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Friday, April 20, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Captain SOAR (a.k.a. Mr. Kris Hoffner, fourth grade teacher) zoomed in to talk with Towamensing Elementary School third and fourth graders at a recent awards assembly. He congratulated the students on their accomplishments and gave the fourth graders a little pep talk about their upcoming PSSA science test. "Always try your best," he told them. He reminded the students how they too can SOAR. SOAR is the schoolwide behavior support policy. "Safety first. The weather is nice and you want to run on the playground but remember to think, safety first.

Friday, April 20, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A man was seriously injured Thursday afternoon when involved in a single vehicle crash along SR895 in East Penn Township. The crash occurred at 12:28 p.m. as he was operating a van east. The victim apparently lost control of the unit swerving to the right berm impacting with a utility pole. The vehicle bounced back onto a lawn where the driver was found lying on the ground next to the van . He was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to an area hospital.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Steven Behr, Principal of the Tamaqua Area School District´s elementary schools, has released the names of students earning honor roll status for the third marking period of the 2011-2012 school year.

This list includes students from the Tamaqua and West Penn Elementary schools.

To be eligible for High Honors, students must earn straight As.

To earn honors, students in grades four through six must earn four As and two Bs, while third grade students must earn three As and one B.

Friday, April 20, 2012

The subdivision plan of Cove Village Association for 108 acres located in East Union Township received approval from the Schuylkill County Planning Commission at its monthly meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville. The action allows Cove Village to annex the land to Eagle Rock Resorts Company's development in the township.

Friday, April 20, 2012

A petition bearing signatures of over 500 taxable residents of eastern Rush Township was filed in Schuylkill County Court today by attorney Frank Allen.

The petition states that the residents desire to be an independent school district in order to remain affiliated with the Tamaqua Area Joint School District, as opposed to a move to form an independent district in the western part of the township which would be a part of the Mahanoy Area jointure.

Friday, April 20, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Marilyn Frable shares interesting presidential food facts with Eldred Township Historical Society.

President Barack Obama loves Planter's Trail Mix.

Did you know that President James Buchanan served a pyramid of a cake, four feet high and cleverly ornamented with a flag bearing the insignia of every state in the Union at a lavish dinner party held in honor of the Prince of Wales?

Which president's wife started the Easter Egg Roll, held the Monday after Easter? If you said, James Madison, you would be right.

President Jimmy Carter served only pretzels and peanuts at his inaugural celebration.

Friday, April 20, 2012

A free luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at Parryville UMC, located at Main and Chestnut streets, in Parryville.

All are welcome.

Friday, April 20, 2012
Natural gas prices are at a 10-year low, currently at under $2 per million BTUs, down from a January 2006 spike of $15 per million BTUs.

Talk about curiosity! When one area resident read this month's PPL electric bill, he was amazed – it had gone down.

Not only had the bottom line gone down – that was understandable due to the warmer temperatures – but in the fine print, he saw that the portion of his bill that covered the cost of generating electricity went down nearly 20 percent, from March's 8.48 cents to April's 6.89 cents per KWH.

Friday, April 20, 2012

A failed attempt by the Republican-controlled Legislative Reapportionment Commission to gerrymander the state House of Representatives seat in Carbon County has resulted in the 122nd Legislative District remaining the same as the 2012 Primary Election nears.