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Friday, March 28, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Dennis Kergick Sr., left, presently employed in the North Schuylkill School District, was named superintendent of the Panther Valley School District effective July 1. He is introduced during a school board meeting by board President Jeff Markovich.

The Panther Valley School Board hired a new superintendent Thursday.

Dennis Kergick Sr., who serves as the supervisor of curriculum and federal programs in the North Schuylkill School District, begins his duties at Panther Valley on July 1.

The school board unanimously agreed to the appointment, offering Kergick a three-year contract and an annual salary of $97,000.

The new school official succeeds Rosemary Porembo, who has been the superintendent since 2007.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Nesquehoning Council is looking to lower the rates for handicap parking spots in the borough.

During the council's monthly meeting on Wednesday, Councilman Michael Sniscak Jr. asked if the borough collects fees for handicap parking spots because even though the person applies for the spot, any disabled person can park in the spot, causing problems because that person is not the one paying for it.

RoniSue Ahner, borough secretary, said that currently, people pay $25 for the application and $100 for the annual maintenance.

Friday, March 28, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua residents began noticing the smell of heavy wood smoke before 8 a.m., spurring them to check their homes and businesses to see if their properties were on fire. One resident on Pine Street was so concerned, he called the Schuylkill County Communications Center shortly before 9 a.m. to report the odor. Firefighters from the American Hose Company responded, checked out the house, then told dispatchers the smell was coming from the controlled burn of a large brush fire on property owned by the Borough of Tamaqua, next to the Tamaqua Sewage Treatment Plant.

Friday, March 28, 2014

The weekend could be a washout, with periods of heavy rain moving into the area Saturday and Sunday.

The National Weather Service says there’s a chance of 1 to 3 inches of rain falling over the area, resulting in flooding in areas with poor drainage.

The forecast:

Today:  Showers. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 48. Southwest wind 5 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday, March 28, 2014

A group of students at St. John Neumann Regional School will be able to brush up on their algebra skills.

That's because the school received a $500 grant from ExxonMobil, which will be used to purchase algebraic calculators for junior high students at the school's Palmerton campus, according to Sister Virginia Stephanie, principal.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Schuylkill County President Judge William Baldwin on March 19 sentenced Thomas A. Armbruster Jr., 60, of Bowmanstown to six months of intermediate punishment for driving under the influence (DUI) of a controlled substance.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring has arrived and it's time to clean out closets, basements and attics.

Boy Scout Troop 98 wants to help with spring cleaning with its upcoming Used Clothing Collection on Sunday, April 13.

Scouts are collecting: men's, women's and children's wearable and usable clothing; shoes, belts, handbags; linens (such as bedding, curtains and towels); stuffed animals; hard toys, including bicycles.

The troop will receive money for every pound they collect.

The money will be used to help support the upcoming Maine High Adventure Trek Group trip.

Friday, March 28, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Three military veterans who grew up on Brown Street in Tamaqua and served our country during conflicts are living at the Luther Ridge Assisted Living facility in Pottsville. Talking about old times are, from left, Alex Semanski, a marine; Paul Baddick, who served in the Navy; and Paul Schietrum, an Army veteran.

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has announced that dog wardens will be canvassing the Jim Thorpe and Weatherly areas in April to check that dogs are properly licensed and vaccinated.

Jim Thorpe residents can expect wardens to canvass homes the week of April 3 while Weatherly residents will see wardens knocking on doors the week of April 8.

The department said all dogs 3 months older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Failure to do so is a summary offense.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Want to help Pennsylvania 4-H programs win a $10,000 STEM sponsorship?

According to the National 4-H Council, HughesNet, a national provider in broadband satellite equipment, is joining the council to try to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology engineering and mathematics, by hosting a $10,000 science sponsorship for the state with the highest participation rates. The campaign also aims "to help identify 4-H alumni and encourage their support for initiatives across the country."