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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Much like its contemporaries, Palmerton Area School District has experienced a dip in its standardized tests scores.

Dan Heaney, director of curriculum and instruction, shared preliminary data on the Keystone and Pennsylvania System of School Assessment test scores with the school board at a workshop session on Tuesday.

Overall, Heaney said there was a decline in the proficiency rates in grades three through eight in both math and English language arts statewide.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

At Tuesday's meeting, Bowmanstown Borough Council discussed complaints about the ADA ramp project that has been going on in the borough.

Resident Bruce Koch said, "The project was supposed to replace the sidewalks to the condition they were. It has not been done."

Council President Kara Scott said, "The borough has been receiving many complaints from citizens and businesses about project issues."

Councilman Rob Moyer said, "I think the borough should be a voice for the citizens with any issues during this project."

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Schuylkill County Controller Christy D. Joy has released Schuylkill County's third annual Friendly Understandable Financial Statement.

"As an elected official, I report to the taxpayers of Schuylkill County," he said. "In the spirit of greater transparency, the charts and graphs make the financial details easier to digest. The condition of Schuylkill County's finances should be available and understandable to the public."

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Three events for two area state parks in Schuylkill County have been schedule.

On Saturday, join naturalist Robin Tracey from Tuscarora State Park for a hike at Swatara State Park. The trail is 8 miles long and moderate. The trail runs parallel to Swatara Creek and a fossil bed. The trail will have participants hiking down to Bordner cabin and crossing the new bridge across Swatara Creek.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS St. Ann's Catholic Church in Lansford may soon be razed, the Diocese of Allentown reports. The church that stood over the town for 104 years has sat vacant since 2008 when the diocese consolidated parishes, and it is now in disrepair.

Discussions are underway about the future of a closed Catholic church in Lansford.

In recent weeks, chatter about St. Ann's Catholic Church soon being demolished was working its way through the Panther Valley.

Matt Kerr, secretary of external affairs for the Diocese of Allentown, confirmed that there are talks between the parish and the diocese about demolishing the 104-year-old structure that now has become a house for birds and plant growth on its steeple.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

There will be a healing service at First Presbyterian Church, Third and Mahoning streets in Lehighton at 7 p.m. Thursday with anointing and laying on of hands.

The Rev. Lois E. Randolph of First Presbyterian Church in Lehighton and Pastor Deborah McLean of Salem United Methodist Church in Aquashicola will lead the service.

All are welcome to come for meditation, praise, healing and thanksgiving to God.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A compromise proposal suggested by Judge Albert Heimbach for annexation of the Andrewsville area of Summit Hill to Lansford was rejected by the Lansford Borough Council.

The suggestion was made after a petition was presented to the jurist requesting that 720 acres in the Andrewsville area be annexed to Lansford.

Judge Heimbach proposed that in order to give the petitioners the services they claim they can receive from Lansford, the Borough of Lansford annex only the land in Andrewsville on which homes are located, in addition to a few acres of land for future expansion.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A Nesquehoning motorcyclist is facing multiple charges following a high-speed chase that occurred on July 16 in the borough and in which speeds reached 100 mph.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The former owner of a Carbon County convenience store was placed in a special probation program on charges of indecent assault and harassment.

Bhaskarbhai Patel, 51, of Ben Salem, was placed in the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on the recommendation of the district attorney's office.

Patel was charged by state police at Lehighton for an incident on June 4, 2013, at Pappy's General Store in Bowmanstown, which he owned at the time. The business is now under new ownership.