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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Pleasant Valley Area School District board of directors will vote on the 2015-2016 preliminary budget at the 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015.

At the meeting this month, the board approved:

Ÿ Hiring Judy Dondey as a homebound instructor and Deena Boyne as an administrative secretary, replacement position for Beverly Hofford.

Ÿ The resignation of Jasmin Williams, part-time paraprofessional associate, effective Dec. 5.

Ÿ Paying the estimated cost of $33,500 to Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit #16 for 2015-2016 computer services

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  A look inside Blue Mountain Ski Resort's Slopeside Pub & Grill in Palmerton, which will hold its grand opening on Monday.

A local restaurant has expanded, and will now offer an indoor dining atmosphere all year round.

Blue Mountain Ski Resort's Slopeside Pub & Grill in Palmerton will hold its grand opening on Monday.

The restaurant, located at Blue Mountain's Summit Lodge, initially opened four years ago as a seasonal outdoor facility, according to Karl Knepper, restaurant manager.

Since then, Knepper said the restaurant has developed a huge following to the point where it was decided to convert it into a year-round indoor facility.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

The Lansford American Legion made donations to four organizations: Lansford Fire

Company, $500; Lansford Police Department, $500; Toys for Tots, $250; and LansfordAlive, $100. The Sons of the American Legion, Lansford, also gave $200 each to the fire department, police department and Toys for Tots. Present during the check presentation

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Carbon County Bar Association donated $500 to the Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe. Presenting the check to library

director Mary Ann Kmetz, right, is attorney Michael L. Ozalas, board member of the bar association.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Schuylkill County judge has granted a Lansford man's wish for reduced bail in a drug case.

Judge John Domalakes on Dec. 12 lowered Thomas Bilsak Jr.'s bail from $7,500 percentage to $7,500 unsecured. His bail had originally been set at $50,000 cash.

Bilsak was charged on Oct. 31, 2013, by Tamaqua police with felony charges of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, two counts; and disruption of service.

He was also charged with intent to possess a controlled substance to which he was not entitled.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Polk Township residents will not see an increase in their 2015 taxes.

The Polk Township supervisors unanimously approved adopting the 2015 budget at Monday night's budget meeting.

The 2015 proposed budget, $2,477,501, will stay the same at 4.3 mills. That means a property assessed at $20,670 will pay $88.88.

The budget is available for viewing at the township municipal office at 165 Polk Township Road in Kresgeville during office hours.

During the regular supervisors' meeting immediately following, the board approved, 3-0:

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS CCTI DECA winners are, front row, from left: Brittany Magner, Tasha Reis, Kealey Conville, Shannon Streff, Summer Arroyo, Alexis Ruch, Bailey Mills and Jenn Meyer. Second row: Jasmine Pasternak, Katerina Kattner, Kayla Hockenbury, Ashley Pera, Emily Clements, Samantha Wells, Katelyn Scott, Jess Rehl, Ashley Weiner, Gabby Achterman, Kim Pimble and Brittany Higgins. Third row: Savannah Moyer, Glenn Peabody, Hannah Mckillip, Spencer Moyer, Micah Evans, Matt Curreri, Austin Rabenold and Nathan Vrablic.

Carbon Career & Technical Institute DECA hosted the annual DECA District 7 competition at the Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall on Dec. 12. Eleven schools from six counties participated in the event.

Three hundred students competed for the district trophies as well as the right to compete at the state conference this February in Hershey.

Judges included representatives from Jim Thorpe Rotary, Lehigh Carbon Community College and local business owners.

Forty-three CCTI students participated with 36 earning trophies.

Winners included:

First place

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia, has announced the Easton Hospital has agreed to pay a $662,000 settlement regarding health care fraud allegations.

It is alleged the hospital billed Medicare for medical procedures that were not performed, were partially completed and were medically unnecessary.

The claim alleges urologist Dr. Thomas Walden, who is no longer affiliated with the hospital, is the center of the improprieties, although the hospital, in a prepared statement, denied the allegations.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

New medical offices will eventually be headed to Lehighton.

On a 3-1 vote last week, the borough's zoning hearing board agreed to grant a special exception to Blakeslee Commons LLC, 2216 Willow Park Road, Bethlehem. Zoning board member Ricky Graver was absent.

The special exception granted was for property at Ninth and Bridge streets in an industrial zoned district. However, as part of their approval, the zoners attached a pair of conditions, said Randall Semmel, zoning board president.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Linda Koehler/Times News Heidi, an 8-year-old Great Dane, saved the lives of her owners, William and Bonnie Moffett, when a fire destroyed their home Dec. 3. She was presented with a Hero Award at Polk Township supervisors' meeting.

Heidi, an 8-year-old Great Dane, is credited with saving the lives of her owners, William and Bonnie.

She is their heroine.

Early Dec. 3, Heidi tried to wake William Moffett by pushing his face. Moffett, asleep in the living room, finally woke up around 5:30 a.m. Thinking Heidi needed a bathroom break, he got up. But Heidi didn't need a bathroom break. She was trying to alert her master that the house was on fire.