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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Megan and Mike O'Brian of Weissport look over their flood insurance policy, noting that the policy wouldn't help much in the event of a flood.

On Jan. 15, 2012, Tammy and Dennis Moyer moved to Weissport when they saw an opportunity to buy a home.

The home at the end of White Street was for sale, and the owner was offering the family a great deal with a rent-to-own option.

The house needed some work, but they thought that through an investment of money, time and love, it could make a fine home for the their family of five.

But they weren't prepared for the huge flood insurance rates.

Thursday, May 22, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO The Lehighton United Veterans Organization presented a color guard for the dedicationprogram of the East Penn Township Memorial to Veterans of the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

The following programs are scheduled for Memorial Day weekend. If your program is not listed, please send information to

Carbon County

Summit Hill

American Legion Post 316 memorial service at St. Joseph's Cemetery, White Bear section of Summit Hill, will be at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Summit Hill Memorial Day program at Ludlow Park will take place at 10 a.m. Monday.

The annual Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade will take place at 11 a.m. Monday.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that all driver's license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website at

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Palmerton Area School District has approved a minimal increase in the cost to eat breakfast and lunch next school year.

By a unanimous measure, the school board on Tuesday approved the breakfast and lunch prices for the 2014-15 school year, as mandated by Section 205 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

The cost for elementary breakfast will be $1.15; elementary lunch, $2.10; secondary breakfast, $1.25; secondary lunch, $2.20; adult breakfast, $2.10; and adult lunch, $3.40.

Each of those prices represents a 10-cent increase over this year's rates.

Thursday, May 22, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nathan Cunfer was first in Class III of the American Legion Auxiliary Americanism Essay Contest. Caitlene Santos won in Class II and Sydney Stein was first in Class I. Ruth Porter was on the essay committee.

On Thursday, May 15, three students at St. John Neumann School, Palmerton received the Americanism Essay Award given by Oplinger-Hower American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 899, in Walnutport.

The auxiliary sponsored the Americanism Essay Contest for students from grades three through 12.

One award in each of the classes was presented.

This year the theme was "How Can I Show Pride in Being an American?"

Class I comprises grades three and four; Class II is for grades five and six and Class III is for grades seven and eight.

Winners this year are:

Thursday, May 22, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Megan Zurn, center, school nurse at S.S. Palmer Elementary, was one of two Palmerton Area School District employees to be honored with the PASR Lauretta Woodson Recognition Awards on Tuesday. Pictured next to Zurn are Gloria Bowman, left, Carbon County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, and Jill C. DeLong, educational support chairwoman.

Two Palmerton Area School District employees have been lauded for their work.

Megan Zurn, school nurse at S.S. Palmer Elementary, and Tracy Smith, attendance secretary at Palmerton Area High School, received the PASR Lauretta Woodson Recognition Awards during Tuesday's school board meeting.

The awards were presented on behalf of the Carbon County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, by Jill C. DeLong, educational support chairwoman, and Gloria Bowman.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Lehighton Area School District plans to make improvements to its high school cafeteria.

On a unanimous vote on Monday, the school board agreed to advertise for the high school administration and maintenance director to begin getting quotes and planning for upgrades to the high school cafeteria.

The upgrades include, but are not limited to, existing pizza stations, expanding the salad station and equipment adjustments to allow for improved serving lines.

In other business, the board:

Thursday, May 22, 2014

If you are looking for something to do outside, you may want to rethink your options today, or bring rain gear.

Storms, some severe, are possible throughout the day.

According to the National Weather Service, which issued a hazardous weather outlook for the area through tonight, thunderstorms are possible, with a risk of severe storms this afternoon into early this evening. Temperatures will reach into the mid-70s.

Damaging winds and small hail are also possible if a severe storm develops.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Palmerton man who allegedly tried to take a video of a teenage girl changing clothes in a bathroom at Palmerton Area High School has had his charges bound over to Carbon County Court.

Robert Eckhart, 41, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Instead, Eckhart decided to waive his right to the hearing, and will appear for a pretrial status conference at 8:30 a.m. July 3 in the district attorney's office at the courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The proposed tax increase for property owners in the Tamaqua Area School District is still on the table.

During Tuesday's regular board meeting held at Tamaqua Area Middle School, members approved a preliminary budget that calls for about $37 a year more in school taxes for 2014-15 with some paying more and some less depending on property value.

The board has until the June meeting to finalize the budget, according to Daniel Schoener, chairman, finance committee.

The increase of 0.93 mill the value of a mill is $295,000 would generate $274,000 for the district.