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Local News

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

Property owner sues Coaldale over damages to his basement

Friday, January 4, 2013

A property owner has started a civil suit against Coaldale Borough to pay for damages caused to his property by allegedly failing to timely respond and repair damages to a sewer line near his property.

The action was started by Lucky Zavitsky, 35 W. Ruddle St., who is seeking damages of $20,492.06.

According to the suit, Zavitsky began experiencing the problem on Sept. 22, 2011, when he noticed that there was gray water gushing out of the back of his residence. He called 9-1-1 to report the problem.

Pig kissing at Polk Elementary

Friday, January 4, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Principal Kenneth Newman kisses a pig named Mistletoe, in response to a challenge put forth from the students and staff at Polk Elementary, that if they collected 300 toys for Toys For Tots, he had to kiss a pig. They exceed their goal, collecting 361 toys. The pig is held by its owner, Bill Moreton, owner of Spring Mountain Farms.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Principal Kenneth Newman kisses a pig named Mistletoe, in response to a challenge put forth from the students and staff at Polk Elementary, that if they collected 300 toys for Toys For Tots, he had to kiss a pig. They exceed their goal, collecting 361 toys. The pig is held by its owner, Bill Moreton, owner of Spring Mountain Farms.

Polk Elementary School in Kresgeville challenged its students and staff to donate at least 300 items for Toys For Tots. The teachers kicked the challenge up a notch when they promised the students that if they helped them reach their goal, they would have their principal, Kenneth Newman, kiss a pig.

Newman could have rejected the challenge, saying he would do it when pigs fly, but instead he said, "Sure. Anything to help Toys For Tots."

They exceeded their goal, collecting 361 toys.

Carbon County property transfers

Friday, January 4, 2013

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Bernadine A. Doyle to Vincent Kasarda, 36 E. Oak St., Tresckow, property at 36 E. Oak St., $64,000.

East Penn Township

Sheriff of Carbon County to Deutsche bank National Trust Company, Riviera Beach, Fla., property at 1050 Dinkey Road, $1.

Michael T. McConville to Kelly S. Keiser, 5271 Heidelberg Heights Road, Germansville, property on Laurel Spring Road, $32,500.

Franklin Township

Tax Claim Bureau of Carbon County to Land Tycoon, Inc., 1933 State Rt. 903, Jim Thorpe, property at 45 Cedar St., $14,279.

Snow cleanup on bridge is state's responsibility

Friday, January 4, 2013

The bridge on Main Street in Walnutport that connects to the Borough of Slatington has become a recent topic of debate at the Thursday night Walnutport Borough Council meeting.

The Borough office received a call from State Rep. Julie Harhart's office about the conditions on the bridge. PennDOT cleared the road surface of the bridge, but the walkways remained snow covered.

Tamaqua Fire Police meet at borough hall

Friday, January 4, 2013

Any Tamaqua firefighters interested in joining the Tamaqua Fire Police are encouraged to attend their next meeting at the Tamaqua Borough Hall on Sunday Jan. 6 at 1:30 p.m.

Tamaqua school board meeting cancelled

Friday, January 4, 2013

The special meeting of the Tamaqua Area School Board, scheduled for 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2013, has been cancelled.

SH Heritage Center to stage Member Appreciation Day

Friday, January 4, 2013

Sunday marks the third Member Appreciation Day at the Summit Hill Heritage Center and everyone is welcome to attend two very special events, the dedication of the new ramp and a free concert to celebrate Elvis' birthday by tribute artist Johnny M. The festivities start at 1p.m. with the dedication of the new ramp followed by the two hour concert in the Center.

"We are excited to have this addition added creating better accessibility to the main floor," said President Debra Ranck. "It was one of our goals since opening to provide a ramp for those who could use it."

Carbon County Court news

Friday, January 4, 2013

Mortgage foreclosures

U.S. Bank, N.A., as trustee for the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Harrisburg, filed a mortgage foreclosure complaint against Jillyan A. Sterling and David R. Sterling, 672 Franklin Ave., Palmerton, over a property at that address. Sought is $143,840.12 and continuing interest and costs.

A diamond of their own

Friday, January 4, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A crew from Northeast Hydroseeding and Landscaping Inc. blows hay on the new field. The materials and services were donated by owner Wayne Postupack.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A crew from Northeast Hydroseeding and Landscaping Inc. blows hay on the new field. The materials and services were donated by owner Wayne Postupack.

Noticing the lack of a permanent location for the Tamaqua Area Girls' Youth Softball Association, members, supporters and volunteers are coming together in a campaign to give the girls a diamond of their own.

Association members have finished the first of six phases of construction of the new Tamaqua Area Girls' Youth Softball Complex, located next to the Rush Elementary School in Hometown, Rush Township.

New Year's volunteers

Friday, January 4, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce volunteer Janet Linkhorst hands out balloons to spectators during Tamaqua's New Year's Eve Eagle Rise event.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce volunteer Janet Linkhorst hands out balloons to spectators during Tamaqua's New Year's Eve Eagle Rise event.