DETURKSVILLE - Although constructing a Washington Township municipal building had been discussed for years, it was only upon the insistence of then resident Wendell Gainer that a decision to take the first step was finally agreed to in August 2010. As of the Feb. 16, 2015 meeting, the project was stuck in the "planning stage".
More than four years later, this time upon the request of now supervisor Wendell Gainer, the office building will be on the March 16 agenda for discussion.
Gov. Tom Wolf has named Schuylkill County native and former U.S. Congressman Tim Holden as chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
Holden has been a member of the PLCB since 2013. Former Governor Tom Corbett nominated him to the board June 14, 2013. He was confirmed by the state senate Nov. 13, 2013, for a four-year term.
Holden said Feb. 17 he appreciated the confidence placed in him by Wolf.
The state Department of the Auditor General has finished its investigation into the Schuylkill County Clerks of Courts office.
The Auditor General released its report Tuesday, Feb. 17. The investigation covered the period of Jan. 1, 2009, to Dec. 31, 2012.
The report had similar findings to county Controller Christy Joy's 2012 audit of the office released last March that prompted the police investigation into allegations that Clerk of Courts Stephen M. Lukach Jr., a Lake Hauto Democrat, misappropriated public money.
OAK GROVE - There weren't enough members present for a quorum, but The Pine Grove Township Authority (PGTA) chairman provided an update of several items Feb. 18 for the few residents in attendance.
John Stahl reviewed what he called major breaks in the water lines, one in mid December and another at the end of January. Both breaks, he said, were repaired by an employee of the authority and Stahl.
Good guys don't always finish last.
When Hegins-Hubley Elementary fourth-grader Josiah Viera leaves March 15 for the St. Louis Cardinals' spring training camp in Jupiter, FL, his "teammates" will be waiting for him.
And for good reason.
The Hegins 10-year-old recently received the Harry Mitauer Award for Good Guy of the Year from the St. Louis Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA). The award is presented to an "unsung hero of the baseball community". Josiah shared the honors Jan. 18 with fellow recipient, Oliver Marmol, who had served as field manager of the State College Spikes, a Class-A Affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Steve Pona, the producer of the St. Louis Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) Dinner, answered e-mail questions from The Citizen-Standard about Josiah Viera and his selection for The Harry Mitauer Award for Good Guy of the Year.
Pona gave The Citizen-Standard permission to use information and images from the 57th annual awards dinner, held Jan. 18, 2015, for the articles appearing in today's edition.