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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Three members of the Marian High School Marching Band performed in the Lebanon Valley College High School Honors Band event on Jan. 25. The 88 musicians from 15 high schools in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania performed under the direction of Lebanon Valley College Director of Bands Dr. Christopher Heffner (third from left). Marian students included: (from left) Kelsey Hurst on trumpet, Jack Hurst on trombone and E.J. Kolonsky on percussion.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

At the direction of Governor Corbett, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has extended the temporary waiver on certain restrictions on commercial drivers to allow for continued smooth delivery of heating oil and propane gas to homes and businesses for heating purposes.

"Winter shows no signs of easing its barrage of bitterly cold weather, and we are extending the waiver to prevent any possibility of people being left without deliveries of fuel," said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Weatherly High School will offer a Free Application for Federal Student Aid Completion Night at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in the school's library/computer lab. The workshop, for college-bound seniors and their parents/guardians, provides the opportunity to get personalized help completing the application and the chance to ask questions related to the financial aid process.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Shenandoah Valley School District and Schuylkill IU 29 will receive grants totaling $115,000 to ensure a safe learning environment for students, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-29) and Representative Neal Goodman (D-123).

The grants were authorized under Act 70 of 2013, a law supported by members of Schuylkill County's delegation to the General Assembly last year to enhance violence prevention programs and emergency preparedness initiatives in schools.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A former Carbon County resident, who owned a reptile store in Lehighton and then abandoned numerous snakes, some of them venomous, pleaded guilty to summary offenses on Tuesday in the county court. The pleas ended a case that began in 2009.

Steven Markevich, 50, of Northampton and formerly of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to three counts of cruelty to animals and one count each of keeping animals prohibited and possession of exotic animals without a permit. Markevich entered the pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Alexis Rofling of Ss. Peter and Paul School made a model of the Carbon County Courthouse using clay and orange juice containers.

Ss. Peter and Paul School of Lehighton, held an open house as part of Catholic Schools Week, with tours of the school and an opportunity for the students to show off their Academic Fair projects.

The theme of this year's academic fair was the History of Carbon County. Each student, whether working with their classmates on a team project or on an individual basis presented a display of events, businesses, people or historical attractions which contributed to the success of Carbon County.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

In addition to plans to move forward with a borough manager position in 2014, tempers flared between one Slatington resident and some committee members at Monday night's Finance/Planning/Zoning, Public Safety and Human/Community Services Committee Workshop meeting.

The back-and-forth exchange began during the public comment portion of the meeting, specifically when former councilwoman Kris Burek said she wanted to know what was being done, besides loans or grants, to raise revenue for a generator for borough hall.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Polk Township supervisors expect to receive $242,898 from the liquid fuels allocation for 2013-2014. Supervisor Chairman Brian Ahner said the money will be used mostly for paving township roads.

Twenty-five percent of it must be used to purchase new equipment.

Ahner said the township's equipment is wearing out. Its Ford truck, which has 30,000 miles on it, is about 13 years old and has had a new transmission put in it about three times.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO This photo was taken on the first day students donned uniforms in Tamaqua in 2005. A parent of a fourth-grader is asking the district to examine allowing some boots as part of the uniform standards.

Some boots are made for walking, and some are made for protection against the elements.

The school's dress code should further define permitted footwear to include a provision for boots, a parent said during the Tamaqua Area School Board meeting Tuesday.

Paul Ford of Tamaqua, whose daughter is a fourth-grader, was not permitted to wear boots in school.

According to the school's dress code, snow boots must be removed in school and replaced with shoes.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It's so cold the 209 Car Wash in Gilbert is growing a large stalactite in one of its bays due to some steadily dripping water. With

temperatures reaching in the single digits for the next few nights, it won't be thawing any time too soon.