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The local news category. Will contains stories from Jim Thorpe, Northern Lehigh, Palmerton-Lehighton, Panther Valley, Poconos, and Tamaqua.

County returns $94K in tipping fees

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Twenty Carbon County municipalities will soon be getting a check from the county.

On Thursday, the county commissioners approved the repayment of 100 percent of the 2014 tipping fees to area municipalities, totaling $94,914.32. The reimbursements, which range from $520 to $9,737, are based on the tonnage collected by trash haulers in the municipality over the 2014 year.

GOP close to agreeing on pensions, liquor

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Pennsylvania lawmakers have just 12 days to deliver a budget to Gov. Tom Wolf to meet the June 30 deadline, but the state Senate's top Republican said Thursday afternoon there's "plenty of time" to finish a spending plan and finally address two of the GOP's most vexing public policy issues.

"We are probably within a day or so of having an agreement with House Republican leadership and Senate Republican leadership on both pension reform and liquor privatization," said Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson.

If true, that's big. Really big.

Niagara bottled water may be contaminated

Saturday, June 20, 2015

HARRISBURG The Pennsylvania departments of Agriculture, Environmental Protection, and Health are advising consumers that spring water bottled by Niagara between June 10 and June 18 at its facilities in Hamburg, Berks County, or Upper Macungie, Lehigh County, should not be consumed due to the possibility of contamination, and that consumers should contact Niagara at 877-487-7873 for further instructions.

Niagara purchased spring water from Far Away Springs-Auburn in Schuylkill County.

Pa. agencies name June 21-27 Mosquito Control Awareness Week

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Pennsylvania Vector Control Association, along with the American Mosquito Control Association, are observing the week of June 21-27, as "National Mosquito Control Awareness Week."

A variety of Pennsylvania state agencies are involved in protecting residents from mosquito transmitted diseases such as West Nile Virus, including the Department of Health, Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Agriculture.

Woman comes to court drunk; taken to jail

Saturday, June 20, 2015

A Carbon County woman came to the county court on Thursday to enter a plea to a driving under the influence charge. Instead of pleading, she ended up in the county prison.

Michelle Helen Rafalko, 49, of Lehighton, was supposed to plea to the DUI count, but court personnel detected the odor of alcohol on her when she appeared for her plea proceeding before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

The adult probation office had her take a portable breath test, which revealed a 0.09 BAC.

Rafalko told Serfass she was "nervous" and "I have a problem with alcohol."

Students attain Lehighton middle school honors

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Dr. Mark McGalla, principal at Lehighton Area Middle School, announces the honor roll for fourth marking period of the 2014-15 school year.

Principal's list

93 or higher in each subject

Relay for Life brings smiles in Tamaqua

Saturday, June 20, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS

Double color

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Kelly Gudisauskas-Miller/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
Kelly Gudisauskas-Miller/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Kelly Gudisauskas-Miller photographed this gorgeous double rainbow on Sunday in West Penn Township. She was standing in her driveway off of Archery Club Road. "I see the most beautiful rainbows from my home in early summer," she said. Submit your photos in the photo gallery section at tnonline.com.

Prison possible in heroin-selling case

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Foster
Foster

A Carbon County woman admitted Thursday in the county court to selling methamphetamine and is facing a prison term at the time of sentencing.

Karen Marie Foster, 52, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin, and criminal use of a communication facility, both felonies.

Foster was arrested after she sold heroin to a confidential informant working for the Mahoning Township police.

Carbon retirement fund is doing well

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Carbon County's retirement fund is continuing to perform well, officials report.

During the monthly meeting of the county retirement board on Thursday, Robert Crampsie, county controller and secretary to the retirement board, announced that the retirement portfolio value as of May 31 was $75,525,854.

Crampsie pointed out that the fund was up about $500,000 for the month.

The retirement fund is utilized by county retirees.

Last month, Carbon paid out a total of $339,381 in benefits.