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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Panther Valley School District may lose $200,000 it invested in a now bankrupt savings and loan association because it failed to secure collateral on the funds, according to an audit report released by Auditor General Don Bailey.

The report, covering the Carbon County district's 1985 and 1986 fiscal years, contained three findings of deficiency and one audit observation.

Bailey said that on June 3, 1986, the district's business manager invested $200,000 from the capital reserve fund with Sun Savings and Loan Association of California.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

After a few more tweaks, semantics adjustments and additions, Tamaqua's Planning Commission is ready to send a draft of the Eastern Schuylkill Planning Commission to Tamaqua Borough Council for approval.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee President Frank Potoczak (standing), of Red Castle Brewery and Castle Grill, discusses plans for this year's 16th annual Bike Night with members of Lehighton Borough Council at a special meeting on Monday. Seated next to Potoczak is Lehighton Bike Night Committee member Ty Poole, of Boat Yard Bar and Grill.

For the first time in its history, Lehighton's annual Bike Night will be held in a different location in the borough.

Organizers of the widely popular event met with borough council at a special meeting on Monday to discuss the change in location.

Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee President Frank Potoczak, of Red Castle Brewery and Castle Grill, and Lehighton Bike Night Committee member Ty Poole, of Boat Yard Bar and Grill, openly discussed their intentions for this year's event.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lehighton school board directors and tax payers voiced opinions Monday about school board director Rocky Ahner's presentation about renovating the four elementary school buildings instead of building a new school.

School board President Gloria Bowman said, "I am voicing my opinion as an educator, taxpayer and elected official. This board has given courtesy to the floor much respect and I would ask that respect is given to each one of us also."

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The proposed Lehighton Elementary Center is shown in an artist's rendering.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Miss Hannigan, (Hayley Blanding), right, berates Little Orphan Annie (Rebecca Anglemyer), left, in the Pleasant Valley High School's upcoming presentation of "Annie."

Pleasant Valley High School will be performing the delightful Broadway musical, "Annie," directed by Dan and Marcie Mulligan at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Faced with a $1 million shortfall, Northern Lehigh School District could raise taxes by 2.8 percent in the 2014-15 school year.

Sherri Molitoris, co-director of business affairs/human resources, informed the school board on Monday that the shortfall already has the proposed increase built in.

Molitoris said the district is set to see about a $600,000 increase in the Public School Employees Retirement System.

However, Molitoris noted that next year's spending plan "is still a working document."

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Carbon County judges conducted parole/probation revocation hearings during February on petitions filed by the adult probation office.

The petitions were filed against defendants who violated their parole/probation terms. Those who had hearings included:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has ordered that U.S. and state flags in Harrisburg and Philadelphia be lowered to half-staff in memory of William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, a World War II veteran whose story was dramatized in the TV miniseries "Band of Brothers."

The order Corbett issued Tuesday requires flags at the Capitol complex and state facilities in Philadelphia to remain lowered from sunrise to sundown on Friday.

Guarnere was a south Philadelphia native who lived there until he died Saturday at the age of 90.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Some Pennsylvania state lawmakers want state-owned universities to be able to leave the 14-member State System of Higher Education and on Tuesday outlined the details of a proposal to allow it.

Sen. Tommy Tomlinson, R-Bucks, a sponsor of the bill, said the schools need more flexibility to cope with enrollment trends and financial pressures. He would permit them to become "state-related" universities, a group that now includes only Penn State, Pitt, Lincoln and Temple.