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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Work on the McCall Bridge in Lehighton has not, I repeat, has not stopped.

Rumors about work ceasing because of worse than expected conditions on the 16-span, steel deck truss bridge began circulating Tuesday.

But Ronald J. Young Jr., district press officer for the Pennsylvania of Transportation District 5, wants to put those rumors to rest.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

There will be a special Eldred Township public meeting, 7 p.m., Monday, June 23 at the Kunkletown Volunteer Fire Co.

Pleasant Valley School District offered Eldred Township the opportunity to buy the Eldred Elementary School for $1 with a deadline of June 5.

At the last supervisors' meeting, which was held on June 4, the supervisors voted to not accept the offer, saying that they did not have enough time to make an informed decision and also citing the cost of maintenance.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

"Jungle Safari" is the theme of this summer's edition of Vacation Bible School at First Congregational Church, Coaldale. Youths ages 3 to 18 are welcome to participate in the program, which will be held 6 to 8 p.m. July 21 to July 25 at the church on East Ruddle Street.

For more information or to register, please call 570-645-9426.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Palmerton Area School District has restructured its administrative team.

The school board, on a 7-0 vote on Tuesday, appointed Paula Husar as high school principal, at a salary of $91,670; Richard DeSocio, junior high school principal, $82,500; and Daniel Heaney, director of curriculum, instruction, and technology, $89,500.

Directors Susan Debski and Charles Gildner were absent.

Afterward, board President Tammy Recker congratulated the administrators.

"You guys are awesome," Recker said. "We love you."

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded the Panther Valley Library a $1,500 grant to support children and teen summer reading literacy.

A library spokesman said that Dollar General's grant will allow the library to reach more young people with its Summer Reading Program and expressed their gratitude.

"At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of serving others throughout the communities we serve," said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General's chairman and CEO.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Fawns are cute and may even look helpless, but humans can do more harm than good if they touch them.

Now is the time of year when does are giving birth to their young, and many people are finding newborn fawns alone in the woods.

Although fawns may appear feeble and abandoned, the Pennsylvania Game Commission urges people to simply leave them alone.

"During the first few weeks of life, does only associate with their fawns briefly, usually at sunrise and sunset with fawns nursing only two or three times a day," said Jeannine Tardiff Fleegle, wildlife biologist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reopened the beach to swimming at Beltzville State Park in Carbon County effective today because of safe bacterial counts in water samples from June 16. The beach was closed since last Thursday.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Emotions ran high Monday evening at a special informational meeting at the Jim Thorpe Area High School auditorium that had parents lining up to make comments and complaints about the inclusion of some troubled youth to their schools.

More than 200 concerned parents came to the meeting to make their voices heard regarding the potential closing of the academic portion of the Youth Services Agency-run residential treatment center, known as Camp Adams.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Adam Bahrey of Barnesville was the winner in the Greyt Hound Hustle, hosted by Pocono Greyhound Adoption.

The 5K Run/Walk was held June 7 at the Tuscarora State Park in Barnesville to promote greyhound awareness and adoption.

This year's race was "In Memory of Ren," a greyhound adopted by Tammy Fatzinger and her family of Quakake.

Ren developed cancer shortly after being adopted. The loss was devastating to the Fatzinger family.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Sharon Stanley/Special to the Times News Newly appointed Councilwoman Amanda Trelease is sworn in by Slatington Mayor Walter Neidermeyer at Monday's special Slatington Borough Council meeting.

Several pressing issues were discussed, and one acted upon, at a special meeting of the Slatington Borough Council Monday night.

First up, council discussed appointing someone to fill the vacancy left by former President Daniel Stevens, who resigned effective June 1, because he had applied for the position of borough manager.

Councilman Jon Rinker said Amanda Trelease had expressed an interest in serving on council and that, to his knowledge, she was the only person to have done so.