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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Alex Kessler, a sixth-grade student at Panther Valley Middle School, left, watches as elementary art teacher Gail Christopher Lazar unveils a framed piece of her artwork during meeting of Panther Valley School Board. Kessler received an "artist emeritus" award and the drawing will be placed in the library of Panther Valley Elementary School.

Panther Valley School District has inaugurated a program to recognize aspiring artists.

During a meeting of the Panther Valley School Board on Thursday, the first "artist emeritus" was recognized.

A drawing by sixth-grade student Alex Kessler was unveiled.

Kessler, now a student at Panther Valley Middle School, was an elementary student in fifth grade when she drew the line drawing with a Native American theme.

Elementary art teacher Gail Christopher Lazar unveiled the drawing to the school board.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Tamaqua Area Senior High School will hold an Open House on Thursda.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. Parents should report to their student's homeroom.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Shubeck

A former Lansford police officer was placed on probation Tuesday in Carbon County court on a charge of corruption of a minor after previously pleading guilty to the charge.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II sentenced Robert J. Shubeck, 41, of Nesquehoning to serve 36 months probation on the charge.

Shubeck admitted giving alcohol to a teenage boy. In a plea bargain a section of the corruption count, concerning an alleged sexual relationship Shubeck had with the teenage boy, was dropped which probably spared him a possible jail term.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

HARRISBURG The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced the return of almost $2.4 million in licensing fees to 1,453 municipalities in which licensees are located.

"Twice a year, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board returns the fees paid by most retail licensees to the municipalities that have these licensees," said PLCB Chairman Joseph E. "Skip" Brion. "The money can be used by municipal officials to pay for much-needed local projects."

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sorority news

The Preceptor Alpha Upsilon chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority held its Opening Day program on Aug. 23 at the Lake Hauto home of Marie Umbriac. Upcoming events were discussed while members and their families enjoyed a number of activities.

The chapter met Sept. 10 at the home of Wanda Keefer and discussed ways to raise funds which will enable the sorority to sponsor community events and provide scholarships.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The registration deadline is Oct. 9 for the 44th annual Lehighton Area Halloween Parade.

Julie Harris, parade chairman, said the event will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 18. The rain date is 2 p.m. Oct. 19.

Registration forms are available at various merchants in Lehighton as well as at the Lehighton Municipal Building.

Harris said paraders are permitted to toss candy and gum to parade viewers. They are not allowed to stop and perform in front of the judges' stand.

The parade is operated entirely on donations.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Join naturalist Robin Tracey of Tuscarora State Park, on the Crow, Lake View, and Spirit Trails at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. The hike is 8 miles long and moderate in difficulty. This hike combines the best of the trails in Tuscarora State Park. Meet at Crow Trail parking lot off Tuscarora Mountain Road,

Call Tracey at 570-467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information or weather conditions. This is a dog friendly hike, but all pets must be leashed and get along with pets and people. Shine only.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Two Carbon County residents were sentenced to county prison terms on Tuesday in the county court on drug dealing related charges after previously entering guilty pleas.

The two were sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Palmerton incident

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Fleetwood

The West End Park and Open Space Commission will hold the first Annual Dave Fleetwood Memorial Trail Run/Walk at the West End Regional Park at 9 a.m. Sunday. The 3.1-mile race and walk honors the late Dave Fleetwood, a Chestnuthill Township supervisor who was killed during a public meeting on Aug. 5, 2013, at the Ross Township Municipal Building in Saylorsburg.

"Dave was a dedicated public servant and worked diligently for the community," says Bernie Kozen, executive director of WEPOSC.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Police Chief Rick Weaver, left, and Schuylkill County District Attorney Christine Holman were honored with certificates of appreciation from the Tamaqua Borough Council for their roles in a large drug bust in Tamaqua earlier this year. Councilman Justin Startzel, center, made the presentation during Tuesday night's council meeting.

Tamaqua's Halloween traditions will continue as always.

Mayor Christian Morrison announced trick or treat night will be on Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31. The Tamaqua Lions Club also submitted a request to hold their annual parade on Oct. 28, with a rain date of Oct. 29. Council approved the request.