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Friday, December 30, 2011

A crowd of more than 500 people packed the Ceremonial Courtroom at the Schuylkill County Courthouse Thursday for the swearing in ceremony for 17 judicial and county officials, who were elected in last November's general election.

Their terms do not begin until Jan. 1, 2012 and since Monday is a holiday, their work schedule does not start until Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Jim Thorpe Police Department recently took part in a Police Management Study which reviewed the department's structure and operational procedures by utilizing statistical data, surveys, and interviews.

The study was conducted by Richard Garipoli, a Peer-to-Peer Management Consultant for the Governors Center for Local Government Services (GCLGS).

The study was funded by a state grant given by the GCLGS. Schatz worked with the offices of Senator John Yudichak and Governor Tom Corbett to attain the grant for the study.

Friday, December 30, 2011

The leadership team in Carbon County will see some big changes in 2012.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, who lost his bid for reelection, said his farewells; Commissioner Charles Getz officially announced his retirement; Randall Smith, county administrator, served his last meeting; and Michael Ozalas, county solicitor, announced that his last day will be Jan. 2.

Friday, December 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Jesse "Butch" Durning, 55, of Lansford, and his son, Charles Durning of New Philadelphia, have spent a majority of their lifetime continuing a family tradition, one that has warmed the hearts – and ears – of thousands of parade-watchers over the last 75 years.

The family has logged over a hundred combined years performing with the Durning String Band in the annual New Year's Mummers Parade in Philadelphia.

Friday, December 30, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS  St. Ann's School Apartments, Lansford.

A low-income senior housing project in Lansford meets the criteria for tax-exempt status, a Carbon County judge has ruled.

Catholic Housing Corporation's St. Ann's School Apartments, 30 E. Bertsch St., is a charity and therefore relieved of property tax obligations to the Panther Valley School District, Lansford borough and the county, Judge Richard W. Webb ruled on Dec. 23.

However, the school district has appealed the ruling, attorney Michael Greek told Lansford Borough Council on Wednesday.

Friday, December 30, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

After 30 years in the auto business, salesman Tim Maurer can just about read people's minds.

"I know what people expect in a vehicle," he says. They want cost-efficient, reliable transportation that is functional and attractive – and they want a dealer who'll stand behind them every step of the way.

That philosophy has energized Tamaqua 309 Auto Sales to the point where customers are not only buying cars off the lot, but utilizing Maurer's expertise in locating and purchasing vehicles from Maurer's expansive network of suppliers.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Sears Holdings Company has announced its first round of store closings and the Walnutport Kmart isn't on the list.

Sears stores in Whitehall and Frackville also will remain open, as will its portrait studio at the Laurel Mall in Hazleton.

Yesterday Sears announced the closing of 79 stores nationwide – Sears and Kmart combined. A second round of store closings will be announced in the near future.

Earlier this week, Sears said it could close up to 120 stores.

The only Pennsylvania stores on yesterday's list are in Upper Darby and Pottstown.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Diane L. Miller, 18, of Lehighton R. 4, was the recipient of a top award during the 62nd annual National 4-H Congress held in Chicago. Miss Miller is the first Pennsylvanian ever to receive the Gertrude Warren Award for outstanding 4-H participation. Gertrude Warren is referred to as "the mother of 4-H." Miss Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Miller, was selected by Penn State University to attend the session. She is only the second person from Carbon County to attend.

Friday, December 30, 2011

January is National Blood Donor Month.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives:

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 3:30 to 7 p.m., Nesquehoning VFW, 300 Center Street, Nesquehoning. For information call 570-669-9201.

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2 to 5 p.m., M&T Bank, 100 E. Broad Street, Tamaqua. Call Call 570-668-0640.

Saturday, Jan. 7, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., The Boat Yard, replacement drive for Arthur "Smokey" Highland, 251 Canal Street, Lehighton. Call 570-657-6620.

Friday, December 30, 2011

The cost of garbage permits in Penn Forest Township have gone down this year. The township has also added a limited usage permit. The prices for a one-year permit are as follows:

Regular residential permit: $75 for four bags per week, backpunching is allowed. This price is available until Jan. 6. There is a $1 charger per extra bag.

Limited usage permit: $50 for two bags per week, no backpunching allowed. This permit is not available after Jan. 6. There is a $1 charger per extra bag.

A fee schedule is available for bigger items.