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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Panther Valley School District administrators are doing their best to keep middle school students under control at bus stops.

But Coaldale residents have had such bad experiences that they still don't want the kids waiting for the school bus in front of their homes or businesses.

At a public meeting Tuesday, borough business owner Maury Rutch asked council to not have a bus stop in front of his business on East Phillips Street.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Following in the footsteps of the St. Clair school directors, Panther Valley School Board member Manny Roman strongly recommended at a meeting of the directorate, that all school district employees be required to be tested for drug and alcohol use. Roman had high praise for the action taken by the St. Clair board earlier this week and stated that he feels drug and alcohol tests should be discussed during future contract negotiations. Roman said members of the school board should also submit to the tests. No action was taken.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The new sewer needs assessment survey for areas of West Penn Township and Walker Township have been completed, revealing that the call for a large public sewer option for the Act 537 plan may no longer be necessary.

The project had been previously estimated to cost $11.5 million, but the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) felt that because the data from the first survey was nearly a decade old, a new one should be done.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
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Several persons were injured late Saturday night, one seriously in a single vehicle crash along SR443 in West Penn township. The crash occurred shortly after 10 p.m. but first responders were hampered in locating the accident scene due to the fact the injured did not know their whereabouts plus there was a language barrier in their reporting the incident to the Schuylkill County Communications Center. Emergency personnel did find the scene several hundred yards east of the intersection with Archery Club road.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Lehigh Gap Nature Center will open its speakers' series on Sept. 16 with a program on "Mountain Lions and Other Seldom Seen Creatures of Pennsylvania." It will be at 4 p.m. . There is no charge.

The presenter will be Gene Odato, a forester with 37 years of experience. He currently serves as district forester at the Tuscarora State Forest District. He has a bachelor's degree from Penn State University.

Come hear what might be in your back yard.

Act 48 credit is available for teachers who attend a minimum number of programs and complete a curriculum project.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

William Cohen, owner of Cohen's Department Store in Lehighton, has very generously given $3,500 to the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital Building Fund in the name of himself, his wife, Minnie Cohen, and his son, Samuel Cohen. Also, William Peters, Peter Gatanis, and Tony Aslanis, operating the Keystone Restaurant in Lehighton, pledged a $2,000 memorial in the new building.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Pictured at the National 9/11 Memorial is the North Pool, one of two 30-foot deep reflecting pools, with cascading waterfalls set within the one-acre footprints of the original twin towers.

Even though 11 years have past since the tragic actions of Sept. 11, 2001, most of us can't forget the tragic events that occurred that Tuesday morning.

New York resident Marijo O'Grady, MD, who spent time on Sunday visiting the World Trade Center Memorial, witnessed both planes crash into the towers.

"While at work, I heard a loud noise outside the window," said O'Grady, who works on the ninth floor of an office building located next to the trade center towers. "The next thing I saw was a big fire ball."

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A Lansford man was sentenced to a state prison term in Carbon County court after pleading guilty to burglary and theft charges. He was one of several defendants who were scheduled for trial this week in the county court to enter guilty pleas.

Lansford incident

David A. Kovich, 28, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve 18 to 36 months in a state correctional institution on the burglary count and six to 24 months on a theft charge, with the terms running concurrently. In addition the jail term will be followed by one year probation.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A five-year contract covering two unionized employees was approved last night by Summit Hill Borough Council.

The pact affects the two work force employees. It calls for a two percent wage increase per year and offers New Year's Eve as a paid holiday.

It also raises disability pay to $400 per week, from the present amount of $300 per week. Jesse Walck, a member of the council, said this increase costs the borough only $140 per year for the combined employees.

The two workers are represented by the Teamsters Union.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Big Creek Grange. Livestock projects only.

The 4-H program is open to youth between 8-19 as of Jan. 1, 2012. 4-H is a youth program of the Penn State University. PSU does not discriminate against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.