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Thursday, February 20, 2014

The winter weather took center stage at the borough council meeting in Tamaqua Wednesday.

Borough manager Kevin Steigerwalt outlined the snow removal schedule and provided a copy of the snow removal policy and the emergency route map to all council members.

He said the borough is currently running two crews of borough workers and another crew from an outside contractor to remove snow from the borough streets.

"We've reached out to another contractor, but he will not be available until at least Thursday," he added.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Blue Ridge Cherry Valley Rod & Gun Club will sponsor a Pennsylvania Game Commission Hunter-Trapper Education class for spring and summer 2014 on Sunday, June 22 and Sunday, Aug. 17.

Pre-registration is required. Seating is limited. There are no walk-ins. You must register online at http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/

An online four-hour home study session must be completed before attending the actual class.

The program is based on the new PGC curriculum supporting a one-day six-hour class.

Sunday classes begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Minimum registration age is 11.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Weatherly Area High School Class of 2014 Senior Parents group will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 2 at the OIP, Carbon Street, Weatherly.

The group will hold a fundraising bake sale on Sunday, March 9 at the Silver Ridge breakfast. Baked goods should be dropped off at Silver Ridge by 7 a.m.

Call Missy Isom at 570-582-7196 with questions.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Changes to Kidder Township's recently adopted "Quality of Life Ordinance" may be under way.

At its meeting Wednesday evening, the township's planning commission was asked once again to review the suggested changes and make recommendations.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Lehighton Area School Board is giving consideration to constructing a new elementary school and football field; a building project with a pricetag of $52.5 million.

It will mean an increase in taxes in a district where taxes already are very high. Labor statistics show the employment picture in the county has improved by several percentage points in the past year, but high-paying jobs are still elusive.

We're not saying the school district can't afford the project, nor are we saying it can.

What we are saying is that the board has a difficult decision to make.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Parking meter fees have gone up in Tamaqua, and residents are not happy.

On Wednesday, resident Bob Haggerty presented council with a petition signed by 160 residents who live in the area of the 200 block of East Broad Street, protesting the recent increase in parking meter fees.

Haggerty requested that meters either be returned to the previous fees or removed entirely. He said currently, there is not enough adequate parking for the two high rise buildings in the area or the other residents.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The Schuylkill County Prison, built in 1851, will be getting its first new roof in 28 years this spring.

The roof on Schuylkill County's 163-year-old prison was last replaced in the mid-1980s as part of a project that enlarged the stone building.

On Wednesday, county commissioners awarded the job of putting a new roof on the prison to Budget Renovations & Roofing, of Shamokin, for $404,975.

The money will come from the county's capital improvements fund and a $21-million 2012 bond issue.

The bond issue included $159,600 for the roof replacement, said county finance director Paul Buber.

Budget submitted the lowest of six bidders for the work.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Charges have been bound over to Carbon County Court against a Palmerton man who abducted his 4-year-old daughter.

Timothy Simcsuk, 25, of Palmerton, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Instead, Simcsuk waived his right to a hearing, and will appear April 17 for a pretrial conference in the district attorney's office at the courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

Simcsuk has been charged with interference with custody of children.

He remains in Bucks County Prison in lieu of $250,000 straight bail.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Carbon County officials are looking at ways to lower overcrowding issues at the prison.

During the county prison board meeting on Wednesday, the board welcomed Brian Alboucq, president of Homestead Family Services, who spoke about creating a day reporting center for inmates currently incarcerated for minimal offenses.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Speeders beware.

The borough of Tamaqua is considering a radar speed sign that will not only record the speed of passing cars, but alert on-duty officers that a lawbreaker is on the loose.

Tamaqua Police Chief Rick Weaver on Wednesday presented borough council with information regarding the radar speed sign.

"This thing is pretty impressive, to say the least," Weaver said.

The sign, which is estimated to cost $4,600, records the speed of every passing car, and warns drivers they are exceeding the speed limit with a flashing light.