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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Much like its contemporaries across the state, Palmerton Area School District has had to alter the remainder of its school calendar.

The school board approved revisions Tuesday to the district's 2013-14 school calendar.

Superintendent Scot Engler announced that March 31 will be a snow make-up day, while the tentative last day for classes is June 17.

In other business, the board:

Ÿ Accepted the single audit report dated June 30, 2013, as presented.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ian Niles Thrasher, 37, of Tamaqua, appeared before Judge Joseph Matika in Carbon County Court Tuesday and pleaded guilty to one count of theft, as a felony three.

He was charged by Summit Hill police with removing a safe from the home of Ralph Parsons, of 6 E. Hazard St., and taking the contents, which included money and other valuable items.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A man and a woman from Palmerton will serve time in Northampton County Prison after they were caught making meth in a car.

Richard E. Walterick III, 30, on Tuesday received a nine-to-18-month sentence after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to operate a meth lab. His co-defendant, Emily A. Fatzinger, 22, received six to 23 months in jail after she admitted to the same conspiracy charge in a separate hearing.

According to court documents:

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS As the sign on this snowman in Lehighton indicates, spring can't quite come soon enough for many.

Your driveway looks like a snow sculpture version of the Grand Canyon. You've actually worn out your snow shovel.

You canceled your summer vacation trip because after missing so many days of school, your children may be in class until midsummer. You yearn to hear the phrase, "It's not the heat. It's the humidity."

This morning freezing rain and then snow in the Tamaqua area contributed to five crashes all at the same time.

When will it all end?

Let's turn to that generations-old trusted companion, "The Old Farmer's Almanac."

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Palmerton Area High School's principal, Paula Husar, announces the high honors and honor roll.

High honors

A 3.75-4.00+ GPA in all subjects.

Seniors: Ty Achtermann, Jenna Creed, Jordan Cressman, Jessica Debski, Joshua Evans, Nicholas Frey, Brittany Fronheiser, Ashley Kraftician, Garrett Krome, Jeremy Long, Alexandria Mammarello, Anthony McCoy, Andrew Nosti, Samantha Polowczuk, Gabriel Scott, Arissa Snyder, Dakota Strohl, Benjamin Winn, Alison Young.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

While far from polished, Palmerton Area School District's 2014-15 spending plan calls for a 2.8 percent increase in property taxes.

The school board, on an 8-0 vote, approved next year's proposed $28,698,457 budget, which would result in a 1.44-mill increase. Director Charles Gildner was absent.

Should the board grant final adoption to the budget under those terms, the property tax rate would be raised from 51.44 to 52.88 mills.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

An elderly Nesquehoning man faces additional charges stemming from a Feb. 8 incident at a supermarket in the borough.

Police charged John Barna, 81, with stalking, harassment, simple assault, and retaliation against a witness or victim.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Officer Timothy Wuttke, here's what happened:

On Sunday, Feb. 9, Wuttke was to file a harassment complaint stemming from an incident the previous day at Redner's Warehouse Market. The incident involved Barna, and borough Police Chief Sean Smith, who was off-duty, and his wife, Sue.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Palmerton Area School District will hold kindergarten registration for the 2014-2015 school year Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 24-26.

Registrations will take place in the district office, located on the third floor of Parkside Education Center, 680 Fourth St., Palmerton.

Those registering are asked to schedule an appointment to register a child by calling Kimberly Ottinger at 610-826-7101 ext. 5023.

Appointment times will be scheduled 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Coaldale police officers need new bulletproof vests, stun guns and rounds of ammunition so that officers have enough to requalify at a range.

They need classes to get recertified for CPR and other first aid skills.

Coaldale council's police committee discussed refreshing gear and training for police officers Tuesday night, but stopped short of saying they'd recommend bringing the officers back as full-time employees.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A trailer-load of broken glass was spilled for about three miles across all four lanes of Route 248 early this morning between Franklin Township and Bowmanstown, closing the highway for nearly six hours.

The incident was reported at about 12:25 a.m. State police at Lehighton barracks said at some parts of the highway in Bowmanstown, the glass fragments were up to an inch deep.