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Thursday, February 7, 2013

A spectacular fire broke out in Lansford's business district this evening, chasing 17 people from their homes and leaving inits smoldering path injuries, heartbreak, and damage. The fire occurred at about 5:30 p.m. on West Ridge Street. There were several firefighters injured battling the inferno, the most seriously being Lansford fireman Calvin Frantz Jr., 51, of 25 W. Abbott St. He was injured when a false front on a building collapsed on him. He is in critical condition in the Coaldale Hospital.

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Watkins

Jaquiline Watkins, daughter of John and Julia Watkins, Weatherly, has been named Senior of the Month for January at Weatherly Area High School.

Jaquiline is a member of Weatherly Area High School's chapter of the National Honor Society, the high school band, the high school chorus, County Band, District Band, and the drama club. She also serves as the manager for the boys' soccer team. Additionally, Jaquiline has been involved in the school's variety show, the robotics club, and the dance club.

Thursday, February 7, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Brendan Morgans, an eighth-grade student at Panther Valley Middle School, left, recently represented PV at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 10 Intermediate Band and Orchestra Festival, held at Saucon Valley High School. Brendan is pictured with PVMS band director Joe Ogozalek. This was the third year in a row that Morgans played trumpet at the District 10 Band Festival. He is also a member of the Junior High Basketball Team, Carbon United Soccer Club, and Lansford Babe Ruth baseball team. He is the son of Rick and Jacqui Morgans of Nesquehoning.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Stuart Tripler, principal at the Weatherly Area High School, has released the Honor Roll for the second marking period.

DISTINGUISHED HONOR ROLL: Students must achieve a 95 average or better with no grade below 90.

Freshmen: Shelby Berger, Dillon Bizarre, Julya Generoso, Joseph Genetti, Jacquelyn Gillott, Kimberly Harrisson, Alexis Hartz, Muskan Khatiwala, Meghan Moon, Ashley Nunez, Eric Shellock, Frank Shor, Andrew Solonoski, Olivia Winheld

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A reorganization of responsibilities at the secondary level may take shape next year in the Palmerton Area School District.

Superintendent Carol Boyce discussed the potential reorganization at a workshop meeting of the board of school directors on Tuesday.

Boyce noted that last year, administration gave a proposition on reorganizing at the secondary level.

"It's still a new process; it still has kinks in it that we're still working on," Boyce said. "There have been growing pains."

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Chief David Mattson

Tamaqua Police Chief David Mattson has informed borough council of his intent to retire as of April of this year. Council read a letter from Mattson dated Jan. 16 at last night's meeting and voted to accept his retirement as of April 2.

Mattson has served as the chief since 2007, following a career as an officer with the borough. Council President Micah Gursky thanked the chief for his services.

"He has had a really nice career here, both as an officer and as a chief. We wish him well in his retirement," Gursky added.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Refunds were approved by the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board to the 12 public school districts which comprise the unit in action taken at their public meeting held at the Maple Avenue Campus in Norwegian Township.

The refunds for the school year 2011-12 and is based on the enrollment in vocational technical schools by the local school districts. The repayments were as follows:

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Firefighters concentrate on the chimney area as they battle a house fire along the Lentz Trail in Jim Thorpe yesterday.

A single family home at 104 Lentz Trail, Jim Thorpe, sustained fire, smoke and some water damage mid-morning on Tuesday.

Eric Buskirk, homeowner, was at home when his home filled with smoke.

Buskirk said that he designed the home and his father was the architect. He stood by silently from a neighbor's property as firefighters from eight fire companies fought the blaze.

The home is a wood framed raised rancher with a screened in front porch at the upper level. The bottom level includes a garage.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Mark Hunsinger of McAdoo, as he uses an ice auger to bore a hole through the ice as he prepares for a full day on top of the ice at the Tuscarora Lake.

Mark Hunsinger of McAdoo, as he uses an ice auger to bore a hole through the ice as he prepares for a full day on top of the ice at the Tuscarora Lake.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A smile on the ice

Scott McShea of Conyngham smiles as he pulls in a rainbow trout from his fishing hole at the Tuscarora Lake.