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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Primary Election focus in four Lower Carbon County municipalities is likely to be on races for positions on the Palmerton Area School District Board of Education and the Magisterial District 56-3-02 (see related story) judge challenge.

Otherwise, the only other contested races in that region are for GOP nominations for the office of Towamensing Township supervisor and Bowmanstown council.

Voting will take place on Tuesday, May 17, when the 2011 Primary Election is held in the county's 51 election precincts.

School board race

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Back from service in Afghanistan, first-grade teacher Ralph Clay with his wife Maggie, and son Ralph.

The atmosphere in the gymnasium of the Penn Kidder Elementary School was decidedly different from a similar gathering this time last year.

While the student body, faculty, friends and the object of everyone's attention, first-grade teacher Ralph Clay, were all basically the same, the underlying feeling was a much happier one.

The colors red, white and blue, which were everywhere – from posters to flags – were accompanied by a multitude of smiling beaming faces.

Mr. Clay had come home!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Gene Brickett of the Lehighton team prepares to bowl at Fritz Lanes and Pro Shop in Lehighton during the 2011 Carbon County Senior Games bowling competition on Monday. Looking on is Robert Bochantin of the Jim Thorpe team.

With only two days of competition left in the 2011 Carbon County Senior Games, the Lehighton team continues to lead the pack with a score of 501.

The overall standings are Lehighton in first, Jim Thorpe in second with a score of 274, Panther Valley in third with a score of 111, Palmerton in fourth with 90 points and Weatherly with 29 points.

Monday's events included bowling, held at Cypress Lanes and Fritz Lanes and Pro Shop, both in Lehighton, and ping pong at the Lehighton Recreation Center.

The individual bowling results are:

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

In order to enhance services for constituents in the 11th District of Pennsylvania, U.S. Representative Lou Barletta unveiled a new toll-free number.

Barletta's constituents can call (855) 241-5144 toll-free, beginning today and be connected with his district office in Hazleton.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Bob Penberth of the Panther Valley team prepares his shot during the first day of billiards competition on Thursday. The event was held at Terpstra's in Jim Thorpe and at the Jim Thorpe-Penn Kidder Senior Center in Penn Forest Township.

Last Thursday, the participants of the Carbon County Senior Games competed in the billiards competition, but playoff matches in numerous divisions caused this competition to be postponed.

On Monday, the men and women in the billiards playoff competed in the hopes of taking home the gold, silver or bronze.

The individual billiards results from this past Thursday and Monday's competitions are:

Ÿ Men's age 60 to 64: James Ketchledge of Lehighton, gold; Ray Borger of Palmerton, silver; and Dennis Getz of Lehighton, bronze.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The driver of a purple Ford Ranger pickup truck escaped serious injury after crashing into the westbound guiderail of Hauto Highway (SR54), in Rush Township. The driver stated that new tires or unknown steering malfunction might have been a factor. The truck had to be towed from the scene. Township police and Hometown fire police detoured traffic around the accident.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

This is not a typographical error: there will be no property tax increase next year in the Northern Lehigh School District.

The school board, on a 7-1 vote Monday, agreed to adopt the proposed final budget for the 2011-12 school year in the amount of $28,537,458. Director Mathias Green was opposed. Director Lori Geronikos was absent.

Green said the reason he opposed the budget is because he's "waiting for the rest of the information from the state."

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Borough of Nesquehonng's Water Authorty received a state grant approval for $608,000 to replace and relocate a storage tank.

The borough's application was one of 30 to apply. But only three were granted. Besides Nesquehoning, the Blue Mountain Health System and Packer

Township are also getting grants.

The new tank will be placed lower in elevation to reduce pressure in the Hauto Valley system. It will increase the supply of adequate water for fire fighting and other emergencies.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

All four suspects in a drive-by shooting in Weatherly waived their rights to a preliminary hearing on Monday. However, the four had additional charges filed against them, and in an agreement with the district attorney's office, had their bail reduced.

Christopher Harris of McAdoo, Andrew Ortiz of Hazleton, Joshua Zink of Columbia, and James Delbo of Ashland, will face numerous charges in the county court.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Gary Frable, left, was named Lehighton Fire Chief, on Monday night by Lehighton Council. The position of fire chief was vacant following the death of John "Jack" Kuller on April 22. Patrick Mriss, right, was named assistant fire chief. Grant Hunsicker, council president, congratulates both men.

Lehighton Borough Council met in a special session Monday night to appoint a new fire chief and several fire department officers.

The meeting became necessary because of the untimely death of Lehighton Fire Chief John "Jack" Kuller on April 22. Kuller joined the Lehighton Fire Department in 1979, under Chief Edward Conarty Jr.

Named as the new fire chief was Gary Frable, who had served as assistant chief under Kuller since 2002.

Frable said he never thought of becoming chief under the circumstances of Kuller's untimely death.