Saturday, February 25, 2017

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Thunderstorms are beginning to move through the area from the West.

Winds could gust as high as 33 mph. Hail is being spotted in some parts of the region.

Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Video of the storm:

Saturday, February 25, 2017

HARRISBURG — In the coming months, some of the schools in Pennsylvania's 14-university system of higher education may get pink slips.

Dropping post-recession enrollments, financial struggles at some system schools and unwillingness by the state to come to the rescue is driving an exploration that could result in recommendations that some of the schools shut their doors.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

READING, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an eastern Pennsylvania man was shot and killed by police after they said he pointed a shotgun at officers responding to a report of threats at a neighbor's backyard barbecue.

The Berks County district attorney's office said Reading police responded to a report that a man had pointed a shotgun at people just before 8 p.m. Friday. Officials said the group, which included six children from 2 to 12 years old, retreated into the house.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Kettle Worker volunteers who received special awards were front, from left, Frankie Latham, Steve Melnick, Abraham Greenly, with his mother, Melissa Latham, and Linda Hosler; back row, from left, Curtis Bailey (West Penn Lions Club), Mike Putt (Tamaqua Rotary), Brian “Cletus” Tomes, Tammy Sienkiewicz, and Sal Picone, owner of La Dolce Casa. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Whenever the need arises, they voluntarily take it upon themselves to answer the call.

For their good-hearted efforts, a number of people who offer their services freely received their just due as the Tamaqua Salvation Army held its volunteer recognition dinner Thursday at La Dolce Casa in Tamaqua.

Major Sharon Whispell, pastor, began the program by announcing that there were over 60 people in attendance.

She expressed her thanks to everyone, and let them know how much their work is appreciated.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Courtney McCall of Summit Hill earned dean’s list honors at Saint Joseph’s University for the fall 2016 semester.

McCall is studying chemical biology in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or above, a B or greater in all their classes, and complete at least 15 credits to earn dean’s list status for a semester.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Orioles Community Center on Orioles Drive is developing plans to host a summer carnival the first week of June.

StartingJune 1, the center will partner will AB Amusement, which will roll food carts, games and rides to the “home in the sky.”

The permit cost for the carnival is $100 with a 10 percent amusement tax attached to the event. The nonprofit organization agreed to a 15/85 percent split in profits with the company.

“If you read the contract, the Orioles will be responsible for all the fees and permits,” said township solicitor Thomas Nanovic.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Northern Lehigh School Board this month approved its share of budgets for institutions it sponsors.

The 2017-18 Lehigh Carbon Community College budget. LCCC’s sponsor contribution budget calls for total expenditures of $6,186,337, which represents no change over the 2016-17 budget. The district’s share of the total budget is $197,196, a decrease of $8,488.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Terrance P. McCall, Lansford tax collector, has announced his candidacy for a full four-year term of that office. He is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination in the May 16 primary election.

A lifelong resident of Lansford, McCall was appointed to the position in February 2016. He is fulfilling the unexpired term of longtime tax collector Daniel J. Wynn, who retired.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Adrianne Allen of Raising the House hands off a $150 check to Mayor Christopher Olivia for the police department. Borough council member Kris Hoffner accepted a check in the same amount for the borough. Raising the House helps alleviate hardships for families, including medical bills and other financial problems. BRIAN W. MYSZKOWSKI/TIMES NEWS

Members of Raising the House stopped by the Palmerton Borough Hall for the council meeting on Thursday to spread the word on their community efforts and thank the borough and the police department for their assistance in helping those in need.

Raising the House was established in March of 2016 with the intent of helping families with hardships ranging from medical bills to house fires.

Inspired by Palmerton teacher and coach Blaine R. House, who passed away in 2013, the group strives to inspire a better community with their hardship alleviation and scholarship programs.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Carbon County Treasurer Ronald J. Sheehan, a Democrat,is seeking re-election to a fifth term of office.

Sheehan, 51, a lifelong resident of Jim Thorpe, is a son of the late John W. Sheehan and Shirley (O’Neill) Sheehan.

A graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School, he spent nine years in banking, working his way from bank teller to an officer’s position.

In 1992, Sheehan took a position as accountant/fiscal deputy in the Carbon County Controller’s office.