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Saturday, August 9, 2014

A taxpayer group plans to rally Monday night before a scheduled Lehighton Area School District workshop.

According to Superintendent Jonathan Cleaver, the workshop will feature updates on a proposed $32.5 million, 140,000-square-foot elementary center planned for school district property behind the varsity softball field.

According to Cleaver, the proposed cost of building a new school versus renovating Mahoning, East Penn, Franklin and Shull-David elementary schools, all built in the 1950s, is identical.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

How to save money on insurance:

1. Ask about discounts. Was your home built to high building codes? Does your house have safety improvements? You may qualify for discounts that you're not even aware of.

2. Mix and match. When it comes to health insurance, it may be smarter to have an individual plan for a child than to include him or her in a family plan. It depends on whether someone needs more care than others.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Nearly four years to the day of the original dedication of Pocono Raceway's solar farm, the total amount of energy produced by the 25-acre facility reached the 15,000,000 kilowatt-hour mark.

"The Tricky Triangle's" solar installation consists of 39,960 American-made photovoltaic modules, or solar panels, which will produce an estimated 72 million kwh of energy over the next 20 years.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Volunteers are needed to help clean up the area of Little Schuylkill River in Tamaqua today. Anyone willing to help should report to the Boyer's parking lot by 11 a.m.

Supplies will be provided.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

HARRISBURG State Treasurer Rob McCord reported that the Pennsylvania 529 College Savings Program marked a strong, record-setting fiscal year in terms of number of accounts and total assets.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett hasn't had a great August, with Democratic nominee Tom Wolf's campaign pounding him with criticisms about a high-paid adviser who has come under scrutiny and a report that the governor met with campaign aides in his public office.

It's been the type of rocky month that even a poll showing Corbett trailing Wolf by 12 points amounts to good news for the incumbent.

It sounds strange, but we'll explain as we take a look back at this week.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Don't look now, but summer is almost over.

Why not preserve scenes of summer with photos?

Submit your photos of people or pets enjoying summer weather or scenes of summer to tnonline.com and we'll enter your name in a drawing for a family pack of four Lehigh Valley IronPigs tickets for the Saturday, Aug. 16, game.

The Pigs will play the Buffalo Bisons at 6:35 p.m. at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. Here's a bonus: It's Pirate and Princess Night with pillowcase giveaways and there will be fireworks after the game.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Electronics recycling in the borough of Summit Hill will take place on Wednesday. Items must be out at the curb the night before.

Included in the event are: televisions, computers, keyboards, monitors, etc. All televisions must be in one piece with no parts removed or they will not be taken.

This will be a curbside pickup for Summit Hill residents only.

Saturday, August 9, 2014
JORDAN REABOLD/TIMES NEWS The staff of Mark Sverchek Agency in Summit Hill strives for commendable customer service. From left, Jonathan Vermillion, associate agent; Michele Smith, sales and service representative; and Mark Sverchek, agency owner.

For the past 15 years, Mark Sverchek Agency in Summit Hill has been owned and operated by Sverchek, who has developed the business to be as customer-friendly as possible.

The business, which began as an in-home Nationwide Insurance agency, was first owned by Wilbur Derby, a schoolteacher from Summit Hill.

It was not until the agency changed hands from Derby to his nephew, Robert Forrest, that a building was designated as the office, which is the current location on West Ludlow Street.

When Forrest retired in 1999, he mentioned the opening to his friend, Mark Sverchek.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Carbon County's chief prosecutor may be retiring at the end of the month, but he will still be prosecuting cases for the county for months to come.

On Thursday, the Carbon County Salary Board established the position of a special assistant district attorney, which will take effect Sept. 1. That position, which is an unpaid position, will be filled by retiring District Attorney Gary Dobias.