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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

St. Jerome's Regional School has released its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2013-2014 school year. To earn distinguished honors, students must maintain a 95 or above in all subjects, with a G in conduct and effort. For first honors, students must earn a 93 average or above with no mark lower than 90, and a G in conduct and effort. Second honors are awarded to students earning a 90 average or above with no mark lower than 86, and a G in conduct and effort.

Distinguished honors

Seventh grade: Zachary Boyer, Courtney Rodick

Fifth grade: Christina Walko

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Today's roads are a mess wet, icy, snow covered, all depending on the minute and the road you are traveling.

When we asked our friends on Facebook who had to go to work today, we had several people chime in:

Scott D. Strohl, safety engineer at the Allentown Arena project, "I do."

Jason Roeder of Lehighton, said, "Lehighton Advance Auto will be open."

Sue Koput added, "Square One Markets will be open."

Kym Ketchum said she will be working. "Hospitals don't close."

Lisa Johnson agreed, "Health care workers work 24/7."

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The history of anthracite coal mining is also a history of its railroads, an industry that has left many an unintentional monument of a greater past.

The Lofty Tunnel, which travels beneath Interstate 81 near the village of Lofty in Kline Township, was abandoned 38 years ago. Its railroad tracks were removed shortly thereafter.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The warm weather Lehigh Valley motorists may be yearning for also promises significant road-work headaches during the 2014 construction season.

The tiresome Route 22 MacArthur Road interchange reconstruction should be completed this spring, and a similar reconfiguration of the Fullerton Avenue interchange to the east won't get started until next year, the latest transportation plans show.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Lehighton Borough residents are being asked to conserve their water usage since the borough is now facing a serious water shortage, according to Clinton Williams, superintendent of the Lehighton Water Authority.

Williams told the TIMES NEWS this morning that several main water line breaks in the past few weeks plus the fact that the community's residents are running their water to avoid private water lines from freezing has caused a great concern for the water authority.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Principals in the Pleasant Valley School District say the district's lack of substitutes for both teachers and support staff present a staffing challenge in their buildings.

But administrators are working on ways to expand the pool of available substitutes. School board members recently asked the district's principals to describe how they are affected by the lack of substitutes.

Principals at all levels said it's not an everyday problem, but that it affects each school.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Summit Hill Borough Council met in special session Tuesday night to discuss several issues related to winter road maintenance.

They include:

The winter ordinance is being amended to say private firms will not be permitted to plow borough streets and residents will not be permitted to toss snow into the street.

The Water Authority indicated it no longer wants to help the borough plow the streets.

The police department said it has been enforcing winter parking rules and will continue to ticket violators. Repeat violators can be hit with graduated fines.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Engler

Palmerton Area School District's superintendent has received a new three-year contract.

On an 8-0 vote, the school board agreed on Tuesday to approve the contract for Superintendent Scot Engler, effective Jan. 21, 2014, through Jan. 20, 2017. Director Barry Scherer was absent.

As per the terms of his contract, Engler will be paid $111,000 in the 2013-14 school year. He will then receive salary increases ranging from 1.5- to 2-percent over the course of the contract.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley High School has selected the top students as their representatives for the Students of the Month for September and October. The students are seated, from left, Brook Turner (September, 11th grade); Kelsey Van Horn (September, 10th grade); and Ruby Stewart (October, 10th grade). Standing are Jake Szezecina (September, 12th grade) and Brendan Morgans (October, ninth grade). Each student received a gift card for their accomplishment. Not pictured are Olivia Mathewson, who has since moved; Marley Mikovich and Macey Markovich.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A 30/30 Mini-Winter Challenge event will be held at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, 8844 Paint Mill Road, Slatington, at 10 a.m. Saturday.

There will be an L.L. Bean snowshoeing demonstration, a nature hike and a live animal presentation by the Wildlands Conservancy.

Those planning to participate are encourage to RSVP by calling St. Luke's InfoLink toll free at 1-866-STLUKES to register.

For information visit www.tailonthetrail.org and click "events."