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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Police have charged a 44-year-old Lehighton man with deliberately starting one of two fires which broke out in the borough Wednesday morning.

Russell Young, of 231 Carbon St., was charged by Lehighton Police Officer Brian Biechy with setting the rear porch of his sister's house at 357 North Third St. on fire.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Realignment of its staff and approving service agreements for agencies were actions taken by the Schuylkill County commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

PITTSBURGH - Governor Tom Corbett, joined by Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, today announced his plan to privatize the liquor system in Pennsylvania and committed $1 billion in proceeds from the process to education funding.

Corbett said that the $1 billion will be used to create the Passport for Learning Block Grant, which will provide flexibility to schools, allowing our public schools, instead of Harrisburg, to decide what their students need.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Herman Hollenbach of Palmerton is shown being escorted to the office of District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton Wednesday morning. Hollenbach waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

A Palmerton man alleged to have sexually assaulted a minor will have his case heard in Carbon County Court.

Herman Hollenbach, 55, of Palmerton, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton on Wednesday.

Instead, Hollenbach opted to waive his right to the hearing, and will appear before the county Court of Common Pleas for a pretrial status conference on Feb. 28.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton and Slatington Rotary Clubs held a joint meeting last Thursday evening at Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton. Seated front row, left to right, are Sal Somma, Barbara Belon, Becky Wanamaker, Susan Lovejoy, Abbey Sauerwine, Monica Sellers and Michael O'Brien. Standing second row, left to right, are John Hanosek, Phyllis Morgan, Leon Morgan, Clarence Smith, Nick Smith, Charles Breidinger, Tim Silliman, Charles Uhler, Ron Williams and Ryan Van Norman. Standing back row, left to right, are Paul Steckel, Frank Potoczak and Gary Fedorcha.

Lehighton and Slatington Rotary Clubs held a joint meeting last Thursday evening at Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton.

"It's great that we can get together like this, meet new people, and share ideas," said Slatington Rotary Club President Ryan Van Norman.

Susan Lovejoy of Blue Mountain Business Connections was the guest speaker for the meeting. She explained that the organization is comprised of local business people in the Lehighton area – and beyond.

This business referral group meets Tuesday mornings at 7:15 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lehighton.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Parryville Home and School Council held "Talent Night" in the local school. Winners were: 1. Doris Blose for her impersonation of a hula dancer; 2. Eileen Miller, Carole Serfass, and Beverly Markley for their Irish tap dances, and 3. Mark Sheckler, trumpet solo. Judges were Mr. and Mrs. John Meckes of Slatington and Mrs. Catherine Dauscher of Bowmanstown.

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WASHINGTON The Internal Revenue Service today opened the 2013 filing season by announcing a variety of enhanced products and services to help taxpayers prepare and file their tax returns by the April 15 deadline.

New and expanded services for taxpayers this year include a redesigned IRS.gov web site that's easier to navigate and improved service options, including more video-conferencing assistance sites and additional social media tools. In addition, the IRS has stepped up its enforcement efforts to protect taxpayers from refund fraud and identity theft.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS A member of the rally holds a sign and American flag on Wednesday in the hopes of raising awareness of the proposed cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Americans want the federal government to know that they will not stand for cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

A handful of Carbon County residents gathered in front of the Carbon County Courthouse Annex in Jim Thorpe Wednesday morning to raise awareness of Congress' plan to make cuts to senior benefits.

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ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A music benefit was held recently in Middleport for the family of the Adam Davis. Davis, of Pottsville, died Dec. 14 from an accidental gunshot. Family members stated the incident is still under investigation. The event was held at Fast Frank's Place and consisted of music, food and entertainment. "I am very thankful for all the bands and everyone that came out in support of Adam," said father Richard Davis. Fast Frank's Place donated the venue for the event. The band "Pan" along with "Modern Day Mollies" were two of numerous bands that donated their services.
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ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Dave Wertman, a 30-year member of the American Hose Company in Tamaqua, was installed as the 2013 President of the Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters' Association. Newly installed SCVFA officers from front left are trustee, Todd Troup, Friendship Fire Co., Englewood Fire Co.; trustee Michael Wasko, Polish American Fire Co., Shenandoah; trustee Christian Alexis, New Ringgold Community Fire Co., New Ringgold; trustee Thomas Slane, Tuscarora Fire Company, Tuscarora; and trustee Eric Eichenberg, Minersville Fire and Rescue.