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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lehighton Area School Board recognized students' achievements at their meeting last evening. LAHS Assistant Principal Craig Reichl brought to the attention of the school board some of the good things that students are doing. nHe introduced Susan Anthony, Shoemaker-Haydt Unit 314 Legion Auxiliary Essay Chairman. She proudly reported that in the four county area of Carbon, Monroe, Northampton, and Schuylkill Counties, LASD has three of the top five winners. These students will now move on to the state competition. Anthony will keep LASD updated.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Fifth grade L.B. Morris Elementary School students Grace Kenna, Mikki Bernhard, Mackenzie Rosenberger, and Tucker Mertz, all front, were named this year's D.A.R.E. essay winners during the D.A.R.E. graduation on Friday morning. With them are, from left, Lt. David Midas of the Carbon County Sheriff's Department; Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joseph Schatz; L.B. Morris Elementary Assistant Principal David McAndrew; and guest speaker, District Magistrate Edward Lewis.

Ninety-nine fifth grade students at L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe pledged to stay drug and violence free during their D.A.R.E. graduation recently.

Students and parents gathered in the gymnasium of the school to celebrate the graduates' accomplishments last Friday. Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joseph Schatz and Lt. David Midas of the Carbon County Sheriff's department, certified D.A.R.E. instructors in the Jim Thorpe Area School District, hosted the program. They both noted that they were honored to be the classes' instructors.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A 41-year old man was seriously injured Monday morning when struck by a car operated by his girlfriend in the Holiday Pocono development in Kidder Township, Carbon County. The incident occurred just before noon at 186 Vineland Drive. Radio reports were the female motorist struck the man in the garage area of the home as she apparently placed the car in the wrong gear. He suffered numerous injuries including a head injury.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The West Penn Fire Company is having a used clothing drive this weekend.

Fire company spokesman Rick Mertz said, "We are accepting clothing, shoes, purses and backpacks, sheets and blankets, comforters, dishes, books, cookware, frames, toys, stuffed animals, and small household items.

All items should be bagged.

Drop-offs are Friday April 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to noon at the fire company.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Three Berks County residents were arrested on Monday following a high speed chase for the armed robbery of a branch bank in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the suspects as Justin Allen Smith, 20, of 325 Miller St., Orlando Luis Veles, 23, of 300 W. Oley St., and Quamaine Irvin Tisdale, 21, of 947 Spruce St., all of Reading.

Troopers said the robbery occurred at the Union Bank & Trust Co. branch office at 300 Pine Brook Place, located along SR61 in West Brunswick Township, just south of Orwigsburg.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS State Sen. John Yudichak (D-14), state Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-122) and state Sen. Dave Argall (R-29) introduced bipartisan legislation to help Pennsylvania voters eliminate the state's outdated and archaic school property tax system. Senate Bill 990 and House Bill 1365 will place four most popular property tax reform initiatives on the ballot in November, determined by the number of co-sponsorships each bill receives. The news conference was held at the Kibler School, a one-room schoolhouse museum near Beltzville State Park.

State Senators Dave Argall (R-29) and John Yudichak (D-14), and Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-122) stood together inside the Kibler School, a one-room schoolhouse museum near Beltzville State Park, on Monday morning to introduce bipartisan legislation to help Pennsylvania voters eliminate the state's outdated and archaic property tax system.

Argall spoke first and said, "We have to find a better way a more fair way to fund our schools."

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS State Representative Doyle Heffley, his daughters, and some of their friends lead the Pledge of Allegiance during the Tax Day/Candidates Night program at Penn's Peak last night. The event was sponsored by the Lehighton 9/12 Project.

In what might have been a first, every candidate for a contested Carbon County row office gathered in the same room last night and was granted a public forum to present his platform.

Tax Day/Candidates Night was presented by the Lehighton 9/12 Project at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

It was the second such event. Last October a debate was staged by Lehighton 9/12 at Penn's Peak for individuals seeking state offices.

The Tax Day/Candidates Night was a bi-partisan event in which both Democrat and Republican parties participated.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lehighton Borough Council on Monday agreed, at the request of the borough fire department, to authorize an environmental impact study to keep plans for expanding the fire station moving along.

The fire company will pay the $12,000 cost of the study.

Fire Chief Jack Kuller was attending another meeting and was unable to be at the public council meeting.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe's Memorial Park was the scene of the annual CYO Easter egg hunt which is sponsored by the Saint Joseph CYO and held every year on Palm Sunday. The Easter egg hunt, now in its 15th year, was attended by hundreds of children and their parents. The excited youngsters swarmed the park grounds to recover an estimated 3,000 colorful eggs that were scattered about. Most of the plastic Easter eggs contained candy, while some contained tickets for toy prizes and a few golden eggs were good for a $5 prize. After the egg hunt, everyone was treated to hot dogs and soda courtesy of the St.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

And they're off! Children scramble to collect eggs as part of the egg hunt in the Palmerton Borough park on Sunday. Numerous prizes were given out at the event, which is sponsored by the Palmerton Exchange Club and run by Bob and Nancy Thompson.