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Friday, November 14, 2014

Marian Catholic High School in Hometown has released the names of students earning honor roll status for the first semester of the 2014-2015 school year. To be eligible for distinguished honors, a student must earn 93 percent or better in all major subjects. First honors is awarded to those students who earn a 90 grade point average, with no grade lower than an 87, while an 85 or better grade point average, with no grade below an 82, is needed for second honors.

Distinguished Honors

Juniors - Connor Dodson, Deaynna Koskulitz, Kaitlin Kowker;

Friday, November 14, 2014

Weatherly Area High School Principal Stuart Tripler has released the Honor Roll for the first marking period.

Principal's honor roll: Students must achieve a 95 average or better with no grade below 90.

Freshmen: Zoe Downs, Marie Gunderman, Joel Hinkle, Julia Hinkle, Huntyr Kephart, Alan Knepper Jr., Samantha Knepper, Victoria Luckwaldt, Jessica McKee

Sophomores: Chance Brewer, Haley Brown, Samantha DeSpirito, Morgan Gower, Hayli Heister, John Hinkle III, Joelene Hunsinger, Evan Kunkle, Christopher MacNeal, Gabrielle Obert, Autumn Shoener, Dana Weiss

Friday, November 14, 2014

Palmerton Area School District announced early dismissal times and closing for the Thanksgiviing Day holiday.

Early dismissals will occur on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Nov. 24, 25, and 26, which will affect bus schedules. Secondary students (7-12) dismissal at 11 a.m; and elementary students (K-6) 11:45 a.m. All a.m. and p.m. kindergarten students will attend the a.m. session. Early dismissal day schedule for kindergarten students, 8:30-11:45 a.m.

Schools will be closed for the holiday on Thursday, Friday, and Monday, Nov. 27, 28, and Dec. 1.

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Lehighton AMVETS Post 314 will hold their monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lehighton VFW Post on South Street.

Friday, November 14, 2014

High School football games in The Times News area have gone by the wayside some time ago.

So if you're looking for something to do before sitting down for that Thanksgiving meal, the first ever Bo Tkach Foundation 5K Turkey Trot will be held on Thanksgiving morning in Palmerton.

The race will begin promptly at 9 a.m. at The Palmerton Park with registration being held from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m.

Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome.

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Jim Thorpe man is being sought in connection with a home break-in and the theft of vehicles.

State police at Lehighton are looking for Avery Marshal Ziegenfus, 20.

Troopers said he is being sought in connection with the entry to the home of Vera T. Schaffer, 90, of 416 White St., Bowmanstown, that occurred sometime between 11 a.m. on Wednesday and 7 a.m. on Thursday.

Troopers said Ziegenus entered the home by kicking in the basement door. Once inside he removed the victim's purse, a Smith & Wesson revolver, and cash.

Friday, November 14, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State says about 115 tickets for Saturday's home game against Temple have been stolen.

The university said Thursday fans holding tickets from the stolen allotment will be denied entry.

Spokesman Jeff Nelson says the tickets were stolen from an allotment that Temple was returning to Penn State.

They're for seats in Section NKU, rows 63-72.

Nelson says fans who purchased stolen tickets should call the university's ticket office at 1-800 NITTANY for more information.

Friday, November 14, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two Tamaqua veterans received special honors this Veterans Day, as Tamaqua Area School District officials presented them with their high school diplomas. Terry Snyder, 65, and Joe Clausius, 63, dropped out of high school to enlist in the military and fought in the Vietnam War. The presentation was made during the Tamaqua Area High School's Veterans Dayprogram on Tuesday. Snyder served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1967 to 1972, while Clausius served with the U.S. Army from 1968-1970.

Friday, November 14, 2014
Bob Ford/Times News A bench at the Lansford skate park was ruined by vandals.

The skating park in Lansford, built for skateboard enthusiasts and located near the borough swimming pool, is being ruined by vandals.

Lansford Borough Council was told Wednesday night by councilman Joe Butrie that a bicycle rack has been ripped out of the ground. Council member Rosemary Cannon said a bench also was ruined.

Butrie suggested dismantling the park for the winter, and then moving it closer to the street in spring.

The council said it will keep the park intact and then move the equipment toward the street in spring since it has no place for storage.

Friday, November 14, 2014

During late October preliminary hearings in the Monroe County Court of District Judge Colleen Mancuso, one defendant had their case dismissed while everyone else waived their charges to Monroe County Court.

Khari Jamal Jackson, 39, of Wilkes-Barre, was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance and operating a motor vehicle without a valid inspection. The charges were filed by Pennsylvania State trooper Casey Newcomb following a March 12 incident.

Jackson was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.