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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Action was taken by the Schuylkill County commissioners at their public meeting Wednesday, held in the courthouse in Pottsville, to submit applications to the state's Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to seek more county land be included in the KOE (Keystone Opportunity Expansion) zone program by requesting tax exemptions for the period from Jan. 1, 2014 and to terminate Dec. 31, 2023.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Pennsylvania town where famed athlete Jim Thorpe was laid to rest six decades ago asked a federal appeals court Monday to throw out a ruling that could clear the way for his remains to be moved to American Indian land in Oklahoma.

A federal district judge erred when he ruled the town of Jim Thorpe amounts to a museum under the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, the town's lawyers wrote in an appeal seeking to block the removal of the athlete's body.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

An elderly Schuylkill County woman was killed in a two vehicle crash on Tuesday when she pulled out in front of another vehicle.

State police at Frackville identified the victim as Edith Lescavage, 78, of Minersville. The crash occurred about 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of SR61 and Darkwater Road, in New Castle Township.

Troopers said Lescavage, operating a 1997 Pontiac Grand Am, was attempting to turn onto 61 from Darkwater Road when she pulled into the path of a 2010 Nissan Frontier truck operated by Vicki Hesse, 43, of Port Carbon, who was southbound.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Lansford Borough Council President Louis Bales said last night that all seven members of council will take lie detector tests in the ongoing investigation of a petty theft at the borough hall.

There were several reported break-ins at the Lansford Borough office on Patterson Street this spring. In one, it was reported a small amount of cash was taken.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

In October the Borough of Lansford will send collection letters to property owners with delinquent sanitation accounts.

The borough, in adherence to borough ordinance, will charge an administrative fee of $25 on each delinquent sanitation account. There are currently over 250 accounts which are delinquent.

Property owners will have 10 days from the date of the delinquent notice to make payment in full.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Thirty first time offenders of non-violent crimes were admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) probation program by Senior Judge D. Michael Stine at hearings held in Schuylkill County Court.

If the defendants complete the probation program and meet all the costs and conditions, they can be cleared of the criminal charge.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Two area property owners won their appeals taken before the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board at hearings held at the courthouse in Pottsville and had their taxes for 2014 reduced.

Kenneth P. and Ann M. Pomo, 250 E. Phillips St., Coaldale, had the market value of their property reduced from $77,920 to $59,516, and the assessment from $38,960 to $29,760, a decrease of $9,200 on their assessment. They showed the board the property needs a great deal of renovation.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Five first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, then they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Judge Joseph J. Matika placed the five.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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Tamaqua Depot Square Park Committee members Erla Biasi, left, and Linda Heigele, work to spruce up the park prior to next month's Tamaqua Heritage Festival set for Sunday, Oct. 13. Both are five-year committee volunteers.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

An offer from Mahoning Township's insurance carrier to lock in their rates early for 2014 drew some concerns from supervisors.

They voted to table the offer until after October 1 when the health care market place established by the Affordable Care Act begins.

"I do not want to vote on these rates when I don't know what they will be compared to," said Supervisor Frank Ruch, holding the letter from Blue Cross which stated that if they don't lock in their rates now, by January 2014 the plan may not be available.