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Friday, January 23, 2015

Panther Valley School Board approved its tentative budget for the 2015-16 school year and it calls for a 3-mill tax increase.

But at least one board member vowed that the increase will be less.

"It will not be as stated, I promise you that," said Irene Genther.

Genther also said the increase is not due to the building project, which converted a swimming pool area into classroom space.

She said the building project costs were added to an existing bond that the district has. She said the district piggybacked on that bond issue.

Friday, January 23, 2015
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Chase Kiefer, 12, a seventh-grader at Palmerton Junior High School, uses one of the computers inside the Palmerton Area Library to work on his school music project.

Some will argue that public libraries are no longer relevant in today's digital world.

Diane Danielson, director of the Palmerton Area Library, did her best to dispel that notion as she spoke to members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce at a recent luncheon.

As part of her presentation, Danielson gave an overview of the services the library offers, and why she believes public libraries provide tools that make them unique in today's technology-driven age.

Library statistics

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Palmerton Area Library offers activities for children and adults.

Children's activities

Ÿ Preschool story hour is held at 10:30 a.m. each Friday during the school year. It is free and open to the public.

Ÿ Paws of Hope Kids read to Dogs from 11 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of each month. The program is free, but parents must preregister for a time slot by calling the library at 610-826-3424.

Friday, January 23, 2015

A Schuylkill County man was sentenced in Carbon County court on Thursday to a county prison term on burglary and a drug count, but won't be serving any more time in jail.

Matthew D. Komishock, 29, of Coaldale, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve a total of nine to 23 months on the burglary count and a year probation on a possession of a controlled substance charge.

Friday, January 23, 2015

A former Lansford resident was sentenced to a state prison term on Thursday in Carbon County court on a drug related charge, while a Tamaqua woman was placed in a special state prison program.

They were two of three defendants appeared before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Lansford incident

Johnny Michael Getz, 30, of Souderton, Montgomery County, was sentenced to serve 15 to 30 months in a state correctional institution on a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, which he previously pleaded guilty.

Friday, January 23, 2015
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News

A female motorist was injured in a crash Friday morning at the entrance to the Carbon a plaza Mall in Mahoning township. The crash occurred just before 8 a.m. involving a car anda Jeep. The female

driver was in the Jeep which appeared to have struck the car broadside. Mahoning Valley and Lehighton firecompanies respondedto the scene. Mahoning township police are investigating the

incident.

Friday, January 23, 2015

A Philadelphia man was sentenced to a county prison term on Thursday in Carbon County court, and faces a more than $69,000 restitution bill.

He appeared before Judge Joseph J. Matika for sentencing after previously pleading guilty to charges.

Mark A. Guldin Sr., 42, was sentenced on one count of driving under the influence to serve three to six months in the county prison.

Guldin was arrested following a crash on May 26, 2012, along Route 534 on the property of Hickory Run State Park, Kidder Township, in which the person in the other vehicle suffered serious injuries.

Friday, January 23, 2015
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Kniechelle Kauffman of Jim Thorpe jumps into the icy waters of Mauch Chunk Lake during St. Joseph Regional Academy's first polar plunge last year.

There is still time to sign up to plunge during St. Joseph Regional Academy's second annual "Be Cool for Our School" Polar Plunge. The fundraiser to raise money for the operation of the school will take place Saturday at Mauch Chunk Lake in Jim Thorpe.

Registration is $35. Anyone who has not yet registered but would like to plunge, or be a chicken, can either preregister today or register Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The first polar plungers will make their way into the icy lake beginning at 11 a.m.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Students attending the L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe have the day off today as the Jim Thorpe Area School District works to fix boilers that malfunctioned early this morning..

Superintendent Brian Gasper said maintenance workers discovered the malfunction at about midnight. When the problems could not be fixed by 6:30 a.m., the district alerted parents to keep their children home.

"It was a severe heating issue. We were working on it most of night, but it was still not sustaining," Gasper said.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Three suspects in an armed robbery in Nesquehoning Saturday have now been arrested.

Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith reported that he and Officer Timothy Wuttke arrested Izael Flores, 18, of Willow Lane, Nesquehoning, this morning. Flores was one of three armed robbers who pointed guns at two girls, ages 12 and 13, in the borough over the weekend.

This afternoon a juvenile was arrested in the incident.