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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
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area High School senior Kelsey Binder, center, was  recently honored with the Women's Club of Lehighton's annual  student art award. With her are teacher Michael Reenock and her father Jason Binder.

The Women's Club of Lehighton honored Kelsey Binder, 18, with its annual student art award during its annual Spring Tea at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lehighton.

The award is presented to a senior female art student at Lehighton Area High School and includes a $100 college scholarship.

Binder was nominated by Lehighton Area High School art teacher Michael Reenock.

Friday, May 9, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A long-standing tradition at Marian Catholic High School, honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary, was held May 1 with a May procession and the Crowning of the Blessed Virgin's likeness. Pictured are May Queen Cassidy DeCosmo, second from left, and the May Court: Nicholas Hopect, Ryan Darrough, Tara Koskulitz, Monica Wasik, Kyle Stanek, Lindsay Nemeth, Lukas Damian, Stephanie Betterly and Nicholas Menighan.

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.