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Thursday, November 21, 2013
High court sides with Mahoning in Packerton project

A Commonwealth Court judge has upheld a January 2013 ruling that denies Carbon County from developing county roads through the former Packerton Yards site in Mahoning Township and Lehighton.

This means that the county may lose nearly $5 million in federal and state funding that has been earmarked for the industrialization of the site.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Saint Joseph Regional Academy, Jim Thorpe, has announced the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2013-2014 school year.

Honor roll

Grade 4

Distinguished honors: Lauren Reaman and David Richards

First honors: Elizabeth Snerr

Second honors: Rhiannon Dempsey and James Sargent

Honorable mention: Rhiannon Brady, Taylor Saba and Ashlyn Klitsch

Grade 5

Distinguished Honors: Mason Fristick, John Malarkey, Sophia Samoleski and Isabella Stianche

First honors: Owen Brady, Madison Moore and Julian Rickert

Thursday, November 21, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Left, Shirley Haydt, a member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) and a PVSD retired teacher, presented three $100 cash education grants to Stacy Meckes, PVE teacher; Dr. Lee Lesisko of PV Cyber Academy; and Michele Herrmann, PVE teacher, to be used for classroom projects.

Thursday, November 21, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area School District Superintendent Scot Engler presents school board director Darlene Yeakel with a certificate of appreciation for her 12 years of service to the board.

A veteran Palmerton Area School Board Director has been lauded for her dedication to the school district.

Superintendent Scot Engler on Tuesday recognized director Darlene Yeakel with a certificate of appreciation for her 12 years of service to the board.

Engler told the audience he was "very happy and thankful" to award the certificate to Yeakel. In turn, Yeakel expressed her appreciation for the certificate.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A free car seat check up will be held from 1-4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at Kovatch, 420 N. First St., Lehighton. The event is sponsored by Carbon County Safe Kids chapter and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Parents are asked to bring the child who uses the car seat to the check up.

A safety specialist will be on hand to make sure the seat has not been recalled, if it is installed correctly in the vehicle and that the child fits properly into the seat.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The West Penn Township Lions Club will sponsor the Seventh Annual West Penn Community Christmas Tree Lighting program. The event will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, at the township annex building. The evening will include cookies, caroling, cocoa and a visit from Santa.

The public is welcome to attend.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Summit Hill Police Chief Joseph Fittos Jr. reminds borough residents the town's winter parking regulations will take effect on Dec. 1 and will be enforced through March 31.

That means all vehicles shall park facing west on East White Street, between Spruce and Pine streets, and all vehicles shall park facing west on West White Street, between Poplar and Coal streets.

From Dec. 15 through March 15, all boats, trailers and campers must be off borough streets.

Fittos said violators will be fined and units positioned illegally will be towed at the owner's expense.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

L.B. Morris Elementary is raising money for Project Prosper.

A yard sale has been planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24, in the school's cafeteria, located at 150 W. 10th St., Jim Thorpe. Fill a bag for $5.

Donations for the sale are currently being accepted. Anyone can drop off items at the school Thursday or Friday at dismissal at 3 p.m.; or curbside in the morning on Friday.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Opening public comments and budget concerns were the main topics of discussion at Monday's Slatington Water/Sewer/Highway Workshop Committee meeting.

Three borough residents spoke, including Carol Gildner, who continued a line of questioning about borough grants that she had begun at last week's borough council meeting.

Gildner asked specifically where a 2014 grant of $84,000 would be applied and also if liquid fuels money came from Harrisburg and for what purposes it was supposed to be used.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sister Regina, principal of Our Lady of the Angels Academy, recently announced the first quarter honor roll. They are as follows:

Effort award

Grade 1: Robert Ellis-Williams, Logan Fisher, Connor Penberth, Connor Rehnert, Caylen Murray, Haley Rivers, Emily Stawiarski.

Grade 2: Stephen Behun IV, Elijah Feisel, Angelo Greek, Aleck Jewells, Dylan Newton, Albin Petschauer, Elsie Heckman, Riley McArdle, Madison Miller.

Grade 3: Joshua Shelton, Laughlin Sieger, Valerie Blasko, Cameron Kehrli, Ryli McGorry.