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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The possibility of an elementary center came up at the Lehighton Area School Distrist Building Committee Workshop meeting Monday night.

Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver began the presentation by explaining that this idea grew out of discussions at some of the local elementary schools PTO meetings.

"This is very preliminary at this point," Cleaver said. "It's for discussion only this evening, but it is definitely something to look at."

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Panther Valley School District is planning to adopt guidelines regarding sanctioning booster clubs.

The action comes after it was reported that last year, there was a collection of funds occurring under false pretenses.

"In the last year, a person was going out selling tickets under our name," said Rosemary Porembo, superintendent of schools. "We had to contact the police."

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

File for divorce

Terry R. Boyer, 409 Blue Mountain Drive, New Ringgold, filed suit for divorce from Mary Boyer, 94 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe. They were married Aug. 2, 1985.

Elizabeth A. Mihalick, 1420 Center St., Mahanoy City, started a divorce action against Bernard C. Mihalick, 120 Pitt St., Tamaqua. They were married June 29, 1985.

Robert A. Musch, 22 Washington St., Tamaqua, started a divorce action against Bonnie J. Musch, 304 W. Cottage Ave., Tamaqua. They were married July 29, 2000.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Carol Boyce

A recent Palmerton Area School District superintendent has been appointed to the head post at a school district in Susquehanna County.

Carol Boyce, who served as PASD superintendent for five years, on Monday was named superintendent of schools in the Montrose Area School District.

Boyce is set to begin her tenure there effective Feb. 3, under the terms of a three-year contract, with a starting salary of $120,000.

Montrose is a small, rural school district located in northwestern Susquehanna County.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Veteran Northern Lehigh School Board Director Mathias Green, left, accepts a Pennsylvania School Board Association School Board Service Award from board President Edward Hartman on Monday.

If Northern Lehigh School District chooses to raise the property tax rate next year, it will not be above the mandated state index.

On an 8-0 vote, the school board on Monday approved the Act 1 Tax Levy Resolution, which essentially states that the district may raise taxes up to the 2.8-percent index in the 2014-15 school year. Director Gary Fedorcha was absent.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua High School Cheerleading Squad sponsored a number of "Pink Out" events during the 2013 fall sports season. With the help of fellow students, faculty, family and friends, the squad raised $2,200 in October for St. Luke's University Hospital Cancer Centers. A check was presented to St. Luke's representatives on Tuesday. On hand for the presentation were, front from left, Missy Hess, cheerleading coach; and Robyn Plesniarski, supervisor of Radiation Oncology, St.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Reaction was mixed Monday night to the concept of an elementary center at the Lehighton.

"Obviously, there are pros and cons to each concept (elementary center versus four individual elementary buildings)," said Suzanne Howland, principal of East Penn and Franklin Elementary Schools. "Each current elementary building is unique and different."

Aaron Sebelin, principal of Mahoning and Shull-David Elementary Schools, agreed. "Each building has its own 'small school feel,'" he said.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Deeds recorded

Bowmanstown

HSBC Bank, U.S.A., N.A., to Robert Jandura, Greenwood Lake, N.Y., property at 724 Pine St., $60,299.

Franklin Township

Sheriff of Carbon County to Federal National Mortgage Association, Philadelphia, property at 31 Acorn Drive, $1.

Kidder Township

Gary A. Cooper to Robert V. Koble, Box 57A, White Haven R.1, property along River Road, White Haven, $70,000.

Wayne l. Hockersmith to Jeffrey L. Hockersmith, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., property along Skyline Drive, Lake Harmony, $1.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Tamaqua man was among several people hired by the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board when it met Monday at the Maple Campus in Norwegian Township.

James Gurcsik was hired as the culinary arts instructor at a salary of $40,232 per year under the collective bargaining agreement.

Others hired were:

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
bob ford/times news A bird flies above a shrouded Saint Joseph Church in Jim Thorpe Tuesday afternoon.

The area was shrouded in fog Tuesday and the haze continued this morning.

The fog, combined with icy glazed roads brought road crews out this morning. Area schools decided to play it safe with two-hour delays.

According to the National Weather Service, visibility was reduced to one-quarter mile or less. The fog alert continued through mid-day.

Tonight, there's a chance of snow showers.