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Friday, June 13, 2014

Emily Kattner, a junior at Jim Thorpe Area High School, has been selected by West End Memorial Unit 927 of the American Legion Auxiliary, to attend Keystone Girls State.

This "Experience in Government" will be held at Shippensburg University from June 22 to 28, and is the 69th session sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. About 200 girls are brought together through sponsorship of local auxiliary units and other organizations to study government on city, county and state levels.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Stephen Toth, principal of Tamaqua Area Senior High School, has released the honor roll for the final marking period of the 2013-2014 school year.

To be eligible for highest honors, students must have an average of 95 percent or above with no grade below 93 percent in a major subject.

For high honors, students must have an average of 90 percent or above with no grade lower than an 86 percent in a major subject.

Honor roll members must earn an average of 86 percent or above with no grade lower than a 78 percent in a major subject.

Highest honors:

Friday, June 13, 2014

A Monroe County man was sentenced to a state prison term Thursday in Carbon County court after previously admitting his part in the operation of a methamphetamine lab which caused an explosion of fire in Lansford.

Tyler Matthew Strawdinger, 21, whose last known address was in Stroudsburg, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve a total of 18 to 36 months in a state correctional institution on charges of operating a methamphetamine lab, and recklessly endangering another person.

The prison term will be followed by two years of probation.

Friday, June 13, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The new Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Towamensing township is a little more than three miles north on Interchange road than the old building.

State police at Lehighton are scheduled to move into their new barracks in Towamensing Township later this month.

The relocation to the new, 8,235-square-foot building at 9170 Interchange Road will most likely take place June 26, according to Maria Finn, press secretary for the Pennsylvania State Police.

The station replaces the barracks at 5730 Interchange Road, which has served as headquarters for state police at Lehighton since May 25, 1993.

Friday, June 13, 2014

It figures to be the return of returns for automobile fanatics who plan to make a pit stop in Palmerton.

After a 14-year absence, the Palmerton Car Show is certain to make a splash when it's held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the borough park.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. in the borough park. There is a $10 registration fee.

In conjunction with the car show, Family Promise of Carbon County will hold its annual bed race from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., also in the borough park.

Palmerton Car Show

Friday, June 13, 2014

Good news for residents who live in the Pleasant Valley School District ... no tax increase.

The school board voted 8-0 to approve the 2014-2015 General Fund budget at $96,983,979. Robert Serfass was absent from the meeting.

Nearly $6 million from the fund balance will be used to fill in budget gaps for the next school year with the board and administration promising to continue to look at ways to trim costs.

It is the third consecutive year without a real estate millage increase.

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources closed the beach at Beltzville State Park in Carbon County to swimming for the second time in as many weeks.

Swimming is off limits effective Thursday because of high bacterial counts in water samples from June 10.

As a precaution, the beach will remain closed until acceptable water sample results are received. DCNR has posted signs at the beach.

Other activities at Beltzville State Park, such as picnicking, fishing, boating and hiking, are open.

Friday, June 13, 2014
JORDAN REABOLD/TIMES NEWS A group of CCTI students give the thumbs up after receiving their diplomas Thursday evening in Jim Thorpe.

Carbon Career Technical Institute held its commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday at Jim Thorpe Area High School.

Diplomas were awarded to 101 students who tossed their caps at the culmination of the ceremony.

Charles Trovato was the valedictorian for the Class of 2014.

In his speech, he looked back on memories over the years at CCTI, and both the students and the audience erupted with laughter at his recollection.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett has signedlegislation introduced by state Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) that will enhance the qualityand safety of drinking water by significantly lowering the lead content in pipes and other plumbing products.

Under the measure (Act 55 of 2014), the maximum allowable lead content in plumbing products is reduced from 8 percent to 0.25 percent. The new law also makes Pennsylvania's lead content standard consistent with a new federal law that took effect in January.

Friday, June 13, 2014

A number of vacancies have been filled on a Carbon County board.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board approved six appointments and two reappointments on the Children and Youth Advisory Board.

They include: Mary M. Figura of Nesquehoning and John Marchione of Jim Thorpe, who will sit on the board until May 1, 2015; Elaine J. Koons of Lehighton and David F. McAndrew Jr. of Summit Hill, until May 1, 2016; and Sally Watson of Lehighton and Suzan L. Whiteley of Jim Thorpe, until May 1, 2017.