansford Borough Council has taken initial measures to replenish ranks in the town's police department.

At Tuesday's final regular meeting of the year, the board approved the appointment of Jason Helmer as a provisional police officer due to what is regarded as an understaffing emergency.

According to council, Helmer became eligible for the post after passing a verbal Civil Service Commission test administered Monday in which he reportedly answered all questions correctly.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Ice sits atop Burdock seed pods Tuesday around sunset at Mauch Chunk Lake Park. Even though the sun is forecast to be shining for the next couple of days, according to the National Weather Service temperatures aren't expect to be above freezing until Sunday, with snow and freezing rain expected Saturday.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Ninth Annual Palmerton Area Heritage Society Ecumenical Church Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Little White Church, located at 911 Third St. (corner of Third Street and Columbia Avenue), Palmerton.

The message will be delivered by the Rev. Richard Wilcock of Faith Alive UMC.

In case of inclement weather, please contact 610-824-6954 for cancellation information.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Residents of Schuylkill County still don't know who will be their district attorne. A hearing got under way Tuesday in Schuylkill County Court on a challenge of Christine Holman's victory.

Holman won by 63 votes over incumbent District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon.

No resolution was reached Tuesday and the hearing was rescheduled for another day.

President Judge William E. Baldwin dismissed a motion by Holman to dismiss the petition filed on behalf of Noon to declare the election for district attorney illegal.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Nesquehoning Water Authority tentatively approved its completed audit Monday night, which was presented by John M. Nonnemacher, a certified public accountant for Snyder & Clemente in Hazleton.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Business groups, taxpayer organizations, lawmakers and educators gathered in Harrisburg Tuesday for a roundtable discussion on the need for property tax reform.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Lower Towamensing Township will negotiate privately in its quest to provide sewage treatment to its residents.

No action was taken by the township's board of supervisors on Tuesday after no overtures were received for a second straight month for its wastewater treatment plant project.

While a motion to open bids for the wastewater treatment plant was listed on the agenda, township solicitor Jim Nanovic said no action was necessary because no bids were received.