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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Lisa Mace, principal of Panther Valley Middle School, has announced the honor roll for the fourth marking period.

Distinguished

honors

Sixth grade: Charles Byers, Jenna Dubosky, Jessica Markovich, Megan Pascoe, Jaden Politi, Gianna Steber, Stilitino, Brandon, Raelynn Swan

Seventh grade: Natalie Arner, Amanda Fegley, Rachelle Filer, Kyle Rusnak, Alexa Ruzicka, Jordan Serina, Brittany Stewart, Rachel Strohl, Erica Tout, Caroline Velez

Eighth grade: Sarah Markovich, Brandon Velez

Honor roll

Thursday, July 3, 2014

HARRISBURG (AP) Pennsylvania House Republican leaders lost battles on public pension legislation backed by Gov. Tom Corbett and a Philadelphia public schools bill on Wednesday as they tried to salvage a successful end to a rocky spring session before it dragged farther into summer.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Schuylkill Conservation District employee was fired for gross misconduct Wednesday in the wake of an ongoing investigation into the embezzlement of at least $200,000 from the organization.

Commissioners voted unanimously to terminate fiscal technician Virginia Kunigonis of Pottsville, who earned $19.13 an hour.

No charges had been filed against Kunigonis as of early Thursday, but District Attorney Christine Holman said she expects that to happen.

Thursday, July 3, 2014
Brian Steigerwalt

Brian and Jessica Steigerwalt show off their seasonal red, white and blue decorations at 236 W. Railroad St. in Nesquehoning.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A naturalist from Tuscarora State Park will lead a hike at Roaring Creek Watershed, which is north of Mount Carmel, starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The hike is eight miles in length and moderate to difficult. The loop passes by two large reservoirs.

Those planning to participate are asked to meet at the Roaring Creek parking lot off Route 42 below Aristes.

Call Robin Tracey at 570-467-2506 or register online at dcnr.pa.gov under the calendar of events for Tuscarora State Park.

Thursday, July 3, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Representatives from area nonprofits serving Monroe County surround the Jordan Family in appreciation for the monies awarded by the Dr. Claus E. Jordan Endowment Fund. The fund supports innovated health outreach programs in Monroe County and is overseen by the Pocono Health Foundation. Seated, from left, Tara Borrel, Women's Resources; Michael Jordan; Barbara Jordan; Wills Jordan; Sharon Taylor, PATH; and Michelle Herrigel, Devereux. Standing, Carol Anderson, Women's Resources; Michelle Wichman, National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Major James Gingrich, Salvation Army; Susan Fold, Development Education Services; Matt Rumph, YMCA; Kristen Laga, Devereux; Tim Lee, Pocono Services for Families & Children; Erica Velander, Youth Infusion Inc.; and Maria Schramm, Pocono Alliance Inc.

Pocono Health Foundation recently awarded over $70,000 to various community organizations and students. The presentation of these awards was part of the foundation's 22nd annual grant reception, which was held at the Hughes Cancer Center at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg.

Thursday, July 3, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Eldred Township supervisors voted to acquire Eldred Elementary School.

While the Eldred Township supervisors, in a 2-1 vote, approved acquiring the Eldred Elementary School for $1 from the Pleasant Valley School District, some residents still remain skeptical about the purchase.

Bill Walters asked if the supervisors were willing to place a financial burden on the residents to accomplish their personal wishes and goals, agreeing that opportunity knocked on the door with acquiring the 5-plus acres to adjoin the township building.

"But keep in mind, the value of a commercial use of land is location, location, location," he said.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Carbon County judges conducted parole/probation revocation hearings on petitions filed by the county adult probation office against defendants currently on supervision who violated the conditions of their release.

Hearings were held for the following:

Thursday, July 3, 2014
Gail Maholick/SPECIAL TO THE Times News Two students were recipients of scholarship from the Lehighton Masonic Lodge No. 621. From left are, front row, Mike, Arissa and Justine Snyder and Judy, Emily and David Mantz; and back row, Jim Walp, chairman of the Scholarship Committee; Pierce Wagner, Senior Warden; Richard Tower; Patrick M. Totaro, Worshipful Master; Keith Billig; and Lamont Lavan, Junior Warden. Members of the scholarship committee are Billig, Tower and Gordon Ripkey.

Two students were recipients of $500 scholarships from Lehighton Masonic Lodge No. 621.

Recipients are Arissa Snyder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Snyder of Palmerton, and Emily Mantz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Mantz of Lehighton.

Arissa will be attending Penn State University studying for a nursing degree. She plans to have a career in physical therapy or as a nurse practitioner.

Emily pLans to attend Kutztown College, where she will be studying art education and possibly special education.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sherry Sernak, principal of SS. Peter & Paul School in Lehighton, has announced the names of the students who have qualified for the honor roll in the fourth quarter of the 2013-2014 school year.

Principal's list

Students must have a 95 or above in all major subjects and an S or above in all other subjects and conduct.

Katherine Aaron, Megan Aaron, Julia Jachowicz

First honors

Students must have a 90 or above in all major subjects and an S or above in all other subjects and conduct.