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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS David Knittle of Lansford with the 9 mm handgun he used to scare off two men who had pushed their way into the house next door to his, where his teenage grandson was home alone.

At 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, retired truck driver Dave Knittle was watching television in the front room of his Lansford home. Less than half an hour later, the two intruders who had pushed their way into the neighboring house where his 16-year-old grandson was home alone, were staring down the barrel of Knittle's 9 mm handgun.

"I didn't do anything any other grandfather wouldn't have done," Knittle said Monday.

The 9 mm handgun is one of several he owns. Knittle, who has a license to carry permit, bought the gun less than a year ago.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Debate over a proposed elementary center continued Monday evening at the Lehighton Area School District Building Committee Workshop meeting.

At issue is whether to construct a new elementary center at the high school/administration building campus or renovate the four existing elementary school buildings.

"I like our four elementary schools. Sending our elementary students to a complex is like sending them to a university," said school board director Rocky Ahner. "I don't see the numbers to change my mind."

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Attention Lehighton Area School District residents: What do you think about the proposed plans to build a new elementary center or renovate the four existing schools?

Tell us in a letter to the editor. Submit a letter at or mail a letter to the editor at Times News, 594 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive West, Lehighton, Pa. 18235. Letters received by noon Monday, March 17, will be featured in the Saturday, March 22, edition.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Panther Valley School District may lose $200,000 it invested in a now bankrupt savings and loan association because it failed to secure collateral on the funds, according to an audit report released by Auditor General Don Bailey.

The report, covering the Carbon County district's 1985 and 1986 fiscal years, contained three findings of deficiency and one audit observation.

Bailey said that on June 3, 1986, the district's business manager invested $200,000 from the capital reserve fund with Sun Savings and Loan Association of California.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

After a few more tweaks, semantics adjustments and additions, Tamaqua's Planning Commission is ready to send a draft of the Eastern Schuylkill Planning Commission to Tamaqua Borough Council for approval.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee President Frank Potoczak (standing), of Red Castle Brewery and Castle Grill, discusses plans for this year's 16th annual Bike Night with members of Lehighton Borough Council at a special meeting on Monday. Seated next to Potoczak is Lehighton Bike Night Committee member Ty Poole, of Boat Yard Bar and Grill.

For the first time in its history, Lehighton's annual Bike Night will be held in a different location in the borough.

Organizers of the widely popular event met with borough council at a special meeting on Monday to discuss the change in location.

Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee President Frank Potoczak, of Red Castle Brewery and Castle Grill, and Lehighton Bike Night Committee member Ty Poole, of Boat Yard Bar and Grill, openly discussed their intentions for this year's event.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lehighton school board directors and tax payers voiced opinions Monday about school board director Rocky Ahner's presentation about renovating the four elementary school buildings instead of building a new school.

School board President Gloria Bowman said, "I am voicing my opinion as an educator, taxpayer and elected official. This board has given courtesy to the floor much respect and I would ask that respect is given to each one of us also."

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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The proposed Lehighton Elementary Center is shown in an artist's rendering.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Miss Hannigan, (Hayley Blanding), right, berates Little Orphan Annie (Rebecca Anglemyer), left, in the Pleasant Valley High School's upcoming presentation of "Annie."

Pleasant Valley High School will be performing the delightful Broadway musical, "Annie," directed by Dan and Marcie Mulligan at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Faced with a $1 million shortfall, Northern Lehigh School District could raise taxes by 2.8 percent in the 2014-15 school year.

Sherri Molitoris, co-director of business affairs/human resources, informed the school board on Monday that the shortfall already has the proposed increase built in.

Molitoris said the district is set to see about a $600,000 increase in the Public School Employees Retirement System.

However, Molitoris noted that next year's spending plan "is still a working document."