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Friday, January 24, 2014

A settlement is in the making that could put to an end to the legal battle between Gilberton borough and its suspended police Chief Mark Kessler.

Gilberton Borough Council held its regular meeting on Thursday and voted to continue negotiations between the borough's special counsel from the law firm of Elliott Greenleaf & Dean and Kessler's attorney, Joseph P. Nahas.

The meeting opened as usual with review of normal business and announcement of committee assignments by council President Daniel Malloy, who then called to enter the new business portion of the meeting.

Friday, January 24, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Taylor Shepherdson, center, holds her Student of the Month award from the Penn-Kidder Lions Club Saturday morning at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony. Also at the presentation were, from left, her grandmother, Trish Triviana; father, George; mother, Natalie; and sister, Chelsea.

Friday, January 24, 2014

A meeting about the ACS Chinese Auction will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29 in the Cancer Telethon Building (the former ACS Building), 33 W. Ridge Street, Lansford.

Anyone interested in helping to collect items and solicit businesses is asked to attend. For more information call Mary Ann or Jess at 570-645-4228 or email madula@ptd.net.

The Chinese Auction is scheduled for March 23 at the Lakeside Ballroom.

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is recruiting 4,000 customers to serve as volunteers for the Turnpike Traveler Advisory Panel, a new and innovative way to enable turnpike users to provide direct feedback on any number of issues from road quality to overall satisfaction and future initiatives that impact motorists.

The panel research community will be made up of commercial and passenger customers reflecting the commission's customer base across the 550-plus mile system. Participants will contribute to research studies throughout and earn rewards for their time and effort.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced more than $300,000 in funding has been awarded to nearly three dozen volunteer fire and emergency response organizations in Carbon County under an ongoing grant program created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Panther Valley School District, which already has the highest tax rates in Carbon County, could be increasing taxes even more this year.

The school board gave approval by a 6-3 vote to its tentative budget Thursday night with an 8 percent tax increase.

Under the proposed budget, taxes will rise by 4.49 mills for Carbon County residents and 1.67 mills for Coaldale residents. Coaldale is in Schuylkill County where the tax assessment is different from Carbon County.

Friday, January 24, 2014

SHAMOKIN, Pa. (AP) An ailing Vietnam veteran from northeastern Pennsylvania says he's shocked someone could do something so low.

Police in Coal Township are investigating the theft of 70-year-old Martin Glover's wheelchair from in front of his home on Monday.

Glover had had his left leg amputated four years ago. The wheelchair theft occurred when he was at the hospital preparing for surgery to remove one of his toes.

He says he suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, Parkinson's disease and has a weak heart.

Friday, January 24, 2014
The Russell Eckman home at 1252 Main Road, Franklin Township, received extensive interior and exterior damage during the fire which began shortly after 2 p.m. on Thursday. See page 2 for another photo.

A fire ripped through a home Thursday afternoon at 1252 Main Road, Franklin Township, causing extensive damage.

Firefighters from Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company were assisted at the scene by Lehighton, Parryville, Bowmanstown and Mahoning fire departments.

The home was occupied by the Russell Eckman family, according to township secretary Brenda Neeb. The fire displaced the four residents.

Main Road was closed at Reber Street and also at Wagner Street for several hours while firefighters battled the blaze.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Seven area residents were qualified by District Attorney Christine Holman to be placed in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition probation program, a one-time offer made to first offenders charged with a non-violent crime to serve a sentence to clear their name.

Senior Judge D. Michael Stine, at a hearing held Thursday in Schuylkill County court, admitted them into the program, all for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Carbon County Navy Club is available to hold a free "Honor the Flag" program at any school in the county.

Anyone interested in the program should call Robert "Ski" Siesputowski at 570-645-3643 or Scott Reinhart at 570-645-7312.