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Friday, June 17, 2011
Victor Izzo/special to the times news

With this year marking the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, it's only fitting that the Carbon County Civil War Monument, located in Hazard Square in downtown Jim Thorpe next to the County Courthouse, is prepared for the occasion. Here, workmen repaint stonework on the base of the statue, which honors "the Brave Defenders of the Union from the County of Carbon."

Friday, June 17, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Times News Honored students include, from front left, Cassidy Taras, Mady Coccio, Alyssa Campomizzi, Isaiah Kupchinsky, Christine Deshay, Emma Koch, and Aaron Wargula. Pictured from back left are TASD Superintendent Carol Makuta, teachers Tim Gombar, Vicki Feliciano, Megan Ingraham and elementary Principal Steven Behr.

The Tamaqua Area School District's elementary schools met for their annual achievement luncheon for fifth grade students on May 17 at the La Dolce Casa Restaurant in Tamaqua.

The luncheon featured the presentation of the President's Academic Achievement Awards, which are presented to fourth and fifth grade students who achieve a 90 or better grade point average.

Receiving awards were:

Friday, June 17, 2011

State Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) has introduced legislation to study the costs to Commonwealth agencies that provide social services and public assistance to illegal immigrants residing in Pennsylvania.

Friday, June 17, 2011
Al Zagofsky/special to the times news

At the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, Laurie Holland paints a column at the entranceway and Mike McGinley applies gold paint to a rosette on the canopy during the refinishing of the 1882 building by the Mauch Chunk Historical Society supported, in part, with a grant from the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

Friday, June 17, 2011
Michael A. Heery/special to the times news

Reading awards were recently presented to Shull-David Elementary School students who acquired the most points in their respective grade level for the Accelerated Reader (AR) Program. Left to right are reading award recipients Taylor Bjorkman, first grade; Richard Fronheiser, second grade; Brett Gasker, third grade; and Lucas Hoffner, fourth grade.

Friday, June 17, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Middle School has announced their selection for the May Students of the Month. This is the final selection for the year. Each received a certificate, gft card, and picture. From the left are sixth grader Jocilyn Steigerwalt, seventh grade Matthew Hudicka, eighth grade Taylor Vance.

Friday, June 17, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Students at Panther Valley Elementary School enjoyed their annual Fun Day at the school. Here some of the children climb aboard an inflatable game. Another highlight was the tossing of balls to knock down the teachers into the water.

Friday, June 17, 2011
Heather Bacsick/special to the times news The Lauretta Woodson Recognition Award recipients, Hal Resh (far left) and Elizabeth Schlecht (far right) stand with Lee Getz (center) of the Carbon County, Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR). Getz presented the awards on behalf of PASR.

Two faculty members of Carbon Career and Technical Institute – Hal Resh, Auto Service and Technology Instructor and Elizabeth Schlecht, Instructional Aid – received The Lauretta Woodson Recognition Award at Thursday evenings Joint Operation Committee meeting.

The awards were presented on behalf of the Carbon County, Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR), by member Lee Getz.

Getz awarded Resh and Schlecht with a certificate, medallion, and lapel pin. He also spoke about how they achieved the recognition.

Friday, June 17, 2011
South Tamaqua incident  draws rapid response

A West Penn Township man was detained late Thursday afternoon after an incident involving police from numerous departments in Schuylkill and Carbon counties.

The man, identified as James Barron, was reportedly distraught over a financial dispute with a close relative.

The incident began just before 4 p.m. when it was reported a man was armed with a rifle at his home along Franklin Drive, located across SR443 at the Leiby's intersection in the village of South Tamaqua.

Friday, June 17, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Several Tamaqua Area High School students successfully completed the YES course offered by the Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Council and were recognized at a breakfast held last week at the Pottsville Club. The Your Employability Skills (YES) certification program is designed to bridge the worlds of education and work by developing and enhancing basic job skills sought by managers in all business/industry fields.