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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Jim Thorpe Area School District approved a two-year agreement Tuesday night that would keep a majority of troubled youth out of its schools and attending classes at the Youth Services Agency's Penn Forest Township campus.

Jim Thorpe Superintendent Brian Gasper said he couldn't put an exact number on how many of YSA's students would come to Jim Thorpe this school year.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Firefighters from all areas Schuylkill County are battling a stubborn blaze at six row houses in Mahanoy City.

The fire, which began at 6:20 p.m., is impacting a series of three-story, woodframe houses at 217 to 231 Centre St., Route 54.

Residents of 217 Centre said they believe the blaze began in an unoccupied dwelling at the center of the row. All residents were safely evacuated. At least one firefighter was taken to the hospital.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Rush Township Police Department responded to a bank robbery at the Mauch Chunk Trust Bank (MCT) on 226 Claremont Ave in Hometown at 2:07 p.m. today.

A man entered the bank with pantyhose over his face. He was wearing white sunglasses with a Philadelphia Phillies baseball hat.

The man made off with an unknown amount of money and red dye packs.

He left the store and got into a Ford explorer sport trac 4 door pickup.

A witness was able to get a license plate HCS-9343 which came back stolen. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fire companies from throughout Schuylkill County responded to a dwelling fire Tuesday afternoon at 314 Bob Alley in Cumbola.

Quick response by firefighters minimized the flames to the basement and first floor areas. The fire was first reported just after noon. No injuries were reported in the incident.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens.

Delaying the start of the school day until at least 8:30 a.m. would help curb their lack of sleep, which has been linked with poor health, bad grades, car crashes and other problems, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a new policy.

The influential group says teens are especially at risk; for them, "chronic sleep loss has increasingly become the norm."

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It's that time again.

School was back in session Monday in Lehighton Area School District. Superintendent Jonathan Cleaver said, "excitement was in the air" as he visited different buildings throughout the district.

"I think a lot of parents were more excited that school was starting than the kids were," Cleaver said. "Our custodial and maintenance crews did a great job getting our buildings ready, and it was a great start to the year."

A new salad bar debuted at the high school.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Beltzville Lions Club donated funds to support Valor ClinicFoundation, a project to support veterans in need of transitional housing in the former Hotel Jonas in Monroe County. From left are: Tom Zellner, club treasurer; Mark Bayliss, retired Army sergeant major; and Glen Lippincott, a combat-wounded Vietnam veteran. The club donated $100.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The next step for funding a proposed Lehighton Area School District elementary center and renovations to its middle and high schools is up in the air following Monday night's board meeting.

The board voted 6-3 to turn down a motion that would have authorized district administration to begin discussion with Public Financial Management as financial adviser and Rhoads and Sinon as bond council on one or more series of bonds netting a maximum of $52.5 million for the three building projects.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Major H. L. Costenbader, Nesquehoning, is among the 22 U.S. Air Force officers who have been enrolled in the Air Force Research and Development Management program at the University of Southern California for the last two years who will be awarded their master's degrees.

Trailed by USC's Graduate School of Business Administration, the officers, who range in rank from captains to lieutenant colonels, will be masters of fusiness administration upon graduation.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Reps. Mike Peifer, R-Monroe/Pike/Wayne, and Rosemary M. Brown, R-Monroe/Pike, invite area senior citizens and their families to a Senior Citizens Expo on Sept. 4.

The free event will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Dingman Township Fire Hall, 680 Log Tavern Road, Milford (off Route 739).