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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

State Rep. Doyle Heffley's Lansford office opened at 10 a.m. today.

The office, at the American Legion at 3 W. Ridge St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Wednesday. The satellite office hours are being held so that "residents will have a local place to go to ask legislative questions and learn about services and programs offered by state government," a press release distributed Tuesday afternoon said.

In addition to his Harrisburg office, Heffley has offices in Lehighton, at 110 N. Third St., and in Albrightsville, at 2681 Route 903, Unit 3.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Ron Kehl of 134 W. Ridge St., pleads with Coaldale council on Tuesday for help in getting the house adjoining his cleaned.

Coaldale council will seek bids to tear down two dilapidated, burned-out houses in the Seek section of the borough, pending their acquisition at a Schuylkill County tax sale. A 75-25 grant program will help pay for the demolition of the homes, at 119-121 and 127 Greenwood St.

In a related move, council also accepted the resignation of part-time code enforcement officer Mark Richards and hired resident Debbie Hatmaker in his place.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Carbon County jury panel of 11 men and one woman found a Luzerne County woman guilty on Tuesday of two of three criminal counts following a one day trial.

Christine M. Sosnak, 42, of Dupont, was found guilty of persistent disorderly conduct and resisting arrest but not guilty of simple assault. A second simple assault count was withdrawn by the Commonwealth at the conclusion of its part of the case.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Meet the Teacher Night will be held at Weatherly Area High School on Wednesday, Sept. 21 beginning at 6 p.m. Parents are invited to attend an opening presentation in the gym and then follow the student schedule. A copy of the class schedule will be available that evening from a PTA representative, located outside the gym doors.

Each teacher will speak on the following: Curriculum, discipline, conferences, subject scheduling, grading, homework, and student expectations. The schedule will allow for about 10 minutes per classroom visit.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Sights like this one in Pine Grove are very common in areas affected by recent floods. Affected Boroughs and townships are also increasing trash pickup and allowing for removal of almost anything.

Torrential, sustained rains struck the northeast last week, dumping inches of water that closed roads, washed out bridges and even swept away homes.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Dr. Douglas Arnold, superintendent of Pleasant Valley School District said he thought the opening week of school went very well.

He commended the staff, students and parents for making the opening as smooth as possible. He also thanked the board of directors for "setting the tone and giving us the tools to make that happen. Sometimes we overlook that the tempo is set here. We're very proud of the way it went."

Susan Kresge, the PVSD board president added that she "I truly believe we have a great team here."

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured donating chicken barbeque and other foods to a local Red Cross volunteer to help feed displaced flood victims in western Schuylkill county is Troy Hartman, President, West Penn Lions Club.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What appeared to be a routine discussion about hiring two part-time police officers for Mahoning Township erupted into a firestorm Monday night that saw Chairman John Wieczorek storm out of the meeting after attempting to adjourn it.

This occurred amid angry accusations by Supervisor Travis Steigerwalt, who claimed Wieczorek was usurping his authority and attempting to shut him out of police committee meetings and manipulating the board.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A position on the Board of Trustees of Lehigh Carbon Community College is open for nomination within the 13 sponsoring districts, which includes Jim Thorpe Area School District. The position is a Candidate At-Large seat. School Board member, Randall Smith, wishes to open this up to persons within the district.

The school board can nominate anyone that lives within the school district. This person does not have to be a board member.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Jim Thorpe Area School Board discussed and voted on personnel and policy issues at Monday evening's meeting.

The board voted unanimously to renew Superintendent Barbara Conway's contract. Conway's contract was renewed for another three years ending in 2015.

"I want to thank the board for your vote of confidence," stated Conway.

The board also discussed graduation policy.