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Monday, April 1, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System will co-sponsor an AARP Driver Safety 8-hour Basic Course on Tues., April 9 and Thurs., April 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bowmanstown Medical Plaza, 204 Bank St. in Bowmanstown. This is an 8-hour class, so you must attend both days.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Eleven area residents were among 93 who were arraigned Monday morning at the Schuylkill County courthouse on criminal charges and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested jury trials.

Stephen M. Smolar, 40, of 350 E. Union St., Tamaqua, charged by Tamaqua Patrolman Thomas Rodgers, with giving an unsworn written false statement to police.

Robert Charles Wagner, 49. of 36 E. Grant St., McAdoo, charged by Trooper Timothy Keating with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and driving while his license is suspended when stopped on Interstate 81 in Mahanoy Township.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Panther Valley Elementary substitute Principal Mary Dugan Figura was made Interim Elementary Principal by the school board at a public meeting Thursday.

The change is retroactive to March 25, and continues to August, at a rate of $260.23 per day, with benefits.

Figura, who was initially hired Oct. 25, 2012, is serving in that capacity as Principal William Lombardo, who is on sick leave.

In other matters, the board:

*Rejected Panther Valley Education Association grievances #2012-2013 WS, and #2012-2013 FD;

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Men of Marian's 23rd Annual Chinese Auction will be held April 6 and 7 at Marian Catholic High School in Hometown. More than $200,000 in prizes will be awarded through the generosity of numerous businesses, as well as the parents, friends and families of Marian High School students from throughout Carbon, Schuylkill and Luzerne Counties.

Monday, April 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Robert Brennan, 47, of Nesquehoning, fishes with friends in the Little Schuylkill River in Clamtown during the first regional day of trout season on Saturday. Brennan, who has been blind 9 years, said he is hard to get off his feet. He added, "Like everyone else, I do alot of slipping and sliding." Brennan, called "Fisherman Bob" by friends, stressed his love of fishing, adding that he has fished in over 8 states. Brennan said he supports catch and release and commits himself to cleaning old line and fishing debris from rivers when he can.

Monday, April 1, 2013

The court battle between the Panther Valley school board and member Roy "Mickey" Angst isn't over.

On Thursday, the board, with member Irene Genther opposing and David Hiles absent, voted to ask Carbon County Court Judge Joseph J. Matika to reconsider his March 8 ruling that allows Angst to attend executive sessions, but forbids him to release confidential information.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Kindergarten registration in the Panther Valley School District will be held April 3, 4, and 5, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For a child to be registered for kindergarten, the parent must call the Panther Valley Elementary School and make an appointment. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Registration will be held at the Panther Valley Elementary School, 1 N. Mermon Ave., Nesquehoning.

Monday, April 1, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

At least one person was seriously injured Sunday afternoon when involved in a crash in Towamensing Township. The crash occurred at 2:30 p.m. involving a pickup truck and a car at the intersection of Forest Inn and Stage Coach roads. One person, believed to be the driver of the car, was trapped in the wreckage and freed by members of the Towamensing Township Fire Company of Trachsville. That person was treated at the scene by members of the Palmerton ambulance and Lehighton paramedics before being flown to an area trauma center. State police at Lehighton are investigating the incident.

Monday, April 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Bringing together a large array of art styles, Panther Valley High School art teacher Kim Burkett has partnered with the Tamaqua Community Arts Center to hold an art gallery highlighting some of the art classes she teaches at the school. Over 100 pieces are featured as part of the gallery, being held at the center. Some of which include Intro to Art, Drawing and Painting, Ceramics 101, 3D Design and Graphics and so on. "The hard work is obvious with the quality of work here," said Burkett, who has practiced over 19 years in the art field.