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Friday, May 9, 2014
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Jim Thorpe Lions Club awarded Jim Thorpe Area High School seniors with student of the month awards. From left, George Hiller, Jim Thorpe Lions Club president; Sean Nanovic; Haley Cope; Jasmyn Strohl; Frank Sparacio; and Ron Sheehan, Lions Club youth and education chairman. Missing are Chris Leifholt, Bryce Micciche, Jon Hirschmugl and Kaitlyn Wagner.

On Tuesday evening the Jim Thorpe Lions Club honored the students of the month from Jim Thorpe Area High School. There was a banquet in their honor and they were presented with plaques.

The students of the month are: Chris Leifholt for October, business education; Bryce Micciche for November, physical education; Frank Sparacio for January, music; Jon Hirschmugl for February, art; Kaitlyn Wagner for March, technical education; Sean Nanovic for April, math; Jasmyn Strohl for April, foreign language; and Haley Cope for May, computer technology.

Friday, May 9, 2014

The 2014 Russell "Bups" Ahner Memorial Benefit Baseball Game between the Jim Thorpe Old-timers and Franklin Township Old-timers will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Christman Little League Field in Franklin Township. The bake sale and Chinese auction starts at noon.

Anyone who wants to donate an item for the Chinese auction should do so after 8 a.m. on May 18.

Proceeds will benefit Anastasia Susko of Jim Thorpe.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Meeting for over two hours Thursday night, the Walnutport Borough Council covered a wide array of topics, including the recent appearance of a sinkhole within the borough.

For the first half-hour, Ted Mucellin of The Federal Property Registration Corp., discussed ways in which his company could benefit the borough by helping them find and communicate with banks regarding bank-owned properties in the area.

Friday, May 9, 2014

A new chapter in the continuing dispute between Carbon County Judge John P. Lavelle and the county commissioners over the establishment of salaries for new court employees was written Tuesday morning in Jim Thorpe, when the salary board met for the first time since last week's Supreme Court decision.

Both sides interpreted last week's top court decision differently and Tuesday's salary board votes did little to settle the issue.

Friday, May 9, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two members of the Tamaqua Blue Raider Band, Damian Munoz and Jared Sharpe, participated in the 2014 PMEA District 10 Band Festival, held in February at Blue Mountain Area High School. Munoz and Sharpe, both members of the senior class, were just two of the 850 instrumentalists from a seven-county area in east and east-central Pennsylvania participating in the competitive auditions in December.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Mahoning Township supervisors passed a series of motions Wednesday night to revise sewer plans for a portion of the Summit Ridge subdivision, submit them to DEP and extend the plans by 90 days.

Last December, developer Bill Grant told supervisors he wanted to revise the plans for the upper level of the subdivision, off Route 902, when he attended that meeting to negotiate a new letter of credit. Supervisors learned recently Grant's son has since taken over managing the Summit Ridge project.

Friday, May 9, 2014
KYLE O'BRIEN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mayor Michael Sofranko (center) accepts a check from Jim Thorpe Area Sports Hall of Fame President Jack Kmetz, surrounded by members, from left, Don Herman, Ronald Sheehan, and Wilmer Redline.

The fight to keep Jim Thorpe in his namesake town got a boost during the Jim Thorpe Borough Council meeting Thursday.

Representatives from the Jim Thorpe Area Sports Hall of Fame presented a check to Mayor Michael Sofranko for $7,820 to help the borough in its ongoing lawsuit.

"We have a passion for Jim Thorpe, the guy that's up on 903," said Hall of Fame President Jack Kmetz, who stated that the not-for-profit organization raised the money by soliciting its members over a six-week period late last year.

Friday, May 9, 2014
Bobby O'Gurek, 2006 graduate of Lehigh Carbon Community College, accepts the "Spirit of the Cougar" Award from Dr. Ann Bieber, the college's interim president. At left is trustee Randall Smith.

Lehigh Carbon Community College held its open house program on Thursday night at its new location in the Jim Thorpe Area High School building, welcoming visitors who wanted to take a look at the college's facilities and holding a program in which 2006 alumnus Bobby O'Gurek of Summit Hill was recognized.

O'Gurek, who lives with cerebral palsy, a debilitating disorder of movement, was presented the "Spirit of the Cougar" Award for his perseverance, commitment and ability to overcome adversity.

Friday, May 9, 2014

POTTSVILLE (AP) An appeals court has upheld the life sentence given to a man convicted of fatally beating his neighbor with a cast-iron window weight during a burglary of the victim's eastern Pennsylvania home.

Twenty-year-old Jarvin Huggins of Mahanoy City claims he shouldn't have received a mandatory life prison term for his first-degree murder conviction because he had a "mental age" of only 11 or 12 at the time of the April 2012 crime.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Pennsylvania woman has agreed to plead guilty to stealing more than $520,000 in Social Security checks over the span of 30 years.

Investigators say 71-year-old Susan Stock, of Carlisle, continued cashing the checks following her mother's death in 1983. The Social Security Administration's Office of Inspector General said it discovered the fraud when trying to arrange an interview last year with Stock's mother, who died in April 1983.