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Thursday, July 21, 2011

One year after it experienced a blip on the radar, Palmerton Area School District has returned to the ranks of academic excellence.

That's because the district has learned that it has met Adequate Yearly Progress on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment for the 2010-11 school year, said Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction.

Fenner said that each of the five buildings in the district - Parkside Education Center, S.S. Palmer Elementary, Towamensing Elementary, the junior high school and high school - have met AYP.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Penny Derr, principal of Pleasant Valley Elementary School announced at the Pleasant Valley School District's school board meeting that there will be a Clothing Swap of PV dress code items on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at PVE.

This will give parents a chance to save money on clothing items that their children have outgrown and can replace with sizes that fit.

The treasurer's report was approved with a vote 8-1 with board member Harvey Frable absent and James Spinola voting "No."

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Tamaqua Bungalow will hold their 22st annual Splash Day this Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event consists of family games, such as limbo, water balloons and special floating section, in which swimmers are allowed to bring their floatables in the pool. Music entertainment will also be provided DJ Jack and Dave, who've volunteered their services. The raindate is July 31st.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Severely injured by gunshots he sustained while in the line of fire, he valiantly used his body as a wall to shield shots from a wounded soldier.

It's only just, then, that a nationwide organization converges to build a barrier-free home for injured veteran SPC Robert J. Kislow III of New Tripoli.

This weekend, Homes For Our Troops will be at the site to construct the exterior of the home, located at 3011 Delps Road, Danielsville.

To commemorate the occasion, Kislow will be escorted by fire trucks and motorcycles to the site for opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Thursday, July 21, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Sandy Dellicker, left, president of the Lehighton 9/12 Project, greets the guest speaker for the group's meeting last night, William Taylor Reil, who has extensively studied the federal and state constitutions. Reil spoke on the topic "nullification." About 75 people attended the meeting at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Pennsylvania should utilize "nullification" to oppose forced health care reform and other "illegal" directives issued by the federal government, according to a speaker at a meeting of the Lehighton 9/12 Project last night.

William Taylor Reil, who has extensively studied the state and U.S. constitutions, told the approximately 75 people at the meeting that nullification is not a new concept. He said it was utilized in 1832 during a confrontation between the U.S. government and the state of South Carolina over the latter's attempt to nullify a federal law.

Thursday, July 21, 2011
JACOB SEIBEL/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

David Henninger and Dr. Peter Baddick get ready to set out on St. Jerome Regional School's second annual poker run held Saturday at Heisler's Dairy.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

At July's Jim Thorpe Borough Council meeting the issue of giving the Borough of Lansford financial and clerical assistance was discussed and voted on. The Borough voted not to enter into an inter-municipal cooperative agreement with Lansford in terms of financial and clerical assistance.

Lansford was in need of assistance with conducting payroll and Jim Thorpe Borough Manager, Wesley Johnson, offered to help. Johnson aided Lansford with the payroll once and requested that the borough council vote to go into a contract with Lansford and continue to aid them.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Vacation Bible School

Plans are in the making for this year's Vacation Bible School. It will be held at Christ United Church of Christ, Fourth and Center streets, from Aug. 8-13, 6-8:30 p.m. The Jim Thorpe Ministerium is sponsoring this program. Registration sheets have been placed at all the local churches for anyone wishing to send their children. There will be lots of fun, snacks, crafts, Bible stories, and much more. If you wish more information or wish to register your child, contact Jamie Kunkel, (570) 325-8670.

Clothing give-away

Thursday, July 21, 2011

U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, PA-11, who went to the White House for a press conference Tuesday calling on the president to release his detailed plan to raise the debt ceiling, today issued the following statement regarding the current debt ceiling debate:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Carbon County is saving money on inmate medications.

During the monthly meeting of the county prison board on Wednesday, Robert Crampsie, county controller, provided the board with an update on the pharmacy bill at the correctional facility in Nesquehoning.

He explained that since the pharmaceutical policy was put into effect in 2009, the county has seen a savings in medication expenses.

He compared June 2010 and May 2011, because, he noted, the inmate populations and psychotropic prescriptions were close in figures.