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Friday, September 5, 2014

The Carbon County Commissioners and Salary Board made a number of changes in the district attorney's office Thursday.

The moves come one week after longtime District Attorney Gary Dobias retired and new District Attorney Jean A. Engler was sworn in.

The actions taken by both boards are as follows. All are retroactive to Sept. 1 unless otherwise noted.

Ÿ William E. McDonald of New Ringgold, from second assistant district attorney to first assistant district attorney. He will receive a salary of $40,000 a year.

Friday, September 5, 2014
Fund for Highridge to be reorganized

Schuylkill County commissioners and other officials will review, and likely approve, a new entity to create and oversee the tax-fueled fund that pays for the upkeep of the county's largest business park, Highridge.

The new entity is a Neighborhood Improvement District called the Highridge Improvement District, or HID. It would replace the original Tax Increment Financial District, or TIF, which was created when Highridge came into being in 1997.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Summit Hill Heritage Center, 1 W. Hazard St. is once again holding its fall lecture series with presentations on various topics by different speakers for free at the Center.

Each year lecture series organizer David Wargo attempts to schedule interesting and informative lectures on a variety of topics, and this year is no different.

"I have selected a variety of speakers on some different topics ranging from the paranormal to antiques and it should be a wonderful series," Wargo said.

Friday, September 5, 2014
Kay Bimler

Kay Bimler of Jim Thorpe will celebrate her 95th birthday next week. She was born on Sept. 10, 1919 to the late Eugene and Isabella Fahey.

She was married to the late George Bimler Sr.

She attended the former Immaculate Conception School and Mauch Chunk Catholic High School.

She worked as an usherette at the Capital Theater, which is now the Mauch Chunk Opera House, as well as the Newberry 5 & 10, and as a telephone operator.

Kay is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jim Thorpe, and a charter member of the Forever Young Individual Club at St. Joseph's.

Friday, September 5, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of The ReDCo Group accept the proclamation naming Sept. 7-13 as Direct Support Professional Recognition Week in Carbon County from the county commissioners on Thursday. They are, seated, from left, Tara King, Melissa Arieta and Nicole Habel. Standing, Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard, Caroline Nannay, Heidi Zacharias, Jacqueline Walck, Koriena Berger, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, Joanne Schaeffer and Commissioner William O'Gurek.

Carbon County officials recognize the importance of direct support professionals who care for people with disabilities.

On Thursday, the Carbon County Commissioners adopted a proclamation naming Sept. 7 through 13 as Direct Support Professional Recognition Week in the county.

Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard read the proclamation before presenting it to representatives from The ReDCo Group.

Friday, September 5, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS This Saturday's Slatington Bike Night & Car Show mug, shown front and back and available for $5, rests on one of the borough's volunteer fire department trucks. Proceeds from the entire event benefit both the fire department and upkeep of the borough's Main Street historic Fireman's Statue.

Though it will be only the second time the Slatington Bike Night & Car Show will take place, Saturday's event holds quite a surprise for attendees.

A brand-new 883 Iron Harley-Davidson will be raffled off at the close of this year's event, which runs from noon to 8 p.m. At press time, tickets were still available for $10 apiece.

The event will close down Main Street in Slatington from Second Street to South Street, beginning at 10 a.m.

Friday, September 5, 2014

A harassment call made by Mahoning Township resident Angie Marks about a former occupant of the building she rents on Route 443 near the Ninth Street Bridge led to Police Chief Audie Mertz threatening to arrest her for violating the Pennsylvania Criminal Code dealing with fortune telling.

The allegation was one Marks took exception to and came to the board of supervisors for direction.

Marks spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting, "I opened a business in Mahoning Township and have a license for it."

Friday, September 5, 2014

Over a dozen residents gathered to hear East Penn Township supervisors discuss a variety of topics at the Tuesday meeting, which usually occurs the first Monday of each month but was switched because of Labor Day.

The dominant topic was the township's ongoing legal issues with getting property at 2105 East Lizard Creek Road, owned by Clair Troxell, cleaned of junk. The township had an Aug. 20 court date set with Troxell; however, solicitor James Nanovic said that before entering the courtroom, a tentative agreement was reached between both parties.

Friday, September 5, 2014
Lucille Payne

Lucille Payne, a resident of Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, recently celebrated her 90th birthday.

She was born on Aug. 27, 1924 in Hazleton. She resided in Drums for most of her life.

Soon after she graduated from Hazleton High School in 1942, she married her high school sweetheart, Thomas Payne II, in February of 1943. They were married for 62 years until his passing in 2006.

Lucille has 2 children, Thomas III, who passed away in 1988, and Debbie Walsh. She has one granddaughter, Jamie Basalyga, and two great-granddaughters.

Friday, September 5, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This is a small sample of the many rides that willbe available during the 25th annual Palmerton Community Festival, which kicks off tonight.

Complete with commemorative mugs, a stand decorating contest and scavenger hunt, the Palmerton Community Festival is about to celebrate its silver anniversary in style.

Held in the borough park, the 25th annual event gets underway later this afternoon. Festival hours are 5-11 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine.

Along with its predecessor, the Palmerton Hospital Festival, the event has continued in the borough for half a century, a fact that hasn't been lost on event chairwoman Susie Arner.