Friday, August 22, 2014

Local News

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mahoning Township Police have charged a Lehighton man with using a stolen credit card.

On Thursday, police received a report that a credit card was stolen from a Slatington resident on Tuesday at Country Junction in Lehighton.

The stolen card was used the same day at the Mahoning Township Walmart to purchase electronics valued at $223.60.

The investigating officer reviewed Walmart security video and identified the card user from prior contact as Kyle Hagenbuch of Lehighton.

On Friday, Hagenbuch was arrested at the adult probation office in Jim Thorpe.

Friday, August 22, 2014

St. John's Lutheran Church of Mahoning is hosting "GriefShare," a free weekly grief support group and seminar, on Mondays at 6:30 p.m., starting this coming Monday.

"GriefShare" features video from prominent Christian experts on grieving, and caring conversation with people who understand your thoughts and feelings, whether your loss is recent or long ago.

To find out more, call St. John's at 570-386-9960.

Friday, August 22, 2014
Packerton Yards up for sale

The former Packerton Yards property is up for sale.

During the Carbon County Commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 2-0 to advertise the sale of the 71.54-acre property, which straddles Mahoning Township and Lehighton, with a starting bid of $300,000. Commissioner William O'Gurek abstained from the vote due to his employment at the Times News.

The commissioners planned to put a business park on the property but were never able to do it.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The first day of the 2014-15 school year for students in the Panther Valley School District is Monday.

It will be a full day, said Dennis R. Kergick, superintendent.

High school students, grades 9-12, attend from 7:35 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.

Middle school students, grades 6-8, attend from 8 a.m. to 2:52 p.m.

Elementary students, grades 1-5, have classes from 8:58 a.m. to 3:27 p.m.

A.M. sessions of kindergarten classes, for children from Coaldale and Lansford, are from 8:58 to 11:35 a.m.

Friday, August 22, 2014

With the first day of classes looming, Carbon Career and Technical Institute's Joint Operating Committee on Thursday approved a slate of employees and contracts.

First and foremost, students need to get to the Institute from their home schools throughout Carbon County. The committee approved transportation contracts.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Palmerton Area School District will open for students on Monday. Elementary students (K-6) begin at 8:30 a.m. and dismiss at 3 p.m.

Morning kindergarten dismisses at 11:15 a.m., and afternoon kindergarten sessions begin at 12:15 p.m. Junior high school (7-8) and high school (9-12) begin at 7:30 a.m. and dismiss at 2:25 p.m.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Northern Lehigh School District opens for students on Monday.

Cafeteria prices for the year have been set at:

Elementary breakfast, $1.25; lunch, $2.35; reduced breakfast, $0.30; reduced lunch, $0.40.

Secondary breakfast, $1.75; lunch, $2.60; reduced lunch and breakfast the same

All lunches meet the dietary guidelines for elementary and secondary students. Milk, vegetable, fruit or 100 percent juices are offered at every meal. Cereal, milk and 100 percent fruit juice is available every morning.

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Walnutport man was sentenced to a state prison term on Thursday on a charge of fleeing or attempting to elude police.

John Duncan Holzer, 41, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve 14 to 28 months in a state correctional institution.

Holzer was convicted by a jury on Aug. 4 of fleeing Palmerton police during the early morning hours of Jan. 13, 2012. Holzer represented himself at the trial and also at yesterday's sentencing proceeding.

Friday, August 22, 2014
file photo The VALOR Clinic, at the site of the former Jonas Hotel at 1130 Scenic Drive, Kunkletown, will offer services to veterans.

The Polk Township supervisors held a public hearing Wednesday for the conditional use application from VALOR Clinic, 1130 Scenic Drive in Kunkletown, formerly the Jonas Hotel.

Veterans using the facility are from Monroe County, with a few from Lehigh and Carbon counties. The clinic's intent is to help homeless veterans transition into society by developing resume writing, checkbook balancing, computer and interview skills with the use of counselors and seminars.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Pleasant Valley School District opens for students on Sept. 2.

Cafeteria prices for the year have been set at:

Breakfast, $1.25; breakfast ticket $11.50 for two weeks, a $1.15 discount if prepaid; reduced breakfast ticket $3 for two weeks; adult breakfast, $2.70.

Elementary: Lunch, $2.40; lunch ticket $23 for two weeks, a $2.30 discount if prepaid; reduced lunch ticket, $4 for two weeks.

Secondary: Lunch, $2.50; lunch ticket, $24 for two weeks, a $2.40 discount if prepaid; reduced lunch ticket, $4 for two weeks; adult lunch $4.25.

Milk is $0.50.